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Aug 21 1556: #24 Interrogatories for the examination of Peter Kyllygrew, relative to an intended invasion of England, and aid promised from France. #25 Answers of Peter Killygrew to the above. His dealings with Dudley, Ashton, the Tremaynes, and Horseys. Ships taken by Kyllygrew and his companions at sea. #26: Further confession of Peter Kyllygrew relative to the fitting out and arming of two ships and plundering of a Spanish vessel and others at sea, at which young Asshton was present. Henry Dudley complains of poverty. #31 Sep 16, Claim for restitution of a French ship taken with the pirate Kyllygrew. Peter Killigrew and Sir John Killigrew were pardoned on 15 January 1559 in 'Arwenack', Budock, England. 15 Jan (1 Eliz) - The brothers John, Henry & Peter Killigrew were pardoned :"Peter Killegrew, etc. of Arwenack, co. Cornwall, gentleman, alias of London, 'mercer'". Henry Killigrew of Arwenack, was pardoned with his brothers Peter & John of Arwenack in the first year of the reign of Elizabeth (15 Jan 1559).

    Peter Killigrew married Ellen Higgins on 17 February 1560/61 in St Mary le Bow, London. 
    In 1556 when the Protestant Peter Killigrew wa captured by ships of Q Mary's navy while he was roaming the Chanel in search of Spanish prizs, his mistress was found to have 159 crowns about her person, but we are not told how she cambe by the money

Chynoweth further states that he was a pirate in Ireland. About 1553 Peter and his brother Thomas engaged in piracy agianst Spanish ships in the Channel from a base in New Rochelle. In March 1554, they had three ships, one of which had been supplied by the King of France, and hoped to intercept King Philip of Spain on his way to England to marry Mary. The brothers were involved with Sir Peter Carew intrying to persuade the French to invade England, but they were captured in 1556. Peter was tortured in the Tower, while Thomas may have been hanged.

    June 14 1568: Petition of citizens of Antwerp to Queen. Had a council letter to Peter Killigrew of Cornwall, to restore 184 rubies taken from a ship coming from Spain to Cornwall, on payment of half their value, but the messenger sent with the letter could not find Peter K; his father who lives with him refused to receive it & threatened the messenger. Begs a letter to the Sheriff of Cornwall to apprehend Peter K, & if he is not found, to attach his goods till he either restores the rubies or appears before Council.. Peter Killigrew mentioned in the 1569 militia list in Budock, Cornwall, with Sir John Killigrew and John Killigrew. The 1569 muster lists John Kyllygrew Esq of Budock with John Kyllygrew Esq. jun. who furnished one (erased and fower written over) gelding with his furniture for a light horseman 4 corselts furnished 4 almayn rivets or in their stead 4 coats of plate or brigandines 12 pikes one morrion 12 long bows 2 steel caps or sculls ...but. Next entry is for Peter Kyllygrew with bow arrows ...calybers 2 murryans. John jr was one of the five Commissioners and signed at least five of the Hundreds. See also Penryn. He served on a jury in 1576 in Launceston, Cornwall, in the trial of Father Cuthbert Mayne. He was mentioned at the Inquisition Post Mortem held on 28 February 1584/85 on the death of Sir John Killigrew. 

Peter Killigrew was mentioned as tenant in the manor court rolls dated at Michaelmas 1585 in Carnsew Manor, Cornwall, At Michaelmas 1585 he was listed "Of Peter Killigrew 1/0" at Carsnew Manor.

    Letters of attorney 1 Wm. Killigrew esq. P.C. 2 Peter Killigrew esq. his brother To take livery of seisin of property within the late college of Glasney at Penryn
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Age 58