PENDARVES, William (1600-71), of Roskrow, Gluvias, Cornw.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1660-1690, ed. B.D. Henning, 1983
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1661 - 4 June 1671

Family and Education

bap. 20 July 1600, 2nd but 1st surv. s. of Samuel Pendarves of Roskrow by Grace, da. of Josias Robartes of Truro. educ. Exeter, Oxf. 1617. m. (1) Bridget (d.1625), da. of Thomas Hele of Flete House, Holbeton, Devon, 1s.; (2) Anne (d. 3 Oct. 1643), da. of John St. Aubyn of Clowance, Cornw., 3s. 2da. suc. fa. 1643.1

Offices Held

Capt. of ft. (royalist) 1642-5.2

J.p. Cornw. July 1660-d., commr. for assessment, Aug. 1660-d., loyal and indigent officers 1662.


Pendarves’s family settled at Roskrow, three miles from Penryn, in the reign of Elizabeth. Pendarves fought for the King during the Civil War, serving in the garrison of Pendennis Castle. As a result, his estate was sequestrated, and he compounded in November 1648 on a fine of £240. He remained a Royalist during the Interregnum, sending money to the exiled Court through his brother-in-law Samuel Enys and Henry Seymour I.3

Pendarves was returned for Penryn at the general election of 1661, the first of his family to enter Parliament. It was probably intended to recommend him for the order of the Royal Oak with an income of £1,500. He was named to a private bill committee on 1 June, and to the committee of elections and privileges in the first four sessions of the Cavalier Parliament. He was presumably a court supporter, but he played no known part in Parliament between 1665 and his death on 4 June 1671. He was buried at Gluvias.4

Ref Volumes: 1660-1690

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 355-6.
  • 2. M. Coate, Cornw. in Gt. Civil War, 59.
  • 3. Gilbert, Paroch. Hist. Cornw. ii. 85; Cal. Comm. Comp. 1327; Cornw. RO, DDEN 1900/2.
  • 4. Gilbert, ii. 82.