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John Chichester (1519 - 1569)

Sir John Chichester
Born in Raleigh, Devon, Englandmap
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Died at about age 50 in Raleigh, Devon, Englandmap
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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.[1][2][3]


His illustrious career and political dealings are described in detail from several locations.[1][2][3][4]


He married Gertrude Courtenay, a daughter of Sir William III Courtenay.[1][2][3]


  1. Sir John Chichester, son and heir
  2. Arthur Chichester, 1st Baron Chichester (1563-1624/5), 2nd son, who succeeded his brother Sir John as Governor of Carrickfergus.
  3. Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount Chichester (1568–1648), 3rd son, of Eggesford, Devon.
  4. Charles Chichester, 4th son, died without progeny
  5. Sir John Chichester , junior, 5th son. He was Governor of Carrickfergus, County Antrim, Ireland, and was captured and beheaded by Randal MacSorley Macdonnell.[14] He died without progeny.
  6. Sir Thomas Chichester, 6th son
  7. Adrian Chichester , 7th son, died without progeny.


  1. Mary Chichester,
  2. Grace Chichester,
  3. Elizabeth Chichester
  4. Cecilia Chichester,
  5. Eleanor Chichester
  6. Dorothy Chichester,
  7. Urith Chichester,
  8. Bridget Chichester,
  9. 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).[21] She married secondly in 1584 William Fortescue.

Death & Burial

Sir John Chichester died on 30 November 1569,[1][2][3] and was buried in Pilton Church, in the parish of which, near Barnstaple in Devon, was situated his manor of Raleigh. [5]

"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. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The History of Parliament Online. Sir John Chichester
  4. Wikipedia. [1]
  5. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 10 February 2023), memorial page for Sir John Chichester (1519–30 Nov 1569), Find a Grave Memorial ID 119591151, citing Church of St Mary the Virgin, Pilton West, North Devon District, Devon, England.

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Chichester-2 and Chichester-413 appear to represent the same person because: Years match.

Both have a son Ulrith.

posted on Chichester-413 (merged) by Anders Kaas Petersen
Chichester-182 and Chichester-2 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate fathers of pending merged sons
posted by Stuart Hateley

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