Person:Peter Temple (3)

Peter Temple
m. 1515
  1. Peter Temple - 1578
m. 1541
  1. John TempleAbt 1542 - 1603
  2. Anthony Temple - Bef 1581
Facts and Events
Name[1] Peter Temple
Gender Male
Marriage 1541 Stowe, Buckinghamshire, Englandto Mylycent Jekyll
Death[2][3] 17 May 1578 Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England(year assumed from date of probate)
Burial[2] All Saints Churchyard, Burton Dassett, Warwickshire, England
Probate[1] 11 Jun 1578 London, England

Personal History

Peter Temple was the second son of Thomas Temple of Whitney, co. Oxford, by Alice, daughter of John Eritage/Heritage of Burton Dasset, co. Warwick.[3]

On 26 August 1534,[5] Peter Temple was admitted to Lincoln's Inn.[4] In the November following, he was admitted into a chamber of Lincoln's Inn by the gift of his “kin”, Thomas Heritage,[3][4] the same uncle whose debts were to be paid by the executor of Peter's will (see below). On 20 May 1568, he was made an Associate to the Bench.[4]

Death and Probate

Peter died at Stowe, co. Buckingham,[3] on 17 May,[2] probably in 1578 (the year of his probate), although a later pedigree gives his year of death as 1577.[3]

In his will dated 8 April, 13 Eliz. [1571],[1] Peter Temple of Burton Dassett, co. Warwick, Esq., “beinge whole of bodie,” bequeathed to his wife Millisent, during her life, 100 marks yearly and half of the household goods. He bequeathed money to a number of people, including £20 to “my man Townesende,” £20 apiece to the two daughters of Millisent Pultney at their marriage, £10 yearly to his cousin Joane “duringe her widowhood yf she outlive her husbande,” £20 to Thomas Wottn Esq., £20 to John Marshe Esq., £20 to Clement Throckmorton Esq., and £10 to the marriage of Besse Petyner. He instructed his executor to pay debts of his late uncle Thomas Heritage, clerk, (if still unpaid). He also bequeathed £5 to the Burton Church, £20 to the hospital at Bablake, and various amounts to the poor of the parish of Dorsett [or Dassett], the parish of Mortn[?], the town of Mollington, and the parish of Littleworth, co. Leicester. He bequeathed all of his lands and hereditaments in the county of Warwick to his son John Temple for his lifetime, and after John's death, to John's son and heir apparent, Thomas Temple. In default of such issue it was to go to his son Anthony Temple and to the heirs male of his body. He bequeathed £300 to his son Anthony and also a yearly rent of £20 to him, his wife Jane, and his heirs. The previously named John Temple and Thomas Temple were appointed his executors with John having sole execution during his lifetime. (Thomas was still a minor at the date of probate.) The will was proved 11 June 1578, in London, in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.


Peter Temple's body was placed in an alter tomb in the north transept of All Saints Church at Burton Dassett, co. Warwick. On top of the tomb was a marble stone or slab bearing “two portraitures in brass,” and an epitaph was inscribed as follows:—[2]

“Here under this stone lyeth the body of | Peter Temple Esquier, who departed | out of this world at Stowe in the County | of Buckingham the XVII day of May Anno.

“Whose soul God hath in his blessed keeping.”
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 “Will of Peter Temple of Burton Dassett, Warwickshire”, in Church of England. Province of Canterbury. Prerogative Court. Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related probate jurisdictions: Will registers. (Kew, England: The National Archives)
    PROB 11/60/330, register Langley (1578), qr xxvi, ff 192–193.

    Digital image in England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384–1858 ( : accessed 17 March 2017).

    The will of “Peter Temple of Byrtn Dassett in the Countey of Warwicke Esquire”, written in his own hand and contained in two leaves, dated 8 April, 13 Eliz. [1571]; exors. son John and grandson Thomas; wit. by John Woodwarde, Giles Spensor, Thomas Swaine. Probate 11 June 1578, London. “… Thome Temple filio dicti Johannis …, minori etate existen, …”

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Cossins, Jethro A. “Burton Dassett Church”, in Transactions, excursions, and reports, for the year 1870 [etc.]. (Birmingham, England: Birmingham and Midland Institute, Archaeological Section; afterwards Birmingham [and Warwickshire] Archaeological Society)
    vol. 16 (1891), p. 27, dated 26 Feb. 1890.

    See transcript. The author quotes Dugdale.

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 “Temple, of Stowe” and “Temple”, in College of Arms (United Kingdom), and W. Harry Rylands (ed.). The visitation of the county of Buckingham made in 1634 by John Philipot, Esq., Somerset Herald, and William Ryley, Bluemantle Pursuivant, ...; including the church notes then taken: Together with pedigrees from the visitation made in 1566 by William Harvey, Esq., Clarenceux, and some pedigrees from other sources. (London: Harleian Society, 1909)
    Appendix: additional pedigrees, pp. 212, 215.

    Pedigree “Temple, of Stowe” cites MS. Eng. Misc. C. 17, ff. 141–142. [Visitation of Leicestershire 1619.]
    Pedigree “Temple” cites Le Neve's MS. ff. 117–119.
    ( : accessed 20 March 2017)

    From page 215:
    “Peter Temple of Burton Dorset Esqr Ao 5 E. 6 [1551-2] admitted into a chamber at Lincolns Inne by ye Guift of Tho: Heritage Ao 17 H. 8 [1525-6] died at Stow 28 of May Ao 1577 buried at Burton Dorset 19 Eliz:”

    Note that the dates appear to be inaccurate.

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lincoln's Inn (London, England); William Paley Baildon; James Douglas Walker; Ronald Roxburgh; and P.V. Baker (eds.). The records of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn: The Black Books. (London: Lincoln's Inn, 1897-2001)
    vol. 1, pp. 243–244, 360, 455–456.
    ( : accessed 20 March 2017)
    Under the heading, “Council held on November 25th, 1535”, on fo. 75 of Book IV., is the following text from fo. 79:
    Whereas Thomas Heritage of Westminster, clerk, “ hath be at the costes and charges, as well in workmanship, […] in finishing of a high chambre in the north ende of the newe buyldynges … as in the same doth manifestly appere ; and also hath bounde hymself … to fynyshe the staire and all the garrett in the said newe lodginges in an honest maner […],” at his own expense ; In consideration thereof and of £10 paid in money, the Rulers and Governors grant that two of the kin of the said Thomas, being Fellows of the Inn, and especially Peter Temple, for their lives and the life of the survivor, may occupy the said chamber and garret

    ( : accessed 20 March 2017)
    Under the heading, “Council held on May 20th, 1568”, on fo. 78 of Book V., is the following text:
    Mr Peter Temple shall be “ associat onlie to site with the Benche alwayes ” ; he paid £8.

    The other late Associates, viz :—Mr Osborne, Mr Riches, Mr Haydon, Mr Fylmer and Mr Temple, “ shall be no further associatte then to borde onlie, and to have no voice as other called for lerninges have, ne other pre-eminens of Reders or Benchers.”†

    † The Associates attended the Council meetings from time to time.

    ( : accessed 20 March 2017)
    In Appendix VII., in a document dated between 4 Feb. 1573 and 7 Feb. 1574, was listed under the heading, “Associates to the Benche”:
    Temple s[enior], Peter ; adm. 1534 ; bar ? ; ass. bench 1568.
  5. Lincoln's Inn (London, England), and William Paley Baildon (ed.). The records of the Honorable Society of Lincoln's Inn: Admissions from A.D. 1420 to [A.D. 1893, and Chapel registers]. (London: Lincoln's Inn, 1896)
    vol. 1, p. 48; cites Black Book no. 4, fo. 64b.

    ( : accessed 20 March 2017)
    “1534, 26 Hen. VIII., Aug. 26, Peter Temple.”