PETRE, John II (by 1517-81), of Exeter and Bowhay, Devon.
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Family and Education
b. by 1517, prob. s. of Otes Petre of Exeter and Bowhay. m. (1) by 1538, Wilmot, da. of John Petre of Tor Newton in Torbryan, 4s. 1da.; (2) Alice, da. of Walter Smith of Totnes, wid. of John Hurst (d.1555), 4s. 3da.1
Bailiff, Exeter 1553-4, member, the Twenty-Four Sept. 1554-?d., receiver 1555-6, sheriff 1556-7, mayor 1557-8, 1562-3, 1575-6; gov. merchant adventurers 1560-1.2
John Petre’s parentage is variously stated in the visitations, but that of 1620, which makes him the son of Otes Petre, receives some support from the recurrence of this unusual christian name among the Petres of Compton, Devon, to whom he was closely related and to whose properties in various places his own were adjacent. With their and his namesakes of Torbryan he was also connected, perhaps more remotely, before he married one of them and s