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Dorothy Pole (Cave)

Also Known As: "Dorothy (Cave) Smith Pole", "Dorothy Poole"
Birthplace: Stanford, Northamptonshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: after 1584
England, (Present UK)
Place of Burial: Stanford, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Richard Cave, Esq., of Stanford and Margaret (2nd Wife) Cave
Wife of John Smith alias Harris, of Withcote and Sir Henry Poole of Withcote, MP, Knight of Rhodes
Mother of Roger Smith; Erasmus Smith, Esq., of Husbands Bosworth; Francis Smith; Ambrose Smith, Silk merchant to Queen Elizabeth; Clement Smith and 2 others
Sister of Sir Thomas Cave, of Stanford; Elizabeth Cave; Clement Cave; Sir Ambrose Cave, Mp; Francis Cave, Mp and 8 others
Half sister of Margaret Saunders and Edward Cave

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About Dorothy Pole

  • POOLE, Henry II (by 1507-59), of Kirk Langley, Derbys. and Withcote, Leics.
  • b. by 1507, 1st s. of Henry Poole of Chesterfield, Derbys. by Ursula, da. and h. of Thomas Twyford of Kirk Langley. m. Dorothy, da. of Richard Cave of Stanford, Northants., wid. of John Smith (d.1544) of Withcote; 1s. 1da. illegit.1
  • Offices Held
    • Member, order of St. John of Jerusalem 23 July 1528, lt. turcopolier 1534, preceptor, Dalby, Leics. 1535-40; j.p. Leics. 1538-d.; commr. musters 1539, 1546, relief 1550; sheriff, Warws. and Leics. 1558-d.2
  • Henry Poole came of a cadet branch of the family seated at Radbourne, Derbyshire. He appears to have been the heir to his father’s lands but none the less chose to make his career in the order of St. John of Jerusalem which he entered on 23 July 1528. In 1533 he was a witness in the controversy over Sir Clement West’s deposition from the office of turcopolier and in 1534 he succeeded Edward Bellingham as lieutenant turcopolier. In 1535, while in Malta, he was appointed preceptor of Dalby and on his return he engaged in a dispute with the lessee of the demesne, Humphrey Babington, whom he wished to evict. He was soon facing the much graver problem of the future of the order in England and, with it, of his own position, but on its suppression in 1540, he received an annuity of 200 marks out of its Leicestershire properties. He appears to have continued to live at Dalby for some time, even after it was first leased, and in 1544 sold, to his cousin Andrew Nowell: he still had some interest in the parish at his death.3
  • Poole had already begun to take part in local administration, and in 1544 he led a contingent from Leicestershire in the war with France: at this time he was generally styled knight as he had been in the order. It was almost certainly his namesake, a Member for Wootton Bassett in the Parliament of October 1553, who was the gentleman pensioner at the funerals of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary. It is not known when he married Dorothy Smith, sister of his fellow-hospitaller Sir Ambrose Cave, but it was this which took him to Withcote, ‘one of the fairest houses in Leicestershire’, of which she enjoyed a life tenancy. It remained his principal residence although he engaged in building at Kirk Langley, leaving £100 in his will for the completion of the work: he sued out a pardon in October 1553 as of Withcote. The Cave connexion probably accounts for his election as second knight of the shire to the Parliament of April 1554, the returning officer Robert Throckmorton being one of his kinsmen. Nothing is known of Poole’s activity in the House.4
  • In the autumn of 1558 Poole was himself pricked sheriff and after his death on 3 Feb. 1559 his term of office was completed by his brother-in-law Brian Cave. He had made his will on the previous 18 Apr., providing for his wife, his stepchildren, his own two illegitimate children and his many brothers (one of whom succeeded him at Kirk Langley) and nephews; his son Henry Poole alias Carter was still a schoolboy and his daughter Elizabeth was married to John Bussy of Haydor, Lincolnshire, whom he named executor with his brother William Poole. Amongst those to whom he left mourning rings were Sir Ambrose Cave and Andrew Nowell, whom he named as supervisor. His annuity was in arrears and he left one of the two payments of £66 13s.4d. outstanding ‘to answer the Queen’s privy seal for the hundred marks I must lend her grace’; he was also owed £55 by the crown purveyors. The will was proved on 17 Feb. 1559. Poole was buried in the church at Kirk Langley where his tomb bears the incised effigies of himself and his wife and an inscription identifying him as the church’s patron.5
  • From:


  1. Suffolk Manorial Families, Being the County Visitations and Other ..., Volume 1  edited by Joseph James Muskett. Page 249. "Smith of Kilburn."
  • Pg.249
    • Smith of Kilburn
  • William Smith alias Heriz or Harris of Withcot, co. Leicester Lord of the Manor of Withcote, 1495, when he presented to the Rectory. = . . . daughter of William Ashby of Lawesby, co. Leicester She remarried Roger Ratcliffe. ; ch: John (m. Dorothy Cave) Smith alias Harris.
    • John Smith alias Harris of Withcote aforesaid, Will dated 23 Oct. 1543, proved 13 Nov. 1545 (42 Pynnyng P.C.C.) = Dorothy, da. of Richard Cave of Stanford, co. Northampton, and sister of Sir Ambrose Cave. She remarried Henry Pole of Withcote aforesaid, Knight of Rhodes (whose will, 18 April 1558, was proved 17 Feb. following. P.C.C. 39 Welles). Living 20 June 1584. ; ch: Roger (m. Frances Griffin), Frances (2d son), Clement, Erasmus (m. ... Bayard & Margaret Cecil), William, Ambrose (m. Joan Coo), Robert, Anthony, Henry, George (m. Mary Allen), Margery (m. Gilbert Berye) Smith.
      • Roger Smith of Withcote, son and heir; inherited lands in Tilston, co. Leic., of his stepfather, 1558; High Sheriff for co. Leicester, 42 Eliz. Died 1603. = Frances dau. of Sir Thomas Griffin of Dingley, co. Northampton.
      • Frances Smith, 2d son, 1601.
      • Clement Smith of Oakham, co. Leic., 3d son.
      • Erasmus Smith of Somerby, co. Leic., 5th son. Bur. at Husbands Bosworth, Leic., 1615, æ 81. M.I. = . . . dau. of Bayard of co. Leic. & relict of Wye, 1st wife. ; = Margaret, da. of Cecil, Lord Burghley and widow of Roger Cave.
      • William Smith, 6th son, living 1558. Drowned.
      • Robert Smith of Groby, Leic., 7th son.
      • Anthony Smith of co. Kent, 1568, 8th son.
      • Henry Smtih, 9th son.
      • George Smith of Withcote 1584, 10th son. = Mary, da of Wm. Allen of Marefield, co. Leic.
      • Margery, ux. Gilbert Berye of Ashwell, co. Rutl'nd
      • Ambrose Smith, Citizen and Mercer of London, 4th son. Purchased Withcote of his eldest brother. Will 20 Jun 1584, proved 23 same month. Bur. at Withcote. M.I. = Joan, da of John Coo of Coggeshall, co. Essex; died 30 April 1601; will proved 2 May following (28 Woodhall, P.C.C.) Portrait in Guildhall, Norwich. ; ch: Henry (m. ... Skipwith), Sir William (m. Elizabeth Skinner), Margaret (m. Sir Thos. Wilkes), Elizabeth (m. Martin Calthorpe), Anna, Isabele alias Sibell (m. . . . Lewis & . . . Maynard), Francis (m. Elizabeth Taylor), Dorothy (m. Benedict Barnham & Sir John Packington) Smith.
        • .... etc.


  • Dorothy Cave
  • F, #76106, b. circa 1542, d. after 1584
  • Dorothy Cave was born circa 1542 at of Stanford, Northumberlandshire, England. She married John Smith circa 1559. Dorothy Cave died after 1584.
  • Family John Smith b. c 1540
  • Child
    • Ambrose Smith+ b. c 1561
  • From:


Dorothy, daur of Richard Cave of Stanford co: Northampton and sister of Sir Ambrose Cave, Knight. Executrix to her husband. Mentioned in the will of her father dated 13 June 28 Henry VIII (proved P.C.C. 22 June 1538.) Remarried Henry Pole of Withcote afsd, Knight of Rhodes (whose will dated 18 Apl. 1558 proved 17 Feb. following 39 Welles P.C.C.) Living 20 June 1584.



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Leicestershire, England, (Present UK)
Withcote, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Withcote, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Withcote, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Leicestershire, England
Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
England, (Present UK)
Stanford, Northamptonshire, England, (Present UK)