The Arundells Lanherne
The Arundell family dominated the life of the village of Lanherne (St Magan-in-Pydar) and indeed Cornwall for 500 years from the 13th to 18th century. During this period they were the richest and most influential family in Cornwall.
Staunch Catholics the family played a strong roll in the fight to retain the Catholic Church.
For many generations the head of the family bore the name of Sir John: and many generations produced men who played a prominent part in Uk national affairs.
Lanherne - described as a Fortified Manor House it is dated to C16 and includes an earlier building. Later additions can be dated C17, C18 and C19 and include the chapel. The building consists of 2 parallel ranges with the inner range the earlier. A ditch remains on the west side of the house.
1180- Renfred Arundell born in Treleigh. He was probably descended from Roger Arundel companion of Duke William (William the Conqueror) in 1066.
Offspring Sir Ralph Arundell.
1208 Sir Ralph Arundell born at Lanherne.
1231 Sir Ralph Arundell married Eva De Rupe Tremoderet Roche.. (Offspring Reinfred Arundell )
1240- Reinfred Arundell born at Lanherne. He was to hold the title Lord of Lanherne.
1260 Sir Ralph Sheriff of Cornwall.
1264- Sir Ralph Arundell was authorised by Thomas de Tracy to deliver the castle of Restormal and the barony of Cardinan into the hands of Simon de Montford Earl of Leicester These were owned by Richard Earl of Cornwall and were confiscated after the battle of Lewis.
1268 Reinfred Arundell married Alice (Fulcar) De La Hurne in Lanherne. (Offspring John Arundell I) Alice was the heiress of Lanherne due to the marriage it passed to the Arundells.
1272 John Arundell 1 (probably never lived at Lanherne ) born in Treloy (parents Reinfred Arundell and Alice dela Hurne)
1275 October Sir Ralph Arundell died.
1280 Reinfred Arundell died.
1293- John Arundell I married Joan Le Soor in Talverne (offspring John Arundell II.
1294 John Arundell II Born at Lanherne. He was to hold the royal title Lord of Lanherne.
1308 John Arundell I died before this year.
1310- John Arundell II married Isabella (Joan) De La Bere before this year in Talverne. (Offspring John Arundell III)
Sir John Arundell III born about this year in Lanherne.
1334/35 John Arundell III married Elizabeth Carminow (I belive this was the last of the line of the Carminow family) (offspring John Arundell IV no further information regarding John Arundell IV)
1379 John Arundell II died around this year.
John Arundell V only record that he married Annora (Eleanor ) Lamborne (Offspring John Arundell VI who was born in Bideford Devon 1392.
1392 John Arundell VI born Bideford Devon.
1394 Thomas Arundell Born parents John Arundell V and Annora (Eleanor Lambourne.
1418-Sir John Arundell (This could refer to either John Arundell V or VI) of Lanherne contracted to supply the kings uncle. The Duke of Exeter , with 364 men at arms and 770 archers for service in France.
1420 John Arundell VI married Margaret Burghersh in Ewias Lacy Herefordshire. (Offspring John Arundell VII)
1421 John Arundell VII born on 7th January in Lanherne.
1423 John Arundell VI died 4th December.
1426 Thomas Arundell Married Elizabeth Paulet on 17th December in Hinton St John Somerset. (Offspring Elizabeth Arundell)
1427- John Arundell founded a College at St Columb. (Guessing this could be John Arundell VII)
1443 Thomas Arundell Died
1444-Could be the year the Arundells start to build the house at Lanherne
1451- John Arundell VII married Catherine Chidiocke on the 5th March in Lanherne. (Offspring Thomas Arundell)
1454 Thomas Arundell born father John Arundell VII.
1473 John Arundell VII died 12th November.
14th December Thomas Arundell was married to Catherine Dinham in Hartland (Offspring ) Elizabeth Arundell.
1485 Thomas Arundell died on the 1st October.
1549 -Sir John I when the Pray Book Rebellion began Sir John refused to join Russell and even caused two Masses to be said. As a result he was detained in London.
1550- Sir John I was sent to the Tower of London with his brother Sir Thomas of Wardour.
1552 Sir John I was released in June of this year.
1557 Sir John I died he had lived long enough to enjoy the Catholic reaction under Mary.
1573- There is a brass to George and Mary Arundell in St Mawgan-in-Pydar church.
1575 -Sir John II referring to the finding of Cuthbert Mayne and he being found guilty of high treason. Sir John was condemned as a recusant for not attending church. He was removed to London.
November 30th - Cuthbert Mayne was executed after which his head was impaled on the gate of Launceston Castle, eventually being carried away to Lanherne where it was preserved as a precious relic.
1578- There is a Brass to a Mary Arundell in St Mawgan in-Pydar church.
1580- There is a brass to Cyssell and Jane Arundell in St Mawgan-in-Pydar church.
1581- As tension between Catholic Spain and Protestant England mounted and war became inevitable. Parliament in this year passed a ferocious act making it treason to join the Roman church or persuade others to do so; the celebration of Mass was punishable by heavy fine and imprisonment, and failure to attend church by a fine of 320 a month. As at this time £20 would be equal to around £600 today, the Arundells were one of the very few families that could afford the luxury of recusancy.
Sir John II was at last caught harbouring Catholic priests in his London house.
1586- There is a brass in St Mawgan- In Pydar church of Edward Arundall.
1590 Sir John II after being imprisoned in the Tower and then less rigorously confined died at Isleworth in this year. His body was returned to St Columb for burial.
Sir John III like his father a recusant and in exile in London, his sisters having entered a convent in Brussels. He asked leave to go and live in his house at Chideock in Dorset, but the Gunpowder Plot shattered his hopes; he had to go on paying the monthly £20 fine as the price for his recusancy , and Lanherne fell into decay.
1644 -Sir John IV The last of the Lanherne) Arundells as a young squire of 19 he joined the Royalist forces at Boconnoc, and was knighted for gallantry by King Charles.
Knighted during the Civil war.
1701- When the last Sir John died Lanherne went to his son-in-law, whose grand-daughter married the heir to Lord Arundell of Wardour, thus reuniting the two branches of the family after 200 years separation. But the estate was no longer a family residence and fell into disrepair.
1749 Lanhherne was given by Lord Arundell to some Carmelite nuns who fled from Belgium during the French revolution; it remained a convent until very recently.
This has been pieced together from a number of sources we apologise for any errors and would be pleased for anybody to advise us if they spot a mistake. It is hard to piece this together with so many people with the same name, if you find a action by Sir John it is hard to tell if it be the father or son. However if in our research we find more information we will add it to this line.