Thomas Pole was the second son of Sir Geoffrey and Constance (Pakenham) Pole, and the grandson of Sir Richard and Margaret (Plantagenet) Pole. Margaret was the Countess of Salisbury, famed as the "last of the Plantagenets," who was murdered in her old age by King Henry VIII.
After the War of the Roses, when all the male Plantagenet descendants were eliminated, the succisive monarchs, the Tudors and Stuarts, felt no threat from the descendants of Margaret (Plantagenet) Pole since at that time the crown could pass only through the male line. But that changed after the death of the young son and heir of King Henry VIII, King Edward VI, when Mary Tudor was allowed to succeed to the throne. From that point on, the male descendants of Margaret Plantagenet, now named Pole, represented alternatives to the reigning Tudors and Stuarts. And, one by one, they were eliminated - to the point where some of them fled Endland, or hid their children by failing to record their births.
The older brother of Thomas Pole, Arthur, was involved with the third brother, Edmund, in a plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I. They were discovered and put in the tower, where they died (murdered, more likely). Their death left Thomas Pole as the senior Plantagenet descendant, and thus the greatest threat to the reigning monarchs.
Thomas Pole promptly disappeared from the records. He was last mentioned as the "eldest son" in the will of his mother, Constance (Pakenham) Pole, which was dated 8-12-1570. There were two other brothers still living when their mother died: Henry (who also disappeared from the records); and Geoffrey, who is known to have married Catherine Dutton. The latter had only two sons: Arthur, who was murdered in Rome after 7-1-1595; and Geoffrey, who was murdered in Cheshire in 1606.
While nothing is known of further descendants of Thomas or Henry, such descendants of either, but especially the older Thomas, would have continued to be a threat to the reigning Tudors and Stuarts.
Many believe there are descendants still alive today, perhaps documented through personal records. Does anyone out there have such records?
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