Manor of Tawstock
The historic manor of Tawstock was situated in North Devon, in the hundred of Fremington, 2 miles south of Barnstaple, England. According to Pole the feudal baron of Barnstaple Henry de Tracy (died 1274) made Tawstock his seat, apparently having abandoned Barnstaple Castle as the chief residence of the barony. Many of the historic lords of the manor are commemorated by monuments in St Peter's Church, the parish church of Tawstock (situated to the east of the manor house) which in the opinion of Pevsner contains "the best collection in the county (of Devon) apart from those in the cathedral", and in the opinion of Hoskins "contains the finest collection of monuments in Devon and one of the most notable in England".
The manor house, known in the 17th century as Tawstock House and today known as Tawstock Court, is situated at the west end of the parish church and is in the Georgian neo-gothic style, having replaced the former Tudor mansion which was destroyed by fire in 1787. The only survival from the earlier house is the splendid Tudor gatehouse with datestone 1574, one of only a few in Devon.
The Church of St Peter is very unusual in having a tower over the crossing and not as usual at the west end. Only a few other churches in Devon display this feature, for example at Crediton, Colyton and Axminster. The unusual and small 16th century manorial pew of the Bourchiers survives which due to its box-like appearance has been mistaken for a confessional. The Bourchier knot is much in evidence within the church, in windows, on bench-ends and on monuments. Much detail concerning the administration of the manor in the 17th century survives in the form of the household accounts maintained by the 5th Earl of Bath and his wife and include a complete inventory of the household contents room by room in 1648.
- 1 Descent of the manor
- 1.1 Royal demesne
- 1.2 de Totnes
- 1.3 de Braose
- 1.4 de Tracy
- 1.5 FitzMartin
- 1.6 Audley
- 1.7 FitzWarin
- 1.8 Hankford
- 1.9 Bourchier
- 1.9.1 William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin (1407-1470)
- 1.9.2 Fulk Bourchier, 10th Baron FitzWarin (1445-1479)
- 1.9.3 John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath (1470–1539)
- 1.9.4 John Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Bath (1499–1561)
- 1.9.5 William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath (pre 1557–1623)
- 1.9.6 Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath (1590–1636)
- 1.9.7 Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (1593–1654)
- 1.10 Wrey
- 1.10.1 Sir Chichester Wrey, 3rd Baronet (1628-1668)
- 1.10.2 Sir Bourchier Wrey, 4th Baronet (c. 1653-1696)
- 1.10.3 Sir Bourchier Wrey, 5th Baronet (c. 1683-1726)
- 1.10.4 Sir Bourchier Wrey, 6th Baronet (c. 1715-1784)
- 1.10.5 Sir Bourchier Wrey, 7th Baronet (1757-1826)
- 1.10.6 Sir Bourchier Palk Wrey, 8th Baronet (1788-1879)
- 1.10.7 Rev. Sir Henry Bourchier Wrey, 9th Baronet (1797-1882)
- 1.10.8 Sir Henry Bourchier Toke Wrey, 10th Baronet (1829-1900)
- 1.10.9 Sir Robert Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 11th Baronet (1855-1917)
- 1.10.10 Sir Philip Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 12th Baronet (1858-1936)
- 1.10.11 Rev. Sir Albany Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 13th Baronet (1861-1948)
- 1.10.12 Sir (Castel Richard) Bourchier Wrey, 14th Baronet (1903-1991)
- 1.10.13 Sir George Richard Bourchier Wrey, 15th Baronet (born 1948)
- 2 Sources
- 3 Further reading
- 4 References
Descent of the manor
Juhel de Totnes
King Henry I (1100-1135) granted the manor to Juhel de Totnes (d. 1123/30), feudal baron of Barnstaple (d. 1123/30). Tawstock thus became one of the many manors which comprised the barony. He gave the tithes of the rectory to the Priory of St Mary Magdalene in Barnstaple which he had founded near his seat Barnstaple Castle in about 1107.
Alfred de Totnes
Juhel's son and heir was Alfred de Totnes, who died sine prole some time before 1139, leaving two sisters as his co-heiresses each to a moiety of the barony: Aenor, who married the Welsh Marcher Lord Philip de Braose (died 1134/55), 2nd feudal baron of Bramber, Surrey, and a sister whose name is unknown, who married Henry de Tracy (died pre-1165). The inheritance of the barony of Barnstaple by two co-heiresses split its possession during the period c. 1139 to 1213 into two moieties, which later became re-united under the de Tracy family. Amongst the manors which were inherited by Aenor as her share was Tawstock.
Aenor de Totnes
William II de Braose
William III de Braose
William III de Braose (died 1211), son and heir. He gave the manor of Tawstock to his daughter Loretta de Braose together with two other knight's fees within his moiety of the barony, as her marriage portion on her marriage to Robert FitzPernel, Earl of Leicester (alias Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester(died c.1204)). William III's son and heir was Reginald de Braose, who due to King John (1199–1216) having in 1208 confiscated his father's lands, never inherited the Braose moiety of the barony of Barnstaple.
Loretta, Countess of Leicester
Loretta de Braose, daughter of William III de Braose (died 1211) and wife of Robert FitzPernel, Earl of Leicester (alias Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester(died c.1204)). Loretta was childless and according to Pole gave Tawstock (2/3rds of the manor only according to Thorn) to her niece Matilda de Braose, daughter of the disinherited Reginald de Braose (son of William III de Braose (died 1211)) and wife of Henry de Tracy (died 1274). Henry was the great-grandson of the second unnamed daughter and co-heiress of Alfred de Totnes, and thus had already inherited the other moiety of the feudal barony of Barnstaple. The remaining 1/3rd of the manor of Tawstock was given, apparently by Loretta, to Buckland Priory in Somerset, for the support of the sisters of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. In 1213 King John granted the Braose moiety which he had confiscated from William III de Braose to Henry de Tracy (died 1274), the husband of his granddaughter Matilda de Braose. Thus were the two moities of the barony re-united together and with 2/3rds of the manor of Tawstock.
Matilda de Braose/Henry de Tracy
Matilda de Braose was given 2/3rds of the manor of Tawstock by her childless aunt Loretta, Countess of Leicester. Matilda married Henry de Tracy (died 1274), feudal baron of Barnstaple, who according to Pole made Tawstock his seat, apparently having abandoned Barnstaple Castle as the chief residence of the Barons of Barnstaple. Tawstock then descended via her daughter Eve de Tracy., by her husband Henry de Tracy (died 1274), feudal baron of Barnstaple.
Henry de Tracy's heir to the entire barony, including 2/3rds of the manor of Tawstock, was his granddaughter Maud de Brian (or Briene) (died pre-1279), daughter of Guy de Brian of Laugharne Castle, Carmarthenshire by his wife Eve de Tracy, daughter of Henry de Tracy. Maud's first husband was Nicholas FitzMartin (died 1260), who had pre-deceased his father Nicholas FitzMartin (died 1282), feudal baron of Blagdon, Somerset. Maud married secondly Geoffrey de Camville (died 1308), of Clifton Campville, Staffordshire, who had summons to attend the king at Portsmouth, with horse and arms, to embark in the expedition then proceeding to Gascony. He was subsequently summoned to parliament as Baron Camville, of Clifton, in the county of Stafford, from 23 Jun 1295 to 22 Feb 1307. Camville survived her by about 29 years during which time he retained possession of the barony, including 2/3rds of the manor of Tawstock, under the curtesy of England.
James Audley, 2nd Baron Audley (died 1386)
The heirs of William II FitzMartin (d.1326) were his surviving sister Eleanor FitzMartin (died 1342), who died without progeny, albeit having married twice, and James Audley, 2nd Baron Audley (died 1386), the son of his other sister Joan FitzMartin (died 1322), by her second husband Nicholas Audley, 1st Baron Audley (died 1316) of Heleigh Castle, Staffordshire. James Audley thus in 1342 inherited his childless aunt Eleanor's moiety of the barony of Barnstaple, giving him possession of the whole, including 2/3rds of the manor of Tawstock. In 1370 James Audley, 2nd Baron, settled the manor of Tawstock in tail male successively to his three sons from his 2nd marriage, Thomas, Rodeland and James, who all died without progeny. On the death of James Audley, 2nd Baron Audley ( 1312/13-1386) in 1386 the barony of Barnstaple, including 2/3rds of the manor of Tawstock, passed to his surviving son, Nicholas Audley, 3rd Baron Audley (c.1328-1391), who died without issue. His co-heiresses were his two full-sisters Joan and Margaret I and his half-sister Margaret II, who inherited Tawstock:
- Joan Audley (1331–1393) who married Sir John Tuchet (1327—1371),
- Margaret I Audley (b. pre-1351, d. 1410/11), who married Sir Roger Hillary.
- Margaret II Audley (d.1373), his half-sister, who according to Pole inherited Tawstock by a special entail, and married Fulk VIII FitzWarin, 4th Baron FitzWarin (1341-1374).
The FitzWarin family were powerful Marcher Lords seated at Whittington Castle in Shropshire and at Alveston in Gloucestershire. The title Baron FitzWarin was created by writ of summons for Fulk V FitzWarin in 1295. The descent of the manor of Tawstock in the FitzWarin family is as follows:
Fulk VIII FitzWarin, 4th Baron FitzWarin (1341-1374)
Margaret II Audley (d.1373), heiress of Tawstock, married Fulk VIII FitzWarin, 4th Baron FitzWarin (1341-1374) of Whittington Castle, Shropshire and Alveston, Gloucestershire. In 1392 Margaret's 3 year-old grandson Fulk X FitzWarin, 6th Baron FitzWarin (1389-1407), feudal baron of Bampton, Devon, inherited the manor of Tawstock.
Fulk IX FitzWarin, 5th Baron FitzWarin (1362–1391)
Fulk IX FitzWarin, 5th Baron FitzWarin (1362–1391), son of Margaret II Audley (d.1373), married Elizabeth Cogan, heiress of her brother John Cogan (d.1382), feudal baron of Bampton, Devon, who died as a minor in the wardship of the king. She was the daughter of Sir William Cogan by his 2nd wife Isabel Loring, the elder daughter and co-heiress of Sir Nele Loring (c. 1320 – 1386), KG, of Chalgrave, Bedfordshire, a founding member of the Order of the Garter.
Fulk X FitzWarin, 6th Baron FitzWarin (1389-1407)
Fulk XI FitzWarin, 7th Baron FitzWarin (1406–1420)
Fulk XI FitzWarin, 7th Baron FitzWarin (1406–1420), son, died aged 14 when his heir became his sister Elizabeth FitzWarin.
Sir Richard II Hankford (c.1397-1431) (grandson and heir of Sir William Hankford (d. 1422) of Annery, Devon, Lord Chief Justice of England) married as his first wife the heiress of Tawstock Elizabeth FitzWarin, 8th Baroness FitzWarin (c.1404–c.1427). No male progeny resulted. Upon her death the barony must have been in abeyance between her daughters Thomasine Hankford (1423–1453), born and baptised at Tawstock, and Elizabeth Hankford (c.1424-1433) until the death of the latter in 1433, when Thomasine became 9th Baroness. By Thomasine's marriage to William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin (1407-1470), the estates including Tawstock passed into the Bourchier family, which originated at the manor of Little Easton in Essex.
The later heir of the FitzWarins was the Bourchier family, Earls of Bath and Barons FitzWarin, who made Tawstock their seat and were highly influential in Barnstaple society and politics. They also inherited via the Audleys other manors formerly part of the barony of Barnstaple, including Nymet Tracy, St Marychurch, Kingston,Marwood and Upexe. Another manor which descended from the Audleys was Holne on the River Dart, which was later used as a hunting estate ("Holne Chase") by the Wreys. Their 17th century landholdings in total comprised 36 manors in the counties of Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. The Bourchier Barnstaple townhouse is thought to survive as no. 62 Boutport Street, with its surviving ornate plaster barrel-ceilings dated 1620 (or 1629), showing the arms of Bourchier, which survives next to the Royal and Fortescue Hotel, and was converted in about 1760 to premises of the "Golden Lion" coaching inn. It was converted to premises for the National Westminster Bank in 1936, in 1991 housed a branch of the Woolwich Building Society and in 2014 is a restaurant. The Bourchier family, the Devon branch of which, seated at Tawstock Court, was later created Earls of Bath, retained the manor of Bampton until at least the time of Risdon (d.1640) who states in his Survey of Devon that "the Earl of Bath is lord of this manor". The descent of Bampton was as follows:
William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin (1407-1470)
William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin (1407-1470), husband of Thomasine Hankeford, 9th Baroness FitzWarin (1423–1453), heiress of Tawstock. He was the 2nd son of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu (1386-1420) by his wife Anne of Gloucester (1383-1438), eldest daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1355-1397) (by his wife Eleanor de Bohun daughter and co-heiress of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford (1341-1373)), youngest son of King Edward III. The 15th century heraldic stained glass in the west window of the north aisle of Tawstock Church displays this ancestry of the Bourchiers, and their heirs at Tawstock the Wreys (see below) continue to quarter the arms of Bourchier, the Royal Arms of England and Bohun, visible on several of the Wrey monuments in Tawstock Church. William was summoned to Parliament as Lord FitzWarin in right of his wife and is thus deemed to have become 9th Baron FitzWarin. William Bourchier had three distinguished brothers: Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex (1404 – 4 April 1483), eldest brother; John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners (1415-1474), younger brother; and Thomas Bourchier, (ca. 1404-1486), Archbishop of Canterbury and a cardinal, youngest brother. His sister Eleanor Bourchier, (ca. 1417-1474) married John de Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. Thomasine was buried in Bampton Church, and the surviving fragments of a tomb chest there re-set into the north wall of the chancel and displaying in a row within quatrefoils Bourchier Knots alternating with water bougets of the Bourchier arms is said by Pevsner to be that of Thomasine Hankford (d.1453), wife of William Bourchier (1407-1470) William Bourchier died before 12 December 1469 and was buried in the Church of the Austin Friars in London. His will was dated at Bampton 13 February 1466/7.
Fulk Bourchier, 10th Baron FitzWarin (1445-1479)
Fulk Bourchier, 10th Baron FitzWarin (1445-1479), (son). He requested in his will to be buried at Bampton near the graves of his parents. He married Elizabeth Dinham, one of the four sisters and co-heiresses of John Dynham, 1st Baron Dynham (1433-1501), KG, of Nutwell and Hartland, Devon. Elizabeth remarried to Sir John Sapcotes, and a stained glass heraldic escutcheon survives in Bampton church showing the arms of Sapcotes impaling Dinham.
John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath (1470–1539)
John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath, 11th Baron FitzWarin (1470–1539), (son) created in 1536 Earl of Bath. He married Cecilia Daubeny, daughter of Sir Giles Daubeney and heiress of her brother Henry Daubeney, 1st Earl of Bridgewater and 9th Baron Daubeny (1494–1548). His magnificent tomb with effigies of himself, his wife and their eight children was situated in the Bourchier Chapel of Bampton Church until its destruction after 1770
John Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Bath (1499–1561)
John Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Bath, 12th Baron FitzWarin (1499–1561) and 10th Baron Daubeny (son). He inherited the title Baron Daubeny in 1548 on the death of his maternal uncle Henry Daubeney, 1st Earl of Bridgewater and 9th Baron Daubeny (1494–1548). He married thrice:
- Firstly to Elizabeth (or Isabel) Hungerford, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford (d.1516), of Farleigh, younger son of Robert Hungerford, 3rd Baron Hungerford (1428-1464). By Elizabeth he had one daughter:
- Elizabeth Bourchier
- Secondly (before 25 May 1524) to Eleanor Manners, daughter of George Manners, 11th Baron de Ros by his wife Anne St. Leger. He and his second wife built the south aisle chapel in Tawstock Church, in which she was buried. Above the external door of the aisle are sculpted his arms impaling tha arms of Manners. By Eleanor he had progeny including:
- John Bourchier, known by the courtesy title "Lord FitzWarin", who predeceased his father. He married his step-sister Frances Kitson (d.1586), the daughter of his father's 3rd wife from her 1st marriage to Sir Thomas Kitson (d.1540) (see below). Her monument with recumbent effigy exists in Tawstock Church and is covered by the earliest six-columned canopy in Devon. His son by Frances Kitson was William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath.
- Sir George Bourchier (d.1605), 3rd son, an English soldier who settled in Ireland and who gained there vast estates. He married Martha Howard (c. 1555–1598), daughter of William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham, by whom his 5th son, who was probably born and was certainly brought up in Ireland, was Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (d.1654).
- Thirdly, on 4 Dec 1548, to Margaret Donnington (d.1562) daughter and sole heiress of John Donnington (d.1544) of Stoke Newington, a member of the Worshipful Company of Salters, by his wife Elizabeth Pye. Margaret Donnington was the widow successively of Sir Thomas Kitson (d.1540), the builder of Hengrave Hall in Suffolk, and next of Sir Richard Long (d.1546) of Wiltshire, Great Saxham and Shingay, Cambridgeshire, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Henry VIII. Margaret Donnington was a strong-minded lady who insisted that at the same time as her marriage to Bourchier, his son and heir should marry her own daughter Frances Kitson. The double marriage took place at Hengrave on 11 December 1548. Thus the 2nd Earl's eldest son from his 2nd marriage to Eleanor Manners, John Bourchier, Lord FitzWarin (who predeceased his father), married his own step-sister, Francesca Kitson, and was by her the father of William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath. Margaret Donnington and Bourchier made Hengrave their home and Bourchier was buried at Hengrave with his wife in a magnificent marble tomb. Stained glass in the cloister of Hengrave Hall survives memorialising the Bourchier residency, showing ten quarterings of Bourchier (Bourchier, Louvaine, FitzWarin, Audley, Cogan, Hankford, Brewer, Martin, Dinham, Arches) impaling Donnington (Argent, three pallets azure on a chief gules three bezants)
William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath (pre 1557–1623)
William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath, 13th Baron FitzWarin, 11th Baron Daubeny (bef. 1557–1623), (grandson, son of John Bourchier, "Lord FitzWarin" (1529–1556) (by his wife Frances Kitson), who predeceased his own father). By his time the family had its main seat at Tawstock, and in the church there the 3rd Earl is buried and where survives his magnificent tomb and effigy. He married Elizabeth Russell, daughter of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford (d.1585)
Monument to mother
The monument erected in 1589 to Frances Kitson (d.1586) "Lady FitzWarren", mother of the 3rd Earl of Bath survives in the south aisle of St Peter's Church, Tawstock. It consists of a recumbent effigy covered by the earliest six-columned canopy in Devon with strapwork decoration. On it are displayed the arms of Kitson of Hengrave Hall, Suffolk: Sable, three fishes hauriant argent a chief or. Above the effigy are two inscribed tablets, the left-hand one of gilt background with a Latin verse inscription above with a separate English prose inscription below, the right-hand tablet of slate colour being an English translation in verse of the Latin inscription, as follows:
Scire ne vis lector quænam fuit ista sepulta hic,Fama manet mundo mens animusq(ue) deo.
Ex patre aurato milite gnata fuit
Uxor erat domini Fitzwaren et auia tandem
Bathoniæ comitis inclita mater erat
Quæ fuit (o lector) quo coniuge quoq(ue) parente
Quem sobolem peperit sunt tibi dicta satis
Qualis erat tibi liuor et indignatio dicant
Quæ mala si vellent dicere nulla queunt
Profuit hæc multis nulli nocuisse notatur
Hanc terris demptam dives inopsq(ue) dolent
Non ego te longo cupio sermone morari
Plena decore fuit plenaq(ue) honore fuit
Terrea Franciscæ tibi mors, en debita pars est
Here lieth buried Francis lady Fitzwaren ye daughter of Sr Thomas Kitson Knight & wief to John lord Fitzwaren the so(n)ne & heire apparant of John Erle of Bath By whom she had Issue Thomas, John, Margaret & Will'm now Erle of Bath she patiently departed the mortality of this lyf in ye trew faith on Ester day Ao 1586. Elizabeth Regine XXVIII
Wilte thou o reader know what wighte she was that's buried hereIn worlde her fame remain her mind & soule w'th God do dwell
even of a famous worthie Knighte the childe and dawghter deare
she wife unto fitzwarren Lorde at lengthe and grandam was
and Mother to the Earle of Bathe erre she from life did passe
O reader what she was whose wife whose childe & whom she bore
my former words doe unto thee sufficientlie declare.
Let spite & malice speake the truthe what was this worthy wife
Whoe if they would some evill saie yet cannot for their life
She many noted was to helpe and to doe hurte to none
Whom taken from the earth her deathe bothe riche & poor doe morne
To holde thee here w'th speeches longe is not ye thinge I crave
of honor vertue and renowne none coulde more plenty have
O Deathe this Frauncis earthlie parte is to thy lotte befell
Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath (1590–1636)
Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath, 14th Baron FitzWarin, 12th Baron Daubeny (1590–1636) (son). He died without male progeny, leaving three daughters, between whom the baronies of FitzWarin and Daubeny became abeyant; The patent of the Earldom of Bath restricted it to male descent and it was thus inherited together with the estates in tail male by a cousin the 5th Earl. Ultimately these three daughters, following the death without progeny of the 5th Earl in 1654, became co-heiresses of Tawstock.
Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (1593–1654)
Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (1593–1654) (his father's 2nd cousin and heir male). He was the 5th son of Sir George Bourchier (d.1605) (3rd son of the 2nd Earl), an English soldier who settled in Ireland and who gained there vast estates. Henry's mother was Martha Howard (c. 1555–1598), daughter of William Howard, 1st Baron Howard of Effingham. He was probably born and was certainly brought up in Ireland, where his father had gained vast estates. He married Rachael Fane (1612/13-1680), fifth daughter of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland (1580-1629), but produced no progeny. On his death without progeny the Earldom of Bath became extinct. Rachel erected in the south aisle chapel of Tawstock Church a large monument (deemed "splendid" by Pevsner, "massive and ugly" by Hoskins and "almost unequalled in singularity and absurdity" by Marland) to her husband, consisting of a free standing base of black and white marble on which sit four white marble dogs supporting on their shoulders a big black square bulging sarcophogus. On each of the four corners is a black obelisk.
Monument to wife
Rachel's own monument stands next to that of her husband in Tawstock Church, given by the Diocese of Bath and Wells, a white marble life-size standing female figure by Balthasar Burman, a replica of the statue made in 1671/2 by his father Thomas Burman of Mary Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury (1556–1632) situated in a niche in the Shrewsbury Tower of Second Court, the building of which she financed, in St John's College, Oxford. The Latin inscription is as follows:
Rachel Comitissa Henrico digna, vix altera e sexu vel animo, vel virtute aequipollens Rebus domesticis, civilibus, sacris, ingenio plusquam virili, at materno (quo suo tempore vix maius dabatur in terris) Ecclesiae Anglicanae Filia humilis, et devota, et iniquis temporibus eiectorum Patrum mater et hie pene unica fautrix Unicum Lugendum quod in se perjisset nobile Bourchieri nomen, ni sat illa habuit virtutum vel illud immortale reddere Et liset improlis plus mille liberorum Parens, quos liberalissime educavit, dotavit, sacravit, et nobilitavit. Adhuc vivit et nunquam moritura dum his Regionibus supersunt grata pectora.("Rachel, a countess really worthy of Henry, who had scarce an equal of her sex either in spirit or in virtue. In domestic, civil and religious affairs she had a genius exceeding that of a man, and such a motherly disposition that scarce a greater then existed in the world. She was a humble and devout daughter of the Church of England and in times of persecution a mother to the distressed (dispossessed) Fathers and in these parts almost their only protectress. This alone was worthy of our tears, that in her the noble name of Bourchier would have been extinct if she had not been endowed with virtues sufficient even to render it immortal and though she was childless yet she was parent to more than a thousand children, whom in a very genteel manner she brought up, gave portions to, consecrated and even ennobled. She still lives and never will die while any spark of gratitude remains in this country")
The heir of the Bourchiers was the Wrey family of Trebeigh Manor, St Ive, Cornwall. On the death of Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (d.1654), the last in the male line, the title became extinct. The co-heiresses to the Bourchier lands became the three daughters of his first cousin once removed Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath (1590-1636). The 3rd daughter, Lady Anne Bourchier (1631-?), married firstly James Cranfield, 2nd Earl of Middlesex, the issue of which marriage was soon extinct and secondly to Sir Chichester Wrey, 3rd Baronet (1628-1668), whose descendants inherited the principal Bourchier seat of Tawstock. The Devon biographer John Prince (d.1723) stated that in his day the most part of Bampton remained the posterity of the former Earls of Bath and was the "noble seat" of Lady Wrey, dowager of Sir Bourchier Wrey, 4th Baronet (d.1696).
The descent of Tawstock in the Wrey family was as follows:
Sir Chichester Wrey, 3rd Baronet (1628-1668)
Sir Chichester Wrey, 3rd Baronet (1628-1668), who in 1654 married, as her second husband, the heiress of Tawstock, Holne, Ilfracombe and other manors, Lady Anne Bourchier (1631-?), third daughter of Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath (1590-1636). Sir Chichester fought for the Royalists during the Civil War and after the Restoration of the Monarchy of 1660 became MP for Lostwithiel in Cornwall and was Colonel of the Duke of York's Regiment.
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 4th Baronet (c. 1653-1696)
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 4th Baronet (c. 1653-1696), (son). He was also like his father Colonel of the Duke of York's Regiment. He served as MP for Liskeard, Cornwall from 1678 to 1679 and from 1689 to 1696 and for Devon in 1685. He was a noted duellist and died in 1696 from wounds suffered in a duel fought at Falmouth in 1694 with the MP for St. Ives, James Praed (d.1706). In 1681 he married Florence Rolle, daughter of Sir John Rolle (1626-1706) of Stevenstone, near Great Torrington, Devon, Sheriff of Devon in 1682 and one of the largest landowners in Devon. A mural monument exists in St Peter's Church, Tawstock to Florence's mother, Florence Rolle (d.1705), daughter and sole heiress of Denys Rolle (1614-1638) of Stevenstone and wife of Sir John Rolle (d.1706) of Marhayes. It was erected by her daughter Margaret Rolle, a spinster and sister of Florence Rolle (Lady Wrey), the widow of Sir Bourchier Wrey, 4th Baronet (d.1696).
Juxta hoc Marmor depositæ sunt Reliquiæ Bourchieri Wrey Baronetti Honorabilis ordinis Balnei Militis Egregius animi dotibus Fortitudine præsertim et amicitia Insignis Ecclesiae pietate, Regi Fidelitate Conspicui. Filius erat natu Maximus Chichesteri Wrey de Trebeigh, in agro Cornubienfi Baronetti, E Conjuge Comitissa Middlesex Filia Edwardi Comitis Bathon de antiqua et perillustri Bourchierum strirpe nuper extincta Obijt 28vo die Julii Anno Dom.ii 1696 Ætatis 44to Spe Beatae Resurrectionis ("Near this marble lie deposited the remains of Bourchier Wrey, Baronet, of the Honourable Order of the Bath, outstanding especially in spirit, gifts, fortitude and notable in pious friendship to the Church and conspicuous in fidelity to the king. He was the eldest-born son of Chichester Wrey of Trebeigh, Baronet, in the county of Cornwall, by his wife the Countess of Middlesex, daughter of Edward, Earl of Bath, of the very ancient and very illustrious stock of Bourchier, recently extinct. He died on the 28th day of July in the Year of Our Lord 1696, (in the year) of his age the 44th, in hope of the Blessed Resurrection")
Monument to wife
A mural monument exists in Tawstock Church to Florence Rolle, wife of Sir Bourchier Wrey 4th Baronet, inscribed as follows:
"In memory of Florence Lady Wrey Daughter of John Rolle of Stevenstone in ye County of Devon Kt of ye Bath Wife & Relict of Bourchier Wrey late of Tawstock, Baron(et), Who in every stage of Life, Sometime prosperous oftener adverse, Most happily discharg'd the dutys of Virgin Wife and Widoow. The ornement & Pattern of her sex The living Image of all Virtues For Piety especially & Humility Mix'd with sweeness of manners And engageing elegance of Person & address Superior to most second to none. ob: Aug: 24, 1724. die St Barth. Beneath rest the Remains of her Daughter Flo: Cole who died Aug 30 1718. This Monument was erected by her son Chichester Wrey A:M: Rect'r of Tawstock MDCCXXVI"
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 5th Baronet (c. 1683-1726)
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 6th Baronet (c. 1715-1784)
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 6th Baronet (c. 1715-1784) (son). He was a Jacobite sympathiser. He made his Grand Tour in 1737-40 and in 1742 was elected to the Society of Dilettanti. He served as MP for Barnstaple in 1747 and went to Bremen, Hamburg and Lübeck in 1752 as a delegate for the "Society for Carrying on the Herring Fishery". In 1760 he rebuilt the pier at Ilfracombe, originally built by the Bourchiers, and established better arrangements for English fishermen in Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck and Copenhagen.
A "stately" (Pevsner) monument to Sir Bourchier Wrey, 6th Baronet (c. 1715-1784) exists in the south transept of Tawstock Church, being a plain free-standing urn on a big square pedestal, railed off by iron railings. The north side of the base is inscribed as follows:
"Sacred To the Memory of Sir Bourchier Wrey of Tawstock House In the County of Devon Bart Descended from Sir Chichester Wrey Bart Of Trebeigh in the County of Cornwall By Ann wife Wife Daughter and Coheiress Of Edward Bourchier Earl of Bath And Lord Fitz-warine, and relict of James Earl of Middlesex. He was chosen in 1748 to represent in Parliament the Borough of Barnstaple And was nineteen Years Colonel of the North-Devon Regiment of Militia He departed this Life April 13th 1784 Aged 69 Years Sir Bourchier Wrey was twice married First to Mary daughter of John Edwards of Highgate Esqr By which Marriage there was no issue, Afterwards to Ellen Daughter & Coheiress of John Thresher Esqr of Bradford in the County of Wilts (By Whom he has left two Sons and four Daughters Bourchier, Bourchier William, Ellen, Dyonisia, Florentina, and Anna Maria) & who having surviv's him has caus'd This Monument to be erected As a Testimony of Her Respect and Affection".
The east side is inscribed:
"Beneath this Marble are also deposited the earthly Remains of Ellen Lady Wrey, Relict of Sir Bourchier Wrey Baronet, She died at the venerable Age of eighty, affectionately regretted by her surviving family, and closing on the 2d of December 1813, a Life of habitual piety, active Benevolence & every christian Virtue, in the humble hope, through her Redeemers merits. Immortality"
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 7th Baronet (1757-1826)
Sir Bourchier Wrey, 7th Baronet (1757-1826). His first wife whom he married in 1786 was Anne Palk (c.1763-1791), a daughter of Sir Robert Palk, 1st Baronet (1717-1798) of Haldon in South Devon, a wealthy officer of the East India Company. In 1787 Tawstock Court was destroyed by fire, and the 7th baronet took the opportunity in 1789 to rebuild the former Tudor mansion in the fashionable new gothic style, (deemed by Hoskins "remarkably ugly") with the assistance of the architect Sir John Soane. It is of similar appearance to nearby Hartland Abbey, especially as regards the castellated parapet which rises to a central pediment, rebuilt in 1779 by its then owner Paul Orchard. In 1793 he remarried to Ann Osborne, daughter of John Osborne.
Sir Bourchier Palk Wrey, 8th Baronet (1788-1879)
Sir Bourchier Palk Wrey, 8th Baronet (1788-1879) (only son by first marriage), who in 1818 married Ellen Caroline O'Brien  the nanny of his sister's children, whose husband had gone missing, presumed dead. The husband "had the bad taste to turn up again" (Lauder), thereby invalidating the marriage, and died in 1828, four after which Sir Bourchier re-married her. He had by her a daughter Ellen Caroline Wrey (1819-1866). He married secondly in 1843 to Eliza Coles a daughter of one of the lodge-keepers of the Tawstock estate, who had been lady's maid to his first wife.
Despite the above, no evidence was ever adduced to prove that the marriage of 1818 was bigamous. In 1879, on the death of the 8th Baronet, the personal representatives of Ellen Caroline Weld (nee Wrey) sued for her portion and won their case, which they would not have done had she been illegitimate. The whole issue was then exhaustively considered by the Committee for Privileges of The House of Lords in 1914, which determined that Ellen Caroline`s eldest son, Reginald Joseph Weld, was coheir to the Baronies of Martin and Fitzwaryn, which he would not have been had she been illegitimate. It is of course also impossible to prove that the marriage of 1818 was not bigamous, but the presumption in law is that all public acts, including marriages, are duly and lawfully performed unless the contrary be shown.
Rev. Sir Henry Bourchier Wrey, 9th Baronet (1797-1882)
Rev. Sir Henry Bourchier Wrey, 9th Baronet (1797-1882) (half-brother, son by father's 2nd wife), Rector of Tawstock. He married his first cousin Ellen Toke (1801-1864), daughter of Nicholas Toke (1764-1837) of Godinton House in Kent, by his wife Anna Maria Wrey, a daughter of the 6th baronet. He died at Corffe, a house on the estae about 3/4 mile west of Tawstock Court.
Sir Henry Bourchier Toke Wrey, 10th Baronet (1829-1900)
Sir Henry Bourchier Toke Wrey, 10th Baronet (1829-1900) (son). He attended Trinity College, Oxford. In 1854 he married Marianne Sherard, daughter of Philip Castel Sherard, 9th Baron Sherard (1804–1886). He served as High Sheriff of Devon in 1891, and as Deputy Lieutenant and JP and was a Major in the 4th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. In 1885 he sold the former Bourchier manor of Holne on the River Dart to Hon. Richard Maitland Westenra Dawson (1845-1914), 3rd son of Richard Dawson, 1st Earl of Dartrey. In the same year of 1885 he made substantial improvements to Tawstock Court, most notably to the two long wings extending westwards, forming a long narrow courtyard, which received terracotta mullioned windows and dressings, probably made at Lauder & Smith's Barnstaple pottery. He also added a western gatehouse to close off this western courtyard, with terracotta datestone "1885" above the arched gateway.
Sir Robert Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 11th Baronet (1855-1917)
Sir Robert Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 11th Baronet (1855-1917), (son). He served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in the 1882 Anglo-Egyptian War and with the Naval Brigade landed in the Third Anglo-Burmese War. He retired from the service with the rank of Captain, and later served as the honorary lieutenant-colonel of the Royal North Devon Hussars. He married Jessie Fraser, daughter of William Thomson Fraser and granddaughter of John Fraser, of Mongewell Park, Oxfordshire. He left no male progeny, only a daughter Rachel Wrey (1911-1991), wife of John Henry Peyto Verney, 20th Baron Willoughby de Broke (1896–1986). He was the last to live at Tawstock Court and "to keep house in the old manner" (Lauder) and moved to Corffe a nearby house on the estate, having let the Court.
Sir Philip Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 12th Baronet (1858-1936)
Sir Philip Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 12th Baronet (1858-1936), CBE, (younger brother), who in 1919 sold 2,500 acres of the estate for £67,000, leaving some 7,000 acres remaining. In 1889 he married Alice Mary Borton, daughter of Captain Borton, but left only female progeny, two daughters. In 1924 he erected against the east wall of the north transept of Tawstock Church the large monument formerly in St Ive Church near Callington, Cornwall of his ancestor Sir John Wrey (d.1597) and his wife.
Rev. Sir Albany Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 13th Baronet (1861-1948)
Rev. Sir Albany Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 13th Baronet (1861-1948) (younger brother). He attended Hertford College, Oxford and was Rector of Tawstock and a JP for Devon. In World War I he received the Reserve Decoration, Barnstaple, 1912–18 and was Chaplain to the Royal North Devon Hussars. He was a member of the Devon County Education Committee and was Chairman of the Barnstaple division of the RDC 1916–48. He was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935 and the Coronation Medal in 1937. In 1896 he married Isabel Frances Sophia Fleet, daughter of Thomas Horn Fleet, but died without progeny. In about 1940 he let Tawstock Court to St Michael's Preparatory School.
Sir (Castel Richard) Bourchier Wrey, 14th Baronet (1903-1991)
Sir (Castel Richard) Bourchier Wrey, 14th Baronet (1903-1991) (nephew, son of Edward Castell Wrey, 7th son of 10th Bt.). He inherited about 7,000 acres, forming the nucleus of the former larger estate. He lived at Webbery, near Bideford, about 4 1/4 miles SW of Tawstock Court. In 1973 he moved to South Africa, his wife's country of origin, and in the 1970s sold Tawstock Court to its tenant St Michael's School and sold most of the remaining land.
Sir George Richard Bourchier Wrey, 15th Baronet (born 1948)
Sir George Richard Bourchier Wrey, 15th Baronet (born 1948) (son). He inherited only a farmhouse with a few hundred acres, and in 2002 was running a family property business, entirely unconnected with the former Wray estates. St Michael's School continued to occupy Tawstock Court until 2012 when it became insolvent and went into administration, upon which the preparatory school closed. On 17 July 2012 the property with 32 acres was purchased for an undisclosed sum from the administrator Grant Thornton UK LLP, joint administrators of St Michael's School Tawstock Ltd., by Mr Rik Peryer, a property investor and developer, as a private residence. As part of the sale the nursery school division of St Michael's School continues to operate (in 2013) in the stable blocks to the immediate west of the house.
The heir apparent to the baronetcy is Harry David Bourchier Wrey (born 1984), eldest son of the 15th Baronet.
- Sanders, I.J., English Baronies, Oxford, 1960, p. 104, Barony of Barnstaple
- Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, pp. 151–156, Wrey of Tawstock
- Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, pp. 788–792, Tawstock
- Gray, Todd, Devon Household Accounts, 1627–59, Part II, Henry, Fifth Earl of Bath and Rachel, Countess of Bath, 1637-1655, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, Exeter, 1996
- Layley, Charles G., The Lords of Barnstaple, Tawstock, 1983
- Layley, Charles G., The Story of Tawstock Church, Tawstock, 1981
- Coulter, James, Tawstock and the Lords of Barnstaple, Bideford, 1996
- Mesenger, A.W.B. & Benson, John, The Heraldry of Tawstock Church, published in Transactions of the Devonshire Association, vol.83, 1951
- Wrey, Miss Florence, Tawstock Church
- Pevsner, p.789
- Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, part 2, 1:40
- Pole, p.14
- Strong, H.W., History and Description of Tawstock Church, Barnstaple, 1889, p.8, Tawstock thought to have been a later seat of the feudal barons of Barnstaple; "None of the lords of the borough" (i.e. of Barnstaple) "ever resided there, and this circumstance doubtless assisted the townsmen in their moves towards self-government", per Woodger, L. S., Borough of Barnstaple, History of Parliament, House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe, 1993 
- Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.790
- Hoskins, W.G., A New Survey of England: Devon, London, 1959 (first published 1954), p.489
- Pevsner, p.788
- The Renaissance of the South-West, whether in clerical or in secular woodwork, is nearly always richer in detail than in the East of England. It is also, as a rule, exceedingly varied, yet possessing marked characteristics which are typical and recognisable. Such examples as the fine Wrey pew in Tawstock Church...may be cited as representative of the expression of the French Renaissance in Devonshire. So closely was the style assimilated, and so fine in execution and full in design are many of these Devonshire examples, that the hand of the French carver and designer has often been suspected, and with reason. In spite of this foreign character, very strong in such details as the balusters supporting the tester of this rich pew, there is no question as to its English origin, although French collaboration may be granted in its designing.(Herbert Cescinsky, Ernest. R. Gribble, Early English Furniture & Woodwork, The Development Of The Chest And Standing Cupboard, Part 12 
- Gray, Todd, Devon Household Accounts, 1627–59, Part II, Henry, Fifth Earl of Bath and Rachel, Countess of Bath, 1637-1655, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, Exeter, 1996, Appendix 8, p.304 et seq
- Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, part 1, 1:40
- Thorn & Thorn, part 2, 1:40
- Date of death of William II de Braose as given by Sanders, p.105
- Pole, Sir William (d.1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.14, "Tawstock" mis-transcribed in 1791 edition from 17th century manuscript as "Tavistocke", see Pole p.xv re transcription errors
- Pole, pp.14, 389
- Sanders, p.105
- Sanders, p.105, note 9
- Sanders, 1960, p.15, Blagdon, note 5
- Identification as "Lady Margaret Audley (d.1373)" per information label by her effigy, Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon; Hoskins, p.489 "14th-cent. effigy in oak of an unknown lady"; Pevsner p.790: "Fine wooden c.14 effigy, one of those attributed to a Bristol workshop. Perhaps Eleanor or Margaret Martin"
- GEC Complete Peerage, vol.V, p.501, Baron FitzWarin, note a, inquisition post mortem of Nicholas Audeley (d.1391)
- Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham. Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2005. pg 831. Google eBook
- Pole, p.390
- Arms of Fulk V FitzWarin, St George's Roll of Arms, 1285, briantimms.com, St George's Roll, part 1, no. E69
- GEC Complete Peerage, vol. V, pp495-512, Baron FitzWarin, pp.495-512
- Date of death per information label by her effigy, Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon
- GEC Complete Peerage, vol.V, pp.500-1, Baron FitzWarin
- GEC Complete Peerage, vol. V, p.502
- Tristram Risdon's Notebook
- GEC, Vol.V, p.507
- Risdon, p.291
- pole, p.271
- Risdon, pp.182,, 386
- Risdon, p.334
- Risdon, p.80
- White's Devonshire Directory, 1850, re: Holne
- Gray, p.xxv, landholdings of 5th Earl of Bath, map 3
- Fea, Allan, Nooks and Corners of Old England, New York, 1908, p.165
- Lamplugh, Lois, Barnstaple: Town on the Taw, South Molton, 2002, p.165, note 2 of chapter 12
- Lamplugh, Lois, Barnstaple: Town on the Taw, South Molton, 2002, p.106
- Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.154
- Risdon, p.64
- Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.147
- Pevsner, p.790
- Risdon, p.276; Vivian, p.106, pedigree of Bourchier
- GEC, Vol.V, p.508; given incorrectly as "Braunton" in Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitation of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.106, pedigree of Bourchier
- GEC, Vol.V, p.508
- GEC Peerage, IV, p.381
- Vivian, p.106
- Hoskins, W.G., A New Survey of England: Devon, London, 1959 (first published 1954) , p.327
- GEC Complete Peerage, Vol.V, p.511, Baron FitzWarin
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitation of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.107, pedigree of Bourchier
- http://www.thepeerage.com/p11719.htm#i117184; Vivian, p.107, Robert incorrectly identified as Comes Hungerford ("Earl Hungerford")
- Vivian, p.107
- Lauder, p.152
- Peter W. Hammond (Ed.), The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 71
- Vivian, p.107 "Dodington"
- Rowe, Joy, biog of Kitson family (per. c.1520–c.1660), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/73910]
- 'Stoke Newington: Other estates', A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 8: Islington and Stoke Newington parishes (1985), pp. 178-184 Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- Welch, Charles, biog. of Kitson, Sir Thomas (1485–1540), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 
- Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, pp.152-3
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitation of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.107, Bourchier
- Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, p.152
- Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, pp.152-3; thepeerage.com
- Per Rokewood, p.219: "Gules, two bendlets wavy or. In this 7th position are shown elsewhere the arms of Stapledon (of Annery, Monkleigh): Argent, two bars wavy sable, e.g. on monument of Lady Frances Bourchier (d.1612) in the Earl of Bedford's Chenies Chapel, Bucks. (www.middlesex-heraldry.org.uk) & sculpted on gatehouse of Tawstock Court, Devon)
- Rokewood, John Gage, History and Antiquities of Suffolk: Thingoe Hundred, 1838, pp.218-9 
-  with corrections
- Marland, J.H., Remarks on English Churches, 1843, quoted by Harris, G.T., Some Memorials in Devon Churches, published in Devon Notes & Queries, Vol.XIV, p.90 (per Gray, note 31, p.xxi)
- Gray, p.xxii
- Hoskins, p.489; "Mary, Countess of Shrewsbury, promised to finance a second court. Built in 1598–1602, it cost £3,600, of which the countess, owing to her misfortunes, contributed only £2,700" From: 'The colleges and halls: St. John's', A History of the County of Cambridge and the Isle of Ely: Volume 3: The City and University of Cambridge (1959), pp. 437-450. 
- http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ukdevon/TawstockInsideMIs.htm with corrections
- Based on framed 19th. century handwritten translation at base of monument; also similarly translated by Layley, Lords of Barnstaple, p.27, reproduced in Gray, p.xxii
- Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.877, Wrey Baronets
- Debrett's Peerage, 1968, p.877
- Vivian, Visitation of Devon, 1895, p.106
- Prince's statement reported by Rev. John Swete, per Gray, Todd & Rowe, Margery (Eds.), Travels in Georgian Devon: The Illustrated Journals of The Reverend John Swete, 1789-1800, 4 vols., Tiverton, 1999, vol.3, p.54. Original source of quote in Prince's Worthies of Devon not stated
- Lauder, p.155
- Ilfracombe had been the dowry of Elizabeth Cogan (d.1397), heiress of the feudal barony of Bampton and wife of Fulk IX FitzWarin, 5th Baron FitzWarin (1362–1391), son of the heiress of Tawstock Margaret Audley, 3rd daughter and co-heiress of James Audley, 2nd Baron Audley (d.1386) (GEC Complete Peerage, vol. V, p.500-1; p.503, note (a))
- Vivian, p.656, pedigree of Rolle
- Text per monument: "In memory of The Lady Rolle wife of Sr. John Rolle, Knight of ye Bath, ye purity of whose mind, w(hi)ch appeared in all ye dutys of a virtuous life, made her ye best of wives, mothers & friends. Her love was like her piety, constant & unfeigned to her last moment. She dyed Aug(u)st ye 10th 1705.
Rest pious dust thy God has heard thy prayers,
Calm'd all thy sorrows & wip'd off thy tears,
Thy soul doth now behold his face divine,
And with ye heavenly host in confort joyn,
Pitys ye senseless folly of mankind,
While she enjoys an endless peace of mind.
This monument was erected by her daught(e)r M(ist)r(es)s Margaret Rolle".
- Vivian, p.656; Lauder, p.155
- Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, p.431
- Hoskins, p.489
- Pevsner, pp.791, 474
- Dynaunt, Fitzwaryn, and Martin Peerage Claims: Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee of Privileges; London 1915
- Cyclists Road Map to Exmoor
- http://www.holne-chase.co.uk/history-holne-chase (name corrected)
- Pevsner, p.791
- Lauder, Rosemary, Devon Families, Tiverton, 2002, p.156
- Lauder, p.156
- Independent property adviser GVA has completed the sale of the Tawstock Court estate near Barnstaple, Devon, on behalf of Nigel Morrison and Trevor O'Sullivan of Grant Thornton UK LLP, joint administrators of St Michael's School Tawstock Ltd.