Foundations Volume 6

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   Coronation of an English king
   (temp Edward II)


   [an illustration from The Ancestor, vol.1 (1902) 150.
from MS M20 Corpus Christi College, Cambridge]






by Brad Verity [1]


This article uses primary sources, such as Chancery Roll entries, royal household accounts, and chronicles written in the first half of the 14th century, to provide a genealogical timeline for the ten children of Elizabeth, countess of Hereford (1282-1316), the youngest surviving daughter of Edward I, king of England.

Foundations (2014) 6: 3-10     © Copyright FMG and the author

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translated by Michael Andrews-Reading [1]

Foundations (2014) 6: 11-12    © Copyright FMG and the author

 Humphrey de Bohun, 8th Earl of Hereford and 9th Earl of Essex, married Elizabeth, daughter of King Edward I, in 1302. He was killed at the Battle of Boroughbridge on 16 March 1322.[2] A transcription of his will, in French, “preserved in the archives of the Duchy of Lancaster, [3] was printed in the Archaeological Journal in 1845 with an article by Turner examining some of its contents and the accompanying estate inventory.[4] A subsequent English version was published in 1896 in an account of Bohun wills by Bigelow.[5] The present version is offered to facilitate access for modern scholars, and to complement the article on p.3 of this journal.

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 by Rosie Bevan[1] and Peter G M Dale[2]


The proposition of this article is that Richard de Lucy, Chief Justice of Henry II, had another daughter named Rose whose existence has fallen into obscurity. She was wife first of William de Mounteny, progenitor of the Mounteny family of Mountnessing, Essex, and secondly of Michael Capra. Rose was also mother of Muriel de Mounteny, who with her husband, Jordan de Bricett, was patron of St Mary’s nunnery in Clerkenwell, London.

Foundations (2014) 6: 13-46 © Copyright FMG and the authors

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by Michael Andrews-Reading[1]


Foremost amongst the adherents of Henry of Bolingbroke and richly rewarded after the latter seized the English throne in 1399, surprisingly little seems to be known of Sir Thomas Rempston’s ancestry and background. This article brings together what is known of his antecedents and putative father, already covered in a series of published sources, and raises a possible identification of his mother, together with an examination of how these family connections may have impacted his career. It also provides a synopsis of his immediate family.

Foundations (2014) 6: 47-52    © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Michael P Bodman [1]


MS “Norfolk 44, 9” was registered c.1968 at the College of Arms, London. The manuscript shows the descent of Nathaniel Littleton of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia (will dated 12 April 1654) from Sir Henry Grey (d.13 Jan 1449/50) and his wife Antigone, illegitimate daughter of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester. Nathaniel Littleton is one of only three known immigrants to British colonial America who have traceable descent from King Henry IV of England. This article gives an armorial for MS “Norfolk 44, 9” along with some additional biographical details.

Foundations (2014) 6: 53-68      © Copyright FMG and the author

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by Adrian Ailes [1]


This paper is based on the talk presented by Dr Ailes at the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the FMG. He explains the wide scope of heraldic material available in the British National Archives. Starting with medieval times he expounds the continuity in his subject matter, continuing right through to the present day.

Foundations (2014) 6: 69-81      © Copyright FMG and the author

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 by Michael J Wood[1]


As part of an ongoing project to compile the pedigrees of every family at Dedham, Essex before c.1700, the rolls for that period of the manor courts that had jurisdiction in the parish have been abstracted by the author. They form the backbone of this account of the family of Gurdon. Because Gurdon of Assington, Suffolk, and all the barons Cranworth, are descended from this family, the medieval generations have been published several times in outline, but the generations in Dedham were incomplete and inaccurate. This article aims to provide a definitive account of the family. John Coggeshall who migrated to New England in 1632, the wife of Herbert Pelham who migrated in 1639 and the wife of Richard Saltonstall who emigrated in 1631, are Gurdon descendants, as shown in this article. Herbert and Jemima Pelham had no issue, but there are many Coggeshall and Saltonstall descendants.

Foundations (2014) 6: 82-101     © Copyright FMG and the author

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 by Armin Wolf

Published by Vittorio Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 2013; paperback,
1184 pages in 2 volumes, 192 charts, maps, etc., ISBN 978-3-465-04180-1

Reviewed for FMG by Charles Cawley[1]

Foundations (2014) 6: 102-103   © Copyright FMG and the reviewer

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by Peter Sinclair

Published by Walkern History Society, 2013; 134 pages, paperback, ISBN 978-0-957-62860-1.

Reviewed for FMG by Chris Phillips[1]

Foundations (2014) 6: 103-104 © Copyright FMG and the reviewer


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