Over the last few weeks vashti has entertained us with tales of her family. I thought I would put up some of the results I've had from researching my family past. With having some links into the aristocracy, who always have better record keeping, it is easier to get further back in time. Vashti's area of interest lately has been wrongdoers and the ends they came to. Everybody's cupboard has some skeletons. Here are some of mine that met there ed at the Tower of London.
First a note about relationships. The comment in brackets is the person's relationship to me. Aunts and uncles count up the generations in the same way as parents, ie, aunt, grand aunt, great grand aunt, 2nd great grand aunt, etc. With cousins, the n x removed represents the number of generations difference. The number before 'cousin' is how many sideways steps there are. If you add the two numbers together, then that will tell you how many generations to go back to find a common ancestor.
Here they are:-
Sir Christopher Blount (husband of wife of brother-in-law of 9th cousin 13x removed)
Sir Christopher Blount was born circa 1565,
He died on 18 March 1601 at Tower Hill, The City, London, England, executed for high treason. (He argued once too much with Queen Elizabeth I)
Anne Boleyn Marchioness of Pembroke (wife of 7th cousin 15x removed)
Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke was born circa 1501,
She died on 19 May 1536 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, executed by beheading, for high treason and alleged adultery
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (stepson of brother-in-law of 9th cousin 13x removed)
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex was born on 19 November 1566,
He died on 25 February 1601 at age 34 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, beheaded for treason
Guilford Dudley, Lord (husband of 9th cousin 13x removed)
Lord Guilford Dudley was born in 1536,
He married Lady Jane Grey on 21 May 1553.1 He died on 12 February 1554 executed
Sir John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland (father-in-law of 9th cousin 13x removed)
John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland was born in 1502,
He died on 22 August 1553 at Tower Hill, The City, London, England
Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk (husband of 8th cousin 14x removed)
Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk was born on 17 January 1517,
He died on 23 February 1554 at age 37 at Tower Hill, The City, London, England, executed. On 17 February 1554 he was attainted as a result of treasonous involvement in Wyatt's rebellion against Queen Mary I
Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England (9th cousin 13x removed)
Lady Jane Grey was born in October 1537.
She was the daughter of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Lady Frances Brandon. She married Lord Guilford Dudley, son of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland and Jane Guilford, on 21 May 1553. She gained the title of Queen Jane I of England on 10 July 1553.3 She was deposed as Queen of England on 19 July 1553, having ruled for ten days. She died on 12 February 1554 at age 16 executed, for high treason. She was buried at Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, the Tower, The City, London, England
Catherine Howard (wife of 7th cousin 15x removed)
Catherine Howard was born circa 1525.
She married Henry VIII Tudor, King of England on 28 July 1540. She died on 13 February 1542 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, beheaded for high treason and alleged adultery.
Edward V Plantagenet King of England (7th cousin 15x removed)
Edward V Plantagenet, King of England was born on 4 November 1470.
He died after November 1483 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, murdered at the orders of either King Richard III or King Henry VII. He succeeded to the title of King Edward V of England on 9 April 1483. He was deposed as King of England on 25 June 1483. He was only 12 years old when he succeeded to the throne and Richard, the Duke of Gloucester was appointed his guardian. Edward had been living with his younger brother Richard, aged 9, who was the Duke of York, with their mother Queen Elizabeth, near Ludlow. The Duke of Gloucester brought the young King to London ready for the coronation and installed him in a 'suitable residence' - the Tower of London. Shortly afterwards he took the Queen's remaining son Richard to join his brother at the Tower. Gloucester's friends then proclaimed that the two children were illegitimate and that Edward had no claim to the throne. Parliament ratified this and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was proclaimed King Richard III. The two young boys were murdered by Gloucester and his friends and their bodies lay undiscovered until the reign of Charles II when their remains were transferred to Westminster Abbey.
Princess Elizabeth Plantagenet (7th cousin 15x removed)
Elizabeth Plantagenet was born on 11 February 1466.
She married Henry VII Tudor, King of England on 18 January 1486. She died on 11 February 1503 at age 37 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, in childbirth.
George Plantagenet Duke of Clarence (6th cousin 16x removed)
Sir George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence was born on 21 October 1449.
He initially joined his father-in-law Warwick in the attempt to restore King Henry VI and depose his brother King Edward IV but then deserted the former for the latter at the Battle of Barnet. He fought in the Battle of Barnet on 14 April 1471, assisting in the King's victory. He held the office of Chief Governor of Ireland in 1472. He was created 1st Earl of Warwick [England] on 25 March 1472. He was created 1st Earl of Salisbury [England] on 25 March 1472. He held the office of Great Chamberlain on 20 May 1472. On 8 February 1478 he was attainted by Act of Parliament, and forfeited all his estates and titles He died on 18 February 1478 at age 28 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, executed. Tradition has it he was drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine.
Henry VI Lancaster King of England and France (1st great grand nephew of husband of wife of 1st cousin 21x removed)
Henry VI Plantagenet, King of England was born on 6 December 1421.
He died on 21 May 1471 at age 49 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, murdered.
Richard Plantagenet 1st Duke of York (7th cousin 15x removed)
Richard Plantagenet, 1st Duke of York was born on 17 August 1473.
He and his brother Edward V died after November 1483 at Tower of London, The City, London, England, murdered at the orders of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who then became King Richard III.
James Scott, 1st and last Duke of Monmouth (13th cousin 9x removed)
James Scott, 1st and last Duke of Monmouth was born illegitimately on 9 March 1649.
He was the son of Charles II Stuart, King of Great Britain and Lucy Walter. When the succession to the throne was raised, Charles II affirmed that he never married Lucy Walter and deprived the Duke of Monmouth of many of his posts. On the 11 June 1685, Monmouth landed at Lyme Regis in an attempt to seize the throne. At Sedgemoor, north east of Taunton, Monmouth made an ill-advised attack against the Royalists and was defeated. He was captured in the New Forest a few days later, and executed for high treason, in the Tower of London on July 15 1685.