Saturday, January 19, 2013

Royal Descendants

Margaret, Lady Bryan (c. 1468 - c. 1551/52) was Lady Governess to Henry VII's children: Princess Mary daughter of Catherine of AragonPrincess Elizabeth daughter of Anne Boleyn and Prince Edward son of Lady Jane Seymour. She was born Margaret Bourchier in about 1468 in Beningbrough, Yorkshire, England. Her mother was Elizabeth Tilney and her father was Sir Humphrey Bourchier.   Margaret's paternal great-grandmother, Anne of Woodstock,  Countess of Buckingham was the granddaughter of King Edward III.   Margaret has a familial relationship to three of Henry VIII's wives.  She is a half aunt to both Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, also Margaret's grandmother is a great grandmother of Jane Seymour. 

Margaret Bourchier was married three times. Her first husband, with whom there may only have been a marriage agreement was Sir John Sandes (or Sandys).  She married Sir Thomas Bryan sometime before 1490. As Lady Bryan, she was a Lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon and was present at Catherine's wedding to Henry VIII in 1509.  Known as Lady Bryan initially because of her husband's knighthood, she claimed to have been made Baroness Bryan suo jure on 18 February 1516, upon the birth of Princess Mary, when she was appointed as Mary's Lady Governess.  Sir Thomas Bryan died sometime before 1517, and Margaret Bryan married her third husband, David Souche (or Zoche) in or before 1519. 

Margaret Bourchier's mother Elizabeth Tilney, Countess of Surrey (before 1445 – 4 April 1497) was an English heiress and lady-in-waiting to two queens.  One was Queen Elizabeth Woodville (Woodville or Wydeville or Widvile) consort of Edward IV, and later as Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen's daughter, Elizabeth of York, consort of King Henry VII of England.  Elizabeth Tilney carried Elizabeth Woodville's train at the queen's coronation in May 1465 at Westminster Abbey.  Elizabeth accompanied the Queen and her children into sanctuary at Westminster Abbey when King Edward IV had been ousted from the throne, Elizabeth was present at the birth of the future King Edward V.  She remained with the Queen until Edward IV was restored to power.

Elizabeth Tilney was the grandmother of two of Henry VIII queens Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard.  Elizabeth married first Sir Humphrey Bourchier he was killed at Battle of Barnet on 14 April 1471 fighting on the Yorkish side.     They had a son and two daughters.  Elizabeth's second marriage was arranged by the King, she married Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey a close friend and companion of Richard, Duke of Gloucester who was crowned king in 1483. Elizabeth was one of Queen Anne Neville's attendants at Richard's coronation, while Elizabeth second husband Thomas Howard bore the Sword of State.  In November 1487, Thomas and Elizabeth attended the coronation of Henry VII's consort Elizabeth of York, who appointed Elizabeth a Lady of the Bedchamber. Elizabeth was further honored by being asked to stand as joint godmother to the Princess Margaret Tudor at her baptism in late 1489.  With her second married Elizabeth Tilney became Duchess of Norfolk.  The marriage produced nine children.  Elizabeth's granddaughters included not only Queen Katherine Howard and Queen Anne Boleyn, but also three of Henry VIII's mistresses, Elizabeth Carew, Mary Boleyn and, allegedly, Mary Howard, Duchess of Richmond. 

The mother of Elizabeth Tilney was Elizabeth Cheney (1422 – 25 September 1473) she was an English aristocrat. Elizabeth Cheney first married was Sir Frederick Tilney, with him she became Lady Tilney.  Her second husband was Sir John Say, Speaker of the House of Commons, with him she became Lady Say.  She had a total of nine children from both marriages.  She became by her two marriages, the great-grandmother of three queens of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, and Catherine Howard.  Thus making her great-great-grandmother to King Edward VI,  son of Jane Seymour and Henry VIII, and Queen Elizabeth I  the daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. 

Ancestral Chain: Through Kirt DeMar WOOD.
Margaret Bourchie, Lady Bryan and Sir Thomas Bryan - 15th great-grandparents
Elizabeth Tilney and Sir Humphrey Bourchier - 16th great-grandparents
Elizabeth Cheney and Sir Frederick Tilney - 17th great-grandparents
also our grandparents:
Anne Woodstock - three times - 18th great-grandparent through both Kirt DeMar WOOD and Camilla SMITH
Edward III - 20, 21, 23rd great-grandparent through both Kirt DeMar WOOD and Camilla SMITH
Anne Woodville and King Edward IV - 17th great-grandparents through Kirt DeMar WOOD
Elizabeth of York and King Henry VII - 16th Great-grand Aunt and Uncle

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