Is your surname Prideaux?

Research the Prideaux family

Mary Prideaux's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Mary Prideaux (Stukeley)

Also Known As: "Mary Stewkley", "Mary Stukley", "Mary Stucley"
Birthplace: of Affeton, Devonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Hugh Stukeley of Affeton, Knight and Jane Stukeley, Lady
Wife of John Prideaux, MP and Tristram Larder
Mother of Katherine Prideaux; Thomas Prideaux; Ann Crimes; John Prideaux, of Nutwell; James Prideaux and 2 others
Sister of Lewis Stukely; Anne (Stuckley) Bellew; Awdrey Stukeley; Captain Thomas Stucley; Anne Giles and 5 others

Managed by: Carole (Erickson) Pomeroy,Vol. C...
Last Updated:

About Mary Prideaux

  • PRIDEAUX, John (by 1520-58), of Upton Pyne, Devon and the Inner Temple, London.
  • b. by 1520, 1st s. of Thomas Prideaux of Ashburton, Devon by Joan. educ. I. Temple, adm. 15 Nov. 1537. m. by 1549, Mary, da. of Sir Hugh Stukeley of Trent, Som., 3s. 3da. suc. fa. 22 Jan. 1548.2
  • Offices Held
    • Bencher, I. Temple 1550, Summer reader 1551, Lent 1552, Autumn 1555.
    • Commr. chantries, Devon 1546, 1548, relief 1550; counsel to Exeter 20 Oct. 1548; j.p.q. Devon 1554; serjeant-at-law 1555; King and Queen’s serjeant-at-law 23 Jan. 1558.3
  • John Prideaux the serjeant had a number of contemporary namesakes but it was certainly he who was knight of the shire for Devon in 1554. Whether he also sat for Plymouth in the Parliament of 1547 is less clear: it is possible that he was the John Prideaux assessed towards a subsidy at Plymouth during 1543-4 on goods worth 20s., but although the serjeant was related to the influential Edgecombes he is not known to have had a more personal link with the town. The Roger Prideaux who sat in this Parliament for Totnes was doubtless related to him: it is not clear which of them was the ‘Mr. Prideaux’ to whom a bill for decayed houses was committed after its first reading on 30 Jan. 1550, but John Prideaux was presumably the ‘Mr. Pridioke skilled in the law’ consulted at the Temple by the advisers of the 16th Earl of Oxford over the measure which became the Act for frustrating assurances to the Duke of Somerset made by the earl (5 and 6 Edw. VI, no. 35).4
  • With Exeter, Prideaux did have a close connexion: in 1548 as ‘John Prideaux of Bramford Pyne’ he was granted an annual fee of 20s. for his counsel. He progressed steadily at his inn and became involved in local administration in Devon. He was caught up in an affair of greater moment when in January 1554 he and Sir Thomas Denys, the sheriff, got wind of the plot to raise Exeter against the Spanish marriage: the declaration which he made on 24 Jan. is the chief source of information on the episode. It can hardly be a coincidence that two months later he was elected, for the only time in his career, one of the knights of the shire for Devon: his friend Denys was doubtless of help to him as sheriff, but the court may well have intervened on behalf of so trusty a watchdog. Twelve months later he was made a serjeant, and with his promotion to King and Queen’s serjeant in January 1558 he was clearly heading for the bench before his death on the following 29 Sept. A knell was rung for him at Ashburton, whose churchwardens he had advised in legal matters for many years.5
  • Prideaux had added considerably to his patrimony. The chantry lands in Herefordshire worth £55 a year which he and Roger Hereford had bought in 1549 he divided with Hereford, and a year before his death he and his wife paid nearly £1,200 for the reversion of a number of Devon manors held by the Duchess of Suffolk for life. Not only did he buy property himself but he also advised others about their land transactions. Prideaux left no will and administration was first granted to Thomas Stukeley, his brother-in-law, who was also granted the wardship of his son and heir Thomas. Thomas Prideaux had licence to enter on the lands on 17 May 1571 and 12 months later shared administration of the goods with a sister.6
  • From:


  • 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.



  • '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)
  • From:


view all 20

Mary Prideaux's Timeline

of Affeton, Devonshire, England
Age 14
June 21, 1549
Age 26
October 26, 1959
Age 436
October 26, 1959
Age 436
October 26, 1959
Age 436
November 18, 1959
Age 436
November 18, 1959
Age 436
November 18, 1959
Age 436
May 27, 1960
Age 437