DILLON, Anthony (d.1615), of Bratton Fleming, Devon; Culworth, Northants.; Cork, Ireland and The Friars, Derby.
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Family and Education
5th s. of Robert Dillon of Chimwell in Bratton Fleming by either Elizabeth, da. of Henry Fortescue of Ermington, Devon or Isabella, da. of William Fortescue of Prudonstone, Devon. educ. M. Temple 1558. m. Temperance, da. of John Danvers (d.1556), of Culworth, Northants., 4s. 2da.1
The Dillons of North Devon were a cadet branch of a family which had settled in Ireland in the Norman period. They were connected by marriage with the Pollards and the Fortescues, and either family may have brought about their association with the Killigrews, patrons at Penryn. It is not certain which of two namesakes, uncle and nephew, was the MP, who left no trace upon the recorded activities of the 1589 Parliament. The older man is here assumed to be the Member, as he was more closely related to the Fortescues, and his studies at the Middle Temple and service to the Crown would have given him the opportunity to meet the Killigrews at court. He settled in Northamptonshire, presumably after his marriage, but part of his active career was spent in Ireland, where he was in the service of the Crown and of his d