by Michael P Bodman [1]


John Kingsmill (1626-1694), Esq, of Andover, Hampshire, son of a parish church vicar and a cadet branch of the Kingsmills of Sydmonton Court, Hampshire, has medieval royal ancestry through his maternal great-grandmother Elianor Pistor (d. bef. 13 May 1560). But, surprisingly, it has not been documented. It was obscured and forgotten by dint of a copyist’s error, making a muddle out of the chronology of the two wives of William Pistor, Esq, of Metheringham, Lincolnshire, on the pedigrees of Pistor in the visitation of Lincolnshire in 1562-4 and the Larken Collection in the custody of the College of Arms, in London. By examining contemporaneous evidence recently discovered at TNA, this article gives the correct chronology of the two wives of William Pistor and documents the 15th- and 16th-century generations by which John Kingsmill derives his medieval royal ancestry.

Foundations (2015) 7: 59-78       © Copyright FMG and the author, or as stated

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