from Somerset, Devon and Dorset
© Andrew Templer 2023
It is surprising how within a few generations the history of a family can be distorted and corrupted by either ignorance or intent. For a period of time it was known that there were two distinct Templer families who lived in the Exeter area. After a great deal of research, these two families were re-
Alexander’s grandchild Richard, had a number of sons, one being Richard and another being Thomas
Richard’s grandchild Thomas settled at an estate called Salmon Pool in the village of Alphington, about a mile south of Exeter in Devon. Thomas made a fortune victualling (supplying food) to the Royal Navy with meat during the Napoleonic Wars -
Thomas’ grandchild James made a fortune as a building contractor for the Royal Navy, building the docks at Plymouth. From this fortune he built a large house at Teigngrace in Devon and called it Stover, (Stover House).
This is when the two families seem to separate. James had come from a very poor family (he himself had be sent to an orphanage), but having made is fortune, he applied for a Coat of Arms. Whether to disguise his humble beginning, or just ignorance he inferred that he was the descendant of a Colonel in the the service of William of Orange, who had come to England from Holland. This was a total red-
These two families are called the Salmon Pools and the Stover
Over the years our family has spread to many parts of the United Kingdom and indeed the world, mainly in Australia and New Zealand.
Later research shows that the two families must have been aware of each other a their children went to the same schools and even universities. However, it took many years to dispel some of these myths and re-