Monday, 8 February 2016

House of Docwra

EDMUND DOCWRA, of Chamberhouse Castle, Crookham, Berkshire, was a younger son of Martin Dockwra, of the Chamberhouse, Berkshire, by his wife Isabel, daughter of William Danvers.

This gentleman was MP for Aylesbury, 1571, and for New Windsor, 1572.

His son,

SIR HENRY DOCWRA (1564-1631), Knight, a distinguished soldier in the Irish wars during the reign of ELIZABETH I, who was created BARON DOCWRA, of Culmore, County Londonderry, in 1621.

Sir Henry landed with a force of 4,000 foot and 200 horse troops at Culmore, on the 16th May, 1600.

His aim was to quell the rumblings of discontent in Ulster and, on the 22nd May, he marched into Londonderry without resistance and occupied and fortified the town.

From this base he was able to harass the Irish clans in such as a way as to make them sue for peace with him.

Sir Henry married Anne, daughter of Frances Vaughan of Sutton-upon-Derwent, and by her he had two sons - Theodore and Henry, and three daughters - Frances, Anne and Elizabeth.

Lord Dockwra, who was treasurer at war, one of the privy council, and governor of Lough Foyle, received a grant of 2,000 acres of land in County Wicklow, in 1628.

He was succeeded by his son, 

THEODORE, 2nd Baron (1606-47), who died unmarried, when the title became extinct.

First published in February, 2012.  Docwra arms courtesy of European Heraldry.

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