'All.maried.men.desire.to.haue good wifes:but.few.giue good example. by thir liues
They are owr head they wodd haue vs thir heles.
this makes the good wife kick the good man reles.' (excerpt)
Anne Lady Southwell was born some twenty years after Anne Dowriche;[i] Anne Southwell’s home was in Cornworthy, a parish spread over the lengths of two opposite valleys, which is reached via a trip long, darkly tree-shaded and narrow lanes in the depths of the South Hams, which are noteworthy even amongst Devon standards. These are part of a tangled network edging the woods of the west side of the Dart. This district still projects an atmospheric sense of ancient origins and ‘back of beyond-ness’. Perhaps this is because there is still a gateway from the Augustinian priory prominent in a field just west of and overlooking the village; there are also the remains of a chapel. Cornworthy Priory was founded here between 1205 and 1238 and must have been of great importance in the parish. Although it was a small house there is evidence of girls receiving education there. Anne’s paternal grandfather, Edward Harris was granted the site at the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, circa 1559, some while after the dissolution of the religious houses and afterwards the Harris family retained its ownership of Court Prior for centuries.