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Roger Bole of Saltash, Cornwall

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Roger is the earliest Bowles known to have had an interest in Ireland.  His Will shows that in 1613 he was travelling to Ireland where he had 'goods moveable and unmoveable' (ie. a standard term meaning goods/personal property and real estate) and that he intended to return to his home, wife and child in Saltash, Cornwall.  It sounds very much like it was a business trip.

Will of Roger Bole of SaltashAugust 9, 1613

In the name of god amen

I Roger Bole of Saint Stephens by Saltash Determining (god willing) to go for Ireland and not knowing how it shall please God to dispose of me before my return do therefore god willing make this my last will and testament in forme following.  First commending and committing my self in body and soul unto the Lord my master and redeemer and after do give unto Alice my wife the halfendeale (half share) of all my goods moveable and unmoveable as well in Ireland as in England and the other halfe unto William Bole my sonne and him I make my Executor.  In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hande and seale.  But my meaning is that if my wife be with childe and that she will be well delivered that the child shall have 20 pounds to be presentlie set to profit whether it be sonne or daughter.  By me Roger Bole.

(the two last words are hard to make out; they are possibly the name of a witness, Richard Dawbyn)

March 19, 1614

This is the probate granted by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury; the text is in Latin which I can't make out but it seems to indicate that Alice was to receive a payment from the estate during William's minority; Roger had only married Alice in St Stephens in 1597 so William was probably 12 to 15 years old; Roger's Will also received probate in the Bishop's Court in the Diocese of Cork and Ross; after Roger's death his son William would have come into his father's property both in England and in the Irish diocese when he turned 21.

Alice Bole relict of the deceased (??)

Earlier Bole References in Saltash and Area

Roger was only one member of an extensive family of Boles living in this area.  The parish registers in this area only started in 1557 but there are Bole entries in the Pillaton register in almost every year from 1558 to 1575 with a next generation recorded from 1597 to 1624, a next from 1643 and on and in the nearby parishes of St Mellion and St Stephens near Saltash.  See The Boles of Pillaton and Area


There was a claim of debt filed in 1450 by John Dalman of Devon against several men including John Baker of Saltaysshe, Cornwall, mariner and John Bole of Enys, Cornwall, husbandman.  In October 1451 John Bole of Enys, husbandman, was charged with not appearing to answer his debt of 40s to John Dalman.   In 1463 John Bole the Elder, John Bole the younger and Joan his wife sold his land at ‘Enys near Saltash’ (1 messuage, 1 dove-cot, 200 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 2 acres of wood and 50 acres of furze and heath in Enys iuxta Saltaysshe ) to John Champernowne of Modbury for 40 pounds sterling. 

It could be coincidental but there was a John Bole holding land in Cornwall from 1401.  He died before 1428.
The relevent text from the transcripts of the Inquisitions Post Mortem mentioned in the following can be found here.
From two Inquisitions Post Mortem taken during the reign of King Henry VI we learn that:
John Bole had been a feofee for John Dynham in Somerset in 1401 and that he had died before 1428
In 1401 John Dynham had also granted several large landholdings in Cornwall to John Bole, James Aumarle, John Pole, Robert 
There was also a Thomas Bole or Bols in Somerset who was mentioned in connection with Thomas Hertyscote in 1395 in an IPM taken during the reign of Richard II.  From this inquisition it seems that a Thomas Bols had been temporarily granted some land in Walter Combe, Somerset by Richard II which the King then assigned to Thomas Hertyscote the Younger in 1395 under his wife Christina's dower rights, as the widow of Thomas Kayle, after the King forgave her for then marrying Hertyscote without his permission.
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Henry VI, 1440: CP40no717 Images at: http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT1/H6/CP40no717/
f              375         Essex     debt      de la Pole, Katherine, of Berkyng or Barking, abbess        Bole, John, of London, butcher; Lylleford, John, of Berkyng, husbandman

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