Manor of Bideford
The manor of Bedeford was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as held at some time in chief from William the Conqueror by the great Saxon nobleman Brictric, but later held by the king's wife Matilda of Flanders (c. 1031 – 1083). There were then 30 villagers, 8 smallholders and 14 slaves in Bideford. The unabbreviated Latin text of the entry is as follows:
- Infra scriptas terras tenuit Brictric post regina Mathildis...Bedeford Tempore Regis Eduardi geldabat pro iii hidae. Terra est xxvi carrucae. In dominio sunt iiii carrucae, xiiii servi, xxx villani, viii bordarii cum xx carrucis. Ibi sunt x acrae pratae, xx acrae pasturae, cl acrae silvae. Reddit xvi librae. Huic manerio adjacet una piscaria (quae) Tempore Regis Eduardi reddabat xxv soldii ("The below written lands Brictric held, afterwards Queen Matilda...Bideford in the time of King Edward (the Confessor) paid geld for 3 hides. There is land for 26 plough-teams. In demesne there are 4 plough-teams, 14 servants, 30 villagers, 8 smallholders with 20 plough-teams. There are 10 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture, 150 acres of woodland. It returns £16. To this manor lies adjacent a fishery which in the time of King Edward (the Confessor) paid 25 soldi")
According to the account by the Continuator of Wace and others, in his youth Brictric declined the romantic advances of Matilda and his great fiefdom was thereupon seized by her. Whatever the truth of the matter, years later when she was acting as Regent in England for William the Conqueror, she used her authority to confiscate Brictric's lands and threw him into prison, where he died. The Exon Domesday notes that Bideford and nearby Littleham were held at fee farm from the king by Gotshelm, a Devonshire tenant-in-chief of 28 manors and brother of Walter de Claville. Gotshelm's 28 manors descended to the Honour of Gloucester, as did most of Brictric's.
Feudal barony of Gloucester
Brictric's lands were granted after the death of Matilda in 1083 by her eldest son King William Rufus (1087–1100) to Robert FitzHamon (died 1107), the conqueror of Glamorgan, whose daughter and sole heiress Maud (or Mabel) FitzHamon brought them to her husband Robert de Caen, 1st Earl of Gloucester (pre-1100-1147), a natural son of Matilda's younger son King Henry I (1100–1135). Thus Brictric's fiefdom became the feudal barony of Gloucester. The Grenville family held Bideford for many centuries under the overlordship of the feudal barons of Gloucester, which barony was soon absorbed into the Crown, when they became tenants in chief.
Sir Richard I de Grenville (d.post 1142)
Sir Richard I de Grenville (d.post 1142) (alias de Grainvilla, de Greinvill, etc.) was one of the Twelve Knights of Glamorgan who served in the Norman Conquest of Glamorgan under his elder brother Robert FitzHamon (died 1107), the first Norman feudal baron of Gloucester and Lord of Glamorgan from 1075. He obtained from FitzHamon the lordship of Neath, Glamorgan, in which he built Neath Castle and in 1129 founded Neath Abbey. Richard de Grenville was one of three (or four) known sons of Hamo Dapifer (died circa 1100) Sheriff of Kent, an Anglo-Norman royal official under both King William the Conqueror (1066–1087) and his son King William Rufus (1087–1100). He is by tradition the founder and ancestor of the prominent Westcountry Grenville family of Stowe in the parish of Kilkhampton in Cornwall and of Bideford in Devon.
By tradition Richard de Grenville is said by Prince (died 1723), (apparently following Fuller's Worthies)) after he had founded Neath Abbey and bestowed upon it all his military acquisitions for its maintenance, to have "returned to his patrimony at Bideford where he lived in great honour and reputation the rest of his days". However, according to Round no proof exists that Richard I de Grenville ever held the manor of Bideford, which was later one of the principal seats of the Westcountry Grenville family. It was however certainly one of the constituent manors of the Honour of Gloucester granted by King William Rufus to Robert FitzHamon." Richard de Grenville is known to have held seven knight's fees from the Honour of Gloucester, either granted to him by his brother FitzHamon or the latter's son-in-law and heir Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester (1100–1147). Round supposes instead that the Grenvilles of Bideford and Stowe were descended from a certain "Robert de Grenville" (alias de Grainville, de Grainavilla, etc.) who was a junior witness to Richard's foundation charter of Neath Abbey and who in the 1166 Cartae Baronum return was listed as holding one knight's fee from the Earl of Gloucester, feudal baron of Gloucester. Robert's familial relationship, if any, to Richard is unknown.
Richard II de Grenville
Richard II de Grenville (eldest son, by tradition). He married Adelina de Beaumont, and during the reign of King Henry II (1154–1189) held 3 1/2 knight's fees from the Honour of Gloucester.
Richard III de Grenville (died 1204)
Richard III de Grenville (died 1204) (son), who married a certain Gundreda. He died in 1204, leaving his children as minors. King John granted the wardship of his son and heir Richard IV de Grenville to Richard Fleminge in consideration for six hundred marks and six palfreys.
Richard IV de Grenville (d.circa 1217)
Richard IV de Grenville (d.circa 1217) (son). As arranged by his father, he married the daughter and heiress of Thomas de Middleton, whose wardship and marriage the former had acquired from King John in 1204.
Richard V de Grenville
Richard V de Grenville (son) (fl.1295), who married Jane Trewent, daughter and heiress of William Trewent of Blisland, Cornwall, in the hundred of Trigg Minor, situated 5 miles north-east of Bodmin. A roll of arms from the reign of King Edward III states: Monsire Esteine de Trewent port les armes de Tyes a trois egles de gules a double teste ("Monsieur Stephen de Trewent bears the arms of de Tyes, three eagles with two heads gules"). These are the arms shown in the 19th century stained glass window in Kilkhampton Church shown impaled by Grenville. He left four sons:
- Richard VI de Grenville (died 1310) (eldest son and heir)
- Bartholomew Grenville (died 1325), heir to his elder brother
- Robert de Grenville
- William de Grenville (died 1315), Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of York.
Richard VI de Grenville (died 1310)
Richard VI de Grenville (died 1310) (eldest son and heir). He married Isabel of Monte Treganion, daughter of Joscelyn of Monte Treganion, but died without progeny.
Bartholomew Grenville (died 1325)
Bartholomew Grenville (died 1325) (younger brother). He married Amy Vyvyan, daughter of Sir Vyell Vyvyan of Treviddren, Cornwall. Walter de Stapeldon, Bishop of Exeter, granted to "Sir Bartholomew and his wife Amy" a license for the celebration of divine service in capella sua de Bydeforde ("in his chapel of Bideford").
Henry de Grenville (died 1327)
Henry de Grenville (died 1327) (son), who married Ann Wortham, daughter and heiress of the family of Wortham, near Lifton, Devon. He was buried at Kilkhampton, where in 1895 his armorials impaling Wortham (Sable, a chevron between three lion's paws argent) were said to survive. In 1324 Henry de Grenvile presented to the Rectory of Kilkhampton Thomas Stapeldon, brother to Bishop Stapeldon, and also Walter de Prodhomme, a nephew of the ishop's, to the Rectory of Bideford in the same year. The Bishop in his will bequeathed to Walter de Prodhomme a legacy of 40s. for the maintenance of Bideford Bridge, as well as 10 marks pro defectibus Ecclesiae de Bideforde reperandis ("for the repairing of the Church of Bideford").
Theobald I de Grenville (1323 – c. 1377)
Theobald I de Grenville (1323 – c. 1377) (son), the builder of Bideford Long Bridge and Sheriff of Devon. He married Joyce de beaumont, daughter of Thomas de Beaumont, Earl of Meulan. Following a financial dispute between the king and the Bishop of Exeter, Sheriff Theobald was ordered by the king in the summer of 1347 to enforce an order made against the bishop in the Court of King's Bench. He marched to the bishop's manor of Bishops Tawton at the head of an army of 500 persons and seized goods to the value stated, not without killing several occupants of that manor. In January 1348 he made apology on bended knee to the bishop in his great hall at Chudleigh.
Theobald II de Grenville (d.pre-1381)
Theobald II de Grenville (d.pre-1381) (son), who married Margaret Courtenay, a daughter of Hugh de Courtenay, 2nd/10th Earl of Devon (1303–1377) by his wife Margaret de Bohun (died 1391), eldest surviving daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, by his wife Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, daughter of King Edward I. Granville (1895) and Vivian (1895) incorrectly give his wife as a daughter of the 2nd Earl's grandson Sir Hugh Courtenay (post 1358–1425), of Haccombe in Devon and Boconnock in Cornwall, by his 4th wife Maud Beaumont.
Sir John Grenville (died 1412)
Sir John Grenville (died 1412) (eldest son and heir), Sheriff of Devon in 1395, Sheriff of Cornwall in 1411 and four times MP for Devon, in 1388, 1394, 1397 and 1402. At some time before September 1391 he married Margaret Burghersh (c. 1376 – c. 1421), elder daughter and co-heiress of Sir John Burghersh, MP, of Ewelme, Oxfordshire. He had no male progeny, only a daughter who predeceased him. His wife survived him and remarried to John Arundell II (c. 1392 – 1423), MP, (who during his marriage resided at Bideford) eldest son of Sir John Arundell I (c. 1366 – 1435), MP, of Lanherne, Steward of the Duchy of Cornwall.
William de Grenville (died 1449)
William de Grenville (died 1449) (younger brother). He married twice, firstly to Thomazine Cole, daughter of John Cole, secondly to Philippa Bonville, a daughter of William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (1392–1461) of Shute, Devon. He had progeny by his second marriage only. Bonville was an enemy of the Courtenay Earls of Devon of Tiverton Castle, but an ally of their cousins the Courtenays of Powderham. By his second wife Philippa Bonville he had the following progeny:
- Sir Thomas I Grenville (1430–1483), son and heir
- John Grenville, Gent.
- William Grenville
- Margaret Grenville, wife of John Thorne of Thorne in the parish of Holsworthy, Devon.
- Ellen Grenville, wife of William Yeo of Heanton Satchville, Petrockstowe, Devon. Two stained glass heraldic escutcheons survive in the vestry of Petrockstowe Church showing the arms of William Yeo (Argent, a chevron sable between three ducks azure) impaling Grenville, and another of Grenville impaling Bonville (Sable, six mullets argent pierced gules), representing Ellen's parents.
Sir Thomas I Grenville (1430–1483)
Sir Thomas I Grenville (1430–1483) (son), the first member of the family to modernise his surname by omitting the particule "de". He served as Sheriff of Gloucester in 1480 and Sheriff of Cornwall in 1483. He married twice, firstly in 1447 in the Basset family's Umberleigh Chapel to Anne Courtenay, a daughter of Sir Philip Courtenay (1404–1463) of Powderham, by his wife Elizabeth Hungerford, daughter of Walter Hungerford, 1st Baron Hungerford (died 1449). One of her brothers was Peter Courtenay (died 1492) Bishop of Exeter. The marriage was childless. He married secondly to Elizabeth Gorges, a sister of Sir Theobald Gorges. His younger son Rev. John Grenville (died 1509) was Rector of Bideford from 1504.
Sir Thomas II Grenville (died 1513)
Sir Thomas II Grenville (died 1513), KB, (eldest son and heir). He was Sheriff of Cornwall in 1481 and in 1486. During the Wars of the Roses in his youth he was a Lancastrian supporter and took part in the conspiracy against King Richard III organised by the Duke of Buckingham. On the accession of King Henry VII (1485–1509) and at the end of the wars, Grenville was appointed one of the Esquires of the Body to King Henry VII. On the marriage of Prince Arthur to Katherine of Aragon on 14 November 1501 he was created a Knight of the Bath. He served on the Commission of the Peace for Devon from 1510 to his death.
Sir Roger I Grenville (1477–1523)
Sir Roger Grenville (1477–1523) (eldest son and heir by his father's first wife Isabel Gilbert). he served as Sheriff of Cornwall in 1510–11, 1517–18, 1522, and was present within the Cornish contingent at the Field of the Cloth of Gold. He married Margaret Whitlegh (or Whitely) the daughter and co-heiress of Richard Whitlegh (died 1509) of Efford, about three miles from Stowe. His second son was John Grenville (c. 1506 – c. 1562), thrice MP for Exeter, in 1545, 1554 and 1558.
Sir Richard VII Grenville (c. 1495 – 1550)
Sir Richard Grenville (c. 1495 – 1550) (eldest son and heir). he entered the Inner Temple, with his brother John, in 1520 and served as MP for Cornwall in 1529. He married Matilda Bevil, a daughter and co-heiress of John Bevil of Gwarnock, St Allen, Cornwall. He was pre-deceased by his eldest son Roger II Grenville (died 1545), present on the Mary Rose when it sank in Portsmouth Harbour in 1545, whose son was the heroic Admiral Sir Richard VIII Grenville (1542–1591).
Admiral Sir Richard VIII Grenville (1542–1591)
Admiral Sir Richard VIII Grenville (1542–1591) (grandson), was Captain of the Revenge, MP for Cornwall, Sheriff of Cork from 1569 to 1570, Sheriff of Cornwall in 1576–77, and an Armed Merchant Fleet Owner, privateer, colonizer, and explorer. He died at the Battle of Flores (1591), fighting heroically against overwhelming odds, and refusing to surrender his ship to the far more numerous Spanish. He married Mary St Leger (c. 1543 – 1623), daughter of Sir John St Ledger of Annery, Monkleigh (near Bideford) and heir to her brother. She outlived her husband and died aged about 80 on 9 November 1623 and was buried at St Mary's Church, Bideford. The family initially lived at Buckland Abbey before moving to a newly built house at Bideford. An escutcheon showing the arms of Grenville impaling St Ledger survives in Kilkhampton Church.
Sir Bernard Grenville (1567–1636)
Sir Bernard Grenville (1567–1636), (eldest surviving son and heir). He served as Sheriff of Cornwall in 1596–97, and was a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall in 1598. He was appointed a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to King Charles I in 1628. He was elected a Member of Parliament for Bodmin, Cornwall, in 1597. He married Elizabeth Bevill, only daughter and heiress of Phillip Bevill of Brinn and Killigarth.
Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643)
Sir Bevil Grenville (1596–1643) (eldest son and heir), a Royalist soldier in the Civil War, killed in action in heroic circumstances at the Battle of Lansdowne in 1643. He served as MP for Cornwall 1621–1625 and 1640–42, and for Launceston 1625–1629 and 1640. He married Grace Smith, a daughter by his second marriage of Sir George Smith (died 1619) of Madworthy, near Exeter, Devon, a merchant who served as MP for Exeter in 1604, was three times Mayor of Exeter and was Exeter's richest citizen, possessing 25 manors. Grace's half-sister Elizabeth Smythe was the wife of Sir Thomas Monk (1570–1627) of Potheridge, Devon, MP for Camelford in 1626, and mother of the great general George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, KG (1608–1670). It was largely due to his close kinship to his first cousin the Duke that Sir Bevil's son Sir John Grenville was raised to the peerage in 1660 as Earl of Bath and was also granted the reversion of the Dukedom of Albemarle in the event of the failure of George Monck's male issue.
His third son was Bernard Granville, father of George Granville, 1st Baron Lansdown (1666–1735). George became heir male of the family on the extinction of the senior male line in 1711, following the death of William Granville, 3rd Earl of Bath (1692–1711), and due to this in 1712 was raised to the peerage as "Baron Lansdown of Bideford".
John Grenville, 1st Earl of Bath (1628–1701)
John Grenville, 1st Earl of Bath (1628–1701) (son and heir). He was a major figure in effecting, in a subsidiary role to his cousin George Monck, 1st Duke of Albemarle, the Restoration of the Monarchy to King Charles II in 1660, for which service he was elevated to the peerage. He left two sons and three daughters, who were in their issue the eventual co-heiresses of his grandson the 3rd Earl:
- Jane Granville (d. 27 February 1696), wife of Sir William Leveson-Gower, 4th Baronet and mother of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Baron Gower (1675–1709) and grandmother of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower (1694–1754).
- Catherine Granville, wife of Craven Peyton (c. 1663 – 1738), Member of Parliament for Boroughbridge 1705–1713. She died childless.
- Grace Granville, suo jure Countess Granville (3 September 1654 – 18 October 1744), wife of George Carteret, 1st Baron Carteret and mother of John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville.
Charles Granville, 2nd Earl of Bath (1661–1701)
Charles Granville, 2nd Earl of Bath (1661–1701), (eldest son and heir). The family changed the spelling of its surname to "Granville", which was believed to be a more accurate reflection of its Norman origins at Granville in Normandy. He died from a gunshot wound during the preparations for his father's funeral, possibly suicide. He was twice married, firstly to Lady Martha Osborne (1664–1689), daughter of Thomas Osborne, 1st Duke of Leeds. Without progeny. Secondly in 1691 he married Isabella van Nassau (1668–1692), sister of Henry Nassau d'Auverquerque, 1st Earl of Grantham. His second son was John Granville, 1st Baron Granville of Potheridge (1665–1707).
William Granville, 3rd Earl of Bath (1692–1711)
William Henry Granville, 3rd Earl of Bath (1692–1711) (son and heir by father's 2nd marriage). He died of smallpox aged 19 without progeny when the earldom became extinct. His co-heirs were the surviving descendants of the three daughters of the 1st Earl:
- John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower (1694–1754), grandson of Jane Granville (died 1696), daughter of the 1st Earl and wife of Sir William Leveson-Gower, 4th Baronet.
- Grace Granville, suo jure Countess Granville (1654–1744), daughter of the 1st Earl and wife of George Carteret, 1st Baron Carteret and mother of John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville
The Devonshire and Cornwall estates, after the death of the last Earl of Bath, were divided between Lady Carteret, suo jure Countess Granville (1654–1744) (née Lady Grace Granville), one of the daughters of the first Earl, and John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower (1694–1754) the grandson of Lady Gower (died 1696) (née Lady Jane Granville), the other daughter, who had married Sir William Gower. "Grace, Countess Granville" and "John, Lord Gower" as joint patrons made presentations to the Rectory of Bideford in 1723 and 1727, and "John, Lord Gower" as sole patron made a presentation in 1744. Lady Grace's descendants received as their share mostly the Cornwall estates while Lady Jane's descendants received mostly the Devon estates, including Potheridge.
The manor of Bideford was sold in about 1750 to John I Clevland (1706–1763) of Tapeley, in the parish of Westleigh, near Bideford, and descended to his heirs, by whom Tapeley, and the lordship of Bideford, is still owned in 2014. The advowson of the rectory of Bideford was sold to the Buck family (later Stucley) of Daddon House, which made their first presentation in 1783.
- Granville, Rev. Roger, Rector of Bideford, History of the Granville Family traced back to Rollo First Duke of Normandy, with pedigrees etc., Exeter, 1895
- Round, J. Horace, Family Origins and Other Studies, London, 1930, The Granvilles and the Monks, pp. 130–169
- Pole, Sir William (died 1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, pp. 387–388, descent of Manor of Bideford
- Risdon, Tristram (died 1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, pp. 280–3, Manor of Bideford
- Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, part 1, 1:60 (Bideford). In the Domesday Book a heading above the entry for Northlew, three entries above the entry for Bideford, states: Infra scriptas terras tenuit Brictric post regina Mathildis ("Brictric held the undermentioned lands and later Queen Matilda")
- "Bideford | Domesday Book". Domesdaymap.co.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Thorn, Caroline & Frank, (eds.) Domesday Book, (Morris, John, gen.ed.) Vol. 9, Devon, Parts 1 & 2, Phillimore Press, Chichester, 1985, part 2 (notes), 24,21, quoting "Freeman, E.A., The History of the Norman Conquest of England, 6 vols., Oxford, 1867–1879, vol. 4, Appendix, note 0"
- Edward Augustus Freeman, The History of the Norman Conquest of England, Vol. IV (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1871), pp. 761–64
- Thorn & Thorn, Part I, 1;61, small type at bottom of entry, denoting additional text in Exon Domesday not present in Exchequer Domesday
- Thorn & Thorn, chapter 25:1-28
- Thorn & Thorn, Part 2 (notes), chapter 25
- Round, J. Horace, Family Origins and Other Studies, London, 1930, The Granvilles and the Monks, pp.130-169, p.139
- Sanders, I.J. English Baronies: A Study of their Origin and Descent 1086–1327, Oxford, 1960, p.6, Barony of Gloucester
- Granville, Rev. Roger, Rector of Bideford, History of the Granville Family traced back to Rollo First Duke of Normandy, with pedigrees etc., Exeter, 1895
- Round, p.130
- Per James Planché (died 1880) The Pursuivant of Arms, quoted in Round, pp.150-1
- Round, p.137: his charter granting Litaham (Littleham near Bideford, Devon) to Neath Abbey mentions his wife Constance and his brother William and two nephews
- Prince, John, (1643–1723) The Worthies of Devon, 1810 edition, p.440, biography of Sir Theobald Grenvil
- Round, p.138
- Round, p.139
- Granville, 1895, p.32
- Granville, 1895, p.31
- Granville, 1895, p.34
- Nicholas, Nicholas Harris (ed.), Rolls of Arms of the Reigns of Henry III and Edward III, London, 1829, p.14 of A Roll of Arms of the Reign of Edward III
- Granville, 1895, p.36
- Granville, 1895, p.49
- (Granville, Rev. Roger, Rector of Bideford, History of the Granville Family traced back to Rollo First Duke of Normandy, with pedigrees etc., Exeter, 1895, p.51 ; Pole, Sir William (died 1635), Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, Sir John-William de la Pole (ed.), London, 1791, p.509, with tinctures amended to image at Kilkhampton
- Granville, 1895, p.51
- Granville, 1895, p.54
- Granville, 1895, pp.52-3
- History of Parliament biography
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, pedigree of Courtenay, p.245; The date of his death before 1381, as given by Granville (1895), appears to make this marriage impossible, being before the date of birth of his wife
- Granville (1895), p.56
- History of Parliament: House of Commons 1386–1421, J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe (eds.), 1993, biography of Grenville, Sir John (died 1412), of Stow in Kilkhampton, Cornw. and Bideford, Devon
- History of Parliament biography
- Granville (1895), pp.56-7
- Vivian, 1895, p.834, pedigree of Yeo
- Granville (1895), p.57
- "The Yeo Society". yeosociety.com. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- Granville, p.57
- Granville, p.58
- Vivian, p.246, pedigree of Courtenay
- Richard Polwhele, The Civil and Military History of Cornwall, volume 1, London, 1806, pp 106–9; Byrne, Muriel St. Clare, (ed.) The Lisle Letters, 6 vols, University of Chicago Press, Chicago & London, 1981, vol.1, p.302 states "1485", quoting Public Record Office, Lists & Indexes, vol. IX, List of Sheriffs
- Byrne, vol.1, p.302
- Byrne, vol.1, p.303
- Byrne, vol.1, p.307
- Hawkyard, A.D.K., Biography of John Grenville (c. 1506 – c. 1562) published in History of Parliament: House of Commons 1509–1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
- Byrne, vol. 4, p.11
- Goring, J.J., Biography of Richard Grenville (c. 1495 – 1550) published in History of Parliament: House of Commons 1509–1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
- Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.569, pedigree of Monk of Potheridge
- "Yerby, George & Hunneyball, Paul, biography of George Smith (d.1619) of Madford House, Exeter, published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1604-1629, ed. Andrew Thrush and John P. Ferris, 2010". historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- J. Horace Round, Family Origins and Other Studies, ed. Page, William, 1930, p.164, The Granvilles and the Monks
- J. Horace Round, Family Origins and Other Studies, ed. Page, William, 1930, p.163, The Granvilles and the Monks: "Great as was the favour bestowed on Sir John Granville" (i.e. later cr. 1st Earl of Bath) "and his brothers under Charles II, the actual part taken by Sir John in the restoration of the King was less potent to obtain it than his lucky relationship to George Monk, the prime agent in that event"
- Round, p.165
- "PEYTON, Craven (c.1663-1738), of Stratton Street, Westminster | History of Parliament Online". historyofparliamentonline.org. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- Per framed list of rectors of Bideford in Bideford Church
- "Parishes: Bickton - Bridford | British History Online | Lysons, 1822". british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
- See framed list of rectors in Bideford Church