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Nicholas Martin

Also Known As: "Nicholas Martyn"
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Athelhampton Hal, , Dorset, England
Death: Died in Exeter, Devon, England
Place of Burial: Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Martin, of Exeter and Julian Martin
Husband of Elizabeth Martyn; Mary Martin (Yeo) and Mary Strode
Father of William Martin, Sr.,; William Martyn; Edward Martin, of Exeter; Margaret Martin; Mary Martin and 5 others
Brother of Richard Martin; Thomas Martin and William Martin, MP
Half brother of Adam Martin, of Hinton St. George

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About Nicholas Martin, MP, of Exeter

MARTIN, Nicholas (d.1599), of Exeter, Devon.

Family and Education

2nd s. of Richard Martin, mayor of Exeter, by his 2nd w. Julian, da. of William Hurst†, merchant of Exeter; bro. of William. m. (1) 1561, Mary (d.1576), da. of Leonard Yeo, 4s. 3da.; (2) Mary (d.1579), da. of William Strode I, of Newnham, wid. of Thomas Prestwood†, s.p.; (3) Elizabeth, da. of Anthony Rous, 4s.

Offices Held Bailiff, Exeter 1571, mayor 1574-5, 1585-6, sheriff 1582; j.p. Dorset from 1579.

Biography Martin’s grandfather, Sir William Martin of Athel-hampton, Dorset, married into the Paulet family, and no doubt it was the Marquess of Winchester (who shared the patronage at Bere Alston equally with Lord Mountjoy) who brought Martin into Parliament for the borough in 1586. No activity has been recorded in his name for the 1586 Parliament, but a ‘Mr. Martin’ was the victim of an arrest by one William White. This episode may refer to Nicholas Martin, or to Henry Martyn. Named in the 1560 charter of the Exeter merchant adventurers, Martin and his brothers traded in fruit, soap and wine, with the Netherlands and France. He died in March 1599, and was buried at St. Petrock’s, Exeter.

Vivian, Vis. Devon, 553-4; J. J. Alexander, Exeter MPs; HMC Exeter, 57, 402; St. Ch. 5/E2/9; W. Cotton, Eliz. Guild, Exeter, 118; Trans. Dev. Assoc. xliv. 269.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603 Author: P. W. Hasler Notes


MARTYN, WILLIAM (1562-1617), lawyer and historian, baptised at St. Petrock's, Exeter, 19 Sept. 1562, was the eldest son of Nicholas Martyn of Exeter, by his first wife, Mary, daughter of Lennard Yeo of Hatherleigh. They were married on 19 Oct. 1561, and were both buried at St. Petrock's, Exeter, he on 24 March 1598-9, and she on 26 Sept. 1576



  1. Visitation of the County of Devon, 1620. Vivian, John Lambrick.  Henry S. Eland, Exeter, 1895.  Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620. With additions by Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. Vivian. cont. by John Young.  Page 553.  "Martyn of Oxton"

Spouse & Children: Margaret Wadham (1543 – 1611) - wife, (Francesca Martin 1572 – 1630).

Spouse & Children: Margaret Wadham (1543 – 1611) - wife, (Francesca Martin 1572 – 1630). Relatives: Richard Martin (Father) & Julien Margaret Hurst (Mother).

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Nicholas Martin, MP, of Exeter's Timeline

September 9, 1522
Oxton, Devenshire, England
Athelhampton Hal, , Dorset, England
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Exeter, Devon, England
Age 34