TURPIN, Anthony.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603, ed. P.W. Hasler, 1981
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No Anthony has been found among the Turpins of Leicestershire or Huntingdon or amongst those who were merchants of London. The will of an Anthony Turpin of Thorverton in Devon was proved in the archdeaconry court of Exeter in 1647, the only instance of the name that has so far emerged. The man concerned probably belonged to the family of Turpin, settled principally at Ottery St. Mary and Woodbury. No pedigree appears in the heralds’ visitation and none of these Turpins was a justice of the peace. But it is not impossible that a man of such a family—Anthony Turpin of Thorverton or some other—should become an official of the duchy of Cornwall, and so be returned for Camelford. Turpin sat twice for the borough, so his association with the place was evidently more than casual.

Cal. Devon and Cornw. Wills 1540-1799 (Brit. Rec. Soc. Index Lib. xxxv), i. 613; Vivian, Vis. Devon, 167, 586, 741, 790, 810; PCC 8 Watson, 37 Huddleston.

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