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Susanna Northcote (Pollard)

Also Known As: "Susan"
Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: King's Nympton, Devon, England
Death: June 05, 1634 (50-58)
Newton St. Cyres, Devonshire, England
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Daughter of Sir Hugh Pollard and Lady Dorothy Chichester
Wife of John Northcote, of Upton
Mother of Sir John Northcote, MP, 1st Baronet of Hayne; Anne Elford and Robert Northcote
Sister of Sir Lewis Pollard, 1st Baronet of Kings Nympton; William Pollard; Gartred Davie; Francis Pollard; Anne Welsh and 1 other

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About Susanna Northcote

  • Susan Pollard1
  • F, #330079
  • Last Edited=10 Jan 2009
  • Susan Pollard is the daughter of Sir Hugh Pollard.1 She married John Northcote, son of John Northcote and Elizabeth Dowrish.1
  • Her married name became Northcote.1
  • Child of Susan Pollard and John Northcote
    • 1.Anthony Northcote1 d. 1619
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2021. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
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  • John Northcote (1570-1632) of Uton and Hayne, Newton St Cyres, near Crediton, Devon, was a member of the Devonshire gentry, lord of the manor of Newton St Cyres, who is chiefly known to history for his artistically acclaimed effigy and monument in Newton St Cyres Church. Little or no documentary evidence concerning his career as a soldier or county administrator has survived, but either he or his identically named son was Sheriff of Devon in 1626, his own tenure of that office being suggested by the baton or staff of office held in the hand of his effigy.[2] Such a baton is also held by the effigy of Lord Edward Seymour (d.1593), Sheriff of Devon in 1583, in Berry Pomeroy Church. He was ancestor of the Earls of Iddesleigh.
  • He was the 2nd son and heir of John Northcote (d.1587), a cloth merchant of Crediton, by his wife Elizabeth Dowrish (d.1587), daughter of Thomas Dowrish, Esquire, of Dowrish. His elder brother was Walter Northcote (1566-1587), baptised and buried in Crediton Church, who predeceased his father. In 1585, aged 21 and two years before his death, Walter had married Mary Drewe, daughter and heiress of Edmund Drewe of Hayne, in the parish of Newton St Cyres. Although he had by her a daughter Elizabeth Northcote (b.1586), who married twice, the estate of Hayne became the inheritance of his brother John (d.1632), subject of the present article. His grandfather was Walter Northcote (d.1572) of Crediton, a cloth merchant, who married Elizabeth Hill, of the family of Hill of Shilston, in the parish of Modbury, Devon.[3] Following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, on 16 August 1557 Walter Northcote and his son acquired jointly from the crown for the sum of £827 8s 9d the manor and advowson of Newton St Cyres, formerly a possession of Plympton Priory, together with other lands in the parish of Crediton formerly owned by the Collegiate Church of Crediton, also dissolved, with other lands in Wiltshire, Westmoreland and non-monastic lands in Devon.[4]
  • The family of Northcote originated in Devon at the Domesday Book manor of Northcote in the parish of East Down in North Devon. The Heraldic Visitations of Devon lists the founder of the family as Galfridus de Northcote, Miles ("knight"), living in 1103.[5] The family later in the 16th century made its fortune as cloth merchants at Crediton.[6]
  • He married twice:
  • Firstly to Elizabeth Rouse, daughter of Sir Anthony Rouse of Halton in Cornwall by his wife Elizabeth Southcott, daughter and heir of Thomas Southcott (d.1600) of Bovey Tracey, Devon.[7] By her he had only one son Anthonie Northcote (d.1619).
  • Secondly in 1596 to Susanna Pollard (d.1634), a daughter of Sir Hugh II Pollard of King's Nympton, Devon, and sister of Sir Lewis Pollard, 1st Baronet (d.1641). A panel on the monument to her husband is dedicated to her memory and contains in the centre a sculpted relief of her head circumscribed by the following two lines of verse: .... etc.
  • By Susanna Pollard he had the following progeny, 12 sons ("as many sonnes as hee", possibly referring to the 12 letters making up the name "John Northcot") and 6 ("twice three") daughters:
    • Sir John Northcote, 1st Baronet (1599-1676), eldest surviving son and heir, ancestor of the Earls of Iddesleigh.
    • Edmund I Northcote (b.1606), 2nd son, predeceased father and died without issue.
    • Amias I Northcote (b.1603), 3rd son, died without issue.
    • Benjamen Northcote (1620-1620), 4th son, died an infant.
    • Lewis Northcote
    • Edmund II Northcote (d.1629), 6th son.
    • Amias II Northcote
    • Franciscus Northcote (b.1614)
    • William Northcote (b.1615)
    • Robert Northcote (b.1622)
    • Walter Northcote (b.1617)
    • Pollard Northcote (1618-1648), died unmarried.
    • Elizabeth Northcote
    • Susanna Northcote (1608-1635)
    • Dorothy Northcote
    • Gertrude Northcote (d.1644)
    • Francisca Northcote (b.1614)
    • Anna Northcote (b.1619)
  • The monument to John Northcote (d.1632), his two wives, son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, father and grandfather, exists in the north-east corner of the Northcote Chapel situated at the east end of the north aisle of Newton St Cyres parish church. His grandfather had purchased the advowson of the church, thus the family effectively controlled the church and as was common in such cases, set up its own family chapel. The monument is about 15 ft high by 9 ft wide the base of which is a plain chest tomb with black marble pilasters on the front at either end with a thick slab of chamfered black marble on top. Seated on this is an elaborate marble baroque structure with a central niche containing a life-size standing effigy of John Northcote (d.1632). On either side of him, each between two pilasters, are shown within strapwork surrounds roundels containing sculpted reliefs of the heads of his two wives, his first wife at dexter in the position of honour, the second wife on the sinister side. Below each roundel is an inscribed tablet of black stone. This top structure is surmounted by a cornice with arched middle over the top of which is placed a heraldic cartouche showing many quarterings of the Northcote family. On top of the cornice on each side are relief-sculpted roundels with surrounds in the shape of antique harps on which are shown the heads of the father and grandfather of the standing effigy, with above each an escutcheon showing the arms of his wife's family. To the front of the chest tomb forming the base of the structure are kneeling effigies at dexter of the standing figure's son, Sir John Northcote, 1st Baronet, and opposite him on the sinister side beyond a central prie-dieu his wife Grace Halswell. Above in the centre is a cartouche showing the arms of Northcote impaling Halswell. Kneeling behind the male figure are the couple's three sons and behind the wife kneels their daughter.
  • The central standing figure is highly sculptural, in a relaxed pose reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance, the body describing the characteristic S-shape of classical Greek statues. He wears a military tunic with broad white collar and a sash of gathered red fabric draped over his torso from his right shoulder. In his right hand he holds a baton of office the base of which rests on his right hip. His left arm is extended downwards, the hand resting on the handle of his sword. On his lower body he wears hose with bare knees and knee-length boots, the tops of soft and supple leather relaxed in multiple folds. His left foot is raised and rests on a human skull.
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  • NORTHCOTE, Sir John (c.1600-76), of Hayne, Newton St. Cyres, Devon.
  • b. c.1600, 4th but 1st surv. s. of John Northcote of Hayne by Susan, da. of Sir Hugh Pollard of Kings Nympton. educ. Exeter, Oxf. matric. 9 May 1617, aged 16; M. Temple 1618. m. 1626, Grace, da. and h. of Hugh Halswell of Wells, Som., 6s. (1 d.v.p.) 4da. suc. fa. 1632; cr. Bt. 16 July 1641.3
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  • Sir John Northcote, 1st Baronet (1599 – 24 June 1676) was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1640 and 1676. He supported the Parliamentarian cause in the English Civil War.
  • Northcote was the eldest surviving son of John Northcote (1570-1632) of Hayne, Newton St Cyres, near Crediton, Devon, (whose splendid monument he erected in Newton St Cyres Church) by his second wife Susanna Pollard, daughter of Sir Hugh II Pollard of King's Nympton. The family of Northcote originated in Devon at the Domesday Book manor of Northcote in the parish of East Down in North Devon. The Heraldic Visitations of Devon lists the founder of the family as Galfridus de Northcote, Miles ("knight"), living in 1103.[2] The family later in the 16th century made its fortune as cloth merchants at Crediton[3]
  • He matriculated at Exeter College, Oxford on 9 May 1617, aged 16 and was a student of Middle Temple in 1618.[4]
  • In November 1640 he was elected Member of Parliament for the newly re-established borough of Ashburton in the Long Parliament. On 16 July 1641, he was created a baronet.[5]
  • Having Presbyterian sympathies, on the outbreak of the Civil War, he declared for Parliament, and used his considerable wealth and influence to aid the cause. In 1642 he provided £450 to finance military action in Ireland, and in June promised more money and troops for the war in England. His actions were sufficiently notable for him to be excluded by name from the general pardon issued in November 1642 by King Charles I. In 1643 Sir John was leading a regiment of 1,200 men in Devon, and was taken prisoner by royal forces after the surrender of Exeter in September 1643.
  • Northcote was kept captive until the autumn of 1644, when he was exchanged, and resumed his Parliamentary seat in May 1645. He subscribed to the Covenant, and was excluded from Parliament in Pride's Purge in December 1648, but returned to the House of Commons once more as Member for Devon in all three Parliaments of the Protectorate. In the last of these, during Richard Cromwell's rule, he was a frequent speaker, and after the restoration of the Rump Parliament he took a leading role in organising a petition from Devon to the Speaker that the vacant seats should be filled. In the Convention Parliament of 1660 he was elected both for Devon and for Helston, though his return for the latter was ruled void. He subsequently sat also for Barnstaple from 1667 until his death.[5]
  • A manuscript purporting to be the Notebook of Sir John Northcote, containing Memoranda of Proceedings during the first session of the Long Parliament, 1640 was published in 1887. However, its authenticity was challenged on the grounds that it covered a period before Sir John had a seat in the House.
  • Northcote married Grace Halswell (died 1675), a daughter and heiress of Hugh Halswell (d.1626) of Chamberlain Street, Wells, Somerset,[6][7] by his wife and cousin Elizabeth Brounkard. Hugh was the son of Richard Halswell and Cicely Reeves, and grandson of Robert Halswell (d.1570) of Halswell, Somerset. Northcote had by Grace seven sons and four daughters:[8]
    • Sir Arthur Northcote, 2nd Baronet (1628-1688), eldest son and heir.
    • John Northcote (b.1629), 2nd son, married Catherine Foljambe.
    • Lewis Northcote, 3rd son, married Jane Copleston
    • Hugh Northcote (b.1635), apparently died young
    • Halswell Northcote (b.1639), 4th son, married Mary Crooke.
    • William I Northcote (1642-3), died young
    • William II Northcote (b.1648), married Alice Leigh
    • Susanna Northcote (b.1633), married in 1653, as his 2nd wife, Robert Fortescue (1617-1677), 2nd son of Hugh Fortescue (1593-1663) of Filleigh by his wife Mary Rolle, daughter of Robert Rolle (d.1633) of Heanton Satchville, Petrockstowe.[9] Their only son Robert Fortescue (1633-1633), died an infant, whose mural monument exists in Newton St Cyres Church. The daughter from Robert Fortescue's first marriage to Grace Grenville, daughter of Sir Bevil Grenville was Grace Fortescue who married Sir Halswell Tynte, 1st Baronet (1649–1702), MP for Bridgwater 1679–1689.[10] Tynte was a cousin of Grace Halswell, being the son of Jane Halswell (d.1650) (sole heiress of Rev. Hugh Halswell (d.1672) of Halswell), the wife of John Tynte, whose inheritance became the manor of Halswell.[10]
    • Grace I Northcote (1632-1632), died young
    • Elizabeth Northcote (b.1638), married Thomas Pointingdon.
    • Grace II Northcote (1641-1660)
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Susanna Northcote's Timeline

King's Nympton, Devon, England
Age 20
Crediton, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Age 39
June 5, 1634
Age 54
Newton St. Cyres, Devonshire, England
June 5, 1634
Age 54