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Richard Moone (Mohun), of Hawkchurch

Birthplace: Hawkchurch, Devon, England
Death: before September 29, 1548
Bridport, Dorset, England
Place of Burial: Bridport, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Mohun
Husband of Joan Mohun
Father of Robert Moone, of Weymouth, Gent. and Walter Moone, of Bridport

Occupation: Bailiff
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About Richard Moone, of Hawkchurch

Family and Education

b. by 1508, ?s. of John Moone of Ottery St. Mary, Devon. m. at least 2s. inc. Robert.

Offices Held

Cofferer, Bridport 1533-5, 1540-1, bailiff 1535-7, 1543-4.


Richard Moone’s offspring were to claim kinship with the Mohuns of Somerset, but their descent from their alleged progenitor, Sir John Mohun (d.1330) of Dunster, is obscure; the name of Moone’s father is not given in the visitations for Dorset, but he may have been a man living at Ottery St. Mary in 1516. Evidently Moone was of Devon origin since he owned land in and around Axminster and the first trace found of him is as resident of Hawkchurch, not long before he obtained an 81-year lease of a tenement in South Street, Bridport in June 1529. He lived in Bridport from that time, playing his part in local affairs and trading through the port of Lyme. During 1540-1 while he was cofferer for a third time Moone received 53s.4d. ‘for all charges’ as one of the town’s Members in the previous Parliament.

The date of Moone’s death is not known; a writ was sent on 29 Sept. 1548 to the escheator of Somerset and Dorset to ascertain what lands he held in chief and who was his heir, but no return survives. Several of his friends and family deposed in 1593 that he had made a will, written by his elder son Walter (a clerk of Matthew Colthurst), but a search undertaken by them in the prerogative court of Canterbury and various provincial consistories had been unsuccessful; it was said that Moone’s younger son Robert had suppressed it while the elder was abroad. Whether a valid will had existed or not, Moone’s two sons fell out over their inheritance and their respective families took sides in the ensuing litigation which continued for several generations.

Source: History of Parliament Online

Mohun of Fleet

In 1606 Garter Dethick compiled for Maximilian Mohun of Fleet, grandson of Richard, one of those great vellum pedigrees, adorned with arms, so characteristic of the period and which modern scholars are accustomed to discount. Garter Dethick was considered one of the most rascally antiquaries of that rascally period, and so would, generally speaking, be entitled to small credit.

This pedigree came into the possession of the antiquary Sir Henry Maxwell Lyte, head of the Public Record Office and the author of the 'History of Dunster." It descended to him as heir general of the Mohuns of Fleet. Sir Henry was of the opinion that it could not be entirely discredited.

According to Dethick the Mohuns of Fleet descended from the Mohuns of Dunster in the following manner:

  • 1. Sir John de Mohun, of Dunster, b. circa 1269, died in 1330.
  • 2. Sir Robert de Mohun, of Porlock, co. Somerset, jure uxoris, m. Elizabeth Fitz Roger, lady of Porlock
  • 3. John Mohun
  • 4. ____ Mohun
  • 5. John Mone, of Ottery St. Mary, co. Devon
  • 6. Richard Moone, of Bridport, from whom the Mohuns of Fleet descended.

The Visitation of Dorset 1565 does not mention any armigerous Moones or Mohuns, mentioning only Walter Moone as a burgess of Bridport.

At the 1623 visitation, their claims were convincing enough that the heralds deputising for William Camden, Clarencieux King of Arms, confirmed their right to bear a variant of the ancient arms of Mohun.


  • Mahun (or Moone)-Hyde Genealogical Research In England, Contributed by G. Andrews Moriarty, Jr., A.M., LL.B., of Newport, R. I. and communicated by the Committee on English Research, 1927, NEHGR, Vol. 81: pg 91-94, 178-186 & pg 314, 315
  • Heraldry of the West of England, Coats of Arms from the western counties of England, Mohun of Fleet
  • The visitation of the county of Dorset, taken in the year 1623, Page 72
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Richard Moone, of Hawkchurch's Timeline

Hawkchurch, Devon, England
Age 12
Bridport, Dorset, England
February 10, 1528
Age 20
Bridport, Dorset, England
September 29, 1548
Age 40
Bridport, Dorset, England
Bridport, Dorset, England, United Kingdom