CLAVELL, John (1541-1609), of Barneston and Wareham, Dorset.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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Family and Education

b. 2 May 1541, 1st s. of John Clavell by Thomasine, sis. of William Hemerford, rector of Folke, Dorset. educ. Winchester 1558. m. (1) Millicent, da. of John Gifford of Itchel, Hants, 3s. 1da.; (2) Susan, da. of Robert Coker of Mappowder, 3s. 5da. suc. fa. 1558.1

Offices Held

J.p. Dorset 1577.


Clavell and his brother William were deeply implicated in the piracy rampant in the Isle of Purbeck during the early 1580s, and his return to Parliament, just after the trial and execution of the pirate Clinton Atkinson, for Hatton’s borough of Corfe Castle along with Francis Hawley is therefore not surprising. His manor of Barneston, near Corfe Castle, was held as a parcel of the duchy of Cornwall manor of Fordington, and Clavell entrusted or mortgaged it soon after coming of age, and again in 1594. He sold outright some more property in 1601, about the time that he was prominent in measures for the defence of the Isle of Purbeck. There is evidence that he was a Church papist, a