Lord Hollesley



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Press release

For immediate release

Date 26 September 2006


Historical Title Remains in England Thanks to Multimillionaire

Dave West



Multimillionaire Dave West has paid an undisclosed sum for Queen Elizabeth 1s lover Robert Devereuxs title Lordship of the Manor of Hollesley to prevent it from going abroad to an overseas buyer.


The title was enlisted on Ebay for a starting price of £45,000 ($70,000) and attracted interest from all over the world.  Dave West offered Noble Titles (Agents specialising in selling Lordship Titles) an undisclosed sum to take it off Ebay and sell it to him so the historical title could remain in English ownership.


The title Dave West has bought means he is now Lord of the Manor of Hollesley.


His Lordship Dave West has the authority to bestow the title of Lady to his favourite girlfriend of the time.  With so many girlfriends he will have a mighty challenge on his hands.  When his favourite girlfriend is no longer his favourite his lordship will strip her of her title and hold a ceremony in his court to bestow his new favourite with the title of Lady. 


If you are lucky enough to meet wacky Dave west Lord of Hollesley at his court, one of the Beckhams parties or in Tesco Piccadilly there are strict rules to follow:


1.     Greet by saying My Lord, how do you do?

2.     Bow with hands clearly in sight and palms open


The tradition of bowing in this way before a Lord is to show you are not holding a dagger and are not a threat.  This tradition is as old as the title itself as when the title was created.  Lords were often the target of assassins so to keep Lords safer this regal routine was introduced.  Now it is carried out as a mark of respect.



Robert Devereux (Lord of the Manor of Hollesley), the last of Queen Elizabeth 1s favourites, was the son of Walter Devereux, first Earl of Essex, and Lettice Knollys.  On his fathers death , in 1576, Lord Burghley became his guardian and his mother married the famous Earl of Leicester.  He entered at Trinity , Cambridge, when only twelve years of age , but does not appear to have been regular in his residence, though he became a fair scholar.


He was presented at Court, where the Queen did her best to spoil him; and from his twentieth, and her own fifty fourth year she indulged in many flirtations with him, but also in many quarrels, in the course of which his hot temper and jealousy  always allowed her to get the better.  But the Queens effection for him was genuine and, at bottom, more of a maternal than of an amatory character.  She was always in anxiety when she went to the wars, which he often did (sometimes against her express command) and in which he always behaved himself with conspicuous daring.  Thus he was knighted on the field of battle at Zutphen, where Sidney fell.  He ran away and joined the Counter Armada of 1589 and he was always crying out for an open war with Spain and for an efficient army.  But he was also perpetually quarrelling with his rivals at court or in camp ; now with Raleigh, now with Blount, now with the Cecils; and his idea of a quarrel was, if possible, to fight a duel to the death.


In 1590, he incurred for a time, the Queens severest displeasure by marrying Sir Phillip Sidneys widow, the daughter of Sir Francis Walsingham.  Next year we find him commanding, with more valour than discretion, a small English force sent to France to succour Henry IV against the Catholic League.  Whenever he was abroad he was always complaining, and with reason, of the way in which his rivals, especially Robert Cecil, were undermining his influence at home.


One of the most curious episodes in his life is the friendship he formed with the two bacons, Francis and Anthony.  It seems probable that the former, believing Essex to be the Coming Man, deliberately attached himself to the Earls fortunes and gave him good advice, which Essex was too impetuous to take.  Essex was perpetually soliciting the Queen, but in vain for preferment for his new friend.  In 1596 came the expedition to Spain in which Essex commanded the land forces which stormed Cadiz, while, against his advice, the sailors let the Spanish treasure-fleet escape; but in his next expedition, known as the Islands voyage to the Azores, Essex was not so successful.


The Essex Ring 


As a mark of general favour, Elizabeth would often give out pendants or rings containing a miniature portrait or cameo of herself.  The Essex Ring is the most famous of these, not only for its exceptionally high quality but also for the romantic legend that was attached to it.


Legend has it that Elizabeth had given a ring with an Onyx cameo of herself to her favourite, Robert Devereux , saying that if should he ever need her aid or favor, to bring it to her.  In prison, awaiting execution for treason, he gave the ring to Lady Scrope to deliver to Elizabeth who gave it to her sister, the Countess of Nottingham, to deliver to the Queen.  But the Count of Nottingham, an enemy of Devereux, held on to the ring until the execution had taken place.  When the Countess confessed, Elizabeth exclaimed God may forgive you, I shall never!  The Essex Ring is now on display in Westminster Abbey, although many question its authenticity.


Finally, all Essexs enemies were rejoiced when he teased his fond mistress into giving him command of the great expedition to Ireland  in 1599.  Ireland was the grave of his brilliant fathers reputation and of that of many more.  The Earls preparations were extensive and well planned but he had to face the worse rebellion yet known in the island with certainty that Spanish help was not far off.  Once in Ireland, he seems to have lost his head.  Instead of driving straight to Ulster and at the Earl of Tyrone, the leading rebel, he made a senseless progress through munster; and, when at last he turned northwards, he allowed himself to be entrapped into a parley by the wily Irishman, the result of which was that he concluded a wholly unauthorized truce and undertook to present Tyrones demands to the English government.  The Queen was absolutely furious and her favourite made matters worse by deserting his army and hurrying to England.


He was not immediately imprisoned, but kept in seclusion for nine months.  In June 1600, he was brought to trial before a special court and it is characteristic of Francis Bacon that he, who had advised the Earl to apply for the Irish command and hoped to make his own fortune by him, appeared against him in his trial.  No actual sentence beyond dismissal from his offices and imprisonment in his own house was recorded against Essex and he was set at liberty in August.  However he had lost the favour of the Queen for good, and this disgrace was one under which his restless nature could not be quiet.  He knew well that Cecil and other courtiers were his sworn enemies and he now entertained the idea of an appeal to force.


Essex intrigued with King James VI of Scotland to induce him to support a rising , along with his friend, Lord Mountjoy, who had succeeded to his command in Ireland, whom he implored to land troops in Wales.  His only real accomplice, however, was Shakespeares patron , The Earl of Southampton.  The rash Essex was a bad head for any insurrection  and the London mob, with whom he was really popular, was not so foolish as to rise against Queen Elizabeth.  There was, however, actually something like a small riot when Essex and Southampton were seized and sent to the Tower.  The former was beheaded on 25 February 1601and there is good reason for believing that the Queen broke her aged heart when she signed his death warrant.


Vain and rash beyond anyone of his age, lacking any real measure of statesmanship, Robert Devereux had been lifted from the accidents of his birth into a position for which he was wholly unfitted.  Yet he possessed, in a marked degree, qualities which endeared him even to those with whom he quarrelled: most utter frankness, warm affection and generosity and, in war, the courage of a paladin of romance.


Dave West says I couldnt just sit back and watch this important piece of heritage sold abroad, so I bought it to keep it in this country where it belongs.  The by product of what I did has turned me into Lord of the Manor of Hollesley and I must admit it feels good.


Lordship Rights of Hollesley

  1. The Right to use the term Lord of the Manor of Hollesley in ones name and be addressed as such both verbally and in writing. This is the principal right of Lordship.
  2. The right to appoint someone Lady of the Manor of Hollesley
  3. The Right to appoint an official Steward (a right hand man of the Lord to carry out his/her biddings). The Steward was once the Lords appointed Judge & bailiff, in the days when Lords held their own Court
  4. The Right to appoint an official Game Keeper for his Lordships estate to protect and preserve game and wild life for his/her Lordships use only, to ward off poachers and bring such vagabonds to justice in preservation of his Lordships Honour and reputation
  5. The Right to appoint official Domestic Servants important posts including Butler, Clark, Cook, Housekeeper and Governesses and menial servants.
  6. The Right of Feast and Banquet. The Lord may host this traditional ceremony for occasions of joyfulness and merriment To call a Feast He would appoint an official Taster who would inspect the food offered to the villagers in order to ensure their high standard of quality. All villagers living within the boundaries of the Manor are invited to gather together for an evening of singing, dancing, drinking and eating.
  7. The Right to pass the Title on to ones heirs in perpetuity (if you do not have heirs the Lordship can be transferred to any other living individual of good standing of the Lords choice)
  8. Shooting Rights (Hunting Rights) over 150 Acres of Land in Hollesley Suffolk




Mr West recently paid £103,000 for 2 tickets to the Beckhams World Cup Party in support of the NSPCC.


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