Judge John GLANVILLE, M. P.

Judge John GLANVILLE, M. P.

Male Est 1542 - 1600  (~ 58 years)    Has 4 ancestors and 452 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Name John GLANVILLE 
    Prefix Judge 
    Suffix [ONS gp] M. P. 
    Relationshipwith Teresa Ann GOATHAM
    Born Est 1542 
    • The only evidence for this John Glanville being born about 1542 seems to be the age given by Mrs Bray on a painting she remembered seeing [I need to check this - I think she was writing years afterwards and the age given by Mrs Bray for Alice couldn't be right, by when she had children] My estimate is solely based on approximate birthdates of his children would be about 1554.


      In his Cornwall Visitations Vivian shows John's brother Thomas as the 3rd son, in Devon Visitations as the 2nd son. I don't know if the error is Vivian's or in the visitations documents. Which of John and Thomas was second and which third is clarified by John's arms, as shown on his monument in Tavistock Church. The cadency mark show John to be his father's third son, since they show the addition of a mullet (in heraldry a five-pointed star, not a fish).
    Gender Male 
    Biography Links to external sites 
    • History of Parliament website

      Dictionary of National Biography

      Wikipedia entry

      Be warned - (almost?) all accounts of John's family depend, directly or indirectly, on 'Records of the Anglo-Norman House of Glanville from A.D. 1050 to 1880.', the work of one William Urmston Searle Glanville Richards. However his 'research' cannot be relied upon - see this article in the British Library Journal, 1986 (Richards was the man who wrote on the manuscripts).

      Hence the parents shown on this website are not as given in the above biographies (and elsewhere).
    Occupation 1567 
    Admission to Lincoln’s Inn 
    • (source: see his call to the bar)
    Occupation 1574 
    Called to the Bar 
    • "John Glanvill" was called to the bar with several others, recorded after the heading "Council held on June 24. 1574", I am not sure if this was something noted at the council meeting or a separate entry in the Black Book soon after. A footnote in the records notes that his name was recorded as "Glanfeld" when he was admitted in 1567. 

      From "The records of the honorable society of lincoln's inn, Volume 1", p.393-4
    Member of Parliament 1584  Launceston, Cornwall, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Member of Parliament 1584  Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Member of Parliament 1593  St. Germans, Cornwall, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 27 Jul 1600 
    Cause: A broken neck / Falling from his horse 
    • Date from monument in Tavistock Church, also in IPM.
    Grant of Administration 8 Aug 1600 
    Heraldry The Glanville Arms 
    • Vivian describes the arms of the family as
      'Arms: - Az[ure], three saltires Or.
      Crest: - A buck statant ppr.'
      This agrees with the arms on John's monument in Tavistock Church. When an ancestor of John's was granted these arms I do not know, but it would seem that John was not the person granted arms, since they show a cadency mark. 
      His oldest brother Nicholas would have inherited the plain arms after their father died, John's has a mullet added to indicate that he was the third son. If the family had been armigerous for a long time the arms would quite likely have been more complicated, and have included the arms of heiresses that the Glanvilles had married. I think the arms being so simple suggests it was a fairly recent grant.
    Inquisition Post Mortem 12 Aug 1602  The Castle, Exeter, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Kilworthy, Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried St. Eustachius’ Church, Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location 
    The Glanville Memorial
    The Glanville Memorial
    Said to be one of the best memorials of the period in Devon. I am guessing that the memorial is above where John and Alice were buried (or at least was, when first erected; sometimes these things are moved over the centuries).
    It is clear that John was buried in a chancel, since in her will his wife Alice requested 'My body ... the w[hi]ch I desire may receive Christian and decent
    buriall in the Chancell of the Church of Tavistocke by John Glanvill my first husband'.
    The inscriptions on the Glanville Memorial
    The inscriptions on the Glanville Memorial
    Transcription of the plaques with (my - hence rough) translations of the Latin:

    The plaque at the top commemorates Judge John Glanville.

    "Honoraia sacrum memorium
    Johanis Glanvill, unius quoniam
    Justiclariorum de communi
    Banco: qui merito factus Judex
    sumo cum Labore administravit
    Justitiam, Justitia conservavit
    Pacem. Pace expectavit Mortem
    et Morte invenit Requiem 27
    die Julii Anno Dom 1600:"
    "In honour and sacred memory of
    John Glanvill, one of the
    Judges of the…
    Location of the Memorial
    Location of the Memorial
    Relative to the high altar.
    Notes 
    • (Research):Some sites refer to him as 'Sir', but the probably more reliable (History of Parliament and DNB) don't
    Person ID I19961  Teresa's tree | Teresa's direct ancestor
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2018 

    Father John GLANVILLE,   b. Est 1510,   d. 1580  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Alice [POS] WREY,   d. Bef 1572 
    Married
    • A reference to John in the Tavistock Parish Record book (in 1565) refers to John's wife as Alice. In this reference John is repeatedly referred to as 'John Glanfyld, merchant' as though this was sufficient to distinguish him from other John Glanfyld's, such as 'John Glanfelde at wyll' also mentioned in the same and other documents. With this John being a merchant it seems safe, therefore, to think he was married to an Alice before he remarried to Thomasine.

      Alice is likely to have been the mother of at least some of his children, though given the number of women who died young at this time, especially in childbirth, John could easily have had more than one wife before Thomasine.

      The Wrey pedigree (Vivian's Cornwall Visitations, p.564, citing the 1573 Visitation of Cornwall, Harl. MS. 1079, fo. 141) shows an Alice Wrey married John Glanville. The Wreys lived a few miles north of Tavistock in North Russell in Sourton parish, close enough to make it possible that the John Glanville involved was this one, and although no date is given the few events on the pedigree that do have dates make it also about right date-wise. With John and Alice both common Christian names, though, it is hard to be sure.

      A Chancery Court case of 1596 (TNA catalogue entry), ref. C 2/Eliz/W11/11, a dispute about land sold by a John Glanville to John Wrey also in Sourton parish, with the defendant one Henry Glanvile, does not add evidence one way or the other, other than to show the two families both involved with property in the parish. (The John Glanville involved in the dispute is clearly not this John nor his son; the John in the dispute could have been married to an Alice Wrey - there is nothing to indicate he was or to show he could not have been).
    Children 10 children 
    Family ID F7818    |  Family Chart

    Family Alice SKIRRETT,   b. Est 1558,   d. 2 Apr 1632  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Married Est 1579 
    • Names of children (and their birth order) and their spouses from monument to John in Tavistock Church (erected by Alice)
    Children 7 children 
    Photos
    John and Alice Glanville and their (headless) children
    John and Alice Glanville and their (headless) children
    It is curious that the effigies of the children have been beheaded (5) and disappeared altogether (2), while John and Alice have remained more-or-less intact (some damage to their noses seems to have occurred but been repaired).
    Mrs Bray and others claim the damage was done by parliamentarian troops during the civil wars. While noting that there is no evidence given Gerry Woodcock notes that the "family ... at Kilworthy, provided ... the most prominent spokesmen in Tavistock of the royalist…
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F7814    |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMember of Parliament - 1584 - Launceston, Cornwall, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMember of Parliament - 1584 - Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsMember of Parliament - 1593 - St. Germans, Cornwall, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsInquisition Post Mortem - 12 Aug 1602 - The Castle, Exeter, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Kilworthy, Tavistock, Devon, England See the place on a map and other information about it - if available (many more will be in time); also all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth (if installed; see link below to install)
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  • Photos
    Judge John Glanville
    Judge John Glanville
    As represented on his tomb in Tavistock Church. Notes by the tomb include a comment that the carvings were said to be good representations, I don't know how reliable this comment is.