- An early Kempe of note evidently connected with Rame, was William Kempe, Master of the Grammar School at Plymouth, erroneously supposed by some to be identical with the actor.
William Kempe, the schoolmaster, made his will in 1601, and it was proved the same year, whereas the actor was living in 1603, and possibly later. The will mentions
his father, Walter Kempe,
his brother Robert, and his sisters, Thomasine and Jona^y, leaving to the latter his smallest volume of the EngHsh Bible.
He further mentions his brother-in-law, John Honkin, his cousin, Pascowe Kempe, of Rame, and his wife Joan, while he gives the names of his children as William, Judith, Elizabeth, Joan and Wilmot ;
besides these he speaks of his property at Ware, and leaves alms to the poor of Plymouth, Stoke Damerel, Stonehouse, and St. Budork. It was, undoubtedly, this William Kempe who wrote " A Dutiful Invective " in 1587, and in the following year another book " Education of Children in Learning." He also translated Peter Ramus' Arithmetic in 1592.
The name Pascowe is derived through a marriage between Thomasine Kempe and John Pascowe, and the widow of the latter we find married Francis Croker, Gent., at St. Stephen's Church.
- A general history of the Kemp and Kempe families of Great Britain and her colonies, with arms, pedigrees, portraits, illustrations of seats, foundations, chantries, monuments, documents, old jewels, curios, etc.