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Roger Grenville, Esq., of Corwall

Also Known As: "Greynvile"
Death: July 19, 1545
Solent Channel, Off the Isle of Wight, England (Sinking of HMS Mary Rose during Battle of the Solent)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Richard Grenville, Kt., MP and Matilda Grenville
Husband of Thomasine Grenville
Father of Vice-Adm. Sir Richard Grenville, MP
Brother of John Grenville; Margaret Lee; Digory Granville; Ann Grenville; Nicholas Granville and 3 others

Occupation: Captain HMS Mary Rose
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About Capt. Roger Grenville

  • Roger Grenville1
  • M, #488978, d. 1545
  • Last Edited=23 Oct 2015
  • Roger Grenville is the son of Sir Richard Grenville and Matilda Beville.2 He married Thomasine Cole, daughter of Thomas Cole.1 He died in 1545 at Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, drowned when the Mary Rose sank.2
  • He gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Navy, of the Mary Rose.2
  • Child of Roger Grenville and Thomasine Cole
    • Sir Richard Grenville+1 b. 5 Jun 1542, d. 12 Sep 1591
  • Citations
  • [S4567] Bill Norton, "re: Pitman Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger LUNDY (101053), 6 April 2010 and 19 April 2011. Hereinafter cited as "re: Pitman Family."
  • [S130] Wikipedia, online http;// Hereinafter cited as Wikipedia.
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  • Sir Roger Grenville
  • Birth: 1516 Cornwall, England
  • Death: Jul. 15, 1545 Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
  • Family links:
  • Spouse:
  • Thomasine Cole Grenville (1518 - ____)
  • Children:
    • Richard Grenville (1542 - 1591)*
  • Burial: St James the Great Churchyard, Kilkhampton, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 135010813
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  • Sir Richard GRENVILLE, Knight
  • Born: 6 Jun 1542
  • Sied: 10 Sep 1591
  • Father: Roger GRENVILLE
  • Mother: Thomasine COLE
  • Married: Mary St. LEGER
  • Children:
    • 1. Barnard GRENVILLE (b. 1568 - d. 1636) (m. Elizabeth Beville)
    • 2. John GRENVILLE (d. 1595)
    • 3. Ursula GRENVILLE (d. 1643)
    • 4. Catherine GRENVILLE
    • 5. Bridget GRENVILLE (d. 1578)
    • 6. Son GRENVILLE
    • 7. Rebecca GRENVILLE
    • 8. Roger GRENVILLE (d. Dec 1565)
  • .... etc.
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  • Sir Richard Grenville (15 June 1542 – 10 September 1591) (alias Greynvile, Greeneville, Greenfield etc.) lord of the manors of Stowe, Kilkhampton in Cornwall and of Bideford in Devon, was an English sailor who as captain of the Revenge, died at the Battle of Flores (1591), fighting heroically against overwhelming odds, and refusing to surrender his ship to the far more numerous Spanish. .... etc.
  • Richard Grenville was the eldest son and heir of Sir Roger Grenville (d.1545), who was captain of the Mary Rose when it sank in Portsmouth Harbour in 1545, by his wife Thomasine Cole, daughter of Thomas Cole of Slade.[1] Thomasine survived her husband and remarried to Thomas Arundell.[1] The ancient Grenville family were lords of the manors of Bideford in Devon and of Stowe, Kilkhampton in Cornwall. He was a cousin of Sir Walter Raleigh and the privateer and explorer Humphrey Gilbert.
  • Grenville's birthplace is believed to have been at Bideford. His father (who had pre-deceased his own father Sir Richard Grenville (c.1495-1550), MP for Cornwall in 1529[2]) died when he was an infant, aged 3, and his mother remarried to Thomas Arundell of Clifton Arundell House, where Grenville spent much of his childhood. At age 17 Grenville began law studies at the Inner Temple.
  • .... etc.
  • In 1565 Grenville married Mary St Leger (c.1543-1623), daughter of Sir John St Ledger of Annery, Monkleigh, near Bideford, and heir to her brother. She outlived her husband and died aged about 80 on 9 November 1623 and was buried at St Mary's Church, Bideford. The family initially lived at Buckland Abbey before moving to a newly built house at Bideford. They had 4 sons, including Bernard Grenville.[4]
  • .... etc.
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 23
  • Grenville, Richard (1541?-1591) by John Knox Laughton
  • GRENVILLE or GREYNVILE, Sir RICHARD (1541?–1591), naval commander, of an old Cornish family, whose name has been spelt in a countless number of different ways, was the son of Sir Roger Greynvile, who commanded and was lost in the Mary Rose in 1545, and grandson of Sir Richard Greynvile (d. 1550), marshal of Calais under Henry VIII. There were other Rogers and Richards, as well as Johns and Diggorys, all closely related, and often confused one with the other (e.g. Froude, Hist. of England, cab. edit., iv. 436n.) In early youth Greynvile is said to have served in Hungary under the Emperor Maximilian against the Turks, and to have won special distinction (Arber, p. 10). On 28 April 1570 he made a declaration of his submission to the Act for Uniformity of Common Prayer and Service (Cal. State Papers, Dom.) In 1571, and again in 1584, he sat in parliament as one of the members for Cornwall, of which county he was also sheriff in 1577. .... etc.
  • .... Greynvile married Mary, daughter and coheiress of Sir John St. Leger, and by her left issue four sons and three daughters. His eldest son, Sir Bernard Grenville (d. 1636), was father of Sir Bevil and Sir Richard (1600-1658) both of whom are separately noticed. The spelling of the name Greynvile is that of Sir Richard's own signature, in a bold and clear handwriting. None of his descendants seem to have kept to the same mode, and at the present time four different families claiming to be descended from him spell it Granville, Grenville, Grenfell, and Greenfield. A portrait, supposed to be of Sir Richard Greynvile—half-length, embossed armour, red trunk hose, dated 1571, set. 29—was exhibited at South Kensington in 1866, lent by the Rev. Lord John Thynne.
  • [Visitation of Cornwall, 1620 (Harl. Soc. Publications, ix. 85); Calendars of State Papers, Domestic and Colonial; Monson's Naval Tracts, in Churchill's Voyages, iii. 155; Hakluyts Principal Navigations, ii. 169, iii. 251; Linschotens Discours of Voyages. Many of these and other minor contemporary notices have been collected in one of Arber's English reprints, under the title ‘The Last Fight of the Revenge at Sea,’ also under the title ‘The Last Fight of the Revenge, and the Death of Sir Richard Grenville,’ in the Bibliotheca Curiosa of Messrs. Goldsmid. A poem by Gervase or Iervis Markham, ‘The most honorable Tragedie of Sir Richard Grenvile,’ appeared with a dedication to Lord Mountjoy, London, 1595, 4to. See also the bibliographical notice in Courtney and Boase's Bibl. Cornub. i. 193, iii. 1208; Notes and Queries, 5th ser. ix. 222; and an interesting and careful article in the Geographical Magazine, v. 233.]
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  • The Genealogy of the Family of Cole, of the County of Devon: Of the County of Devon, and of ... (1867)
  • Pg.12
  • II. We now return to JOHN,* (second son of Sir John Cole, knt.) who married Jane, daughter of Robert Meryot of Devon, and had two sons, viz. : — Simon, his heir ; and WILLIAM, of whom presently, viz., on p. 22. Sir Simon (as he is frequently designated) † was seated at Slade, in the parish of Cornwood, in the county of Devon, and died 12 Henry VII. (1497). He married Alice, ‡ daughter and co-heir to — Leuri, of the county of Devon, had a daughter Joane, married to William Hele,§ of South Hele in Copneywood, Devonshire, esq. (by whom she had issue, represented by James Modyford Hele, who died a minor in August, 1716) § and a son, John Cole, of Slade, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county of Devon in 1512-13, etc., who died 21 Nov., 35 Henry VIII., (1543), having had issue by his wife, Thomasine, || daughter and heiress to Thomas Wallcot of Walcot in the county of
    • .... etc.
  • Pg.13
  • Devon, a son and heir, Thomas, who married, first, Joan, daughter of William Stourton, esq., and having no issue by her he married, secondly, Joane,* daughter and heiress to John Hill of Buckland Touzsaints, in the county of Devon, esq., and died 31 January 1541 (32 Henry VIII.) leaving three daughters, and three sons, viz. : — first daughter, Margaret, married, first, to Thomas Southcote, of Southcote, in the county of Devon, and secondly, to John Fursland, of Bickington, in the county of Devon, by whom† she had Walter F., Judith (married to Alexander Gottom, of Abbots Kerswell), Ursula (to Robert Barnes, of Plymouth), Alice (to Hugh Lear, of Ipplepen), Thomasine (to Robert Lynham, of Cornwall) ; second dau., Joane, married first, to Hugh Hill, of Heath, and secondly to Robert Dowrish, of Heath-barton, in the county of Devon, gent, (second son of Thomas Dowrish, of Dowrish in Sandford), by whom she had Thomas Dowrish, who married Wilmot, daughter of Richard Prouse of Exeter ; third daughter, Thomasine, married, first, to Sir Roger Grenville, an esquire of the body to Henry VIII. (son of Sir Richard Grenville, knt., of Stowe)‡ who was drowned at sea, vitâ patris, and had issue, three sons, viz, : — (A) John Grenville, who died s. p. ; (B.) Sir Richard Grenville, successor to his grandfather, knighted in 1577, Vice- Admiral of England, and Sheriff of Cornwall in 1578, slain in a sea fight in 1591, and married Mary, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John St. Leger, of Annery, in the county of Devon, knt., by whom she had, John, Katherine, Ursula, Mary, and an eldest son, Sir Bernard, who died in 1605, and left by his wife Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Philip Bevile of Brynne, a son, the eminent royalist, Sir Bevil Granville, called "the Bayard of England," the "Mirror of Chivalry,"
  • Pg.14
  • and "Hero of his Country;" and (C) Sir Charles Grenville, who died s. p. She (Thomasine) married, secondly, Thomas Arundel, of Ley in Cornwall, and by him had : — 1, Alexander Arundel, who married Katherine, daughter of Robert Hill of Hilligan, in the county of Cornwall ; 2, John Arundel ; 3 , Rbert Arundel ; 4, Thomas Arundel ; 5, Digory Arundel ; first daughter, Katherine, married to —— Hitchin ; second daughter, Elizabeth, married to John Coplestone ; third daughter, Mary ; and fourth daughter, Jane.*
  • I. William (son of Thomas and Joane) .... etc.



  • The visitation of the county of Devon in the year 1620 Volume 6. by Colby, Frederic Thomas
    • COLE.—(Supp.)
  • Symon Cole of Slade in Devon = Alice d. & coh. of Lure of Devon gent. ; ch: John (m. Thomazine Mattcott), Joane (m. W. Hele of Devon) Cole.
    • John Cole of slade, 1 s. = Thomazine d. & h. of Mattcott of Devon ; ch: Thomas (m. Joane Hill) Cole
      • Thomas Cole of Slade = Joane d. & h. of John Hill of Buckland co. Devon ; ch: Robert (, 3) Will. (of Slade, 1 s.), Thomazine (m. Roger Grenvile & Thomas Arundell), Richard (m. Alice Greenvile) Cole
        • Thomazine = Roger Grenvile of Stowe Cornw., 1 husb. ; ch: ↓ ; = Thomas Arundell of Clifton in Cornw. ; ch: Jane, Margaret Arundell
        • Richard Cole of Buckland = Alice d. of John Greenvile of Exeter Esq. ; ch: John Cole


  • The descendants of William and Elizabeth Tuttle, who came from old to New England in 1635, and settled in New Haven in 1639, with numerous biographical notes and sketches : also, some account of the descendants of John Tuttle, of Ipswich; and Henry Tuthill, of Hingham, Mass. (1883)
  • Pg.xix.
  • 1. Joan Tothill, m. John, s. of Richard and Joan (Whitlegh) Hulse. 1. Arthur Grenville, d. 1653; Capt.; m. Dorothy, dau. of Richard Boyle, Lord Archbishop of Tuam. She m. (2) Henry Turner, Sergt. Major under Lord Inchinquin in Ireland. 2. Sir Nicholas. 3. Richard, m. Jane Fortescue, dau. of John and gr. dau. of Sir Louis Forescue, one of the Barons of the xchequer temp. Hen. VIII. 1. Richard of Keneden and Efford, Esq., living in 1620; m. Anne Sutcliffe, only dau. of Dr. Matthew Sutcliffe founder of the College at Chelsea and over forty years dean of Exeter. 1. Matthew, d. 1656; m. Sabina Clifford and had dau. Anne, m. 1655, Rev. John Tyndal, D. D. Margaret Whitleigh, sister of Joan, m. Sir Roger Grenville of Stow, High Sheriff of Cornwall, 2, Henr. VIII., d. 1524; had 3 ss 6 daus., of whom Sir Richard Grenville, Kt. 1532; High Sheriff of Devon 1533; Marshal of Calais; m. Matilda Beavil, and among others: ROGER GRENVILLE, Kt., Esq. of the body of Hen. VIII.; drowned in life time of his father in the Rose Frigate off Portsmouth; m. THOMASINE COLE and had; Sir Richard Grenville of Stow, a gallant naval commander; served in army in Hungary with high repute; High Sheriff of Cornwall 1578; fitted out a colony and sailed for Florida 1583 where he left 100 men; made many successful voyages; d. in battle with the Spaniards; m. Mary St. Leger and had; Bernard Grenville, Kt., High Sheriff of Cornwall 1596; M. P. and Kt.; d. 1636; m. Elizabeth Beavil and had; Sir Bevil Grenville, Kt.; called "the Bayard of England," b. 1595; fell at Lansdown with a patent from Chas. I. in his pocket for the Earldom of Bath; m. Grace, dau. of Sir George Smith of Exeter and sister of the mother of George Monk, Duke of Albermarle; had; 1. Bernard Grenville, groom of the bedchamber to Chas. II.; was father of Bernard Grenville and grandfather of Mary Grenville, b. 1700; d. 1788; m. 1717 Alex. Pendaryes of Cornwall; (2) 1743 Mr. Delany. Her autobiagraphy, edited by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey [8], published 1879. 2. Sir John Grenville, Earl of Bath, attended Chas. II. in all his wanderings abroad; d. 1701; m. Jane Wyche and had Grace Grenville, m. Sir George Cartaret.
  • .... etc.


McKee, Stirland and several other authors have named Roger Grenville (father of Richard Grenville of the Elizabethan-era Revenge) captain of the HMS Mary Rose when it sank during the Battle of the Solent.

The Mary Rose was a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. After serving for 33 years in several wars against France, Scotland, and Brittany and after being substantially rebuilt in 1536, she saw her last action on 19 July 1545. While leading the attack on the galleys of a French invasion fleet, she sank in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight. The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982 by the Mary Rose Trust in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology. The surviving section of the ship and thousands of recovered artefacts are of immeasurable value as a Tudor-era time capsule.


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Capt. Roger Grenville's Timeline

June 6, 1542
Devon, England
July 19, 1545
Off the Isle of Wight, England