Sidbury, Devon

Devon Notes and Queries 1, 1900-1, p. 132.


A.R. Bayley

Prepared by Michael Steer

The Carslakes are long established family in east Devon, particularly in the Sidbury and Sidmouth area. The Devon Record Office has collections of Carslake family wills from 1603. One of its members was John Carslake a Lieutenant aboard HMS Victory at Trafalgar. This Note records the murder in 1664 of one of its earlier members, Richard Karslake of Exeter College, Oxford. The extract, 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 97. SIDBURY, DEVON. In Antony Wood's Life and Times, occurs the following : "25 July, 1664, about 11 o'clock at night one Richard Kastlecke (i.e., Kerslake) of Exeter Coll: bible clerk, was killed over against Wilcokses the barber by the Star, by - - Turner, commoner of Wadham, son of Sir Will: Turner, civ(ilian). He held up his hand at the next assizes and downe upon his knees for his life. By means of his father Sir William Turner, Dr., his life was saved. Kastleck was bible clerk. Richard Karslak, pauper scholaris, came to Exeter Coll. 6 Apr. 1661." He was son of Richard Karslake, of Sidbury, Devon, and was twenty- one years of age at the time of his death. The name Carslake is found in Sidbury at the present day. William and John, the sons of William Turner, D.C.L., matriculated at Wadham, Coll., 21st Feb., 1663. The evidence does not show which of these two was the homicide. Vide Life and Times of Antony Wood. Oxford Hist. Soc., Vol. ii., p. 18.
John Trivet was Devon Fellow of Exeter Coll., Oxon, in autumn, 1362. A family of Trivet lived in Sidbury.
John Parkhouse, also Devon Fellow of Exeter Coll., 1500-1519; Principal of Hart Hall, 1506-10; Canon of Exeter; Vicar of Sidbury, 1536; ob. 1541. Vide Boase's "Registrum Collegii Exoniensis," p. 49.
In September, 1799, the Earl of Clare was created Baron Fitzgibbon of Sidbury, Devon, in the peerage of Great Britain. Did he own property in this parish?            A.R. BAYLEY.