The Dowrish family were landed-gentry settled from very early times at Dowrich near Sandford. They were connected by marriage to several aristocratic families, but by the 1700's had lost most of their estate, which had eventually reverted in part to the Crown. There was much discussion in eighteenth century Devon about whether or not any descendants of the Dowrish family would lay claim to their ancient estates. This paper reveals some of the intricacies of the litigation generated by family claims. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the New York Public Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.