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arms of his family, and the heirs they matched with. On a table
of black marble is this inscription (written by Dr .Fuller) in letters
of gold.

i Fuller's Worthies in Devon, p. 270. k Ibid.

1 Worthies of Devon, p- 552. "> Westcote's Survey of Devon, MS.

" Coles's Escaetr. lib. y. p. 25c, in Ejbi. Harlcyan.


The remains of Dennis Rolle, Esq.
His earthly part within this tomb doth rest.
Who kept a court of honour in his breast :
Birth, beauty, wit, and wisdom, sate as peers,
'Till death mistook his virtues for his years.
Or else heaven envy'd earth so rich a treasure,
Wlierein too fine the ware, too scant the measure.
His mournful wife, her love to shew in part,
This tomb built here, a better in her heart.
Sweet babe, his hopeful heir (heaven grant this boon)
Live but so well ; but oh ! die not so soon.

C Domini 1 63 8.
Oblit Anno y

„ ,. V n-v ( u™j unum
Reliquit Filu

(. as, qumque.

iEtatis 24.
, unum

He married ° Margaret, daughter of John Lord Paulct, bi
whom he left (as the inscription mentions) five daughters, anc,
an. only son, John, who was but four months and ten days old, at
his father's decease, and died anno ]642. Of his five daughters,
four of them were thus disposed of in marriage; Elizabeth, to
William, son of Sir George Stroud, of the county of Sussex, Knt. ;
Florence, to Sir John Rolle, Knight of the Bath, ancestor to the
Lord Rolle; Anne, to WiUiam Cook, of Highnam near Glou-
cester, Esq. j and Margaret, to Sir John Acland, of Columb-John
in Devonshire, Bart, who had issue by her Sir Arthur Acland,
Bart, who died in 1672, unmarried, and Margaret, married to
John, Lord Arundel, of Trerice. Margaret, the widow of the
said Dennis Rolle, was secondly married to Sir Richard Chol-
mondley, of Grosmont in Yorkshire, Knt. by whom he had Lady
Put, mother to Sir Thomas Put, of Combe in the county of
Devon, the last Baronet of the family, and Lady Doily, mother to
Sir John Doily, Bart. She was thirdly married to Colonel Ed-
wark Cook, of Highnam in Gloucestershire, and lies buried with
her first husband at Bicton. Her only son, John Rolle, dying an
infant, the inheritance of the estate of her husband came to

Henry Rolle, of Beam in com. Devon, Esq. son of John, (by
his wife Philippa, daughter of Richard Halse, of Kenedon in com.
Devon, Esq.) who was brother to Sir Henry Rolle the elder,

o Cole's Escaetr. lib. v. p- 250, in Bibl. Harleyan


aforesaid. He dying without issue male, aged forty-one, was
buried in the church of St. Giles's, April 13th, 1647, Where-
upon the estate devolved on John Rolle, of Marrais in com. Cor-
nub. Esq. son of Andrew, son of George, who was the second son
of George Rolle, Esq. the purchaser of Stevenstone.

Which George Rolle, Esq. was seated at Marrais, (now wrote
Morris) in com. Cornub, in right of his wife Margaret, daugliter
and heir of Edmund Marrais, of Marrais, Esq. by whom he had

Andrew Rolle, of Marrais, Esq. who was? forty years of age,
in 162O; after which he married, and left issue John, his son and
heir, who succeeded to the greatest part of the estate of his an-
cestors, on failure of issue male of Henry Rolle, Esq. who died in
1647, as before-mentioned.

Which Sir John Rolle, K.B, was heartily attached to the in-
terest of King Charles H. during his exile, 1 and made him laro-c
remittances. In the parliament that restored the Kino-, he"^ was
elected for Barnstaple in Devonshire^ and desiring to pay his
duty to him, ^ he had leave of the bouse of commons, May Sth,
1660, to go over into Holland. Returning with his Majesty, he
was "^ made one of the Knights of the Bath, at the coronation of
Charles II; and the year after, on the calling a new parliament,
he was chose" one of the knights for Devonshire. I'his was
called the Long Parliament, being continued, by several proro-
gations and adjournments, for seventeen years, eight months, and
seventeen days. He was a leading member in the house of com-
mons ; and in the last session of that parliament, bsgun October
21st, 167s, I find by the journals, he was in the first committee
appointed for privileges and elections ; also in a second committee,
to consider of ways and means for providing remedies, for the
better preservation and safety of his Majesty's person, and for re-
moving all popish recusants from within ten miles of the city of
London, and to draw up an address to his Majesty thereon. He
was also in the committee for examining into the murder of Sir
Edmund-Bury Godfrey, and the popish plot ; and of tlie com-
mittee, to inquire whether, contrary to the law for hindering
dangers that may happen from popish recusants, any persons have

p Vis de Com. Devon. Piaed. <i Ex. Scrip penes Hen- Dom. Rolle.

T Willis's Not. Pari. vol. ii. p 328. s Journal 1660, p. 18.

t Anstis'sEsiay on Knighthood of the Bath, p 83
11 Willis, p 254.


since got into any employment, military or civil; and it' any such
appear, that an address be made to his Majesty to remove them.
But towards the close of the session, absenting the house without
leave, he with twenty-five more, mostly of the counties of Devon,
and Cornwall, were ordered, December Ibth, 16/8, to be sent for
in custody of the serjeant at arms. And being on the state of the
nation, and the popish plot, they sent the same day a message to
the lords, that they resolved to adjouni for Christmas, and Christ-
mas-day only, during the Holydays. But on December 29lh,
following, the King prorogued them, and afterwards dissolved
them. The next year he was sheriff of Devonshire, which pre-
vented his being chosen again for the county, but he got his kins-
man, Samuel Rolle, Esq. elected in his place; and he, with Sir
Bourchier Wrey, Bart, his son-in-law, represented the county, as
long as he lived. On the arrival of the Prince of Orange at
P^xeter, he sent his second son, Dennis, to attend him, and was
well pleased M'ith the accession of King William and Queen
Mary to the crown. He married, as afore-mentioned, Florence,
daughter and coheir of Dennis Rolle, Esq. by whom he had issue
John, Dennis, Amos, Charles, Margaret, and Florence, married
to Sir Bourchier Wrey, of Tawstock, Bart, and Knight of the
Bath, and knight of the shire for Devon, in the parliaments of the
first of Jac. II, and first of William and Mary; and was also go-
vernor of Sheerness. (He was father of Sir Bourchier, member
in Queen Anne's two last parliaments for Camelford; and an-
cestor of the present Sir Bourchier Wrey, of Tawstock, Bart,
member for Barnstaple in the present parliament, descended
from Sir Chichester Wrey, Bart, who married Anne, coheir of
Edward Bourchier, Earl of Bath, and Lord Fitz-Warren, whence
comes a claim to that Barony.)

Sir John Rolle lived to be very aged, and died at Stevenstone,
and was buried in his parish church of St. Giles's, May 1st, 1/0(5.
He was possessed of as large a fortune, as any commoner of that
time,'' and died seized of the manors of Abbots Bickington, Ash-
ley Rolle, Aylesbear, Belsfon, Bickton, Bradwoodwigier^ Barton,
in Buckliuid Brewer, Buckland Brewer, Branton, Bridgerule,
Euckfast, Coliton Raleigh, Dodscot and More, East Pulford, Ger-
mans Week, Harpford and Venotery, Highley, Holbeton, Kil-
mingion, Lancras, Landkey, Langtree, Littleham and Exmouth,
Moor INIalherbe, Norwood, Odeham, Parkham, Poolapit Tamer,

X Ex Script Hen. Dom Rolle.


Pulcras cum Pottington, Raddon, Stevenstone, Stowford, Tregen-
now, Tythecott, Great Torrington, West Putford, Upcot Wood-
bury, and Yarnscomb, in com, Devon. And the manors of Crack-
ington, East Orchard Marrays, Hilton, Hole, Nauskuke, North
Tamerton, Wadfast, Yellow Lee; with the patronages of Abbats
Bickington, Bickton, Langtree, Marland, Marham Church, North
Tamerton, and part of Little Torrington, in the counties of Devon,
and Cornwall; and the custody of the high gaol of the county of
Devon; and lands. Sec. in several other parishes, in the several
counties of Cornwall, Devon, Northampton, and Somerset.

John Rolle, Esq. his eldest son, died before his father, and
was buried at Bicton (where he resided) April 22d, 1689. He
married Lady Christian Bruce, daughter of Robert, Earl of Ails-
bury, lord chamberlain to King James IL and was buried at Bicton
with her husband, April 23d, 172O. She had, for her second
husband. Sir Robert Gayer, Knight of the Bath, who had by her
two sons, Edward, and James, By her first husband she had three
sons, first, Robert; second, John; and third, Dennis; also a
daughter, Diana, married to Sir Bourchier Wrey, of Tawstock,

Robert Rolle, Esq. the eldest son, was chosen for Kcllington
in Cornwall, in the two last parliaments of King William, and
served in the several parliaments, called in the first, fourth,
seventh, and ninth years of Queen Anne, for the county of De-
von. He died at Exeter in 17 10, and was buried at Bicton. In
private life, as well as in public, no person excelled him. He
married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Duke, of Otterton in com,
Devon, Esq. who was buried by her husband at Bicton, September
29th, 1716, leaving no issue by him ; whereupon his estate de-
volved on his brother John.

Which John Rolle, Esq. was chosen for Saltash in Cornwall,
in the first parliament of Queen Anne, and in her fourth parlia-
ment for Devonshire, on his brother Robert's decease. In her
fit'th parliament, he was elected for the city of Exeter; and in the
first of King George I, was chosen for Barnstaple; and in the
second, again chosen for the city of Exeter : also, in the first
of King George II. he was again chosen for the county of
Devon. He> was offered the title of an Earl by Queen Anne's
last ministry, which he refused. He died May 6th, 1/30, and
was buried at St. Giles's with bis ancestors. He had the esteem,,

y F.x Inform Hen. Dom. Rolle.


veneration, and love of the whole county, and all his acquaintance,
as his brother Robert had : the first was esteemed for his conduct
and generosity; the last for his generosity; and both for their
integrity. He married Isabella, daughter of Sir William Walter,
of Saresden in Oxfordshire, Bart, by the Lady Mary Bruce,
daughter of R.obert, Earl of Ailsbury aforesaid, by whom he had.
First, Henry, Lord Rolle,

Second, John, who changed his name to IFalter, on his suc-
ceeding to the estate of his uncle. Sir Robert Walter, Bart, brother
to Sir John Walter, clerk of the green cloth to Queen Anne, and
member for the city of Oxford ; both sons to Sir William Walter
aforesaid, and great grandsons to Sir John Walter, Knt. lord chief
baron in the time of Charles IL

Third, William Rolle, died without issue.
Fourth, Dennis Rolle, succeeded to the estates of Samuel
Rolle, Esq. at Tuderly in Hampshire, and Shapwick in com.
Somers ; as also to those of Samuel Rolle, of Hudscote in De-
vonshire, as before related. He was father to the present peer.

Henry, Lord Rolle, the eldest son, was born November 7,
l/OS, at Beam, in the parish of Great Torrington in com. Devfjn.
He had both honorary degrees of niaster, and doctor of the civil
law, at the University of Oxford. In 1/30, he succeeded his
father as member for the county of Devon, and was chosen for the
same county in the next parliament. In the third, and fourth-par-
liament of this King, he was chosen for Barnstaple. And iu
consideration of his great merits, was created a Peer of this realm,
by the style and title of Lord Rolle, Baron of Steven-
stone, by letters patent, bearing date January 8th, 1747-8,21
Geo. IL

Christian, his Lordship's sister, was married to Henry Stevens,
of Smithcot in com. Devon. Esq.

Isabella, another sister, was married to Robert Duke, of Ol-
terton in the same county, Esq. and both were widows.
Two other sisters, Letitia, and Lucilla, died unmarried.
His Lordship died unmarried, 1759, when the title became

Dennis Rolle, his fourth brother and heir, died July 25th,

1797, having married , by whom he had issue

John Rolle, M. P. in several parliaments for Devonshire, re-
created Lord Rolle, of Stevenstoiie, June 20th, 179^-

His Lordship married Miss Walsand, of Bovey com. Devon,
but has no issue.


Title. John Rolle, Lord Rolle, Baron of Stevenstone.

Creation. Lord Rolle, Baron of Stevenstone in Devonshire,
June 20th, 1796.

Arms. Or, on a bar dancette, between three delves azure,
charged with as many lions rampant of the first, three beesants.

Crest. An arm couped azure, hand or, holding a flint proper.

Supporters. On either side, a leopard reguardant gules,
spotted or, each crowned with a coronet flory, of the second.

Motto. Nec rege, necpopulo, SED UTROaUE.

Chief Seats. Stevenstone, in the parish of St. Giles near
Great Torrington, Bickton, Hadscot, and Bovey-house, all in

VOL. vni. * ^^




The Editor regrets his inability to give a satisfactory account of"
the ancestors of Lord Cawdor, there being, (if he is not misin-
formed) no entry made in the Heralds Collei;;e, and applications
to the family for private information having failed.

The Campbells of Ca«;f/or in Scotland, acquired their seat and
estate in Pembrokeshire by marrying the heiress of the Lorts of
Stacpole- court, in that county.

John Campbell,^ Esq. of Cawdor in Nairnshire, andof Stac»
pole-court, represented the county of Pembroke in parliament in
1727, 1734, and 1742 J and was made a lord of the admiralty
1736} and of the treasury, 1746. He was also lieutenant-colo-
nel of the horse-guards, and governor of Chester. He had two
sons, and two daughters, vii.

First, Pryse Campbell, ofivhom presently.

Second, Lieutenant-colonel Alexander Campbell, died Novem-
ber, 1785, member of parliament for Nairnshire, having married-
Frances, sister of the present Earl Manvers, daughter of Philip
Medows, Esq. by Lady Frances Pierrepont, sister of the late Duke
of Kingston, by whom he had a son, major-general Frederick
C. Campbell, of the first regiment of foot-guards, member of par-
liament for Nairnshire IJQQ, IS06; and a daughter, wife of her
cousin, the present admiral Campbell.

Third, a daughter.

a Sir John Campbell, third son of Archibald, Earl of Argyle, married
Morella, daughter and sole heir of John Calder of Calder. But whether the
oresent Lord Cawdor is descended from him, I know noU


Fourth, Anne, married, July 8th, 1752, the late Matthew,
Lord Fortescue, by whom she was mother of the present Earl.

Pryse Campbel], Esq. of Cawdor, and Stacpole-court, eldest
son, was member of parliament for the counties of Cromertie and
Nairn, 1762, and appointed a lord of the treasury 1766. He had

First, John, now Lord Cawdor.

Second, George, a vice-admiral of the Red, now member of
parliament for the town of Carmarthen. He married his cousin,
the daughter of lieutenant-colonel Alexander Campbell, already
mentioned, but has no issue.

Third, Sarah, married, September 12th, 1782, Thomas Wode-
house, Esq. barrister at law, brother to Lord Wodehouse.

John Campbell, eldest son, now Lord Cawdor, represented
the town of Cardigan in parliament 178O, 1/84, 179O, and was
raised to the Peerage on the dissolution of that parliament, 17Q6,
by the title of Lord Cawdor, of Castlemartin in the county of
Pembroke, by patent dated June 21st, 1796.

His Lordship married, June 27, 1789, Lady Caroline Howard,
eldest dau ^hter of Frederick, Earl of Carlisle, K. G. by Caroline
Leveson Gower, daughter of Granville, first Marquis of Stafford,
and has issue two sons, viz.
First, John.
Second, George.

Title. John Campbell, Lord Cawdor of Castlemartin in Pem-

Creation. Baron, by patent June 21st, 1796.

Arms. Quarterly of four, first, or, a stag's head cabossed,
sable 3 second, gironny of eight, or, and gules j third, argent^ a
ship} fourth, per pale azure and gules, a cross, argent.

Crest. A swan.

Supporters. On the dexter, a lion guardantj on the sinister,
a stag.

Motto. Be mindful.

Chief Seats. Stacpole-coiut, Pembrokeshire ; Cawdor-castle,





The family of Cowley, Coolky, or, as it is now written, Col-
t.EY, derives its origin ironi the county of Rutland, whence they
removed into Ireland in the reign of King Henry VIII. in whose
twenty-second year his Majesty granted to Walter and Robert
Cowley, of Kilkenny, Ge«/. during their respective lives, the office
of clerk of the crown in Chancery.

Robert, in that reign, was made Master of the Rolls; ap-
pointed May 7th, 1540, a commissioner for setting the lands of
the dissolved abbies j * and September ;.!Oth that year, one of ihe
keepers of the peace within the county of Meath, with power to
enforce the observation of the statutes of Dublin and Kilkenny.
He left a son, Robert Colley, Esq. justice of the peace in the
King's County, to whom Queen Elizabeth, Feb. 3d, 1562, granted
Castletown, otherwise Yonng-Cowleyston, and other lands in the
King's County, to hold to his heirs male in capite, which, on his
decease without issue, were granted to Sir Thomas Moore, an-
cestor to the Earl of Charleville. ^

The aforesaid Walter Cowley was appointed solicitor-ge-
neral of Ireland September 7th, 1537, (29 Hen VIII.) with the
fee of 10/. a year, Irish, which he surrendered to John Bathe in
1546, and by privy-seal September 21st, and by patent November

a Rot. de anno. io« Maris. M- 18. D.
*» See Earl of Drogheda,vol. ix.


5th, 1548, was made surveyor -general of the kingdorn, He left
two sons.

Sir Henry ; and

Walter, who in 1536' was made customer and collector of the
town of Drogheda for life, with the salary of 10/. Irish.

Sir Henry Colley, of Cas tie- Carl ery, was a captain in the
army of Queen Elizabeth, from whom he received a commission
April 2Sth, 155C), to execute martial law in the territories of
Ofr'jley, Kenaliegh, and Ferkeall, ^\<o throughout the barony and
places of Carbery, Fertuilagh, .and Ferrmilandermod, as well
within liberties as without ; and in May following, was appointed
a commissioner of array for the county of Kildare. In the par-
liament, held at Dublin by Thomas, Earl of Sussex, January 12lh,
1559, lie served for the borough of Thomastown in the county of
Kilkenny, with Francis Co^iby, F-^q. ; "^ 2 Eliz. he was knighted
by Sir Htnry Sidney, L. D. who called him into the privy-council ;
and Srptember i7th, 1580, thus recommends him to bis successor,
Arthur, Lord Gray. " My good Lord, I had almost forgotten,
by reason of the diversity of other matter, to recommend unto
you, amongst other of my friends. Sir Henry Cowley, a Knight of
niine own making ; who, whilst he was young, and the ability
and strength of his body served, was valiant, fortunate, and a
^ood servant ; and having, by my appointment, the charge of the
King's county, kept the country well ordered, and in good obe?
diencc. He is as good a borderer, as ever I found any there. I
Icrft him at my coming thence a counsellor, and tried him for his
experience and judgment, very sutficient for the room he was
railed unto. He was a sound and fast friend to me, and so I do\ibt
nut but your Lordship shall find, when you have occasion to em-
ploy him." '^ And it appears from Sir Njchqlas Malby's account

c On February 31I, 1562, s El''^ li<i had a grant, by the name of Henry
Collie, Esq. of the manor and castle of Edinderry, otherwise Colleystown,
Dronicowley, and other lands in the King's County, to hold to his heirs male,
by the twentieth part ot a knight's fee, as of the castle of Philipstown, to
answer Hostings; and also of the castle of Carbery, with other lands, in the
county of Kildare, for a term of years, of which the Queen, in her letters to
the L. D. and council, touching the suits of sundry persons, dated April 20,
1568, ordered him, upon surrender, to have a grant to him and his heirs,
vvhich was perfected accordingly March 22(1, 1576 ; having, June 19th before,
passed patent for the lands of Ardkill and Collenstown in the county of Kil-
dare, and tlic rectories of Carbery and Ballynorcher, to him and his h?iis

* Sidney's Letters, vol i p zSj


of the government of Ireland, drawn up and sent to the Queen in
1579, (wherein he ranks and distinguishes all the men of power,
both English and Irish, in the King's County) that Sir Henry
Cowley was a man of power and name; and (says he) *' he is an
English gentleman, seneschal of the county, who governed very
honestly, but now is sore oppressed by the rebels, the Connors."

In 1581, he made a disposition and settlement of his estate, *
and died in Oct. 1584 ; and having married Catherine, ^ daughter
of Thomas Cusack, of Cussington in the county of Meaih, lord
chancellor of Ireland, and had issue by her, (who re-married with
William Eustace, of Castlemartia in the county ot Kildare, Esq. s
and died January IQth, 1597) three sons.

First, Sir George, of Edenderry.

Second, Sir Henry, of Castle-Carbery, ancestor to Marquis

Third, Jerome, alias Gerald, an infant at his father's death,''
who was afterwards of Ardree, and whose daughter, Catherine,
was married to William Moore, of Barnmeath, Esq.

Sir George CoUey, of Edenderry, the eldest s"n, pursuant
to privy signet, dated at Westminster January 31st, 1578, was
appointed seneschal of the country and barony of Carbery,
and to a lease in reversion of certain lands, then in the posses-
sion of Sir Henry his father, upon his father's surrender, who
being seneschal of the barony of Carbery, alias Birmingham's
country, had received no fee from the crown ; but m respect of
all fees and duties received of the country, lul. Irish, and forty
pecks of oats, which office, at his humble suit, the Queen be-
stowed upon his son George for life, January .) 1st, 157S. ' In
1599, ^is h^^'i °^^ his castle of Edenderry for the Queen, against

• On the last day of February 15S1, (having suffered common recoveries
of his estate) he made a settlement thereof; whereby he leserved Castle-
Carbery, &c. to his wife for life ; and the lands of C'jonogh, Ballyhaggan,
Ballyvan, and Touregith, in the county of Kildare, to the use of such of the
daughters of Sir Adam Lottus, lord chancellor, as should intermarry with one
of his sons He settled Castle-Cavbery, and othe lands, reserved in jointure
to his wife, after her decease, on his second son Henry and his heirs male ;
remainder to his third son Gerald ; remainder to his eldest son George, and
their respective heirs male; remainder to his own heirs male forever; and
Edenderry, with the estate in the King's County, and the aforesaid rectories,
on his eldest son George and his heir^ male ; remainder to Henry and Gerald,
and their heirs male; remainder to his own right heirs.

f MSS Penes, J L. g Decree dated at Drogheda, June 27th, 1604.
h Rot. pat. deunno 210 Eliz f= « Rot de anno ai Eliz. f.


the abettors of Tyrone's rebellion ; and died January 17th^ l6l4,
having had issue by Margaret, "^ seventh daughter of Dr. Adam
Loftus, archbishop of Dublin, three sons ; Sir William, his heir j
Adam, who died young j Robert, who died unmarried} and a
daughter Margaret, married to George Sankey, of Balenrath in
the King's County, Esq.'

Sir William, the eldest son, in the parliament of )6l3, was
member, with Gilbert Domvile, Esq, for the town of Kildare,
after which he was knighted ; •" and marrying Elizabeth, sister to
Sir John Giffard, of Castlejordan, Knt. had issue by her, who
died March 1A\h, 1629, one daughter Sarah, married to Sir George
Blnndell, ancestor to the Viscounts Blandell, (which title is ex-
tinct), and one son,

George CoUey, of Edenderry, Esq. who, September 8th,
1048, married Eleanor, younger daughter of Sir Dudley Loftus,
of Killyan, Knight, (grandson of the aforesaid Adam, arch-
bishop of Dublin) by his wife Cecilia, daughter of the learned
Sir James Ware, auditor-general of Ireland ; but by her (who
re-married first, with Colonel William Duckenfield, and after
with Sir Ed^-ard Tyrrell, " of Lynn in Westmeath, Bart, who was

k MSS. Pedig. ut antca. I Idem,

f" In 161 9, by petition to the King, he set forth, that he held, by virtue
of letters patent of fee-tall, granted to Sir Henry his grandfather, the manor
of Edenderry, and divers other lands in the King's County ; and, by virtue
of other letters patent, granted to his said grandfather and his hairs male, he

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