I descend from the Bowyer family through my grandmother, Joyce Margery Plaskett (1934 – 2014). The Plaskett family were Watch and Clockmakers by trade an occupation passed onto them by Peter Bower of Redlynch (1715 – 1795) my 7x great grandfather and a grandfather of Reuben and Peter Plaskett, who were the first Plaskett’s to establish themselves as Watchmakers.
Peter Bower was a son of Peter Bowyer (b. 1691) also a clock / watchmaker, and I would presume he shortened his surname to separate his own work from that off his father’s. The Bowyer family were heavily involved in trade, many were merchants, grocers, tallow chandler’s and off cause Clockmakers.
Recently I have had to make an alteration to my tree, as I originally believed (through research) that William Bowyer (1605 – 1653) who was a well-respected clockmaker was my 11th great granduncle, but I have since found a will belonging to William Bowyer (1637 – 1671), Tallow Chandler of London and son of William Bowyer the clockmaker. This Will indicates that he had one son’ Robert Bowyer who was born about 1657 in St George Botolph Lane, London. Sadly the records for this parish and period no longer exist as they were lost in the great fire of London. What is important about this Parish, is that William Bowyer the clockmaker resided here at Leadenhall Street, and Robert Bowyer was the father of Peter Bowyer (the clockmaker), and more importantly the marriage record for Robert indicates he resided in St George Botolph Lane, London.
So this actually makes William Bowyer (1605 – 1653) my 11x great-grandfather and not an uncle as I originally believed. It now makes more sense, that this trade passed to his descendants and not his nephews.
Below is a coat of arms belonging to the Bowyer family, I have decided to digitally put two arms together as my family of Bowyer’s had an altered coat of arms for their family line compared to many other families that carry the same surname. There are several elements to this COA that I don’t fully understand, mainly the use of lettering scattered throughout. This arms was sourced from the Visitations of London (1633 – 1635) and this copy I digitally created myself. please feel free to use the image, all I ask is that you credit the work to either this blog or with the following. (Dawe-Kuta family tree or/and Stephen Dawe-Kuta)
Below is a page sourced from the Visitations of London (1633 – 1635) depicting the Bowyer coat of arms and I have also included a copy of the Bowyer arms which is carried by other members of the same family.