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Nicholas Martin, of Athelhampton

Birthdate: (48)
Birthplace: Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Death: March 24, 1598 (44-52)
Athelhampton, Dorset, England
Place of Burial: Puddletown, Dorset , England, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Martin, of Athelhampton and Elizabeth Martin
Husband of Margaret Martin
Father of Son #1 Martin; Margaret Ellacot; Daughter Martin; Jane Titchborne; Katherine Martyn and 5 others
Brother of Anna Tregonwell; Thomas Martin, of Parkpole; Christopher Martin; George Martin; James Martin and 3 others

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About Nicholas Martin, of Athelhampton

Nicholas Martin was fined as a recusant, and his daughters followed the father’s faith. 

The Martyn family were an ancient Norman family; family tradition is that they are descendants of Martin de Tours, who came with William the Conqueror and was the first Norman lord to hold lands in Wales "in capite" the seat of which was at Cemaes, Wales, which would also make him one of the original Marcher Lords. Martin de Tours built the foundations of the Benedictine monastery at Saint Dogmael's, and he is buried in the middle of the choir. An extensive history of the family is found in the book "The house of Martin; being chapters in the history of the West of England branch of that family" . One of his descendants, Robert FitzMartin, endowed the monks on his land in Wales with the island of Pyr, also known as Caldea, a gift from his mother. Robert FitzMartin was Lord of Dartington in the reign of Henry I and when not fighting in Wales, he as found at his seat in Devonshire. From thereon, they are known as hereditary Lords of Dartington. They have played an extensive part in the history of England and Wales for centuries.

Their arms are "Argent, two bars Gules."  The Wadham Coat of Arms is "gules a  Chevron between three roses."  Both coats of arms are depicted on the tomb brasses. Descendants founded Wadham College, Oxford. Nicholas left 4 daughters, Elizabeth, Frances, Jane and Anne as his co-heirs. His tomb inscription explicitly states these four daughters left as his heirs, so it may be that all his other children were dead by March 23, 1595.

Nicholas Martin

  • Birth: 1550 - Athelhampton House, Dorset, England
  • Death: 1595 - England
  • parents: Robert MARTYN b: ABT 1524, Elizabeth KELWAY

Marriage

  1. abt 1585 to 1 Margaret WADHAM b: in Edge, Branscombe, Devon.

Nicholas and Margaret had three sons, and seven daughters, who are pictured on their tomb brasses in St. Mary's church, Puddleton, Dorset.

Children include

  1. Anne MARTYN b: in Athelhampton, Dorsetshire
  2. Elizabeth MARTYN
  3. Frances MARTYN
  4. Jane MARTYN

notes

The house of Martin; being chapters in the history of the West of England branch of that family

by Watson, William George Willis, 1863- https://archive.org/stream/houseofmartinbei00wats#page/19/mode/2up

From http://www.life.clara.net/index.htm

The Memorial Brass to Nicholas Martyn dated 1595 at St Mary's Church, Puddletown, Dorset. This 16th Century brass depicts Nicholas Martyn, bare-headed, in armour, kneeling before an altar on which is an open book. Behind him are his three sons, who all predeceased him. On the right is his wife, Margaret (daughter of John Wadham), whose brother Nicholas Wadham, in 1613, founded Wadham College, Oxford. Behind her are their seven daughters. Above them are the arms* of Martyn (Arg. two bars gules) impaling Wadham (Gules a chevron between three roses arg.): above is the Martyn crest (a Martyn (ape) proper, chained to a stump of a tree or, sejant, holding in his paw a mirror azure).

Nicholas was the last of the Martyns and died without SURVIVING male issue in 1595 (he had three sons depicted kneeling behind him on the chantry brasses at St. Mary's Church, Puddleton, Dorset). His estate was divided amongst his four surviving daughters, of whom Elizabeth, the eldest, married Henry Brune; and their son, as heir to his mother, lived at Athelhampton Hall. His great niece, Marie Brune, married Sir Ralph Bankes, son of Sir John Bankes and 'Brave Dame Mary' of Corfe Castle.

  • A tablet in memory of a member of the Martyn family with the same crest is on the East Wall of the South transept at Crewkerne.

Links

Sources

  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"
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Nicholas Martin, of Athelhampton's Timeline

1550
1550
Athelhampton, Dorset, England
1555
1555
Age 5
1555
Age 5
1555
Age 5
Athelhampton, Dorset, England
1555
Age 5
1555
Age 5
1555
Age 5
1572
1572
Age 22
Athelhampton, Dorset, England
1595
1595
Age 45
Puddletown, Dorset , England, UK
1598
March 24, 1598
Age 48
Athelhampton, Dorset, England