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Whether or not the family of Bloyowe descended from one ‘Blohinus’ who was holding lands in Cornwall at the time of the Domesday survey, by the 14th century it had acquired two hamlets, the manors of Polrode (in St. Tudy) and Delamere and Newhall (in St. Teath), the advowson of St. Ludgvan, and other substantial properties. Men of that name represented Cornish boroughs in the Parliaments of 1328, 1335, 1336 and 1369. But by the latter part of the century the fortunes of the Bloyowes had declined: the bulk of their landed holdings had passed in the female line to the Carminowes and Bodrugans,1 and after the death of John Bloyowe in about 1391 the office of bailiff of the hundred of Kerrier, which he held by hereditary right, was split up between his three daughters. Richard may have belonged to the Kerrier branch of the family; indeed, a Richard Bloyowe had acted as sub-bailiff of the Kerrier hundred in 1362-3.2 It is more likely, however, that he was related to Walter Bloyowe, a tin merchant from Bodmin, who represented Truro in the same Parliament of 1393, and traded in Lostwithiel.