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John Fulford (1525 - 1580)

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Sir John Fulford
Born in Great Fulford, Devon, Englandmap
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John Fulford was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.


John was the son and heir of Sir John Fulford of Fulford[1] by Dorothy, daughter of John Bourchier, 1st Earl of Bath.[2][3] He was born in 1524/25 (aged 20 at the Inquisition Post Mortem of his father, 15 September 1545).[3]

He was the executor of his father's will and was mentioned in a land document along with his mother and brother in 1554.[4]

John Fulford inherited lands which in 1579 were valued at £100 a year. As one of the wealthiest men in Devon he took part in local administration but made little mark outside the county.[2]

He married 1st by 1553, Anne, da. of Sir Thomas Denys of Holcombe Burnell and Bicton. Together they had 6 sons and 5 daughters.[2]



He married 2nd 30 Jan. 1570, Eleanor, da. of Bernard Smith of Totnes, wid. of John Charles (d. 17 Aug. 1568), of Tavistock.[2]

After his second marriage, he completed a lavish rebuilding of his house, and it was there that he died on 23 Aug. 1580.[2]

Luckily, before the wartime destruction of the Exeter Probate Registry Sir Oswyn Murray had made abstract of Sir John Fulford's will.

His will, dated 12 April 1578, was proved in the Court of the Bishop of Exeter, 23 January 1581. Among others, he mentions Barnard Smith, esq., my father-in-law; my cousin, Lady Elizabeth Bourchier; and my son and heir, Thomas Fulford.[7]


  1. "England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858," database with images,; Will of John Fulforde of Devon, dated 11 Jul 1544, proved 31 May 1546 mentions John ffulforde my sonne and heire apparente
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 FULFORD, John (1524/25-80), of Fulford, Devon. Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Vivian, J. L. (John Lambrick). The visitations of the county of Devon: comprising the herald's visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions. (Exeter: For the author by H.S. Eland, 1895). Pedigree of Fulford of Fulford p. 379.
  4. Quitclaim dated 1554.
    By Dame Dorothy Fulford, Sir John Fulford and Andrew Fulford, to John Earl of Bath and his wife, Lady Margaret, of land in Huntspill called Cotehamyes or Cothamyes. (Ref. No. T\PH\vch/105, Somerset Heritage Centre)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Rylands, J.P., ed., The Visitation of the County of Dorset, taken in the year 1623, by Henry St George, Richmond Herald, and Sampson Lennard, Bluemantle Pursuivant, marshals and deputies to William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms. (Harleian Society. 20. London, 1885), Addenda, 9-11, Fulford.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Vivian, J. L. (John Lambrick). The visitations of the county of Devon: comprising the herald's visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions. (Exeter: For the author by H.S. Eland, 1895). Pedigree of Fulford of Fulford p. 379; citing Westcote's Devon
  7. Probate record, Johannis Fulford, militis, 12 April 1578, proved 23 Jan. 1581, Court of the Bishop of Exeter, Owen Murray Collection of Wills, 1600-1800. FHL microfilm 916900.
  • Hill, Ronald Ames. The tumultuous Achym/Fulford relationship: with abstracts of Chancery Court proceedings, and transcripts of Chancery decrees and orders. (Star, Idaho: Chaghill Publications, c2003).
  • Westcote, Thomas. A View of Devonshire in MDCXXX, 1845, p.292 Google Books


WikiTree profile Fulford-34 created through the import of Paula's family 5-28-2011.GED on May 29, 2011 by Paula Marksman. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Paula and others.

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On 15 Jan 2019 at 01:27 GMT Charlene Newport wrote:

Fulford-503 and Fulford-34 appear to represent the same person because: Fulford-503 has an incorrect birth year for him which may appear that he is from a different generation. However, they are the same person. John Fulford was born about 1525, not 1435. He was aged 20 at the Inquisition Post Mortem of his father, dated 15 September 1545 and was the executor of his father's will. He married Anne Denys/Dennis about 1553, and he died 23 Aug 1580 (Inquisition Post Mortem). Most of the sources are on Fulford-34. See also his HOP bio.

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