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Cooke of Highnam


Highnam Court c.1825

Sir William (1574-1618)

His father William was the younger son of Sir Anthony Cooke of Gidea Hall, Essex and through is sister Mildred brother-in-law of William Cecil, lord Burghley. His mother Frances was the daughter of John, lord Grey (d. 1564), a younger son of Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Dorset.

He married

  1. Joyce (d. 1613), daughter of Thomas Lucy of Charlecote, Warws. His wife inherited Highnam from her great-grandfather Nicholas Arnold.

    • Sir Robert - see below
    • William died at the Isle of Rhé
    • Anne married Sir Peter Ball (d. 1680) of Mamhead, Devon
    • Mildred married Sir Henry Maxey of Bradell Hall, Essex
    • Dorothy married
      1. John Scudamore of Llangorran, Herefs.
      2. ? Brown
    • Mary married Thomas Hodges of Shipton Moyne (d. 1672)
    • Frances married John Parry of Pen-y-clawdd, Monmths.
    • Elizabeth married John Scudamore of Kentchurch, Herefs.
  2. Radegund (d. c1628), daughter of Nicholas Boscawen of Tregothnan, Cornw. and widown of Richard Cole of Buckish, Devon

He was knighted in 1603 and sat for Gloucestershire in the 1614 parliament.


Sir Robert (d. 1643) Son

He married

  1. Dorothy, daughter of Sir Miles Fleetwood of Aldwinkle, Northants.
    • William - see below
    • Edward married Margaret, daughter of John, lord Paulet of Hinton St George, Som. and widow of Denis Roole of Stevenstone & Bicton, Devon and of Sir Richard Cholmondeley (1620-1644) of Grosmont, Yorks.
    • Mary married Richard Cocks of Dumbleton
  2. Jane, daughter of Charles Danvers of Baynton, Wilts. and widow of the poet George Herbert, rector of Bemerton, Wilts.
    • Jane (d. 1718)
      1. Sir Dawes Wymondsold of Putney, Surrey
      2. Thomas Frewen (1630-1702) of Brickwall House, Northiam, Sussex

William (c1620-1703) Son

He married Anne, daughter of Dennis Rolle of Stevenstone, Devon in 1648 and they had a large family of 9 sons and 7 daughters.

In 1672 William Cooke esq. was assessed at 18 hearths in Highnam for the Hearth Tax.

William received a ring for remembrance from Sir Duncombe Colchester.


Edward (d. 1724) Son

He married Mary, daughter of Rowland Newburgh of Berkley, Som.

He received a ring for remembrance from Sir Duncombe Colchester.


Dennis (1689-1747) Son

He married

  1. Theodesia (d. 1715), the daughter of William Guise of Gloucester
  2. Anne, the daughter of George Hanger of Driffield

Despite fathering several children, he died without a direct heir and the estate passed to his sisters.


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