Name: John Roe 1
Birth: in Totnes, Devon 2
Death: 1544 in Kingston, Devon 2 3
Burial: Staverton, Devon 2
Residence: Staverton, Devon 1
Occupation: Sergeant at Law
Change Date: 5 MAR 2012
As we are there told that only one John Roo, or Roe, was called Serjeant in Henry VIII's reign, I conclude also that it was he who married Agnes, daughter and coheir of William Barnhouse, of Kingston, ??. Devon (see Harl. MS. 1080, p. 166 b. ; 1163, p. 75 b. ; and Lysons's Magna Britannia, vol. vi. pt. i. pp. ccxiii. clxi.) Prince, it is true, tells us that John Row, serjeant-at-law, was born at Totnes, and that he was the son of Sir William Row, of the same place ? "a man of very good rank." Jealous of the honour of his county, he adds, " so that none of the descendants hence need not to go out of this town to Kent, or elsewhere, to claim kindred of any of the name, tient and honourable standing than they" (Prince's Worthies of Devon, 518-9.).
But the worthy Prince notwithstanding, there certainly was a connexion between the Kentish and the Devonshire Rowes, which, though the above-mentioned authorities testify, they do not agree in pointing out. In Harl. MS. 1080 (166 b), the arms of Rowe, viz. a chevron between 3 trefoils party per pale (though without tinctures), quarters a coat azure a chevron or between 3 paschal lambs couchant regardant argent : which latter coat, though it originally came into the family with the heiress of Rurd, was chiefly used by the Devonshire Rowes.
(Notes and Queries. 2nd S VIII June 25 1859. p519.)
Had writ to take upon himself the coif in 1511.
Father: William Row
- Bridget Roe b: in Staverton, Devon
- Title: Visitations of the County of Devon, 1620
Author: Vivian, John Lambrick
Publication: Comprising the Heraldsí Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620. With additions by Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. Vivian. Henry S. Eland, Exeter, 1895.
Text: cont. by John Young
- Type: Book
Periodical: Lives of Eminent Serjeants-at-Law of the English Bar
Author: Humphry W. Woolrych
- Type: Book
Periodical: Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries
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