"MARLDON, a small village, 5 miles E.N.E. of Totnes, has in its parish 470 souls, and 2254 acres of land, including the village of Compton, a mile N. by W. of the church. Parkfield House is the pleasant seat of Francis Garrett, Esq., who owns a great part of the parish, and, a few years ago, purchased the ancient mansion called Compton Castle, now occupied by his gardener. This castellated house was the seat of Sir Maurice de la Pole, in the reign of Henry II., and it was afterwards held by the Comptons, Gilberts, and Templers. The manor of Stanton belongs to Chas. H. Mallock, Esq.; and Wm. Randell, Esq., and several smaller freeholders have estates here. The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells, and the benefice is a curacy annexed to the vicarage of Paignton. . . . " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Haytor Hundred, and a Peculiar of the Bishop of Exeter. Regarded as part of the South Hams area.



Chidsey, Donald Barr. Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Elizabeth's racketeer. (1932). New York: Harper & Brothers, illus., maps, portraits, vii, 204 pp. [Index]

Chope, R. Pearse. New light on Sir Richard Grenville. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 49, (1917) pp.210-246, 247-282. [Sea captain] [Index]

Furnivall, F.J. (ed.) Queene Elizabethe's Achademy: (By Sir Humphrey Gilbert) A Booke of Precedence, etc. London: Early English Text Society, Extra Series, No. 7, (1869) 158pp. [Index]

Gosling, William Gilbert. The Life of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, England's First Empire Builder, London, Constable and Co. (1911) 304 pp. [Index] [Ambra Books: "Half brother of Sir Walter Raleigh he claimed one of the first properties in North America. As well as being a colonial adventurer he became M.P. for Plymouth and later Governor of Ulster."]

Roberts, John. Sir John Gilbert. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 91, (1959) pp.92-106. [Explorer, 1536-1596]

Roberts, John. The younger Sir John Gilbert (c.1578-1608). Trans. Devon. Assoc. 100, (1968) pp.205-217. [Explorer, 1575-1608]

Russell, Ann. One of Devon's illustrious sons - Sir Humphrey Gilbert. Devon Life vol. 2 no. 22, (1966) pp.12-19; ill. [Explorer, 1539-1583]



Shirley Turner has produced a listing of surnames on gravestones (archived copy) in the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Marldon.

The Marldon Local History Group has produced a detailed listing for the churchyard.

Whitmore, J.B. Devonshire Monumental Inscriptions, MS at Society of Genealogists (1951). [Extracts]


Church History

Marldon - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Marldon Church, Devon: notes on its history and architecture. London: Harrison and Sons,1951, 23 pp. ill.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1598 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1650-1750, Marriages 1651-1765.

Deanery of Ipplepen: Photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850. CD - Devon FHS (2012). [An index of baptisms, marriages and burials in the parishes of: Abbotskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1756-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Berry Pomeroy Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Brixham All Saints Baptisms (1826-1839), Marriages (1826-1837), Burials (1831-1832); Brixham St Mary Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Broadhempston Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1681-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Churston Ferrers Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1835), Burials (1800-1837); Cockington Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1780-1834); Coffinswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1857); Denbury Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1800-1837); Ipplepen Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1843), Burials (1813-1837); Kingskerswell Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Kingswear Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1755-1837), Burials (1780-1837); Littlehempston Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1731-1837), Burials (1813-1840); Marldon Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Baptisms (1813-1841), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Paignton Independent Burials (1826-1836); Staverton Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Stoke Gabriel Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torbryan Baptisms (1813-1839), Marriages (1754-1838), Burials (1813-1854); Tormohun Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Torquay St Marychurch Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1837), Burials (1813-1837); Wolborough Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1754-1839), Burials (1813-1837); Woodland Baptisms (1813-1840), Marriages (1755-1835), Burials (1813-1838).]


Description & Travel

Section on Marldon  from Samuel Lewis: A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831), provided by Mel Lockie.

You can see pictures of Marldon which are provided by:



Transcription of the entry in White's Devonshire Directory (1850) by Terry Partridge.



The transcription of the section for this parish from the National Gazetteer (1868), provided by Colin Hinson.



The Online Parish Clerks for this parish are Jean & Mike Edwards, who invite queries and lookup requests. (Resources: PRs on fiche 1600->.)

Bartlett, William. Pedigree of the family of Bartlett of Marldon, Co. Devon. 2 vols. [?]: privately printed, 1890-99.

Bartlett, William. Pedigree of the Family of Bartlett of Marldon, Co. Devon, Privately Printed (1893). [Bound together with St Marychurch in Saxon and Norman Times by the Very Rev Canon WRB Brownlow, under the title Papers on the Subject of St Mary Church in the County of Devon, by by W.P.W. Phillimore, 1899] [Index]

Johnston, Wesley. The Marriage and Parents of Samuel Hicks (1667-1736), Devon Family Historian, vol. 145, (2013) pp.33-35. [An investigation, and disproof, of the claim that Samuel Hicks, of St Stephen in Brannell, Cornwall, was a descendant of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, of Compton (Marldon).]

Gilbert family of Compton and Greenway, Devonshire. Essex Institute Historical Collections 17 (1880) 40-41, geneal. table [15-17th c.]

Compton Castle, Devon. London: National Trust, 1979. [Raymond: Includes pedigrees of Gilbert and Raleigh, 14-20th c.]



Trinick, Michael. Compton Castle, Devon. London: National Trust (1979) 37p: ill.


Land & Property

Spence, Charles. Compton Castle, in the parish of Marldon, near Torbay, and Paignton. Exeter Diocesan Architectural Soc. Trans. 2 ser, v. 1, (1867) pp.47-54. [Index]

Walker, Hilda. Occombe in the parish of Marldon, south Devon: an historical survey. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 100, (1968) pp.143-160: map.



View a map of the boundaries of this town/parish.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SX866636 (Lat/Lon: 50.461234, -3.599001), Marldon which are provided by:


Probate Records

Titford, John S. Wills, etc., proved at Exeter. Devon Family Historian 53, (1990) pp.9-11. [Provides details of a set of wills of various Bartletts from Marldon, taken from an 1893 manuscript by Alfred Scott-Gatty, of the College of Arms.]



The Marldon Local History Group website.