The Hearth Tax lists of the 1660s includes a Richard Robins and a William Robbins at Lanivet. The baptism of John Robins has not been found but some children of Richard and Joan Robins were baptised at Lanivet including Margaret in 1657, Ralph in 1659 and Joan in 1665. Joan, wife of Richard Robins of Lanivet, is mentioned in the wills of Martin Jolley/Jolliffe (1676)[1] and Jane Jolley/Jolliffe (1677) of St Mawgan in Pydar,[2] but no specific relationship is stated. John Robins and Agnes his wife are mentioned in 1681 in connection with property in the tenure of Jane Jolley of St Mawgan in Pydar, widow.[3] This, along with the name of the son of John and Agnes being Richard, lends some support to the possibility that John Robins was a son of Richard and Joan. Moreover, Ane Cripes of Lanivet, in her will dated 1685, gives to John Robings one shilling and to his children six pence each, to Ralph Robings one shilling, to Margary Robings one shilling, and to Jone Robings one shilling.[4] Although the will does not explicitly state that John, Ralph, Margary and Jone were siblings, that seems the most likely possibility. A connection between the Jolley and Cripes families is confirmed by a lease of 1642 which shows that Martin Jolly had married Jane Cripes.[5]


The 1709 will of Bennit Cripps of St Mawgan in Pydar names his godson Richard Robins of Lanivet. John Robins was a party in the 1692 administration record of Gilbert Casier who had evidently married Elizabeth, daughter of Bennit Cripps.[6]


The links with the Cripps or Cripes family suggest the possibility that Joan, wife of Richard Robins, was a Cripps. The 1637 will of John Crippes of Lanivet, husbandman, mentions a daughter Jone Crippes, as well as a daughter Jane and a son Benedict, among others.[7]


The will of Richard Courtenay (d 1632) of Tremere in Lanivet mentions his sister Alice Bandfild along with her son-in-law Thomas Robins, Thomasís wife Jane, and their son William.[8] Those Robins individuals lived at Mawnan[9] and it is not known whether they were of the same family as the Lanivet residents covered in the account below.


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1††††††††† RICHARD ROBINS of Lanivet, Cornwall, was buried on 12 January 1677/78 at Lanivet.[10] He married JOAN,[11] who was buried on 1 March 1693/94 at Lanivet.[12]


Children of Richard and Joan Robins:

2††††††††††††† i†††††††††††††† JOHN ROBINS (ca 1654-1707);[13] m AGNES HICKS.

ii††††††††††††† MARGERY ROBINS,[14] bap 3 Feb 1657/58, Lanivet,[15] bur 17 Aug 1704, St Stephen in Brannel;[16] m 18 Sep 1686, Lanivet, JOHN PYNNOW.[17]

iii†††††††††††† RALPH ROBINS, bap 23 Dec 1659, Lanivet.[18]

iv†††††††††††† JOAN ROBINS, bap 14 May 1665, Lanivet.[19]


2††††††††† JOHN ROBINS of Lanivet, yeoman, was born ca 1654 at Lanivet[20] and buried on 12 May 1707 at Lanivet.[21] He married ca 1680, AGNES HICKS,[22] daughter of William and Agnes (Blight) Hicks (see here). Agnes (Hicks) Robins was buried on 16 April 1721 at Lanivet.


Children of John and Agnes (Hicks) Robins:

i ††††††††††††† AGNES ROBINS, bap 2 Feb 1680/81, Lanivet,[23] bur 10 Mar 1717/18, Lanivet;[24] m 14 Oct 1704, Lanivet, NICHOLAS KENT[25] (see here).

ii ††††††††††† RICHARD ROBINS of Lanivet, yeoman, bap 26 Sep 1682, Lanivet,[26] bur 6 May 1712, Lanivet.[27]

iii †††††††††† JANE ROBINS, bap 17 Feb 1684/85, Lanivet,[28] bur 23 May 1687, Lanivet.[29]

[1] Kresen Kernow, AP/J/761.

[2] Kresen Kernow, AP/J/819.

[3] Kresen Kernow, AR/4/1579.

[4] Kresen Kernow, AP/C/2001.

[5] Kresen Kernow, catalogue entry for AR/4/1468.

[6] Kresen Kernow, AP/C/2646, AP/C/2180.

[7] Kresen Kernow, AP/C/923.

[8] Kresen Kernow, AP/C/797.

[9] The Mawnan parish registers record the burial in 1620 of Sampson, son of Thomas Robbins and Jane Bonifeild his wife.

[10] Lanivet parish registers.

[11] Joan is named in the baptism entries of her children Margaret/Margery and Ralph.

[12] Lanivet parish registers.

[13] See the discussion above regarding the placement of John Robins.

[14] Name given as Margaret in her baptism entry and Margery at marriage and burial.

[15] Lanivet parish registers.

[16] St Stephen in Brannel parish registers.

[17] Lanivet parish registers.

[18] Lanivet parish registers.

[19] Lanivet bishopís transcripts.

[20] Kresen Kernow, AP/D/775.

[21] Lanivet parish registers. Administration of his estate was granted on 26 May 1707 to his son Richard Robins, Johnís widow Agnes having renounced her right (Kresen Kernow, AP/R/1670). It was granted again, de bonis non, to Nicholas Kent of Lanivet, farmer and John Kent of St Dennis, Cornwall, stannator, during the minority of Jane Kent, the next of kin of John Robins, on 29 Oct 1723 (Kresen Kernow, AP/R/1887).

[22] The forename of Agnes is given in her childrenís baptism entries. See the account of the Hicks family for a discussion of her maiden surname and parentage.

[23] Lanivet parish registers.

[24] Lanivet parish registers.

[25] Lanivet parish registers; Kresen Kernow, AR/4/1585.

[26] Lanivet parish registers.

[27] Lanivet parish registers. Will dated 14 Mar 1711, proved 4 May 1713 (Kresen Kernow, AP/R/1757b).

[28] Lanivet parish registers.

[29] Lanivet parish registers.