Humphrey Davie, who went to America in 1662 had prospered in business in London where he had traded under the name of Humphrey Davie and Co. having become a member of the Drapers’ and Merchant Adventurers’ Companies. I don’t know much about his business, but, given his membership of those two companies, he was almost certainly involved in the exportation of cloth, and he probably acted as an agent for the family’s kersies – perhaps exporting them to North America. But he obviously had other interests too; for he was given permission to send 60 barrels of gunpowder to New England – so long as it was for the exclusive use of the inhabitants (and not the Indians). He was certainly a puritan and at odds with other members of the family (many families were similarly divided both before the Civil War, through the Interregnum and at the time of the Restoration). His brother-in-law, William Strode (from another Westcountry family) was a particular opponent of Charles I, who had him imprisoned for his behaviour. He has an entry in the Dictionary of National Biography and there is lots about him elsewhere.
The West of England Studies Centre is attached to the Devon Record Office in Exeter –I don’t have the address to hand – no doubt it is available through the internet. I must warn you that the parchment pedigree that my cousin deposited there is badly fragmented, buckled and indistinct – but good luck.
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Julian Ferguson Davie is my brother and heir presumptive to the baronetcy as my only son died. Sarah, my wife is not the daughter of the duke of Beaufort; she is the daughter of Lady Cathleen Hudson (née Eliot) by her first husband, John Seyfried. Lady Cathleen was the daughter of the 6th Earl of St Germans and Lady Blanche Somerset, who was the daughter of 9th Duke of Beaufort.
The Bardolph connection is fascinating; thank you for what you have uncovered so far.
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