- Born: After 1260, Cowling, Kent, England
- Marriage: Amice de Bolhay 1281
- Died: Abt 1335, Blackburgh-Bolhay, Devonshire, England
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information. 1209
"Wolmerston was aunciently thenheritanc of Peverell, of Stanford, and given by Sir Hugh Peverell (to) his younger sonne, wch had issue Sir Richard, wch by Matild his wief, had issue Sir Hugh, wch by Margaret, daughter and heire of Sir Walter Cornwall, had issue Sir Hugh, who by Elisabeth, one of the daughter and heire of Sir Walter Cornwall, had issue Sir Hugh, wch by Elizabeth one of the daughters of Sir John Cobham, of Blackburgh Bolhay, and Amy Bolhay his wief, had issue Sir Thomas Peverell, who by Margaret daughter and one of the heires of of Sir Thomas Courtenay, had issue Elinor (Katherine) wief of Walter Lord Hungerford."
Pole's Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, p. 227
"Blackburgh, or Blackburgh Bolbay, is the ancient dwellinge of the famyly of Bolbay, of which I finde successively to have had this land, Sir Hamelyn, Sir Hugh, Sir Hameyln de Bolhay and James de Bolhay, the last, whose daughter Amisia was wief of John Cobham by whom he had issue James, Isabel, wief of John Bamfild, the ancestor of Bamfild, of Poltymore; Elisabeth, wief of Sir Hugh Perverell (by whom the earl of Huntington, by Hungerford, is descended); and Philip, wief of Nicholas Ingpen, from whom, by Fischet, Hill, & Cheyney, of Pinho, Walgrave, of Suffolk, is descended."
Pole's Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, p. 195
Anastacius, the sonne of Benedict Fitz Jordan, granted the manor of Woodford unto John Fitz Robert, which conveyed the same unto Geffry de Albamara, and gave it in marriage unto Sir Hugh de Bolhay, with Muriell his daughter, and Sir Reginald de Albamara, sonne of Galride, granted the demaisnes of the said mannor of Woodford unto Sir Hamelyn de Bolhay, his nephew, which died anno 50 Kinge Henry 3, & it descended unto James de Bolhay his son, who had issue Amicia, wief of John Cobham, a younger sonne of Cobham, of Kent."
Pole's Collections Towards a Description of the County of Devon, p. 330
• Background Information. 1281
Blackborough, a parish in east Devon, lying under the Blackdown hills, a few miles east of Collumpton, was held by the Bolays of Blackburgh-Bolhay. Hameline de Bolhay died 54 Henry III (1270), and Dame Philippa de Bolhay presented to the living of Blackborough, 8th Jan 1274/5. Here a branch of the Cobhams were located in Devon.
John de Cobham, described by Pole as a "younger son of Cobham in Kent," was the younger son of John de Cobham and Joan Septvans, and the brother of Henry Cobham, the first Baron, who died in Stoke-sub-Hamdon in 1339. The younger John Cobham married Amicia, daughter of James de Bolhay of Blackburgh-Bolhay, and inherited the manor. There were four children, James, his heir; Isabel who married John Bamfield of Poltimore; Elizabeth, to Sir Hugh Perverell, from whom the Hungerfords; and Philippa, to Nicholas Ingpen.
~Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological & Natural History Society , p. 25
John married Amice de Bolhay, daughter of Sir James de Bolhay Knight and Unknown.1281 (Amice de Bolhay was born about 1266 in Poltimore Manor, St Thomas, Devon, England.)