Folk Rhymes of Devon

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), p. 224.



Prepared by Michael Steer

The Note’s author offers corrections to an earlier article (The wife of Three Husbands) that appeared in the journal (p.53, part VI, vol VI) and related to the marriage of Lady Mary Chichester. The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded 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.

Note 213. "FOLK RHYMES OF DEVON." - The very interesting Folk Rhymes of Devon now appearing in D. & C.N.& Q. attract such general attention that it seems well to point out a small error that appears in the last instalment.

In "The Wife of Three Husbands " (p.53, part VI., vol VI.) it is stated that Lady Mary was married to Sir Thomas Wise, the builder of Sydenham, who sold the estate of Mount Wise, near Plymouth, and that he and she are buried in Marystowe Church.

Lady Mary Chichester actually married the son of Sir Thomas Wise, builder of Sydenham, and of a house called Mount Wise, near Plymouth. This son also called Thomas, but not knighted, was M.P. for the county of Devon, and died in London, when the House was sitting in 1641, of small pox.

Edward Wise (knighted 1661), grandson of Sir Thomas, and son of Lady Mary and the M.P., sold Mount Wise and the Manor of Stoke Damarell, in 1667, to Sir William Morrice. Mr. Thomas Wise is buried in St. Margaret's, Westminster. Sir Thomas and his wife, Margery (Stafford) lie under the massive monument in Marystowe Church. His will is dated January 1630-31.                 E. L. R.