MOHUN, Reginald II (c.1564-1639), of Hall and Boconnoc, 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

b. c.1564, 1st s. of William Mohun of Hall and Boconnoc by his 1st w. Elizabeth, da. of Sir John Horsey. m. (1) 7 Sept. 1589 Mary, da. of Henry Killigrew, 1s. d.v.p.; (2) bef. 1593, Philippa, da. of John Hele I, 1s. 1da.; (3) bef. 1604, Dorothy, da. of John Chudleigh, 3s. 4da. suc. fa. 6 Apr. 1588. Kntd. 1599; cr. Bt. 26 Nov. 1611.

Offices Held

J.p. Cornw. from c.1591, q. 1593, sheriff 1592-3, dep. lt. 1600; portreeve, Fowey 1595; recorder, East Looe prob. from 1588, Lostwithiel 1608.


Though Mohun succeeded his father as recorder of East Looe, no record of any legal education has been found for him. His family’s local influence was twice sufficient to secure his return to Parliament for Fowey, near his seat at Hall. He was very likely the ‘Mr. Mohun’ who was ‘portreeve’, or mayor, there in 1595. Mohun is not mentioned in the known surviving records of his Parliaments. His life was that of a country gentleman. He was made a deputy lieutenant upon the death of Sir William Bevill, because he ‘doth dwell in a convenient place ... and is a gentleman of good sufficiency and credit to supply that place’. According to Richard Carew of Antony, Mohun, ‘by his courteous, just and liberal course of life’ maintained his reputation and increased the love borne to his ancestors. From his father, he received Boconnoc and a good number of other ‘fair possessions’. Hall was a place of ‘diversified pleasings’, of ‘present fruitfulness’, which Carew described with the love of an old familiar, tracing ‘a shadow thereof’, so that his readers might ‘guess at the substance’.

In his brief will, dated 14 Jan. 1639, Mohun wished to be buried in the chancel of the church at Boconnoc. He left 20s. to the poor of that parish, a similar sum to the poor of two other parishes, and small bequests to two sons and four daughters. Otherwise all went to his third wife, the sole executrix. (Sir) George Chudleigh and Sir Henry Carew were overseers. Mohun died 26 Dec. 1639.

Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 325; J. Keast, Fowey, 49; F. M. Hext, Lostwithiel, 35; SP14/36/29; T. Bond, E. and W. Looe, 236; APC, xxx. 544; Carew’s Surv. Cornw. ed. Halliday, 136, 206; PCC 50 Rutland; H. C. Maxwell Lyte, Hist. Dunster, ii. 483-5.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: N.M.S.