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A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain & Ireland by John Burke Vol III Page 219


BETTON, RICHARD, esq. b. 3rd October, 1808; m. on the 13th October, 1831, Charlotte-Margaretta, youngest daughter of the late Richard Salwey, esq. of Moor Park, near Ludlow, county of Salop. 
This family is one of the most ancient in the county of Salop, and is presumed to have been originally seated at Betton Strange, near Shrewsbury. 
By deed, dated the 2nd of RICHARD II. (1378), we learn that John de Betton was then dead, having left Margaret, his widow, and Richard de Betton, his son and heir.
This Richard was father of WILLIAM BETTON, of Great Berwick, near Shrewsbury, whose residence there in the year 1403 is proved by the records in the Exchequer of the town of Shrewsbury. The celebrated battle of Shrewsbury was fought close to his estate on the 20th of July in that year; and on the evening preceding the battle, the renowned Henry Hotspur took possession of the house of William Betton, and made it his head quarters, to the great loss and annoyance of the proprietor, who suffered much by the contributions levied upon him by that impetuous young nobleman and his followers. An anecdote in accordance with the superstition of that period is connected with Hotspur's sojourn here. In the morning previous to the battle, his forces having moved about a mile from Great Berwick towards the scene of action, and Hotspur having placed himself at their head, he perceived that an engagement was unavoidable, on which he called for his favourite sword. His attendants informed him that it was left behind at Berwick, of which village it does not appear that he had till then learned the name. At these words he turned pale, and said, "I perceive that my plough is drawing to its last furrow; for a wizard told me in Northumberland, that I should perish at Berwick, which I vainly interpreted of that town in the north." The result of the battle is matter of history, and universally known. 
William Betton was succeeded at Great Berwick by his son, also named 
WILLIAM BETTON, who was living there in 1470, and was succeeded by his son, RICHARD BETTON, who was of Great Berwick in 1494. 
He was father of 
THOMAS BETTON, of Great Berwick, living in 1543, whose son and heir, 
RICHARD BETTON, of Great Berwick, m. Eleanor Jackes, and was bailiff of Shrewsbury in 1613, in which year he died. 
His eldest son, RICHARD BETTON, esq. of Great Berwick, had a numerous issue, of which the eldest son, RICHARD BETTON, esq. of Great Berwick, married Eleanor, daughter of Edward Purcell, esq. of Onslow, in the county of Salop, and had, with other issue, a son and heir, 
RICHARD BETTON, esq. baptized at St. Mary's, Shrewsbury, 6th February, 1614-15, who by his wife, Elizabeth, had issue, 
I. RICHARD, his heir. 
II. John, whose son, James Betton, was father of John Betton, the father of Sir John Betton, knt. late of Shrewsbury. 
III. Nathaniel, whose son, John, was father of Nathaniel Betton, esq. late of Shrewsbury, who by Mary, his wife, had issue, 
1. John Betton, who entered the army, and was a captain in the 3rd Dragoon Guards, in which regiment he served in the Peninsula, and died at Merida in Spain, on the 20th November, 1809, aged thirty-one. 
2. Richard Betton, of Shrewsbury, who died unmarried in 1825. 
3. Nathaniel Betton, now of Shrewsbury. 
Mary, married Thomas G. Gwyn, esq. of Shrewsbury. Mr. Betton was succeeded at Great Berwick by his eldest son, RICHARD BETTON, esq. who died in 1726, and was succeeded by his only surviving son, 
RICHARD BETTON, esq. of Great Berwick, born in 1684, m. 20th February, 1706-7, Dorothy, daughter of Edward Lloyd, esq. of Leaton, in the county of Salop, by whom he had issue, 
RICHARD, his heir, born in 1710. 
Elizabeth, married John Watkins, esq. of Shotton. Dying in 1764, Mr. Betton was succeeded by his only son, RICHARD BETTON, esq. of Great Berwick, who married Mary, daughter of Charles Maddox, esq. of Whitcott, in the county of Salop, and had issue, 
I. RICHARD, his heir. 
II. Charles, of Whitchurch, near Ross, in the county of Hereford, who married Miss Mary Young, by whom he had, with daughters, an only son, Charles Betton, who married, first, Miss Mary Anne Bird, secondly, Miss Mary Butcher, and had issue, Joseph. Mary. I. Anne, who married Thomas Bayley, esq. of Preston Brockhurst. 
Mr. Betton died in 1767, and was succeeded by his eldest son, 
RICHARD BETTON, esq. of Great Berwick, b. in 1744, who married Priscilla, daughter and eventually sole heir of John Bright, esq. of Totterton House, in the county of Salop, by whom he had issue, 
I. RICHARD, his heir. 
II. John Bright Betton, M.A. vicar of Lydbury North, born in 1773, who, in succeeding to the Totterton, &c. estates, took by royal sign manual, dated 12th October, 1807, the name of BRIGHT, and used the arms of BRIGHT only. He married, on the 22nd January, 1806, Mary, eldest daughter of Thomas Beale, esq. of Heath House, and dying on the 22nd December, 1833, left issue, 
1. John Bright, born 10th November, 1811, his only son and heir. 
2. Eliza. 
3. Mary. 
4. Frances. 
5. Amelia. 
6. Louisa. 
Mr. Betton died on the 7th February, 1790, and was succeeded in the Great Berwick and other estates by his eldest son, RICHARD BETTON, esq. b. 16th Nov. 1768, major in the Shropshire regiment of militia, who married, on the 17th February, 1795, Mary-Anne, daughter of the Rev. Aaron Foster, of Wells, in the county of Somerset, by whom he had issue, 
I. RICHARD, his heir. I. Mary-Anne, married, 8th December, 1825, her first cousin, Thomas Foster, esq. (son of the Rev. R. Foster, of Wells, in the county of Somerset), lieutenant of the Royal Engineers, and has issue, 
1. Arabella - L'titia Foster, born 29th August, 1827. 
2. Geraldine-Harriett Foster, born 4th October, 1832. 
II. Harriett, married, 18th March, 1829, Thomas H. Rimington, esq. lieutenant of the Royal Engineers, only son of General Rimington, of the Artillery, by whom she has a daughter, Charlotte-Mary-Anne Rimington, born 2nd October, 1833. 
Major Betton died on the 15th June, 1819, and was succeeded by his only son, 
RICHARD BETTON, esq. the present representative of the family, who, in 1831, sold the Great Berwick estate to the Hon. Henry Wentworth Powys, of Berwick Leyborne, brother of the present Earl of Denbigh. 
Arms--Arg. two pales sa. each charged with three crosslets fitchee or. 
Crest--A demi-lion rampant. 
Motto--Nunquam non paratus. 
Estates--Newton, Bromlow, Aston Pigott, all in Shropshire. 
Seat--Overton, near Ludlow, in the county of Salop. 

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