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Medieval Collector Of Customs March 20, 2018

43366715_1410185642  Sir Thomas “Customer” Smythe, 1530-1591, my 12th Great Grandfather

When I was in London recently I wanted to visit the National Portrait Gallery to see portraits such as this.


Historic Images March 18, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 3:34 pm

14a1babd-52fb-43d9-a548-5c533d422c5e  Sir William Paulet, Marquess of Winchester, 1483-1571, my 14th Great Grandfather

Lady Anne Knyvett 14th GGM 1492-1558    Lady Anne Knyvett, my 14th Great Grandmother, 1490-1558


More Royal Connections March 16, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy — Janet @ 7:00 pm

My 14th Great Grandfather Sir George Anthony St Leger, 1484-1536.   The following is from Geni:

Inherited Lundy Eggesford, Annery, Monkleigh in Devon and other properties in Kent and Sussex from his maternal grandfather the Earl of Ormond. A chief courtier to King Henry VIII, his wife was Lady in waiting to Catalina of Aragon and they both attended the “Field of the Cloth of Gold” in France. They also attended the coronation of Anne Boleyn, his cousin on 29 May 1533 in Westminster Abbey. His son was awarded many lands in Devon in Exchange for Kent property owned by his grandmother. “Served” at Exeter Cathedral.

His wife was Lady Anne Bourchier Knyvett

And for One of his sons, the brother of Catherine St Leger, my 13th Great Grandmother         the following information Extracted from Wikipedia:

He was the son of Sir George St Leger (c.1475-1536), of Annery, by his wife, Anne Knyvett, daughter of Sir Edmund Knyvett of Buckenham[2] and his wife Eleanor Tyrrell. His paternal grandparents were Sir James St Leger, of Shipton, and Lady Anne Butler, heiress of Annery, daughter of Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormonde[citation needed] and great-aunt of Queen Anne Boleyn. One of his great-uncles was Sir Thomas St Leger (c.1440-1483), the husband of Anne of York, Duchess of Exeter (1439-1476), sister of Kings Edward IV and Richard III. His great-grandfather was Sir John St Leger (c.1404-1442) lord of the manor of Ulcombe in Kent, whose three sons Ralph, Thomas and James, all made advantageous marriages. The manor of Ulcombe had been held by the family from the See of Canterbury from shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066, during which a St Leger knight is supposed by tradition to have supported William the Conqueror with his hand on disembarking from his ship at Pevensey.[3]


Royal Connections

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Manor Houses — Janet @ 6:09 pm

Nicholas Gainsford was my 16th Great Grandfather – here’s what Wikipedia has to say about him:

Nicholas Gainsford, also written Gaynesford or Gaynesforde, (about 1427–1498) of Carshalton, Surrey, of an armigerous gentry family established at Crowhurst, was a Justice of the Peace, several times Member of Parliament and High Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, Constable and Keeper of Odiham Castle and Park, Hampshire, who served in the royal households from around 1461 until his death in 1498. Rising to high office during the reign of Henry VI, he was an Usher to the Chamber of Edward IV and, by 1476, to his queen Elizabeth Woodville. Closely within the sphere of Woodville patronage, he was a favourer of Edward V, and was a leader in the Kentish rising of 1483 against Richard III. He was attainted in 1483, but was soon afterwards pardoned, and fully regained his position and estate as Esquire to Henry VII and Elizabeth of York after the Battle of Bosworth Field. He established the Carshalton branch of the Gainsford family.

Crowhurst-Place-Geograph-2978142-by-Carl-Ayling  photo from Wikipedia – Crowhurst setting – the structure shown in this photo has been altered from the original Crowhurst manor house




Castles And Lairds March 10, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 3:27 pm

Scotland map of shires  map of Scotland showing Shires

8470dca5-c35c-4dbf-82d2-089c21175d2b   Castle Drumlanrig



Genealogy In Scotland March 5, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Battle of Flodden Field,Burial Grounds,Genealogy — Janet @ 9:51 pm

6d737e97-0354-4dcd-b937-8a4df5725681  my recent research has been in the area around Perth

Flodden Fields  I have been finding a number of ancestors who died on Sept 9 1513 in the Battle of Flodden Fields in the North of England


143998159_1466533965  Dirleton Castle

e30d4b09-a2ee-44b2-ad25-83c21b5a037d  Ruthven Castle



Genealogy Again February 27, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Castles,Genealogy — Janet @ 11:08 pm

cbcf17f0-58ea-453a-b863-4002acdf7b90  Bourne Castle Lincolnshire – scene for my Heckington ancestors back in the 15th and 16th centuries