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NEWTON, a surname common to both Scotland and England. A family of this name possessed a baronetcy of Nova Scotia, conferred in 1625, among the first of the creation, on Adam Newton, dean of Durham, an accomplished scholar and courtier. Born in Scotland, he was educated in France, where he governed the first class of the college of Saint Maixant, in Poitou, in the reign of Henry III. While in that situation he appears to have conformed to the Popish religion, but on his return to Scotland he professed himself a zealous Protestant. About 1600 he was nominated tutor to Prince Henry, eldest son of James VI., when he accompanied to England; and, although not in orders, was, by command of the king, installed deal of Durham, September 27, 1606. In 1610 he was appointed secretary to the prince, and after the death of his royal pupil, in 1612, was made treasurer to Prince Charles. In April 1625 he was created a baronet, as Sir Adam Newton of Charlton, in Kent, which manor was conferred on him by grant from the crown. By desire of his majesty, he translated into Latin the work which King James wrote against Conrade Vorstius, and also the first six books of ‘Father Paul’s History of the Council of Trent;’ and he has been much praised for the neatness and perspicuity of his Latin style. In September 1628 he succeeded Fulk Greville, Lord Brooke, as secretary to the Marches of Wales, and died January 13, 1629. By his wife, Dorothy, daughter of Sir Thomas Puckering, lord keeper of the great seal in the time of Queen Elizabeth, he had five daughters and two sons, both of whom successively enjoyed the baronetcy, which became extinct, on the death of the younger, in 1700. They had assumed the name of Puckering.

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