Translation of an Agreement, dated Michaelmas, 1669,
in the possession of the Rev. G. Llewellin, Vicar of Sandford.

Devon & Cornwall Notes and Queries vol. VI, (January 1910 to October 1911), pp. 91-2.


O.J. Reichel

Prepared by Michael Steer

Dowrich (anciently Dowrish) is an historic estate in the parish of Sandford. Between the 12th century and 1717 it was the seat of the ancient gentry family of Dowrish (originally de Dowrish) that was established there before the reign of King John (1199–1216. This Restoration era, legalistically phrased document records a settlement over land ownership between Lewis Dowrich and members of the neighbouring Pope family. 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 78. TRANSLATION OF AN AGREEMENT, DATED MICHAEL- MAS, 1669, IN THE POSSESSION OF THE REV. G. LLEWELLIN, VICAR OF SANDFORD. - "This is the final agreement come to in the court of our Lord the King at Westminster some three weeks from St Michael's day in the year of the reign of Charles II., by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, defender of the faith, &c, in the common year the 21st. Before John Vaughan, Thomas (?) Cirreff, John Archer and William Wylde, justices and other liegemen of our Lord the King then there present. Between Lewis Dowrich, esquire, claimant, and John Pope and Elizabeth his wife, deforciants ; as to 28 acres of land with the appurtenances in (?) Caster Aller Downs and Sandford. Whereupon plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, to wit that the aforesaid John and Elizabeth have acknowledged the aforesaid holding with appurtenances to be the right of the said Lewis as those which the same Lewis has by gift of the aforesaid John and Elizabeth who have granted and quit-claimed them away from themselves, John and Elizabeth and their heirs to the said Lewis and his heirs for ever. And further the same John and Elizabeth undertook for themselves and the heirs of the said John that they shall warrant to the aforesaid Lewis and his heirs the aforesaid land with appurtenances against the aforesaid John and Elizabeth and the heirs of John himself for ever. And for this acknowledgment, undertaking and quit-claim, warranty, fine and agreement the same Lewis gave to the aforesaid John and Elizabeth £60 sterling."                   O. J. Reichel.