Denys, Robert (1530 - 1592)

of Holcombe Burnell and Bicton, Devon

Born / Died

Birth Date: by 1530
Death Date: by 1592-11-13

Marriages/Other Unions

  1. Type: marriage
    Union began: n.d.
    Union ended: n.d.


From Blount, Mary ( - )

  1. Female offspring: Denys, Gertrude (n.d.)

Primary Title



  • Knight
    Assumed By 1557-11-16
    Vacated 1592-11-13

Details of Offices

Began Ended Notes
MP, Devon 1555 n.d.
Feodary, Duchy of Lancaster, Devon 1556 1566-12-10
Sheriff, Devon 1557-11-16 1558-11-23
JP, Devon 1558/9 1592 (held office until death)
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Southampton 1563/4 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Dorset 1563/4 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Somerset 1563/4 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Cornwall 1563/4 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Wiltshire 1563/4 n.d.
Commissioner of Oyer and Terminer, Devon 1563/4 n.d.
Sheriff, Devon 1567-11-18 1568-11-18
Feodary, Duchy of Lancaster, Devon 1568-12-7 1590-07-27
Recorder, Exeter 1572 1592-11-13
Commissioner of Defense, Devon 1585/6 n.d. Held jointly
Commissioner of Musters, Devon 1585/6 n.d.
Commissioner of Musters, Cornwall 1585/6 n.d.

General Lands Note

License to enter lands 25 June 1561

Details of Properties



  • Devon

Events Naming Patron

Event Date Location Troupe
Performance 1584-1585 Guildhall (2), Barnstaple , Devon Sir Robert Denys' Musicians

Patronized Troupes

Troupe Name Patron Troupe Type # of events
Sir Robert Denys' Musicians Denys, Robert (1530 - 1592) Musicians 1

Owned Venues

Venue Name County Venue Type
Bicton House Devon Private Residence
Holcombe Burnell Manor Exeter (city-county) in Devon Private Residence

Bibliographic Sources

Alexander, J.J. 'Devon County Members of Parliament, Part VIII.' Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art
Bindoff, S.T. The History of Parliament: The House of Commons, 1509–1558. 3 vols. London: Secker & Warburg, 1982.
Calendar of Patent Rolls, Elizabeth I [1558–78]. 7 vols. London: HMSO, 1939–82.
Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth I and James I [1547–1625]. 12 vols. London: HMSO, 1856–72.
The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom. 1887–98 (8 vols); 1910–59 (13 vols). 6 vols. Gloucester: Alan Sutton, 1982.
List of Sheriffs for England and Wales from the Earliest Times to AD 1831. Public Record Office Lists and Indexes 9. London: HMSO, 1898.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 01/05/2005 (