Monday, 1 February 2016

Thomas Vaughan: Knight and Treasurer to King Edward IV and Chamberlain to the Prince of Wales

Chapter Twelve 
A Death Deserved ?
On the Wrong Side at the Wrong Time
The low born Welsh man from Monmouth that was Thomas Vaughan has interested me for over twenty years, ever since the day I discovered that he belonged, albeit by marriage, in my maternal family tree. His marriage to Eleanor Browne affected the life of number of my ancestors including his step daughter Kathrine Browne and most certainly that of her brother George.

Vaughan's service within noble and royal households can be traced back to his teens, he forged relationships while serving under the Lancastrian regime, notably with Jasper Tudor. These connections did not survive the second half of 1459 when he headed for Calais with the Yorkists. From that point on Vaughan proved himself a faithful supporter of Edward as the Earl of March and as king of England. This loyalty brought him power and money and influence and this may be due in part as Edward seeing Vaughan as a father figure and the grandfather his baby son never had, I read somewhere that

“wherever King Edward went, so did Sir Thomas, carrying the infant prince in his arms.” 


Thomas Vaughan, Knight and Treasurer to King Edward IV and Chamberlain to the Prince of Wales
c1410 - 1483
Thomas's story, from his birth in Monmouth in Wales, to his death on the executioners block can be read on my website

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