Early History of the RUNDELL / RUNDLE surname


The probable origin of the Rundle family starts in the Thirteenth century there was a small manor near Cobham in Kent called Roundale or Rundale. this site which is now named as Randall Wood (but,now at least,is not round) on the current Ordnance Survey Map and is now a nature reserve.

A distinguished family here was headed by Stephen de Cobham de Rundale who in 1326 became a first Baron Rundell, with the death of his son John,the second Baron Rundell in 1362 we are told that the short lived title be came extinct, even though he had two sons, Thomas and John.

Meanwhhle in 1301 a John de Cobham de Rundale of Devon had inherited by marriage,the ownership of the Manor of Hilton near Launceston and property at Trematon in Cornwall,and two manors in south-west Devon.

The Cobhams de Rundale died out in Kent but it seems very likely that this family was the source of the many Rundles in Milton Abbot Sydenham Damerell and Lamerton in south-west Devon in the fifteenth,and sixteenth centuries, where at one stage they were owners or holders of thirteen farms.

It is quite likely that with the burgeoning of the family in that area,the Rundles of Antony were a pioneering section of these Devon farmers. And so the family succession leading to the Rundles of Cornwall may well have been this:-



Henry de Cobham granted Manor of Cobham


John de Cobham acquires neighbouring Manor of Rundale with fifty acres.


His son, Henry de Cobham de Rundale inherits Rundale.


His son,Stephen de Cobham de Rundele becomes first Baron Rundell.


His son, John becomes second Baron Rundell


His son, Sir Thomas is owner of Rundale.


John de Cobham de Rundale acquires,through marriage,properties in south-west Devon.

Early l4thC

members of the family settle in south-west Devon.


Many Rundles recorded in the Parish Registers of Lamerton, Milton Abbot and Sydenham Damerell (they had interests in thirteen farms there in 1588 ),


A section of the family splits off to Antony and nearby Maker (Richard Rundle mentioned -in Muster Rolls 1559 and his will 1587, William Rundle's will 1592, several Rundles in Maker Parish Register of the time)

c 1598

Rundle family spreads into other Parishes in the County of Cornwall


  The names Rundle and Rundell can still be all over Cornwall.