......the family were however of some importance at Dinnington. Worthington Brice and his son John, both of Dinnington, were fined 300 pounds during the Commonwealth, the father for going into the King's quarters and the son for fighting with the Cavaliers during the Civil War (Calendar of Committee for Compounding, 11, p.1128; Calendar of Committee for Advance of Money, 11, p11031.
Pedigrees of the family appear in the Heralds' Visitations of 1573 and 1623. The distinctive Christian name of Worthington was introduced into the family following the
marriage of Hugh Brice of Dinnington to Dorothy daughter of Augustine Worthington
of Worthington Hall, co. Lancs. Hugh's father, also Hugh,received in 1573 a grant
of arms of 'sable, a griffin passant or'. Hugh was the son of Peter, son of John
(will dated 1541), son of William Brice.
References to the family will be found under Dinnington in the Victoria History of Somerset, vol. iv (1978) which clearly sank gradually in the social scale.
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