Monday, 30 May 2011

Mary Boleyn and Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge Rumor Disproven by Experts

Catherine Middleton, now HRH The Duchess of Cambridge
Link to Mary Boleyn DISPROVEN

This claim that William Davenport was a son of  Elizabeth Talbot and Henry Davenport is not proven to be correct. Even  the Reitwiesner page which is not authoritative argues this is not correct due to people just trying to link whomever without correct  sources. The page states that a correspondent "concludes that  insufficient evidence exists to  establish such a connection beyond a reasonable doubt." Recent additions to the page state that it has been DISPROVEN. In the article from the Daily Mail, it states that Kate is a descendant of Elizabeth Knollys by Sir Thomas  Leighton, their daughter Elizabeth Leighton married a Sherrington Talbot; their son Sherrington Talbot married a Jane Lyttelton -- this is ALL correct up to this point.. then it goes off with some undocumented  names that don't seem to add up as they are not mentioned in both of the sources below and others. In the Daily Mail article it then goes on to state that their supposed daughter Elizabeth Talbot marries a William  Davenport. Crofts Peerage's Sherrington Talbot who married Jane Lyttelton doesn't even mention an  Elizabeth Talbot who married a William Davenport. The same goes for the  book Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage &  Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.:  Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 838. But  then if you go over to Burke's Peerage there is a mention of an Elizabeth Talbot, daughter of a Sharington  Talbot, but there is NO mother and NO mention of that Elizabeth Talbot  who married Henry Davenport ever having a William Davenport that went on  to marry a Grace Alloway and it only states:

"Henry Davenport Esq who m 82 Oct 1665 Elizabeth dau of Sharington  Talbot Esq of Lacock co Wilts and d. in July 1698 leaving with other  daus who died unmarried, a dau Mary m 1st to the Rev William Hallifax DD  who rf in 1720 and 2ndly to the Rev Prideaux Sutton of Itreedon co  Worcester and two sons Sharington the elder a major general in the army  who rf unm in Ireland 5 July 1719 and Henry Davenport Esq baptized 26  Feb 1677 8 who m 1st Mary Lucy dau of Daniel Charden Esq and had by her a  son Sharington of whom presently and two daus Mary Elizabeth m to John  Mytton Esq of Halftone and Mary Luce rf unm Mr Davenport m 2ndly Barbara  second dau of Sir John Ivory of Ireland by Aline his wife dan of Sir  John Talbot of Lacock co Wilts and by her who rf in 174ft left at his  decease in 1731 a son William in holy orders DD rector of Bree don who m  Mary dau of John Ivory Talbot of Lacock and had issue The only son of  the first marriage".

== Elizabeth Knollys and Kate Middleton ==

There is no definitive evidence that Kate Middleton is the descendant of Elizabeth Knollys daughter Elizabeth Leighton. The Daily Mail cites NO sources and is not a genuine source that is allowed on Wikipedia. Reitwiesner's page just posted that is has been DISPROVEN.

"In Hobbs (full citation below), on p. 13, F. M. Lupton cites a pamphlet William Davenport, of Reading, and his descendants, by Rev. James Davenport, which claims that this William Davenport of Reading (number 636, above) was the same person as the William Davenport born at Worfield, Shropshire, on 24 Feb. 1679, a younger son of Henry Davenport of Hollon, Shropshire, by his wife Elizabeth Talbot.

Rev. James Davenport appears to have written several different works on William Davenport of Reading, as a correspondent refers to a publication by Rev. James Davenport, Rector of Harvington in Worcestershire, titled The Davenport Family of Reading and Welford on Avon, and printed in 1923 (long after Hobbs was printed). About the identification of William Davenport of Reading with the William Davenport baptized at Worfield, the correspondent states that the author "concludes that insufficient evidence exists to establish such a connection beyond a reasonable doubt." This identification has been DISPROVEN." -- meaning it's NOT true!

Email from Reitweisner's; 29 May 2011:
"Yes we have disproven it, both with the will of Elizabeth Davenport not  mentioning a son William, other records showing her son William died in  his 20s and with her research showing Kate's William was likely the son of a Laurence Davenport."

Thursday, 19 May 2011

HM Queen Elizabeth II makes history; 2011 visit to Ireland

The Queen delivers her speech at Dublin Castle during a State Dinner on the second day of the State Visit to Ireland, 18 May 2011.
HM Queen Elizabeth II visited Ireland this week. This is the first time she has visited Ireland in her 59 year reign.
Speaking in the former seat of British colonial power in Ireland, to a room of assembled dignitaries, the Queen said Britain and Ireland together had “much to celebrate” as she visited the Republic of Ireland for the first time in her 59-year reign.
“The ties between our people, our shared values, the economic and business links… make us so much more than just neighbors – that make us firm friends and equal partners,” the Queen said.
The Queen opened her remarks with a few words of Irish, greeting the room: “A Uachtaráin agus a chairde”, a remark met with spontaneous applause by the crowd of 172.

Transcript of speech:
A Úachtaráin agus a chairde:Prince Philip and I are delighted to be here, and to experience at first hand Ireland’s world-famous hospitality.
Together we have much to celebrate: the ties between our people, the shared values, and the economic, business and cultural links that make us so much more than just neighbours, that make us firm friends and equal partners.
Madam President, speaking here in Dublin Castle it is impossible to ignore the weight of history, as it was yesterday when you and I laid wreaths at the Garden of Remembrance.
Indeed, so much of this visit reminds us of the complexity of our history, its many layers and traditions, but also the importance of forbearance and conciliation. Of being able to bow to the past, but not be bound by it.
Of course, the relationship has not always been straightforward; nor has the record over the centuries been entirely benign. It is a sad and regrettable reality that through history our islands have experienced more than their fair share of heartache, turbulence and loss.
These events have touched us all, many of us personally, and are a painful legacy. We can never forget those who have died or been injured, and their families. To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. But it is also true that no-one who looked to the future over the past centuries could have imagined the strength of the bonds that are now in place between the governments and the people of our two nations, the spirit of partnership that we now enjoy, and the lasting rapport between us. No-one here this evening could doubt that heartfelt desire of our two nations.
Madam President, you have done a great deal to promote this understanding and reconciliation. You set out to build bridges. And I have seen at first hand your success in bringing together different communities and traditions on this island. You have also shed new light on the sacrifice of those who served in the First World War. Even as we jointly opened the Messines Peace Park in 1998, it was difficult to look ahead to the time when you and I would be standing together at Islandbridge as we were today.
That transformation is also evident in the establishment of a successful power-sharing Executive in Northern Ireland. A knot of history that was painstakingly loosened by the British and Irish Governments together with the strength, vision and determination of the political parties in Northern Ireland.
What were once only hopes for the future have now come to pass; it is almost exactly 13 years since the overwhelming majority of people in Ireland and Northern Ireland voted in favour of the agreement signed on Good Friday 1998, paving the way for Northern Ireland to become the exciting and inspirational place that it is today. I applaud the work of all those involved in the peace process, and of all those who support and nurture peace, including members of the police, the Gardaí, and the other emergency services, and those who work in the communities, the churches and charitable bodies like Co-operation Ireland. Taken together, their work not only serves as a basis for reconciliation between our people and communities, but it gives hope to other peacemakers across the world that through sustained effort, peace can and will prevail.
For the world moves on quickly. The challenges of the past have been replaced by new economic challenges which will demand the same imagination and courage. The lessons from the peace process are clear; whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.
There are other stories written daily across these islands which do not find their voice in solemn pages of history books, or newspaper headlines, but which are at the heart of our shared narrative. Many British families have members who live in this country, as many Irish families have close relatives in the United Kingdom.
These families share the two islands; they have visited each other and have come home to each other over the years. They are the ordinary people who yearned for the peace and understanding we now have between our two nations and between the communities within those two nations; a living testament to how much in common we have.
These ties of family, friendship and affection are our most precious resource. They are the lifeblood of the partnership across these islands, a golden thread that runs through all our joint successes so far, and all we will go on to achieve. They are a reminder that we have much to do together to build a future for all our grandchildren: the kind of future our grandparents could only dream of.
So we celebrate together the widespread spirit of goodwill and deep mutual understanding that has served to make the relationship more harmonious, close as good neighbours should always be.
So, ladies and gentlemen, I ask you to join me in a toast to the President and the People of Ireland.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The more distinguished ancestry of Catherine [Katherine] Parr

Sir Thomas Parr was of a more distinguished ancestry than either Sir Thomas Boleyn (father of Queen Anne Boleyn) or Sir John Seymour (Queen Jane Seymour). From the marriage of his Norman progenitor Ivo Taillebois with Lucy of Bolingbroke came the Barony of Kendal. Ivo de Tallebois was the first Baron of Kendal and maintained the state of a petty sovereign in the north. His male line is thought to have failed with William de Lancaster II, the seventh in descent. Therefore the honour and estates of that mighty family passed to his sole heiress, Helwise of Lancaster who married Gilbert FitzRichard. Their granddaughter, Margaret, by Helwise de Lancaster and Peter le Brus (kin to Robert de Brus, King of Scotland) married the younger son of Robert, Lord Roos of Hamlake and Werks by Isabella, the illegitimate daughter of William the Lion, King of Scotland and his mistress, the daughter of Richard Avenel. Their grandson, Sir Thomas de Roos married Katharine, the daughter of Sir Thomas Strickland of Sizergh Castle in Westmorland, now Cumbria. The fruit of this union was an only daughter Elizabeth who brought Kendal Castle and a rich inheritance into queen Katharine's paternal house by Elizabeth's marriage with Sir William Parr. Sir William Parr, the grandson of this pair, was made knight of the Garter and married Lady Elizabeth, one of the co-heiresses of the Lord Fitzhugh, by Lady Alice Neville, daughter of Sir Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland and Lady Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland, daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Katherine Roet. Alice Neville was a niece to King Henry VIII's great-grandmother Cicely Neville, Duchess of York and through this connection, Catharine Parr was Henry's maternal third cousin, once removed and by his father's descent from John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset a fourth cousin, once removed.

The Parr's were also descended from King John of England.

Courtesy of jmc4 - Church Explore
By her mother's side, the Greene's of Greens Norton, she directly descended from King Fergus of Galloway and many nobles and Kings of England which included Henry I of England, Edward I of England, and Henry II of England through her connections with the Ferrers of Groby, Talbot, Despencer, FitzAlan, De Clare, and other noble families. They were also cousins to Elizabeth Woodville, queen consort to Edward IV.

*Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham, Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families. Genealogical Publishing Com, 2005. pg 701.

© Meg McGath
18 May 2011

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Pearl tiara of Princess Maud of Wales, Queen of Norway

Pearl tiara of Princess Maud of Wales, Queen consort of Norway
This pearl and diamond tiara was given to Queen Maud as a wedding present from her parents,
King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom

The front part of the tiara can be removed and the rest can be worn in a lower version. The original version was stolen from the British jeweler Garrard's in 1993. 
Garrard's made a new one with pearls end diamonds who looked like the ones from the original tiara. So today Queen Sonja of Norway wears a copy.

Queen Sonja lent this tiara to Princess Märtha Louise for her wedding with Ari Behn.
Märtha wore the smallest version.

Honeysuckle tiara of Princess Mary, Princess Royal

The Honey Suckle Tiara 

Honey Suckle Tiara
Honeycomb Tiara of Princess Mary
The tiara was in the possession of H.M. Queen Mary (1867-1953), wife of H.M. King George V (1865-1936) and was a present to her daughter, H.R.H. The Princess Royal, Countess Harewood, (1897-1965) and thence by descent.
The tiara was made for
Princess Mary
, the only daughter of
Queen Mary.

Composed of five graduated diamond-set honeysuckle panels, circa 1865 - with five brooch fittings, could be worn on a frame with diamonds as seen in the picture above.
Sadly, the tiara was eventually sold at auction for $31,817 on 16 November 1999 at Geneva.

Princess Mary Sapphire tiara

The Princess Royal's Sapphires
HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal
King George V gave his daughter a truly magnificent parure of sapphires and diamonds as his wedding gift. It consisted of Queen Victoria's diamond and sapphire tiara (description above), her diamond and sapphire cluster necklace with Prince Albert's 1845 brooch as a detachable oval pendant and a bracelet of sapphire and diamond clusters.

Princess Mary, Viscountess Lascelles wore this parure at her first dinner party and dance where she and her husband entered her parents as the honoured guests at Chesterfield House.

King George wrote in his diary "Dear Mary looked charming and wore my sapphires."
HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal
Princess Mary here is dressed for Court wearing the jewels her father gave her along with the Queen Victoria cluster necklace with pendant, Queen Mary's sapphire brooch in the centre of her diamond tiara and the Prince of Wales' bracelet.

HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal

Queen Victoria's Diamond and Sapphire coronet

Diamond and Sapphire Tiara of Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria's Diamond and Sapphire Tiara

Queen Victoria's
tiara was designed by Prince Albert as a gift in 1842 and made at a cost of £415.

It is "a small flexible tiara in the Gothic taste with kite- and cushion-shaped sapphires and diamonds. The sapphires are set in gold and the diamonds in silver."
The tiara is also depicted in the portrait by Henry Richard Graves in 1874.

Queen Victoria
Above, an early painting of Queen Victoria of Great Britain and North Ireland wearing part of her sapphire parure. She always wore the same tiara but in different ways. The tiara, along with a coronet and brooch were designed for Victoria by her husband Prince Albert which she wore as he had arranged for her.

The Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood
Princess Mary received the tiara from her father King George V as part of the sapphire parure as a wedding present. Queen Alexandra and Queen Mary didn't use the sapphire coronet. But, it was worn by the Princess Royal on numerous public occasions and after her death it disappeared from the public eye.

HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal

When Geoffrey Munn was assembling the tiaras which appeared at the loan exhibition in aid of The Samaritans at Wartski in London in 1997, he wrote to the Countess of Harewood to inquire as to whether they had any tiaras which had been the property of the late Princess Royal. Her reply was that there was only one and it was visible in the Winterhalter. The Samaritan exhibition was its first public exhibition in many years. It was also a highlight of the tiara exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002.

Sources: Munn, Geoffrey. Tiaras A History of Splendour. Wartski. One Hundred Tiaras: An Evolution of Style 1800 - 1990.
Countess of Harewood
The current Countess of Harewood has worn the tiara, as well as Andrea wife of Mark, 4th son of the Earl of Harewood in August 1992, at the occasion of her wedding.

Princess Mary, Princess Royal Diamond Fringe tiara

Princess Mary, Princess Royal Diamond Fringe Tiara
Diamond fringe tiara, composed of fifty-one graduated diamond spikes each intersected by a smaller graduated diamond collet spike, mounted on a graduated cushion-cut diamond collet single-line base. She received this fringe tiara as a wedding gift from Lord and Lady Inchcape. The tiara is detachable from its frame for use as a necklace.
This jewel was sold, along with
much of the princess's collection,
after her death.
It sold for $19 600 at the 1966 Christie's auction.
Later it was in the possession of the Dukes of Westminster.
English, c. 1890
Princess Mary, Princess Royal

The Lascelles

family still retain, however,
the Sapphire and Diamond
that had belonged to
Queen Victoria.