14338. Alexander Buckler

Alexander Buckler

B abt 1515  |  Melbury Abbas, Dorset, England

D 30 March 1568  |  Melbury, Dorset, England

M UNK (Margaret 'Margery' Martyn)  |  UNK

M 1543 (Elizabeth Watkins)  |  UNK

Alexander Buckler shows records of first marrying a Margaret "Margery" Martyn, daughter of William Martyn of Kingston Russell, co. Dorset. From this union, he had 3 children: 1) Bride Buckler, wife of William Bishop of Holway, Dorset. 2) Agnes. 3) Margaret, wife of Matthew Chubb, M. P. His second wife was Elizabeth Watkins, daughter of Humphrey Watkins of Holwell, co. Somerset, Esq. Executrix of her husband in 1568. Her will dated at Wolcombe Maltravers 15 November 1579; proved in London 6 February 1580. Buried at Melbury Bubbe. Children to this union were 1) John Buckler, 2) Alexander Buckler, matriculated at the English College, Douay, 1 April 1605, 3) Christopher Buckler, 4) Katherine (Catherine), 5) Edward Buckler of Warminster, co. Wilts. Executor to his mother 1580. His will dated 8 May 1649.



Bucleriana - Notices of the Family of Buckler  Buckleriana - Notices of the Family of Buckler

Buckler of Causeway and Wolcombe Maltravers, co. Dorset continued from The Herald's Visitations of A.D. 1565 and A.D. 1623.

Buckler Pedigree from The Publications of the Harleian Society, Volume 20  The Publications of the Harleian Society, Volume 20

Details of the Buckler Pedigree.

Visitation of the County of Dorset taken in 1623  The Visitation of the County of Dorset taken in 1623

Additional details of the Buckler line in Dorset County, England.

Records of the English province of the Society of Jesus  Records of the English province of the Society of Jesus

On Page 698, there is a detailing of a relationships between the Buckler and Watkins families. It mentions the marriage of an Alexander Buckler and an Elizabeth Watkins in which some family trees reference. However, this indicates that they had 4 sons, with no mention of a daughter.

The Descendants of John Byyshop  The Descendants of John Byyshop

A comprehensive list of the descendants of John Byyshop

The Descendants of John Byyshop  Topographer and Genealogist

Detailing the pedigress of Bishop, of Dorsetshire and London. Includes the genealogical line of William Bishop.


Will of Alexander Buckler
In the name of God Amen. The 24th day of February in the year of our Lord God a thousand five hundred three score and seven. I Alexander Buckler of Woolcombe Matravers in the co. of Dorset & of the Parish of Melbury Bubbe. My body to be buried in the Churchyard of Melbury Bubb afsd. To my son William Buckler, to my dau. Agnes £20 which money lyeth in my brother Richardes' handes - to my dau. Margaret...Elizabeth my wife.
To my son John Buckler
To my son Alexander
To my son Christopher
My dau. Mary. To Elizabeth my wife whom I ordain my sole executrix. I also ordain & appoint Thomas Elrington & Richard Watkins gent. to be the ex of this my last will & test. Witnesses, St. Edmund Collins, Clerk, p'son of Melbury Bubb afsd, Tho Elrington, gent., & John Pillard, & others.
Proved in London 30th March, AD 1568. Elizabeth relict.

Will of Elizabeth Buckler
15th Day of November 1579 in the one & twentieth year of the Reign of our sov'n Ladye Elizth &e. Elizabeth Buckler of Woolcombe Matravers in the co. of Dorset, widow. My body to be buried in the parish church of Bubdowne. Item I give to the same church 3s. 8d. My tenement & mills of Stockwood & all the houses & buildings thereto belonging & the profits to be divided & distributed betwixt 4 of my children, that is to say: Katharine, Mary, Christopher, & Edward. To my son Alexander, my second best bed. To my son John Buckler my third best bed. The residue to be equally divided betwixt my sonnes John, Alexander, Xfer (Christopher), and Edward: My sons Xtopher & Edward my sole executors. My brother Mr. Richard Watkins, Esqre to be my overseer of this my last will & Test.
Proved in London 5th day of the month of Feb, juxta computationem Ecclie Anglicanae 1579 [1580].

Sir Walter Buckler

One of the sons of Andrew Buckler (Alexander's brother), Walter Buckler, was knighted by King Edward IV. Sir Walter served King Henry in many ways. He became the trusted secretary to Queen Katherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. He was chamberlain to Princess Elizabeth and after she became Queen Elizabeth I, she assigned him to her privy council.

Alexander and Margery Martyn

The Bucklers came from Melbury Bubb, and one Alexander Buckler married a local girl named Margery Martyn (of Melbury Bubb) and had several children. One record lists that they owned (or Margery did,) the Manor at Wootton Fitzpaine.

Notes from the Visitation of Dorset County, England taken in 1623

John Buckler of Cawsey=i= Agnes da. of John Barber of Marston. in com. Dorset gent. in com. Som'sett, AllexBuckler eldist sone=rMargery da. of ... . Martya of Wolcom Maltreuers in com. Dorset.

John Buckler of Cawsway co. Dors, John Buckler=Agnes d. of John Barber

Barber, Agnes=Buckler. 20 ; John, 20.

BUCKLER of Causeway in Radipole.

JOHN BUGLER of Cawsway, co. Dorset, mar. and had issue, JOHN, his eldest son ; Sir Walter Bucler, Kt., second son, which died sans issue.

JOHN BUCLER of Cawswey, mar. Aynrx, da. to John Barb/a- of Maston, co. Som'set, and by her had issue, Alexander, his eldest son ; RICHARD, second son ; Andrewe, third son ; John, fourth son ; Ales, mar to John Mewes ; Jane, mar. to Peter Mewes ; Ales, mar. to Christopher Foye.

Records of the English province of the Society of Jesus

On Page 698, there is a detailing of a relationships between the Buckler and Watkins families. It mentions the marriage of an Alexander Buckler and an Elizabeth Watkins in which some family trees reference. However, this indicates that they had 4 sons, with no mention of a daughter. Likely 2nd wife.

"I made a note of the farm of Mr. Watkins, in Beaminster, county Dorset, where Mass was said, as also at Corscombe, in the same vicinity. Alexander Butler, of Woolcombe, Maltravers, in the county of Dorset, gent., married Elizabeth, daughter of Humphrey Watkins, of Halwell, and sister of Richard Watkins, Esq.; the said Alexander died in 1568, and his widow in 1580. They had four sons, John, Alexander, Christopher, and Edward.

Alexander Buckler and Elizabeth his wife were buried close to the ancient cross by the south porch or their old parish church of Melbury Bubb, which was built by their relative, Walter Buckler, priest, rector of Melbury from 1466 to 1513.

Cattistock Church, Stone

Catistock Church. Around the verge of a flat stone, upon a tomb is the following inscription:

"Hie jacet Guilielmus Bishop, nuper de Holwaye, cum Brida, uxore sua ante annos novem prius defuncta: oblit 26 due Decembris 1621, acetatis suae 83."

Bride, daughter of Alexander of Wolcomb buried 1613.

Melbury Bubb

The church of St. Mary the Virgin stands at the foot of Bubb Down which derives its name from Bubba, a Saxon, who lived there. The presence of a Saxon font in Melbury Bubb church suggests that there has been a church here from very early days. Nothing remains prior to 1474 when the church was rebuilt during the time of the Rector Walter Buckler (brother of John of Causeway), whose initials are carved on some shieldson the tower. This tower, so beautiful against the hill, is almost all that remains of his church. The rest was virtually rebuilt in 1854, probably reproducing the main features of the older church and incorporating some of the stained glass.

The grave of Alexander Buckler, is just outside and opposite the church door. The Buckler family at one time lived in the Old Manor House next to the Church. A descendant of the family still lives in the parish at Holywell. Next to Alexander's tomb is the tomb of his grandson Thomas who died in 1634.

Lower part of the west window. This was put there in 1886 and bears a Latin inscription which translates:

"Sacred to the memory of William Buckler, a descendant of Alexander, nephew of Sir Walter, who settled in Maryland in 1793. Erected by the filial peity Thomas Hepburn Buckler in 1886."

Stockwood, Dorset

Stockwood Mill. Used for tucking and dying, and was owned by Alexander and Elizabeth Buckler sometime between 1560 and 1590. It is recorded in their wills of 1567 and 1579. It is only a couple of miles by road from Melbury Bubb.


The will of Alexander Buckler of Woolcombe Matravers in Mulbury Bubb, co. Dorset, yeoman, was dated 24 Feb. 1567/8 and proved 30 March 1568. That of his widow, Elizabeth, was dated 15 Nove. 1579 and proved 5 Feb. 1579/80. Each will mentioned a dau. Katherine, and since an Alexander Buckler of Evershot (which adjoins Woolcombe), doubtless a brother of Katherine, made a deposition in 44 Elizabeth (1602) in which he called Nicholas Derby his uncle, it is probable that the Katherine named in the two wills is identical with Nicholas...

In the same suit, Alexander Buckler of Evershot, co. Dorset, yemoan, ac. 34, deposed that he had been servant to Hugh Chaverell and "served him as clerks and did wayt upon him when he roade abrode as much or more than any other man and did very well know Michas Darby deceased the defend father."

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