Dolbeare of Dolbeare


G.W.R. Dolbeare

Devon Notes & Queries, vol. I, (January 1900 to January 1901), p. 67.

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Dolbeare as a surname possibly derives from the hamlet of Dolbeare about one mile east of Ashburton. It has been suggested that the hamlet’s name means Dola's grove. One Dola, Wine's son received his freedom from the lord Ordgar in 970 at Bradstone in Devon, suggesting early Anglo Saxon origins. The extract, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from google books, with a search by either author or title, and also from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

In the "Visitation of Devon" there is a short pedigree given of this family. The first mentioned is Ralph de Dolbeare, 16 Edw. I. ; his son, Richard de Dolbeare, 3 Edw. III. ; his son, John Dolbeare, the elder, 17 Rich. II., m. Joan, dau. and h. of John Purcombe their son, John Dolbeare, the younger, 1 1 Henry IV., was father of two daughters : Margaret Dolbeare, wife of John Hockmore, who d. 10 Aug., 1507, and Isabel Dolbeare, who m. William Burgoin.

The Dolbeare family appears to have resided for many generations in the neighbourhood of Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, etc. 

Elizabeth, dau. of Richard Prideaux, of Ashburton (d. 1596) m. Richard Dolbeare, of Ashburton ("Visitation of Devon," 624). The Rev. Thomas Dolbeare was vicar of Buckfastleigh circa 1618. 

In Parliament held before Sir Philip Champernowne for the Warden .... of Exeter, 25th Sep., 1534, amongst the jurats was John Dolbeare (Anct. Stanny. of Ashburton, Devon Assn., Vol. 8, p. 320). 

Any further light thrown on the pedigree of this ancient Ashburton family would be of much interest. Also any reference as to the origin of the name and what arms the family bore.