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About Amyas Chichester, Esq., of Arlington

Amyas Chichester

  • Born: Abt 1527 at Arlington, Devon, England
  • Died: 4 Jul 1577 at Devon, England
  • Father: John Chichester
  • Mother: Joan Brett


  1. Bet 1546 and 1569 to Joan Gifford Born: Abt 1532 at Brightley, Devon, England Died: Bet 1564 and 1626 Father: Roger Giffard Sir Mother: Margret Cobley

The Heralds' Visitation of Devon lists 19 children produced from this marriage.

Amyas was the second son of John Chichester of Raleigh and inherited Arlington, North Devon , one of his father's manors on his father's death in 1533. He became the founder of the Arlington branch of the Chichester family which continued to the death of the last encumbent of Arlington, Rosalie C. who died in 1949 when the estate passed to the National Trust. Arlington Court is open to the public.


  1.  "Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, Who Came to America Before 1700" Weis, Frederick Lewis, 2004. Line 52, Revised for 8th Edition.  Page 61.

Grant to Amyas Chichester


Sir John Chichester (c. 1474-1537) of Raleigh, the son and heir of Nicholas Chichester (d.pre-1496) and heir to his grandfather, married firstly in about 1490, Margaret Beaumont (d.1507), daughter and co-heiress of Hugh Beaumont of Shirwell by his wife Thomasine Wise, and the heir to Raleigh and the other principal family estates was Sir John Chichester (c. 1516/22-1569), (grandson), son of Edward Chichester (c. 1496-1522), (second and eldest surviving son of Sir John Chichester (c. 1474-1537). However Sir John Chichester (c. 1474-1537) married secondly to Joan Brett, sister of Robert Brett (d.1540), lord of the manor of Pilland in the parish of Pilton, and the last steward of Pilton Priory before its dissolution[1] and widow of John Courtenay (d.1510) of Molland; she survived her husband and remarried Henry Fortescue. His will was witnessed by his brother-in-law Robert Brett (d.1540).

His eldest son by his second wife Joan Brett was Amyas Chichester (1527-1577), to whom he granted his manor of Arlington, and who established that line of the family, created Chichester Baronets of Arlington Court in 1840. The Latin deed dated 28 November 1535 making the grant survives in the Chichester of Arlington archives in the North Devon Record Office, catalogued as follows:

"Surrender John Chechester, and Joan, his wife to Amias Chechester, their son, Manor of Alryngton, alias Arlyngton, with advowson of the church; 2 red seals of John and Joan Chechester on parchment tags".[2] His will dated 12 October 1530, written five years before he made the grant sets out his intentions clearly:[3] "Will (indented) of John Chechester, Esq. Manors, lands, advowsons of churches, etc. of and in Dunwere, Beggernhuysche alias Huyshe Gaunte, Arlyngton, Rokesford [in Sandford?], Cheryton Fytz Payne, Tregamere, and Treverbyan, to Johan his wife for her life. After her death, manor and advowson of Arlington to his son Amys and his heirs male and manor of Dunwere to his son John, and his heirs male. Manor of Ralegh [in Pilton] and advowson of chantry there, and moiety of manor of Awton Gifford to go after death of Elizabeth, late wife of Hewe Chechester, to Johan (i.e. Brett), and after her death to go, together with the manor of Wedisworthy after the death of his mother, to his executors, for the performance of various provisions in his Will concerning marriage of his daughters, maintenance of his children, compensation of tenants, etc. Manors, lands, advowsons of churches, etc. of and in Maneton Magna, Huntor [in Manaton?], Hennok, Lokesforde [Loxhore], Barstabell, Scherwell, Pilton, Kentisbury and Tauton Bischopp, to his son William and his heirs male, if he refuse to be a priest. Executors: Johan his wife, and Amys his son. Overseers: Robert Brett, Richard Chechester, John Forde".

Amias married Jane Giffard, daughter of Sir Roger Giffard (d.1547) of Brightley in the parish of Chittlehampton.

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  • Amyas Chichester, Esq.1
  • M, #69016, b. 28 March 1527, d. 4 July 1577
  • Father John Chichester, Esq.1 b. c 1475, d. 22 Feb 1538
  • Mother Joan Brett1 b. c 1472
  • Amyas Chichester, Esq. was born on 28 March 1527 at Arlington, Devonshire, England. He married Jane (Joan) Giffard, daughter of Sir Roger Giffard and Margaret Cobleigh, before 1545; They had 15 sons (Henry; John; Richard; Hugh; Robert; Gifford; Severus; Philip; Edward; Silvester; Paul; Bartholomew; Gregory; Francis; & Roger) & 4 daughters (Margaret, wife of Edward Poyntz; Elizabeth, wife of Henry Bellew, & of Stephen Braddon; Frances, wife of John Wyatt, Esq; & Honor, wife of Balthazer Boteler).1 Amyas Chichester, Esq. died on 4 July 1577 at Braunton, Devonshire, England, at age 50.1
  • Family Jane (Joan) Giffard b. c 1529
  • Child
    • Frances Chichester+1 b. 27 Nov 1558
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 114.
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  • Amyas Chichester1
  • M, #249838
  • Last Edited=7 Nov 2007
  • Amyas Chichester is the son of John Chichester and Joan Brett.1
  • He was ancestor of the Chichesters of Arlington.1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1157. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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  • Born: 1527, Arlington, Devonshire, England
  • Died: 4 Jul 1577, Braunton, Devonshire, England
  • Notes: ancestor of Chichesters of Arlington. Executor of his father will.
  • Father: John CHICHESTER of Raleigh (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Joan BRITE
  • Married: Jane (Joan) GIFFORD (b. ABT 1525 - d. BEF 16 Apr 1596) (dau. of Sir Roger Gifford of Brigthleigh and Margaret Cobleigh) ABT 1545, Arlington, Devonshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry CHICHESTER of Arlington
    • 2. John CHICHESTER
    • 3. Richard CHICHESTER (b. ABT 1538 - d. BEF 22 Jun 1618)
    • 4. Hugh CHICHESTER (b. ABT 1539)
    • 5. Robert CHICHESTER
    • 6. Mary CHICHESTER
    • 7. Elizabeth CHICHESTER
    • 8. Gifford CHICHESTER (b. 1545)
    • 9. Severus CHICHESTER (b. ABT 1546 - bur. 9 May 1574)
    • 10. Phillip CHICHESTER
    • 11. Edward CHICHESTER
    • 12. Silvester CHICHESTER
    • 13. Paul CHICHESTER (Capt.)
    • 14. Bartholemew CHICHESTER
    • 15. Honor CHICHESTER
    • 16. Gregory CHICHESTER
    • 17. Francis CHICHESTER (b. ABT 1556 - bur. 13 Jul 1611)
    • 18. Frances CHICHESTER
    • 19. Roger CHICHESTER (b. ABT 1560)
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  • The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Herald's Visitations ... By College of Arms (Great Britain)
  • Pg.173
    • Chichester of Raleigh. Pg.172-175
  • Nicholas Chichester, 2 son of Margaret (Keynes) & Richard Chichester, heir to his brother John, and aged 30 at his death, named in the Inq. taken on the death of his father as deceased. mar. Christian, 3 da. of Sir Nicholas Pawlet of Sampford Peverel, widow of Henry Hull of Larkbear, named in the Inq. taken on the death of her father in law, remar. 3 Sir William Martin, 4 James Chudleigh of Asheton., parents of Elias (ob. s.p.), Tristram (ob. s.p.) Henry (ob. s.p.), Jane (m. Thomas Bretton), Philipp, (m. John Cole), Elizabeth (m. John Berry), Richard (ob. s.p.), William (Rector of Sherwill & Arlington), Peter, John (m. Margaret Beaumont & Joan Bright) Chichester
    • John Chichester of Rawleigh, son & heir of Christian (Pawlet) & Nicholas Chichester, heir to his grandfather and aged 24 years and more at his death, named in the Inq. taken on the death of his sons Hugh and Edward, died 22 Feb. 1537-8. Inq. P.m. 28 Hen. VIII, No.4; mar.1 Margaret Da. & hei. of Hugh Beaumont of Sherwill, parents of Edward (m. Lady Elizabeth Bourchier), Hughe (m. Elizabeth _), Elizabeth (m. Nicholas Pyne) Chichester; mar.2 Joan Da. of Robert Bright, named in the Inq. taken on her husband's death, remarried Henry Fortescue., parents of Anne, Mary (m. John Rowe), William, Amias (m. Jane Gifford), John (m. Katherine Peard & _ Rowe) Chichester.
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  • The visitation of the county of Devon in the year 1620 Vol. 6
  • Pg.22
    • Bellew.
  • Hen. Bellew of Stockleigh English in com. Devon son of _ (Stukeley) & Willm. Bellew of Alverdiscot, mar. Elizab. d. of Amias Chichester of Arlington in Devon, parents of Hen., Philip (m. Joane Quick), James, George Bellew.
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  • Henry Bellew of Stockleigh Inglish in com. Devon son of Anne (Stukley) & William Bellew of Ash in Bramton in com. Devon es., mar. Eliza. d. of Amias Chichester of Arlington, parents of Anne (m. Wm Phillips), Mary (unm.), Jane (m. _ Daws) George, Henry, Philip (m. Joane Quick) Bellew/Bellewe.
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Amyas Chichester, Esq., of Arlington's Timeline

March 28, 1527
Arlington, Devonshire, England
April 5, 1540
Age 13
Widworthy, Devonshire, England
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