KESTELL, John, of Kestell and Treveighan, Cornw.

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

1st s. of James Kestell of Kestell by Elizabeth, da. of Robert Tredenick. m. Jaquetta (d.1578), da. of John Coffin of Portledge, Devon, 4s. 3da. suc. fa. 1566.

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Kestell’s family had been in possession of their estates some five miles from Bodmin since the thirteenth century, and at least one member of the family was town clerk there. Of Kestell himself little trace survives. He has no epitaph (though his arms are shown) on the family tomb in Egloshayle parish church, but there is one for his wife, giving her death as 7 May 1578. The tomb was ‘made by John Kestell of Trevegon in the year 1581’. Kestell’s first son and heir John married a daughter of John Vivian of Trelowarren, and had at least two sons.

Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 263, 529; Vis. Cornw.(Harl. Soc. ix), 114; W. P. Courtney, Parl. Rep. Cornw. 229; J. Maclean, Trigg Minor, i. 312, 419.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N. M. Fuidge