"MARYSTOW, or Stowe St Mary, is a scattered parish on both sides of the Lyd valley, from 6 to 8 miles N.W. by N. of Tavistock. It contains 574 souls, and 2895 acres of land, including the hamlets of Cholwell and Dipperton, and part of the village of Lew Down. . . . It is mostly in the manors of Sydenham and Raddon Allerford, which belong to J.H. Tremayne, Esq., of Sydenham House, a large Elizabethan mansion, with tasteful grounds, on the banks of the Lyd. It was built by Sir Thomas Wise, who was knighted at the coronation of James I. It contains some fine portraits of the Wise and Tremayne families, and was garrisoned for the king, till taken by Colonel Holbourn, in January, 1645. The Gould, Harris, Pellow, and other families, have estates in the parish. The Church is a handsome structure, with a tower and six bells, and was cleaned and renovated about ten years ago. J.H. Tremayne, Esq., is impropriator of the great tithes, and patron of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £12. 16s. 0½d., and in 1831 at £321, with that of Thrushelton annexed to it. The Rev. E.E. Rimell is the incumbent, and has a good residence and 114A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1849, the rectorial for £186. 19s., and the vicarial for £168. 7s. The poor have £20 a year from Tremayne's Charity. " [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish in Lifton Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter.



Nick Mayne has prepared an index to the 1891 census, and is prepared to check for particular names in it on request.


Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1651 are held in the Devon Record Office.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1792-1837 - for details see their Devon Parish List.

Bideford Methodist Circuit baptisms (1819 -1870) transcribed by David Carter. (Contains entries from the following parishes: Abbotsham, Allington, Alverdiscott, Alwington, Appledore, Arlington, Barnstaple, Bideford, Buckland Brewer, Bucks Mills, Burrington, Chulmleigh, Clovelly, Fremington, Frithelstock, Great Torrington, Hatherleigh, Huntshaw, Ilfracombe, Instow, Landcross, Little Torrington, Littleham, Loxhore, Marystowe, Monkleigh, Newton Tracey, Northam, Parkham, South Molton, St Giles in the Wood, Wear Giffard, Westleigh, Woolfardisworthy.)

Other churches and chapels (with pre-1840 records):

  • Wesleyan Chapel: Registers for c1808-37 - see Tavistock (PRO RG 4/341)

Nothing entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993).

Among the records for this parish provided by Devon Heritage are transcripts of Burials for 1837-1911.

Transcriptions of Marystowe Baptisms (1648 - 1716), Baptisms (1717 - 1812), Baptisms (1813 - 1874), Marriages (1654 - 1754), Marriages (1755 - 1812), Marriages (1813 - 1837), Burials (1654-1717), Burials (1717-1812), and Burials (1813-1837) by David Davy.

Notes on a Robbery (1795) and about the Church (1824) extracted from the Marystowe Parish Registers by David Davy.

Brown, Mike. 1754-1812 Burial Indexes: Marystowe. RT40, Dartmoor Press (2000).

Wigg, L. Marystowe Briefs, Devon Family Historian, 93 (2000) pp.33-34. [Transcription of lists, in the parish register, of names of donors to collections taken in 1699 and 1700]

The Deanery of Tavistock, CD008, Devon Family History Society, Exeter (2007). [Contains indexes: Bradstone - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1838, Burials 1813-1837; Brentor - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1834, Burials 1801-1845; Bridestowe - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Broadwoodwidger - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1813-1837; Coryton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1806-1860; Dunterton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1836, Burials 1752-1837; Kelly - Baptisms 1813-1842, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Lamerton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1844, Burials 1812-1838; Lewtrenchard - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1840; Lifton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1650-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Lydford - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1780-1841; Maryystow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1792-1837; Milton Abbot - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1838; Princetown - Baptisms 1813-1839, Burials 1815-1853; Sourton - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1723-1837, Burials 1814-1838; Stowford - Baptisms 1811-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Sydenham Damerel - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1750-1837; Tavistock - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Thrushelton - Baptisms 1813-1840, Marriages 1755-1837, Burials 1813-1837; Virginstow - Baptisms 1813-1839, Marriages 1755-1836, Burials 1813-1839.]


Court Records

Maristow Church Robbery, Devon Family Historian, vol. 114, (2005) pp.24. [By Joseph Petherick of Stonehouse, 1795]


Description & Travel

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

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Transcription by Neil Stanton of the entry for Marystowe in White's Devonshire Directory of 1850.

Copy provided by Val Henderson of the entry (description and names) in Morris and Co's Commercial Directory and Gazetteer of Devonshire 1870.



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



This parish is one of the growing number of places for which the Devon Heritage website provides census or parish register transcriptions, articles, and/or illustrations, etc.

Worthy, C. Devonshire Parishes: or the antiquities, heraldry and family history of twenty-eight parishes in the archdeaconry of Totnes (2 vols), Exeter, W. Pollard (1887). [Chap. VIII: Maristow - Manor of Sydenham; the HAMPTONs and the TRENCHARDs; WISE; TREMAYNE; Sydenham House; descent of Ashford WISE; vicars of Maristow] [Index]

Radford, G.H. The Wyses and Tremaynes of Sydenham. Trans. Devon. Assoc. 41, (1909) pp.131-151.



Radford, Mrs G.H. Sydenham, Trans. Devon. Assoc., vol. 27, (1895). pp. 358-361. [Index]

Williams, H. Fulford. Notes on the Parish of Marystowe, Devon. Typescript (1964) 8 leaves. [Westcountry Studies Library]

Worthy, Charles. Devonshire Parishes. Exeter: William Pollard (1887) - Vol. 1, pp. 168- 190.


Land & Property

Gray, T., (Ed.). Devon household accounts, 1627-59. Part I: Sir Richard and Lady Lucy Reynell of Forde House, 1627-43, John Willoughby of Leyhill, 1644-6 and Sir Edward Wise of Sydenham, 1656-9 (Devon and Cornwall Record Society. New series; vol. 38), Devon and Cornwall Record Soc. (1995) lviii, 285 p.



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