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Mary (Smythe) Davy (1554 - 1621)

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Categories: All Hallows Lombard Street, City of London | St Mary Aldermanbury, City of London.


She was baptised Mary Smith on 13 Jun 1554 at All Hallows, Lombard Street, City of London[1].

Mary was recorded in the Visitation of London in 1568 as the daughter of Thomas Smythe and Alice (Judde) Smythe[2]. In the Smythe pedigree taken during the visitation of Kent in 1619 she was described as the widow of Robert Davis of London[3].

A portrait of Mary Smythe, painted by Ketel in 1579, is believed to exist in a private collection[4].

Three children were recorded as being baptised at St Mary Aldermanbury, City of London to Robert Davy namely: Thomas (1576), John (1578) and Alice (1582)[5].

In the will of her father, the will made on 22 May 1591 and proved on 29 October 1591[6] she was noted as Mary Davye wife of Robert Davye esquire. She was bequeathed £500, and a further £500 was bequeathed to her children John Davye and Alice Davye, the sum to be divided between them.

Mary was also a beneficiary of the will of her mother, Alice, the will made on 10 Jul 1592[7]. The will referred to her husband Robert Davie/Davye and their children John and Alice.

Mistress Mary Davy, widow, was buried on 26 Jun 1621 at St Mary Aldermanbury, City of London[5].

Summary of the Will of Mary (Smythe) Davy

In her will made on 16 Oct 1620 and proved on 02 Jul 1624[8] she was recorded as Mary Davy late wife of Robt Davy Esquire. She made charitable donations to the poor of: the parish of St Mary Aldermanbury, London; Christs hospital, London; the hospital of Little St Bartholomew at West Smithfield, near London; the hospital of St Thomas the Apostle in Southbank; the parish of Barnes, Surrey; and “to as many poore olde woemen, as I shalbe yeares old at the tyme of my decease to everie one of them a gowne of good black cloathe of the price of twentie shillings a gowne att least”.

She made bequests to her cousin William Atkinson and his daughter Hanna Atkinson; to Mistress Elizabeth Harlamd and Lettice Holder.

She made bequests of rings to: her nephew John Smith the son of her brother Robert Smith deceased; her nieces Mistress Katharin Kynnersley and Elizabeth Fanshawe, all three her godchildren.

Bequests of rings were also made to her nephew Thomas Smithe son of her eldest brother Sir John Smithe deceased, Ann Fanshawe, Thomas Baker son of Sir Henrie Baker Knight and John Harris son of Sir Arthur Harris her son Sir John Davy’s godchildren, and to Johan Whittbrooke.

She made bequests of rings to her sisters Butler, Johane Fanshawe and Elizabeth Lady Fanshawe; and her brothers Sir Thomas Smith and his wife and Sir Richard Smith and his wife.

She bequeathed £20 to her niece Alice Smith daughter of her brother Mr Henrie Smith deceased, the money to be paid within three months following her marriage.

The remainder of her estate was bequeathed to her son, Sir John Davy, whom she made her sole Executor.


  1. All Hallows, Lombard Street. Parish Register.
  2. Visitation of London, 1568: With Additional Pedigrees, 1569-90, the Arms of the City Companies, and a London Subsidy Roll, 1589. Publications of the Harleian Society. Vols 109-110. Edited by Stanford H and Rawlins SW. 1963.
  3. The Visitation of Kent. Taken in the Years 1619-1621. The Publications of the Harleian Society Vol XLII. Edited by Robert Hovenden 1898.
  4. Hearn K (1995) Dynasties : painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630. Tate Publishing.
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Registers of St Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, London. Parts I and II. Bannerman W B (Ed). Publications of the Harleian Society. Registers - Volume LXI. 1931 and 1932.
  6. Will of Thomas Smythe of London. 29 Oct 1591. PROB 11/78/226. National Archives.
  7. Will of Alice Smythe, Widow of London. 11 May 1598. PROB 11/91/377. National Archives.
  8. Will of Mary Davy, Widow. 02 July 1624. PROB 11/144/20. National Archives.

Buckler, Benjamin. Stemmata Chicheleana (Oxford Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1765).

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