16. Sir John Turberviile.
Great nephew and heir of John (15) being a great grandson of the original Thomas of Woolbridge.
Born in 1614 or 1619 he succeeded his great uncle as lord of the manor in 1633.
He married Joan, daughter of Thomas Strode in about 1640 and was knighted at some time between 1655 and 1666, probably in 1660 as he was a staunch royalist and would therefore not have been popular with the parliamentary government in power before 1660. He was Sheriff of Dorset in 1652 and died in 1672.
Again, there were no children and he was succeeded by his brother.
During the civil wars and commonwealth (1642-1660) the Turberville family ac a whole, who had always been catholics, were decidedly on the king's side, and the manor house at Woolbridge was in 1644 said to have been used as a garrison for the king's forces. On 18 January,
1644 the parliamentary forces set fire to a house belonging to Mr. Turberville, and the king's forces retaliated by setting fire to the house of Sir Walter Erle, a staunch parliamentarian.
The house of Mr. Turberville referred to could have been the manor house at either Wool or Bere, but it was probably the latter, as according to Hutchins the rear portion of the Bere house bore the date 1648 denoting that this portion had been rebuilt in that year.
In such troubled times no building work would have been carried out unless in the nature of urgent repair work, such as might have been necessary after a fire.
By 1648 the parliamentary forces had virtually gained control, and those who had entirely supported the king were brought to trial, and were in most cases heavily fined or their property was sequestered.
In November 1648 John Turberville of Bere was accused of `having supported the king's cause by taking up arms himself, and providing four men and horses besides; to have caused Lulworth Castle to be made a royal garrison, to have led a foot company and to have quartered there: to have been in arms at Sherborne and incited others to join the king's side; and to have raised a horse troop in 1645 and to have served in Wareham garrison'.
He was said at that time to be worth £600 a year, and £200 a year unsequestered. In June 1651, presumably on being pressed for further payment, he claimed that he had already paid £300 in 1643, and £400 since in cattle, corn and other goods.
He was questioned by the County Commissioners on matters relating to the first war, was discharged and said to have lived quietly afterwards. His official discharge was granted on the 20 May, 1652.
After Charles II had been restored to the throne in 1660, an order of Knights of the Royal Oak was proposed as a reward for those who had remained loyal to the king, but the scheme did not materialise.
Altogether 617 men were to have been given this honour, of whom 13 were from Dorset.
This 13, the annual value of whose estates ranged from £600-£5000, included Sir John Turberville, knight, of Bere Regis, whose estate was said to be worth £1500 per year.
17. Thomas Turberville.
Brother and heir of Sir John (16). Born in 1621 he became lord of the manor in 1672. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Baskett of Dewlish, and there were three children-Thomas, Robert and Elizabeth. He was patron of the incumbency of Milborne St. Andrew in 1680 and Sheriff of Dorset in 1686.
In 1692 he was a churchwarden of Bere Regis, and it appears from the accounts of that year that he overspent by some £19 during his term of office, when a large amount of repair work was carried out on the church. He died in 1701.
18. Thomas Turberville.
Eldest son and heir of Thomas (17). He succeeded his father as lord of the manor in 1701, and married Mary, daughter of Thomas Trenchard about 1695. His four sons all died at an early age-Thomas in 1699, John and Robert in 1701 and George in 1702, but his three daughters Mary and twins Frances and Elizabeth survived him. He died on 3 February, 1704.
19. Mary, Frances and Elizabeth Turberville.
Daughters and coheiresses of their father Thomas (18). Mary married Major William Duckett in 1721, and died in 1749. In the churchwardens' accounts the rates of parochial duties customarily received from the lord of the manor are, after 1704, attributed to "The Widow & Coheirs of Esqr Turberville".
Neither of the twins Frances and Elizabeth married and they were never known to have lived apart.
They (including their sister Mary) sold the manor to Henry Drax in 1733 and later the twins moved to London, probably in 1739 on the death of their mother.
They died within a day or two of each other, aged 77, at Pursers Cross, Fulham, and were buried together at Putney on the same day in February, 1780.
And so ends the Turberville saga.
Although in the foregoing notes the name has been spelt Turberville-as used by later members of the family-in earlier times when spelling was as individual a matter as handwriting, it appeared in a variety of forms:
Turbervill and Turbelvill (1186), de Turbvill (1202), Thorberisle (1297), Townberfyld (1552), Turbervyle (1559) and other variants.
Below you can see 2 more Turberville Coat of Arms; both for Thomas Turberville (Goldsborough (l) & Knight (r))