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Sir John Gilbert, Kt.

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Greenway Court, Near Galmpton, Devon, England
Death: September 08, 1596 (63)
Compton, Devon, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Otho Gilbert and Katherine Raleigh
Husband of Elizabeth Gilbert
Brother of Elizabeth Gilbert; Otho Gilbert; Isabella Gilbert; Katherine Raleigh; Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Kt. and 2 others
Half brother of Margaret Raleigh; Sir Carew Raleigh, MP and Sir Walter Raleigh

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About Sir John Gilbert, Kt.

  • Catherine CHAMPERNOWNE
  • Born: ABT 1519
  • Died: 1594
  • Notes: during the reign of Henry VIII, she converted to Protestantism and refused to give up her beliefs when Mary Tudor was queen. She sat with the martyr, Agnes Prest, the night before her execution. She does not, however, seem to have been prosecuted herself. Under Elizabeth Tudor, through the influence of Catherine’s relative, Kate Astley, Catherine’s son Walter was introduced to court and made a success of himself there. Catherine continued to live in the West Country, where she kept liveried servants and a waiting woman, but she was in debt when she died. She made her will on 18 Apr 1594. She was buried in Exeter with her second husband.
  • Father: Phillip CHAMPERNOWNE of Modbury (Sir)
  • Mother: Catherine CAREW
  • Married 1: Otho GILBERT of Compton Castle (d. 1547)
  • Children:
  • 1. 'John GILBERT'
  • 2. Humphrey GILBERT (Sir) (See his Biography)
  • 3. Adrian GILBERT
  • 4. Elizabeth GILBERT
  • Married 2: Walter RALEIGH of Fardell
  • Children:
  • 5. Margaret RALEIGH
  • 6. Walter RALEIGH (Sir Knight)
  • 7. Carew RALEIGH of Fardell (Sir) (b. 1550 - d. 1625)
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  • Sir Carew Ralegh (1550?–1625?), Sir Walter's elder brother of the whole blood. Carew engaged in 1578 in the expedition of his half-brother, Sir Humphrey Gilbert [q. v.], and figured with Sir Walter and his two elder half-brothers, George and 'JOHN', on the list of sea-captains drawn up in consequence of rumours of a Spanish invasion in January 1585–6. He sat in parliament as member for Wiltshire in 1586, for Ludgershall in 1589, for Downton both in 1603–4 and in 1621, and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1601 at Basing House. For some time he was gentleman of the horse to John Thynne of Longleat, and on Thynne's death he married his widow, Dorothy, daughter of Sir William Wroughton of Broad Heighton, Wiltshire. On his marriage he sold his property in Devonshire, and settled at Downton House, near Salisbury. Until 1625 he was lieutenant of the Isle of Portland (cf. Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1608–25). Aubrey says of him that he ‘had a delicate clear voice, and played skilfully on the olpharion’ (Letters, ii. 510). His second son, Walter [q. v.] (1586–1646), is separately noticed.
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  • Wimund married into the Grenville family; and in 1497 [Pg 2] his son and heir, Walter, was born. Before the boy attained majority the father died. As Dr. Brushfield, a Devon antiquarian, to whose diligence and enthusiasm all students of the life of Walter Ralegh are indebted, has shown, Walter Ralegh of Fardell, on the termination of his minority, in 1518, was possessed, in addition to Fardell, of the manors of Colaton Ralegh, Wythecombe Ralegh, and Bollams. He may be presumed to have succeeded to encumbrances likewise. Part of Colaton was sold by him; and he did not occupy Fardell. As he is known to have owned a bark in the reign of Mary, it has been supposed that he took to commerce. Whether for the sake of contiguity to Exeter, then the centre of a large maritime trade, or for economy, he fixed his residence in East Budleigh parish, on a farm, which was his for the residue of an eighty years' term. His choice may have been partly determined by his marriage to Joan, daughter to John Drake of Exmouth. The Exmouth Drakes were connected with East Budleigh; and Joan's nephew, Robert Drake, bequeathed charitable funds in 1628 for the benefit of East Budleigh parish in which he lived. The dates of Joan's marriage and death are uncertain. It is only known that the two events occurred between 1518 and 1534. Her tomb is in East Budleigh church, with an inscription asking prayers for her soul. She left two sons, George and John. Secondly, Walter married a lady of the family of Darell or Dorrell, though some genealogists describe her as Isabel, daughter of de Ponte, a Genoese merchant settled in London. She left a daughter, Mary, who married Hugh Snedale. On her death, some time before 1549, Walter married thirdly Katherine, daughter of Sir Philip Champernoun. She was widow of Otho Gilbert, of Compton and Greenway Castles, to whom she had borne the three Gilbert brothers, 'JOHN', Humphrey, and Adrian. By her marriage to Walter Ralegh of Fardell she had three more children, Carew, and Walter, 'Sir Walter Ralegh,' with a daughter, Margaret, described sometimes as older, and sometimes as younger than Walter.
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  • Sir Walter Raleigh By Raleigh Trevelyan
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Near Galmpton, Devon, England
September 8, 1596
Age 63
Compton, Devon, England