DARTE, John (d.1576), of Barnstaple, Devon.

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

s. of John Darte of Barnstaple by his w. Katherine. m. 1546, Joan, da. of Philip Courtenay of Molland, 1s. Lewis 6da.

Offices Held

Capital burgess, Barnstaple 1557, mayor 1557-8, 1568-9.


Darte was a merchant, active by about 1549, apparently the first member of his family to become prominent in the town. Connected with the Courtenays and the Strodes, Darte probably shared their protestant views. His one return to Parliament left no trace upon the records. He died in October 1576, leaving £1,500 and property in Barnstaple, Fremington, Chittlehampton and Tawton Episcopi to his son Lewis, who became the ward of a brother-in-law, George Wyatt. His daughters and grandchildren received varying sums, and his widow was executrix.

Trans. Dev. Assoc. xxxviii. 172; Vis. Cornw.(Harl. Soc. ix), 279; J. B. Gribble, Mems. Barnstaple, 201; Barnstaple Recs. i. 157-8, 191, 192, 239; ii. 180; CPR, 1555-7, pp. 391-2; 1560-3, p. 152; 1563-6, p. 5; Vivian, Vis. Devon, 251, 632, 718, 808, 823; PCC 31 Carew.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: Irene Cassidy