Richard Bourne
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Richard Bourne (abt. 1525 - abt. 1594)

Richard Bourne aka Borne
Born about in Wells, Somerset, Englandmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 69 in Somerset, Englandmap [uncertain]
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Richard Bourne was born in Somerset, England.

Richard's Family

Richard was born around 1525, possibly around Wiveliscombe in Somerset, England, the son of Philip Bourne. His mother's name has not been documented.

Richard had an older brother, Gilbert (Gylberte) Bourne, Bishop of Bath and Wells during the reign of Queen Mary.[1]

Richard would have married his wife Sylvester Tybolde (AKA Sylvestre Tybold or Tebold) around 1550. Together they had at least 7 sons.[2] Richard and part of his family pedigree can be found in the Visitation of Somerset of 1623. Only 3 sons are named in the pedigree, which is also pictured on this page.[3] More information about Richard's family can be found under the will subheading. He and his wife are buried in Wells Cathedral in Wells, Somerset, England.[2]

Richard's Occupation

Richard served as a master of the Merchant Taylor's School of London from 1581-1582. He served as Warden from 1572-1573 and 1577-78.[4] At least two of his sons, William, Roger were admitted to the school in 1573.[5] This date forms the basis for an estimate of the ages of these sons, who were probably born in the mid to late 1550s.

Richard's Property

Richard's brother Bishop Gylberte Bourne died in 1569, and he bequeathed "the wreck" of his property to Richard Bourne of Wyvelscombe in Somerset.[1]

Richard was mentioned in a book about Wiveliscombe, in the section about the Bourne family. Part of the translated will is included there. The book indicates that Richard appears to have been Lord Farmer of the manor, which at the time of writing was still called Bourne House. In one of the rooms was said to be an elaborate ceiling of Elizabethan character. [6]

On 20 October 1554 a grant was made by Gilbert Bourne, bishop of Bath and Wells, to his brother Richard Bourne and Gylberte (son of Richard) of the reversion of the office of receiver-general of the manors and estates belonging to the see within the county of Somerset, for their joint lives, and the life of the survivor, with a yearly fee of 10l. This was confirmed by the dean and chapter, Nov. 2.—ƒo. 88.[7]

In 1591, Richard had arms confirmed and crest granted by Sir William Dethick, garter. “Arg. a chev. gu. betw. three lions ramp. sa. a chief erms. Crest. A demi tyger arg. maned tufted and armed sa. gorged with a collar erms. Harl. MS. 1359”[8][9]

Richard's Will

Richard left a will in 1593[10] that was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 15 March 1594. A copy of the will is held in the National Archives [2]and a transcription of the will can be found here.

According to his will, Richard had at least 7 sons: Gylberte Bourne (Richard's eldest son and executor), (Gylberte had a daughter Marye) John Bourne (Richard's second son), Roger Bourne (another of Richard's sons), Thomas Bourne (another of Richard's sons), Richard Bourne (another of Richard's sons), William Bourne (another of Richard's sons) and Jassper Bourne (Richard's youngest son). Jane Bourne was also mentioned, but the will didn't state her status within the family.[2]

In his will, Richard expressed his desire to be buried next to his wife in the Cathedrall Church of welles, and he bequeathed the following:

1. To his eldest son Gylberte: All of his free land, the lease of the demeanes of Wivelscombe wyth the Custodye of the greate house there, the lease of his nowe dwellinge house scytuated and beinge wythin the libertyes of welles wyth his beste furniture of tapistrye hanginges belonginge to the greate chamber, The advonson of the Artchedeaconrye of Taunton, his greate quishion of clothe of goulde, his turkey carpettes, three of his best tapistray quishons, his best gowne faced wyth mantrns, and his best garmishe of pewter.
2. To his granddaughter Marye (daughter of Gylberte): his best and greate beddsteede and the best furnyture belonginge to the same beddsteede.
3. To his son John Bourne, the scarlette gowne and three of his best tapistrye quishions.
4. To his son William: 20 pounds and his second best gowne faced wyth martyns and also that Featherbedd and Boulster which he did of late borrowe of Richard.
5. To his son Roger: his gowne faced wyth sattyn.
6. To his son Richard: 100 marks three years after the death of the testator, and 5 pounds a year toward his maintenance.
7. To his son Thomas: If he was found alive within in 3 years of the death of the testator, then he was to receive 100 pounds, and a yearly sum of "sixe poundes thirteane Shillinges eighte pence a year towarde his mayntenaunce." If he didn't turn up within 3 years the hundred pounds was distributed to Richard. Thomas was to receive the rest of his bequest, if found alive.
8. To his youngest son Jassper: twenty pounds, a featherbedd and boulster, his needle worke quishions that were in the waynscott cheste under the wyndowe in his greate Chamber.
9. "fourtye shillinges to the com[m]onaltye of the towne of welles fortye Shillinges towards the repayeringe of highe wayes nighe the Cittye of Bristoe, fortye Shillinges towards the repayeringe of the highe wayes nyghe Bridgewater".
10. To Jane Bourne: his best brass pot.
11. To his servant Harry: "fowertye Shillinges and of my apparrell such and soe much as my executor shall thynke meete".


Richard was granted the right to present his opinions and recommendations to the prebendary of Whitelackington and Whitchurch in 1559.[11]

Richard was taxed 110 pounds in the 1582 London Subsidy Roll: Dowgate Ward, ALHALLOWES THE LESSE, SCT LAWRENCE POWNTNEY & SCT JOHNS PAROCHES.[12]

Research Notes

Birth, marriage and death records were not able to be located. The most reliable source of information thus far is Richard's probated will.

It's not know if Jane Bourne was Richard's daughter. She might be a granddaughter.

See also unverified info from find-a-grave. This site says that Richard's wife died in 1605, but his will says she died before he did.[13]. This date error needs to be fixed in his wife's wikitree site.


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lives of the Bishops of Bath and Welles. By the Reverend Stephen Hyde Cassan. London: C & J Rivington, St. Paul's Churchyard, and Waterloo Place, Pall-Mall. Crockers, Printers, Frome. 1829. The Lives of the Bishops of Bath and Welles. Accessed 24 July 2022
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Will of Richard Bourne, Gentleman of Wells, Somerset. Reference: PROB 11/83/245 Description: Will of Richard Bourne, Gentleman of Wells, Somerset Date: 15 March 1594. Held by: The National Archives, Kew. ( Accessed 21 July 2022.
  3. Bourne pedigree in Visitation of Somerset of 1623, page 13. ( Accessed 17 July, 2022.
  4. The history of Merchant-Taylors' School, from its foundation to the present time. In two parts. I. Of its founders, patrons, benefactors, and masters. II. Of its principal scholars. by Wilson, H. B. (Harry Bristow), 1774-1853. Publication date 1814. Topics London (England). Merchant Taylors' School. Publisher London : F.C. and J. Rivington. Collection cornell; americana. Digitizing sponsor MSN. Contributor Cornell University Library. Page 1150.( Accessed 22 July 2022.
  5. A Register of the Scholars Admitted Into Merchant Taylor's School ..., Volume 1By London (England). Merchant Taylors' School, Merchant Taylors' School . Page 21.A Register of the Scholars Admitted Into Merchant Taylor's School. Accessed 20 July 2022.
  6. Wifela's Combe: A History of the Parish of Wiveliscombe. By Frederick Hancock. Barnicott and Pearce, The Wessex Press, 1911, pages 237-239.Wifela's Combe: A History of the Parish of Wiveliscombe Accessed 24 July 2022.
  7. Book section. Acts and accounts: 1554-63 Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells: Volume 2. pages 278-290. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.( Accessed 11 July 2022.
  8. Notes & queries for Somerset and Dorset. by Bridport [etc.]Printed by C. J. Creed [etc.]; Norris, Hugh, ed; Mayo, Charles Herbert, 1845-1929 ed; Weaver, F. W. (Frederic William), 1853-1933, ed. Publication date: 1888 Publisher: Bridport [etc.] Printed by C. J. Creed [etc.] Volume v.4. Vols. 1-22, 1888-1938. 1 v. Editors: 1888-Mar. 1890, H. Norris, C. H. Mayo; June 1890-May 1919, F. W. Weaver, C. H. Mayo; October 1919, G.W. Saunders, Charles Herbert Mayo, T.F. Palmer; March 1920-, G.W. Saunders, Charles Herbert Mayo, T.F. Palmer, R.G. Bartelot. Pages 151-152. ( Accessed 24 July 2022.
  9. Encyclopaedia heraldica, or complete dictionary of heraldry by Berry, William, 1774-1851. no 91014628; Glover, Robert, 1544-1588. n 85176497. Publication date 1828 v. 1. Dictionary of heraldry. Glover's ordinary of arms.--v. 2. Dictionary of arms.--v. 3. Plates.--v. 4. Supplement. Vol 4. Page 82. ( Accessed 24 July 2022.
  10. Index of wills proved in the Prerogative court of Canterbury ... And now preserved in the principal Probate registry, Somerset house, London. Volume 10. by Church of England. Province of Canterbury. Prerogative Court; Smith, S. A; Smith, John Challenor Covington; Duncan, Leland L. (Leland Lewis), 1862-1923; Fry, Edw. Alex. (Edward Alexander); Stokes, Ethel; Hill, Richard Henry Ernest. Publication date: 1893. Publisher: London : The British record society, limited. Page 53.( Accessed 14 July 2022
  11. Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541-1857: Volume 5, Bath and Wells Diocese. Originally published by Institute of Historical Research, London, 1979. Pages 97-99. ( Accessed 19 July 2022.
  12. 1582 London Subsidy Roll: Dowgate Ward. Pages 219-224. Two Tudor Subsidy Rolls for the City of London, 1541 and 1582. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1993.( Accessed 19 July 2022
  13. Accessed 18 July 2022.


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Borne-9 and Bourne-6 appear to represent the same person because: Grand children are duplicates.
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