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THESE EXTREMELY RARE CHAIRS HAVE ONLY JUST WITHIN THE LAST SIX MONTHS BEEN REUNITED TOGETHER,THEY HAVE POSSIBLY BEEN APART FOR TENS IF NOT HUNDREDS OF YEARS,AS WITH MANY LARGE FAMILIES THE CHATTLES UPON DEATH ARE SHARED OUT BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS AND IN THIS CASE THERE IS PROBABLY NO EXCEPTION.
THIS RARE PAIR OF CHAIRS MADE TO COMMEMORATE THE MARRIAGE OF FRANCIS HEATHCOT TO ELLEN HEATHCOT/ NEE LOWE, ARE OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY,BOTH THE CHOICE OF TIMBER AND THE EXECUTION OF THE CARVING DETAIL IS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY.
THE STORY OF THESE TWO REMARKABLE CHAIRS IS AS FOLLOWS AS WE SEE IT, THE "REUNITING"
THE CHAIR WITHOUT THE EARS WAS CONSIGNED TO A SOUTH OF ENGLAND AUCTION HOUSE WITHIN THE LAST SIX MONTHS BY THE HEATHCOTE FAMILY, IT WAS PURCHASED BY AN UNKNOWN BUYER WHO MUST HAVE OWNED THE OTHER CHAIR AND REUNITED THESE TWO CHAIRS BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.
Marriage registers show that Francis Heathcot[e] married Heallen [Ellen] Lowe on 15th May 1678 at St James Church in Taxal, Cheshire. Her father′s name was John Lowe, and Francis Heathcot′s address is listed as Ringstones.
When the baptism of their daughter Alise was recorded on 5th February 1680, their address was recorded as ′Ringstone′. Two more daughters were baptised in the same church. Anne, on 8th April 1682, and Mary, on 21st May 1684.
The will of Francis Heathcoat of Taxal, Cheshire, records his occupation as Yeoman, and that he owned lands in the parish of Chapel-le-Frith, Green Fairfield and Hartington in Derbyshire, the profits of which he disposed to his daughters Alice, Anne, Mary and Sarah, and to his sons John, Rowland and George. Another daughter, Elizabeth, is mentioned, married to ′my son-in-law Michael Heathcott′. His goods and estates - unfortunately not specifically listed - were to be divided between his wife and daughters Alice, Anne, Mary and Sarah.
His executors were Thomas Mellor of Chapel-le-Frith and William Brock of Oldfield in taxal. Peter Legh of Lyme, Esquire - Lyme Park - and John Shallcross of Shallcross Esquire, were appointed overseers.
At the time of writing his will, 12th February 1693/4, he and Ellen were still man and wife. Francis was dead by the end of 1694.
It is possible that Francis and Ellen′s son Rowland Heathcot was the father of Michael Heathcot, who served as Groom of the Pantry and Yeoman of the Mouth (food taster) to King George II.
|Height||44.00 inch||(111.76 cm)|
|Width||28.00 inch||(71.12 cm)|
|Depth||22.50 inch||(57.15 cm)|
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