DARTE, Lewis (1562-1632), of Barnstaple, Devon and Pentewan, 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

bap. 19 May 1562, o.s. of John Darte by Joan, da. of Philip Courtenay of Molland, Devon. educ. Hart Hall, Oxf. 1579; I. Temple 1580. m. Elizabeth, da. of Thomas Roscarrock of Roscarrock, Cornw., 6s. 2da. suc. fa. 1576.1

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Darte was a Barnstaple merchant who, in 1589, settled on his wife’s Cornish estates. In his Survey of Cornwall2 Richard Carew wrote that Pentewan

harbours Master Darte, who, as divers other gentlemen well descended and accommodated in Devon, do yet rather make choice of a pleasing and retired equality in the little Cornish angle.

Darte was twice returned to Parliament, once for his native town and a second time for a constituency in his new county, no doubt procured for him by his wife’s family, possibly through their connexion with the Trevanions.

He died in 1632, being buried at Mevagissey on 12 Apr.

Ref Volumes: 1558-1603

Author: P. W. Hasler


  • 1. C142/176/25; Vivian, Vis. Devon, 251, 733; Vis. Cornw. (Harl. Soc. ix), 279; Vivian, Vis. Cornw. 136; Paroch. Hist. Cornw. iii. 322; PCC 31 Carew.
  • 2. ed. Halliday, 216.