SPEKE, George (1623-89), of White Lackington, Som.
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Family and Education
b. 1 May 1623, 1st s. of George Speke of White Lackington by Joan, da. of Sir John Portman, 1st Bt. of Orchard Portman, Som. educ. travelled abroad 1639. m. 21 May 1641, Mary, da. of Sir Robert Pye† of Westminster, 6s. (2 d.v.p.) 3da. suc. fa. 1637.1
J.p. Som. 1643-5, July 1660-3, commr. for assessment Aug. 1660-80, sheriff 1661-2; freeman, Exetere 1670; dep. lt som. 1689-d.2
Speke’s ancestors were of Devonshire origin, and represented that county as early as 1332. They settled at White Lackington about the middle of the 15th century. Speke’s wardship was sold for £1,800 to an Exchequer official, whose daughter he later married. His wife was an ardent Presbyterian, and her brother,