Joan Trelawny, Heiress of Brightorre

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Joan Hawkins (Trelawny)

Birthdate: (109)
Birthplace: Launceston, Cornwall, England
Death: July 10, 1589 (77-113)
Plymouth, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Plymouth, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Roger Trelawny of Brightorre and Unknown Mother Trelawny
Wife of Capt. William Hawkyns, MP, of Tavistock and John Edgecumbe
Mother of Sir William Hawkins; Adm. Sir John Hawkins; 3 Daughters Hawkins; Johnathan Hawkins; John Hoskyns or Hoskins, (I) and 2 others

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About Joan Trelawny, Heiress of Brightorre

Date of birth has been specifically reported to be 1500, but that seems erroneous. Based on the date of her marriage to Capt. Sir William Hawkins, date of birth seems likely to be near 1480.

Some sources show a middle name of Towne, leading to conclusions that her mother's surname was Towne. No mother is listed in The Visitations of Cornwall. Also, neither Betham nor Collins mention the name of her mother in their works on the baronetage of England.

Given name has also been reported to be:

  • only Mary
  • Mary Towne

Joan Trelawny was the only child and sole heir of Roger Trelawny of Brightorre. She married, William Hawkyns of Tavestock, son of William Hawkyns and Joan Amados. William was a noted sea captain of the era. They had two sons, William and John.

Children of Joan Trelawny and husband William Hawkyns:

  • William Amadas Hawkyns, died c.1589
  • Sir John Hawkyns, also a noted sea captain, died November 12, 1595, at sea off the coast of Puerto Rico

heiress of Brightorre


  • The Baronetage of England, or, The history of the English baronets, and such Baronets of Scotland as are of English Families, by Rev. William Betham, published 1801 [available as Google e-Book]
  • The English Baronetage: Containing a Genealogical and Historical Account of All the English Barnonets Now Existing: Their Descents, Marriages and Issues, Volume 2, By Arthur Collins, published 1741 [available as Google e-Book]
  • The visitations of Cornwall: comprising the Heralds' visitations of 1530, 1573 & 1620, John Lambrick Vivian›, College of Arms, published 1887 [available as Google e-Book]
  • A Sea-Dog of Devon: a life of Sir John Hawkins. With introd. by Lord Brassey. Published 1907 [available as e-Book at]


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Joan Trelawny, Heiress of Brightorre's Timeline

Launceston, Cornwall, England
Age 25
Herefordshire, UK
Age 40
Camborne, Conrwall, England
Age 40
Canterbury, Kent, England, United Kingdom
Age 50
Tavistock, Devon, England, United Kingdom
November 12, 1532
Age 52
Plymouth, Devon, England
July 10, 1589
Age 109
Plymouth, Devon, England
Age 109
Plymouth, Devon, England
October 28, 1994
Age 109