Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Correcting Historical Facts

When researching family history you sometimes come across information that you feel is not right, and where ever you look you see that this fact is repeated time after time. In the case of genealogy, this can lead you down the wrong path and causes you to research a family that has nothing to do with you. An incorrect fact can also have an effect on history itself, you only have to look at Richard III's story to know that.

While researching the life of Thomas Vaughan who was Chamberlain to Edward (the eldest of the Princes in the Tower) I came to the conclusion that history had confused Vaughan with other Welsh men of that name for there were at least three with the exact same name living at the same time, one of the three is Thomas Vaughan, who was son of Roger Vaughan and Margaret, daughter of James Tuchet, Baron Audley, the widow of Richard Grey, Lord Powis. This is easily done and quite understandable.

When I was working on the chapter of my blog The Children of Thomas Vaughan I felt that I should put the record straight and do my little bit towards correcting history.

One place who had attached Thomas Vaughan to the wrong family was Westminster Abbey (where Vaughan is buried) their website stated that he was of the family of Vaughan of Tretower in Wales, my research proved otherwise. After being in contact with the archivist at the abbey we talked about our sources of information. After a few emails, they agreed with me and changed Thomas Vaughan's page to read that he was the son of Robert Vaughan of Monmouth and his wife Margaret and not of the Tretower Vaughans.

You can access this page here

I must say I feel quite proud of my achievement, it was only a small thing I know, but at least I had some say in making sure that information presented about Thomas Vaughan is correct.
You can also read about Thomas Vaughan's family here.

Sir John Hussey

On the 15th May in 1537, Sir John Hussey of Sleaford in Lincolnshire and his cousin Thomas Darcy were tried for treason at Westminster after being implicated in the Pilgrimage of Grace.

Despite denying being a part of the rebellion, Hussey was accused of

      'conspiring to change laws and depose the king, and that he abetted those who made war on the king in October 1536'

Hussey's links with Darcy stem from their Lincolnshire roots, but it was his association with his cousin and the risings in Yorkshire plus his suspected Catholic sympathies, (the Catholic accusations made against him were based on the fact that both Hussey and his wife, Anne Grey had attended Henry VIII's daughter Mary) that made the case against him, therefore he was guilty by association and his failure to put down a rebellion that threatened Henry.

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Execution of Thomas Wentworth

Many issues dominated parliament during the reign of Charles I but it would be religion that would prove to be the most divisive issue that both Charles and Parliament would have to deal with.
At the end of 1640, Charles had recalled the Long Parliament whose members had used this opportunity to attack men they considered enemies of the Crown, namely Thomas Wentworth and Archbishop William Laud.

Wentworth and Laud were seen as the embodiment of all that was wrong with England at this time. It was on this day in 1641 that Wentworth was executed, Laud would follow him to the scaffold four years later.
You can read a little bit more on England at this time on my website at

Friday, 11 May 2018

Bishop Remigius de Fecamp

I have always held and am prepared against all evidence to maintain that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.-- John Ruskin

In the late spring of 1092, after twenty years of building work, Bishop of Lincoln Remigius de Fecamp's cathedral was completed. 
Remigius de Fecamp was a Benedictine monk who held the position of almoner at Fecamp Abbey in Normandy. He is said to have been a supporter of the Conqueror's invasion of England contributing a ship and twenty knights to William's cause, his name appears on a document that listed vessels used in the invasion. 

My blog on Remigius de Fecamp continues on my website at