Sir John Chichester (1519/20-1569) of Raleigh in the parish of Pilton, near Barnstaple in North Devon, was a leading member of the Devonshire gentry, a naval captain, and ardent Protestant who served as Sheriff of Devon in 1550-1551, and as Knight of the Shire for Devon in 1547, April 1554, and 1563, and as Member of Parliament for Barnstaple in 1559, over which borough his lordship of the manor of Raleigh had considerable influence.
His illustrious career and political dealings are described in detail from several locations.
He married Gertrude Courtenay, a daughter of Sir William III Courtenay.
Susanna Chichester , married firstly in 1580 (as his 2nd wife) John Fortescue Esq., MP, of Buckland Filleigh, with whom she had a son Sir Faithful Fortescue (died 1666). She married secondly in 1584 William Fortescue.
Death & Burial
Sir John Chichester died on 30 November 1569, and was buried in Pilton Church, in the parish of which, near Barnstaple in Devon, was situated his manor of Raleigh.
"John Chichester, knight, died the 30th of November 1569. Gertrude Courtenay his wife died the 30th of April 1566. Both rest here in hope of the Resurrection.
↑ 1.01.11.21.3 Vivian, J. L. (John Lambrick)., College of Arms (Great Britain). (1895). The visitations of the county of Devon: Comprising the herald's visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620. Exeter: For the author, by H. S. Eland. pg 173
↑ 2.02.12.22.3 Chichester, Alexander Palmer Bruce, Sir, bart., 1842-1881; Spicer, Alexander. History of the family of Chichester, from A.D. 1086-1870. Including the descents of the various branches settled at Raleigh, Youlston, Arlington, Widworthy, Calverleigh, Hall, and elsewhere in Devonshire; also of the Chichesters, marquesses of Donegal, and barons Templemore. 1871. London (Printed for the author) J. C. Hotten. pg 33