PETRE, John II (by 1517-81), of Exeter and Bowhay, Devon.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509-1558, ed. S.T. Bindoff, 1982
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Nov. 1554

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

Offices Held

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 th