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Lewis Stukely

Also Known As: "Lewes", "L.", "Stukeley", "Stewkley", "Stewkeley", "Stucley"
Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Marwood, Devon, England
Death: December 01, 1581 (59-67)
Marwood, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Hugh Stukeley of Affeton, Knight and Jane Stukeley, Lady
Husband of Dorothea Stukely and Janet Stukely
Father of Demaris Westcott; John Stukely; Rev. Scipio Stucley; Hugh Stucley; Lewis Stucley, of Affeton and 2 others
Brother of Anne (Stuckley) Bellew; Mary Prideaux; Awdrey Stukeley; Captain Thomas Stucley; Anne Giles and 5 others

Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Lewis Stukely

  • Sir Lewis Stucley1
  • M, #587342, d. 1 December 1581
  • Last Edited=28 Oct 2012
  • Sir Lewis Stucley was the son of Sir Hugh Stucley and Jane Pollard.2 He married Dorothy Hill, daughter of Sir Giles Hill.1 He died on 1 December 1581.1
  • He lived Affeton.1
  • Child of Sir Lewis Stucley and Dorothy Hill
    • John Stucley+2 d. 15 Jan 1610
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 3, page 3800. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • From:



  • A view of Devonshire in MDCXXX, with a pedigree of most of its gentry (1845)
  • POLLARD, of King's-Nymet in Devon. — Arms. — Argent a chevron azure between three mullets gules.
  • Sir Lewis Pollard, knight, sergeant-at-law, married the daughter and heir of Dunisford, or Donesford, and had issue Sir Hugh, Sir John of Ford and Combe-Martin ; Sir Richard, knight of St. Johns ; John, archdeacon of Barnstaple ; and seven others and eleven daughters : ___ , (married to Sir Hugh Stukely, of Affeton, knight ;) Elizabeth, (to Sir Hugh Courtenay, of Powderham, knight ;) ___ , (to Sir Hugh Pawlet, of Sampford-Peverel, knight ;) ___ , (to Sir John Crocker, of Lineham, Devon, knight ; secondly to Sir Hugh Trevanion, of Comwall, knight ;) ___ , (to More, of Morehays, Devon, esq.)
  • POLLARD, of Way and Horewood, esq. — Arms. — Argent, a chevron sable, between three escalops gules.
  • John Pollard, of Way and Horewood, esq., married Emma, daughter and coheir of Sir John Dodiscomb, knight, and had issue Walter ; who married Elizabeth, daughter and coheir of William Cornu of Horewood, and had issue John ; who married Eleanor, daughter of John Copleston, of Copleston, esq., and had issue Walter, Robert, and Ann married to John Wood, of North-Tawton, esq. Walter Pollard, of Horewood, esq., married Joan, daughter and heir of Roger Barnes, of Bamshill in Ugborough, esq., and had issue Richard, and Lewis who died sans issue. Richard married Margaret, daughter of John Cockworthy, and had issue Anthony, and Margaret married to William Cruwys of Chulmleigh. Anthony married Petronel, daughter of James Chudlegh, of Ashton, esq., and had issue Richard, Ann, (married to Alexander Wollacomb, of Wollacomb, esq.;) Joan, (to Nicholas Ash, of Sowton, esq.;) Grace, (to John Burneby;) Mary, (to Eyer;) Alice, (to Thomas Gay, of Goldsworthy, esq.;) Thomasin, (to Walter Babington.) Richard married Joan, daughter of Edward Bampfield, of Poltimore, esq., and had issue Anthony, William, Henry, John, Alexander, Ann, (married to Hugh Bury, of Coleton, esq.;) Petronel, Ursula, Francis, and Elizabeth. Anthony married Elizabeth, daughter of Lewis Stukeley, of Affeton, esq., and had issue.
  • POLLARD, of Knowston-Beauple, gent. — Arms. — Argent, a chevron sable, between three escalops gules.
  • Robert Pollard, second son of John, son of Walter, son of John of Way and Horewood, esq., married Agnes, daughter of Lewknor, of Sussex, esq., and had issue Lewis ; who married Agnes, daughter of Thomas Hext, of Kingston in Staverton, and had issue Hugh, Richard, John, Robert, Anthony, George, Elizabeth, Jane, Agnes, Thomasin, and Philippa.
  • STUKELEY of Affeton. — Arms. — Azure, three pears pendant or.
  • Sir Hugh Stukeley, of Affeton, knight, (sheriff of Devon 27th Henry VI.,) had married Katharine, the only daughter and heir of John Affeton of Affeton, by the daughter of Thomas Bratton. This John was the son and heir of Thomas Affeton, who was sheriff of Devon 44th Edward III, and of his wife, daughter and heir of Sir John Monyford, knight, son and heir of Thomas Affeton and Mabel his wife, daughter of Thomas Hatch, of Wollegh, esq. This Sir Hugh had issue Sir Nicholas, a daughter who was secondly
  • married to Fulk Lord Fitzwarren, and Elizabeth married to Sir John Wadham of Edge.
  • Sir Nicholas Stukeley married and had issue Sir Thomas, and Ann married to William Dennis, of Orleigh, esq. Sir Thomas (sheriff of Devon 12th Henry VIII.,) married a daughter of Sir Thomas Wood of Bingley, who married the daughter and heir of Bingley; he had issue Sir Hugh.
  • Sir Hugh Stukeley, knight, (sheriff of Devon 36th Henry VIII.,) married a daughter of Sir Lewis Pollard of King's-Nymet, and had issue Lewis, Thomas named "The Lusty Stukeley," Amias, Agnes, (second wife to John Giles, of Bowdon, esq.;) Audria, (first married to Yeo of Braunton, secondly to Roger Giffard, of Tiverton, esq.) Lewis Stukeley, son and heir, (sheriff of Devon 10th Elizabeth, (married a daughter of Hill, of Helycon in Cornwall, and had issue John, Scipio, and Hugh sans issue ; secondly he married a daughter of Pawlet, of Melplash in Dorset, and had issue Lewis, Hugh sans issue, __ , (married to Anthony Pollard, of Horwood, esq.;) Margery, (to John Hays of Witheridge.) .... etc.
  • Lewis (fourth son of Lewis Stukeley by the daughter of Pawlet,) married Margery, daughter of John Arscot, of Dunsland, esq., and hath issue.


  • The School of Shakspere: Biography of Sir Thomas Stucley. The famous history ... edited by Richard Simpson
  • Pg.1
  • CAPTAIN THOMAS STUCLEY was the third son of Sir Hugh Stucley (died Jan. 6, 1560), of Affton, on the river Taw, near Ilfracomb, Devonshire, by his wife Jane, daughter of Sir Lewis Pollard on of the Judges of the Common Pleas. Prince, in his Worthies of Devon, tells us that the Judge was born about 1465 and died about 1540, and had by his wife, Elizabeth Hext, two-and-twenty children, eleven sons and eleven daughters; and that the daughters were all married 'to the most potent families in the county, most of them knights, as the first to Sir Hugh Stucley, the second to Sir Hugh Courtenay of powderham, the third to Sir Hugh Pawlet of Stamford Peverel, the fourth to Sir John Crocker of Lineham, &c. .... etc.
  • It appears that Sir Lewis Pollard died, not in 1540, but on the 21st of October, 1526. That his children, who lived to be recorded in the Visitations, were eleven in all; five sons-- Hugh, Richard, John, Robert, and Anthony; and six daughters-- Grace, Elizabeth, Jane, Agnes, Thomasin, and Philippa. I cannot discover any Hugh
  • Pg.2
  • Courtenay of Powderham, or any intermarriage of the Courenays and Pollards in the generation in question. But Elizabeth, the second daughter, was married in succession to Sir John Croker and Sir Hugh Trevanion, of Carey-hayes, in Cornwall. Grace, the eldest daughter, does not appear to have been married at all. Possibly she was the nun of Canon Leigh, called in religion Margaret, to whom her father, alone of his daughter, left a legacy in his will.
  • The father of Sir Hugh Stucley was Sir Thomas Stucley (died Jn. 30, 1543), a Knight of the body to King Henry VIII., in 1516, and whose name is found on the sheriff roll for Somerset and Dorset .... etc. His wife was Anne, the daughter and heir of Sir Thomas Wood of Bingley. .... etc.
  • In Benolt's Visitation of Devon, Ao 22 of Henry VIII., the family name of the Stucleys of Affton is spelt Steretchley, and that of the Stucleys of Trent, Somerset (who were identically the same persons), Strevokley. There is also another family name, Stratcheley of Stratchley, which seems to have been originally the same. .... etc.
  • Pg.4
  • By his wife, Jane Pollard, Sir Hugh Stucley was father of four sons and four daughters: Lewis, Anne, Mary, Elizabeth, George, Thomas, Hugh, Agnes. Lewis was married when his grandfather, Sir Thomas, settled his estates in 1535, and though he does not then seem to have had a male heir, he must have had daughters. One of them, Mary, was married successively to Tristram Larder, and to Sargeant Prideaux. The latter died in 1558, leaving three children; the woman who had time to be twice married, and to have this family by her second husband, in 1558, was probably born some years before 1535. If, then her father Lewis was born about 1510 (which would make him 25 years old in 1636), it is presumable that his brother Thomas, the subject of the present sketch, was born sometime before 1520.



  • Frances St. LEGER
  • Died: BEF 1597
  • Father: John St. LEGER of Annery (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Catherine NEVILLE
  • Married 1: Son CULPEPPER
  • Married 2: John STUCLEY of Affeton (b. 1551 - d. 15 Jan 1610/1) (son of Lewis Stucley and Anne Hill) (m.2 Mary Redman) ABT 1573
  • Children:
    • 1. Catherine STUCLEY (m. Thomas Dowrish)
    • 2. Lewis STUCLEY of Affeton (Sir Knight) (m. Frances Moncke)
    • 3. Gertrude STUCLEY (m.1 Adam Williams - m.2 Humphrey Bury)
    • 4. Anne STUCLEY (m.1 John Langford - m.2 William Coede - m.3 John Rowe)
    • 5. Thomas STUCLEY
    • 6. Mary STUCLEY (m. Simon Weekes)
  • From: St. LEGER1



Way, St Giles in the Wood

  • Way is a historic estate in the parish of St Giles in the Wood, Devon. It is situated about 2 miles north-east of the village of St Giles in the Wood and about 4 miles north-east of the town of Great Torrington. It was described by Hoskins (1959) as "the fons et origo[1] of the mighty tribe of Pollard" and had been acquired by them from the de la Way family at some time before 1242.[2] One of the earliest members descended from this family to reach national prominence was Sir Lewis Pollard (c. 1465-1526), Justice of the Common Pleas, of Kings Nympton. The former mansion of the Pollards at Way is now represented by the farmhouse known as Way Barton. Reset into the front wall of the house is a stone sculpture dated about 1300 showing the faces of two ladies wearing wimples and above them the smaller face of a man.[3] In 1309 Robert Pollard was granted by the Bishop of Exeter licence to build an oratory at Weye, of which no trace remains in the present house.[4] .... etc.

Descent of the estate

  • .... etc.
    • Pollard
  • .... etc.
  • Anthony II Pollard (d.1589) (son), of Waye, who married Johanna Stucley, a daughter of Lewis Stucley (1529-1581) of Affeton, Devon, Standard Bearer to Queen Elizabeth I, whose mother was Jane Pollard, a daughter of Sir Lewis Pollard (c. 1465-1526), Justice of the Common Pleas, of Kings Nympton.[24] The arms of Stucley impaling Pollard survive in Kings Nympton Church, showing the following: baron, quarterly 1st azure, three pears pendant or (Stucley); 2nd Argent a chevron engrailed between three fleurs-de-lis sable (de Affeton[25]); 3rd Argent a chevron gules between three roses of the second seeded or (Wood?); 4th Gules, three lions rampant or; femme quarterly 1st & 4th Argent, a chevron sable between three mullets gules pierced or (Pollard of Horwood); 2nd & 3rd Argent, a chevron sable between three escallops gules (Pollard of King's Nympton). The ledger stones inscribed to Anthony II Pollard and his wife Johanne Stucley survive in Horwood Church.[26]
  • By this date the Pollard family had abandoned Way as a residence in favour of Horwood.
  • .... etc.
  • From:,_St_Giles_in_the_Wood



Demaris Stukely's father was Sir Lewis Stukeley (1518-1620), Vice Admiral of Dover and cousin to both Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Richard Grenville. He was also the guardian of the infant son of John Rolfe and the Indian princesss Pocahontas. There is some dispute as to his ancestry. Burke's Discontined Peerages and Baronetcies indicates his father was Sir Hugh Stukeley (1488-1422)of Affeton Castle and mother was Elizabeth Chamberlin, daughter of Richard Chamberlin and Anne Downes. There is some dispute asto Sir Hugh"s ancestry. Burke's indicates that his father was Peter Stukely of Marsh and his gfather was George Stukeley of Marsh. His gmother was Joan Luttrell, daughter of Sir James Luttrell and Elizabeth Courtenay (1430-1493), who was a descendent of multiple royal lines including the Kingdoms of Leinster, Scotland, France, Castile and Edward I and Henry III of England. Sir Lewis's son, Lewis Stukeley Jr (1544) was a cleric of some type, father of Mary Stukeley, married to Guy Westcott, son of Edward Westcott and Demaris Stukely. Edward Jr. married Margery Arscott (1548), who was a descendent of Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle (1461), illegitimate son of King Edward IV, who was married to Elizabeth Grey (1465-1525), who was herself a descendent of a long line of nobility and royalty.


  • 'Stukeley1'
  • It appears to us that the name of this family varied more than most. Nevertheless, BP1934 uses "Stucley" throughout whilst Vivian mainly uses Stewkley for the early generations but moves to "Stucley" for the later generations of most of its branches. When we first prepared this page we used "Stukeley" as that was probably the most common version used in references to the family from elsewhere. This page was reviewed in July 2012 using Vivian. At that time we considered renaming the page "Stucley1" but decided to retain it as above.
  • Richard Stucley or Styvecle of Trent, Somerset (a 1414, to Somerset from Huntingdonshire?)
  • m. Elizabeth (d 10/18.04.1414, dau of John FitzRoger of Chedworth, widow of John Bonvile)
    • 1. Roger Stucley or Styvecle (b c1398, a 1414)
    • 2. Hugh Stucley or Styvecle or Stewkley of Affeton, Sheriff of Devon (a 1448)
    • m. Katherine Affeton (d 26.03.1467, dau/heir of John Affeton of Affeton (by Elizabeth, coheir of Sir Roger Manningford of Dorset), m2. Sir William Bourchier of Fitzwaren)
      • A. Nicholas Stucley or Stucle or Stewkley of Affeton
      • m1. Thomasine Kokeworthy (d 29.11.1477, dau of John Kokeworthy or Cockeworthye of Yarnescombe, widow of Robert Chudleigh)
        • i. Sir Thomas Stucley or Stewkley of Affeton, Sheriff of Devon (b 24.06.1473, d 30.01.1542)
        • m. Anne or Elizabeth Wood (a 1542, dau/heir of Sir Thomas Wood of Clyffe)
          • a. Sir Hugh Stucley of Affeton (b c1495, d 06.01.1559)
          • m. Jane (not Philippa) Pollard (a 1559, dau of Sir Lewis Pollard of Great Grilleston)
            • (1) Lewis Stucley of Affeton (b c1528, d 01.12.1581)
            • m1. Dorothea or Anne Hill (dau of Sir Giles Hill, widow of Christopher Hadley)
              • (A) John Stucley of Affeton (b c1551, d 15.01.1610-1)
              • m1. Frances St. Leger (dau of Sir John St. Leger of Amery by Catherine, dau of George Nevill, Lord Abergavenny)
              • m2. (19.07.1597) Mary Redman (d 26.12.1648, dau of John Redman of Thornton)
              • (B) Scipio Stucley (vicar of Dean Prior) had issue
              • m. _ Weeks of Honichurch
              • (C) Hugh Stucley
            • m2. Janet Powlett of Dorset
              • (D) Lewis Stucley (cleric) had issue
              • m. Margery Arscott (dau of John Arscottt of Dunsland)
              • (E) Johanna Stucley
              • m. Anthony Pollard of Way
              • (F) Margaret Stucley
              • m. John Hays of Witheridge
            • (2) George Stewkley
            • (3) Thomas Stewkley or Stucley or Stukeley had issue
            • This is the Thomas who is thought by some to have been an illegimitate son of King Henry VIII.
            • m. _ Powlett
            • (4) Hugh Stewkley of Hartland had issue
            • (5) Amiss Stewkley
            • m. Frances Pollard (dau of Sir Richard Pollard of Horwood)
              • (A) Anthony Stewkley had issue
              • m. _ Clotworthy of Meshaw (widow of _ Oland)
              • (B) Sibill Stewkley
              • m. Bartholomew Clotworthy
              • (C) Joan Stewkley
              • m1. _ Crewys
              • m2. _ Wood of Morton
              • (D) Frances Stewkley
              • m. Philip Davy
              • (E) Polynora Stewkley
              • m. John Nott of Lapford
              • (F)+ other issue - Lewis, Damaris
            • (6) Anne Stewkley
            • m. William Bellew of Alverdiscott
            • (7) Mary Stucley
            • m1. Tristram Larder of Upton Pyne
            • m2. John Prideaux of Nutwell (b c1520, d 29.09.1558)
            • (8) Elizabeth Stewkley
            • An Elizabeth of this generation is shown as wife of Sir John Wadham of Edge but we suspect that this may be confusion with an earlier Elizabeth - see below.
            • (9) Agnes Stucley
            • m. John Giles of Bowden (bur 30.11.1606)
            • (10) Katherine Stewkley
            • m. John Carew of Bickleigh
            • (11) Awdrie Stucley
            • m1. William Yeo of Braunton
            • m2. (27.01.1562-3) Roger Giffard of Tiverton Castle (b 1533, d 08.10.1603)
          • b. Thomas Stewkley of Colridge (a 1542)
          • m. Alice Spurston of Cheshire
            • (1) Augustine Stewkley of Colridge had issue
            • (2) Anne Stewkley
            • m. John Copplestone of Engesford
          • c. Maurice Stewkley
          • m. Allice Ffaringdon (dau of Charles Ffaringdon)
            • (1) Edward Stewkley
          • d. Margery (Margaret) Stukeley
          • m. Charles Farringdon of Farringdon (b c1500)
          • e. Thomazin Stewkley
          • m1. John Beare of Hunsham (b c1494, d 05.06.1531)
          • m2. William Trewynard
          • f. other issue - Christopher, George
      • m2. Ann Pomeroy (d before 07.04.1526, dau of Edward Pomeroy of Berry Pomeroy, widow of Robert Budockshyde, m3. Thomas Dudley)
        • ii. William Stewkley of Kene, Devon (b c1480)
        • m. Joane Stowell (dau of John Stowell, sister of John of Codleston)
          • a. Christopher Stewkley
          • m. Mary Foorde (dau of Edward Foorde of Plimtree)
            • (1)+ issue - John of Farindon, Andrew of Warkleigh (had issue), Grace, Ann, Elizabeth, Mary
          • b. Mary Stewkley
          • m. Henry English
          • c. Ann Stewkley
          • m. William Anthony
          • d. Elizabeth Stewkley
          • m. Thomas Moore of Taunton
          • e. Katherine Stewkley
          • m. John Carew of Bickley
        • iii. Anne Stukeley
        • m. William Dennis of Orley
        • iv. Jane Stukeley
        • m. Philip Baynard of Lackham (b by 1471, d before 21.05.1522)
        • v. Elizabeth Stucley or Stukeley (d before 07.04.1526) apparently of this generation, of this marriage
        • m. (before 31.08.1512) Christopher Fleming, 8th Lord Slane (d 08.1517/8)
      • B. Alice Stukeley
      • m. Sir Thomas Beaumont of Gittisham
      • C. Elizabeth Stukeley probably of this generation
      • m. Sir John Wadham of Branscombe & Merifield (d 1502)
  • Main source(s): Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, Stucley of Affeton), BP1934 (Stucley)
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  • 'Hill01'
  • .... etc.
  • (A) Giles Hill of Hounston or Houndston (b c1469, a 1493) m. Alice or Agnes Brent (b 1479, dau of Robert Brent of Cossington by Margaret, dau of Hugh Malet of Currypool)
    • (i) .... etc.
    • (iv) Anne or Dorothea Hill
    • m1. Christopher Hadby or Hadley
    • m2. Lewis Stukeley
    • (v) .... etc.
  • Main source(s): italics shows where the data was taken from various web sites
  • (1) For upper section : Lodge (vol 2, 1789, 'Hill, Earl of Hillsborough') with support /presumption as reported above
  • (2) For middle section : Visitation (Weaver, Somerset, 1551+1575+1595 (based on 1531), 'Hill of Houndston in Odcombe (and of Spaxton)'), Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1887), Cornwall, 1530+1573+1620+additions, 'Hill of Heligan', p227+)
  • (3) For lower section : Lodge (vol 2, 1789, 'Hill, Earl of Hillsborough'), Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1887), Cornwall, 1530+1573+1620+additions, 'Hill of Truro and Constantine'), Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, 'Hill of Shilston')
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Lewis Stukely's Timeline

Marwood, Devon, England
Age 26
Marwood, Devon, England
Age 26
Manwood Parish
Age 32
Probably Affeton, Devon, England
Age 35
Devonshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 37
Of, Affeton, Devon, England
December 1, 1581
Age 63
Marwood, Devon, England
April 8, 1972
Age 63
June 29, 1972
Age 63