Category Archives: Byne

More information about Magnus Fowle

In the last few posts I’ve been exploring the will of my 12 x great grandfather, Magnus Fowle, of  Mayfield in Sussex, who died in 1595 or 1596. In this post, I want to share what we now know about … Continue reading

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The Ashburnhams: recusancy and conformity in a Sussex family

In his will of 1595, my 12 x great grandfather Magnus Fowle of Mayfield, Sussex, left twenty shillings in gold to Eleanor Ashburnham, the daughter of John and Isabel Ashburnham. I’ve discovered that John Ashburnham was Member of Parliament for … Continue reading

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Recusants and iron masters: reflections on the will of Magnus Fowle

What do we learn from the will of my 12 x great grandfather Magnus Fowle, a transcription of which I posted the other day? First of all, we discover when he died: the will was written on 30th July 1595 … Continue reading

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Magnus Fowle of Mayfield (died 1595)

My last post discussed Bartholomew Fowle, the last prior of St Mary Overy, Southwark, before Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries, and his possible connection with my 13 x great grandfather Gabriel Fowle of Southover, Sussex (1507 – 1554). I also … Continue reading

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Bartholomew Fowle and the Southwark connection

(Update 26th February 2014: for corrections to some of the information in this post, please see this post and those that follow.) The 1525 will of my 15 x great grandfather, Thomas Fowle of Lamberhurst, Kent, tells us that he was survived by … Continue reading

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‘To our blessed Lady and to all the saints of hevyn': the pre-Reformation will of Thomas Fowle

(Update 26th February 2014: for corrections to some of the information in this post, please see this post and those that follow.) Despite its brevity, the will of my 15 x great grandfather Thomas Fowle of Lamberhurst, Kent, who died in 1525, is … Continue reading

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The will of Thomas Fowle of Lamberhurst (1450 – 1525)

(Update 26th February 2014: for corrections to some of the information in this post, please see this post and those that follow.) In the previous post I offered an overview of the Fowle family of Kent and Sussex, with whom … Continue reading

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The Fowle family

The other day I wrote about my 10 x great grandfather William Wane (1576 – 1626), the rector of Clayton-cum-Keymer in Sussex. His daughter Anne (1611 – 1661) married Magnus Byne (1615 – 1671), one of her father’s successors as rector at … Continue reading

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More information about William Wane (died 1626)

Yesterday I noted that William Wane, my 10 x great grandfather, was ordained in 1598 in Chichester, when Lancelot Andrewes, the noted scholar and mentor of the poet George Herbert, was bishop. I’ve been trying to find out more about … Continue reading

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My ancestors’ lives illuminated by recent reading

I’ve just finished reading Adrian Tinniswood’s The Verneys: Love, War and Madness in Seventeenth-Century England. It’s an absorbing account of one family’s story, based on an unusually comprehensive archive of letters, and an illustration of how family history can bring … Continue reading

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