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The Palmer Family

The name is taken form the old French word palmer (from the Latin palmifer) meanin palm bearer. The name was used to describe a pilgrim in the Holy Land
The family's presence and influence in the village is commemorated in the naming of Palmer Road 


Sir Henry(1) Palmer (1496- 1559)
Sir Henry was the second son of Sir Edward Palmer of Angmering whose three* sons were born on consecutive Sundays within the same period of labour.
In 1527 he was granted for life the reversion of the manor of Pollicott (part of Ashendon) , Buckinghamshire. then held by Thomas Palmer (1520-82).
Henry(1) spent much of his life overseas as a soldier and in 1528 was a spear in Calais paid at 18d (7.5p)a day.
By 1536 he was married to Jane the daughter of Richard Windebank of Guines and they had 3 sons who survived them: Thomas(1), Arnold and Edward.
In 1538 he toured the Netherlands
in 1539 was appointed Bailiff of Guines, and in 1540 a Forester there. By 1543 he was appointed Treasurer.
In 1551 he started to acquire property and in 1553 paid Edward VI 519 11s. 4d (519.57p) for Wingham College and all the tithes that were paid to the church, together with one acre  of glebe from. , subject however to a payment of 20 a year to a Vicar.
By July of that year he was arrested probably at same time as his brother Thomas being instigated in John_Dudley's plan to put his daughter-in-law  Lady Jane Grey on the throne. Unlike Thomas, Henry was soon liberated and returned to Calais. In the same year he also took part in a Star Chamber case against a fraudulent scheme to raise money for the repair of the church.
In April 1554 Henry(1) became Member of Parliament  Bramber and was knighted  on 30th September after the Capture of Boulogne at which he sustained a  broken arm. The following year he was made Master of the Ordnance there
He returned to service in 1517. In the expedition from Guines in December, 1558, he was wounded, captured and held for ransom. His release was largely due to the aid of Thomas Lodge.
He retired to Wingham and died there in September 1559.
*The eldest son, Sir John inherited and expanded the Angmering estate. He died in 1563. The younger, Sir Thomas was beheaded in 1554 for siding with Dudley.
Sir Thomas(1) Palmer Bart. (1540-1625)
He was the eldest (some say third) son of Sir Henry(1) born about 1540, and lived at Wingham 60 years. 
In 1562 he married Margaret daughter of John Poley of Badley. They had eleven children, but all died young except Thomas(2), Roger, James, Jane and Margaret.
in September, 1573 they entertained  Queen Elizabeth I, as she traveled from Sandwich to Canterbury.
Thomas  became High Sheriff of Kent in 1595, and was knighted on the expedition to capture Cadiz in 1596 
In 1606 he published An Essay of the Meanes how to make our Travailes into forraine Countries the more profitable and honourable,  which discussed the the advantages of travel and the need to understand the commercial and political principles of the lands visited.
In June 1621, Sir Thomas(1) was made a Baronet by James I
He died on 7th January 1625 when 85 years of age.
Sir Thomas(2) Palmer ( - 1608)
Sir Thomas(2) was the eldest son of Sir Thomas(1). He married Margaret Pelham, daughter of Herbert Pelham of Sussex. They had two sons Thomas(3) and Herbert
Thomas(2) was outlived by his father and was buried at Wingham on 10th September 1608.
Sir Roger(1) Palmer ( - )
The second son of Sir Thomas(1) served as Cup-bearer in the royal household. He was elected Member of Parliament for Queenborough in 1624. He was a  Royalist in the English Civil War and was created a Knight of the Bath on 1st February 1626 at the Coronation of Charles I.
From 1630 Charles ruled Parliament alone. This he did for 11 years and Sir Roger(1) was elected for Newton in 1642, supporting the King through the Long Parliament. He also served as Master of the Household 
Around 1562 he married Katherine daughter of Sir Thomas Porter of Gloucestershire. They had no children. 
The date of his death is unknown.
Sir James Palmer (1585 - 1657)
Born in 1585, the third son of Thomas(1) had one son  Philip, and a daughter Vere, by his first marriage to Martha daughter of Sir Willian Gerard, of Dorney. Martha died in 1617.
His second marriage to Katherine daughter of Lord Powis produced two sons Roger and James.
in 1622 he was Gentleman of the Bedchamber and a  personal friend of James I and of Prince Charles (Charles I). 
In 1638 he was appointed deputy to the Chancelor of the Order of the Garter and in 1645 rose to the full office
Sir James was a keen amateur artist and assisted the King in his gathering and presenting the Royal_Collection of pictures. He was also governor of Royal Tapestry Works 
He died on 15th March 1657
Sir Thomas(3) Palmer Bart. ( - 1656)
Thomas(3) was the son of Thomas(2). He inherited the Baronetcy when his grandfather (Thomas(1)) died and immediately married Elizabeth daughter of Sir John Shirley, of Ifield, Sussex.
They had six sons Henry(2), Roger, Herbert, James, Thomas(4), John; and six daughters Margaret, Sybilla Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, Esther.
The second Baronet was fiercely loyal to the King and suffered greatly as a result. He had land and his freedom taken away and died in prison.
He was buried on April 20th, 1656
Sir Henry(2) Palmer, Bart. (- 1706)
The eldest son of Thomas(3)married Ann Luchyn from Waltham. They had no children.
By 1665 he had been appointed Steward of Her Majesty's Manor of Wingham and was High Sheriff of Kent in 1691.
From 1684 he was one of the Trustees trustees of the living living of Eastchurch and in July 1702 petitioned  Queen Anne for a renewal of the stewardship  of Wingham
He died in 1706 leaving no heir. The Baronetcy passed to his nephew Thomas(5).
Herbert Palmer ( - 1700)
Herbert Palmer was third son of Thomas(3) married Dorothy Pynchon of Writtle. hey had two sons - Thomas(5) and Henry, and two daughters - Ann and Elizabeth.
When he died in 16th February 1700 he was buried in the centre of the Chancel floor of Wingham Church
Thomas(4) Palmer ( - 1723)
The fifth son of Thomas(3) spent a lot of his life in Turkey and was known as Thomas Palmer of St Dunstan's in the East.
When he died he left 300 to be used for the repair and improvement of the chancel of Wingham Church. He left a further 20 to the poor which does not seem to have been distributed until April 29th 1732.
Sir Thomas(5) Palmer, Bart, (1682 - 1723)
Sir Thomas(5), the eldest son of Herbert Palmer, inherited the baronetcy from his uncle Henry(2). His father and grandfather (Thomas(3)
On 19th November 1700 he married Elizabeth Marsham daughter of Sir Robert Marsham of the Mote, Maidstone. They had three sons Henry, Thomas, and Robert who died young, and four daughters Margaret, Ann, Elizabeth, and Mary.
He was elected as a Whig Member of Parliament for Kent, but lost the seat in 1710.
When Elizabeth died in July 1714, Sir Thomas considered going to live with his brother-in-law, Robert who had inherited from his father.
In 1715 he was elected to represent Rochester and around the same time married Susanna Cox an actress with whom he already had an illegitimate son, Herbert.
In 1719 Sir Thomas contributed 30 the re-casting of the bells of Wingham church. His house at the time was valued at 50 13s 4d (50.70p)
Susanna died in 1721 and on 26th May 1722 Sir Thomas married Elizabeth Markham, "spinster of Covent Garden". 
Alexander Pope wrote 
To Palmer's bed no actress comes amis
He weds the whole Personae Dramatis
When Sir Thomas died on 8th November 1723 the baronetcy passed to the Palmers of Dorney Court.