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Re: Tunstalls of Thurland Castle, England
Posted by: Don Johnson Date: November 02, 2001 at 06:59:35
In Reply to: Tunstalls of Thurland Castle, England by Jessica Key of 805

Folks, I need some help if you don't mind. I am REALLY confused now on just which Sir Thomas Tunstall married Eleanor Fitzhugh.

My research gives conflicting dates and parents to Elizabeth Tunstall. The perrage and lineage shows Sir Thomas Tunstall (son of Sir William Tunstall and Alice Lindsay/Lindsey) b: abt 1350, d: 5 Nov 1415, married to Isabel Eleanor Harington (not Fitzhugh). She was born about 1375.

They had two sons, Sir Richard Tunstall and Sir Thomas Tunstall. Sir Richard Tunstall (b: abt 1378, d: 1492) married Elizabeth Franke(b: abt 1381, d: 1475, m: abt 1403) The younger Sir Thomas Tunstall (b: 1386, 8 years later than Sir Richard) was the one who married Elizabeth Fitzhugh (m: abt 1426)

Sir Richard Tunstall and Elizabeth Franke Tunstall were the parents of Elizabeth Tunstall (b: abt 1410). Elizabeth Tunstall married Sir Robert Belligham about 1426.

The younger Sir Thomas Tunstall and Elizabeth Fitzhugh were the parents of yet another Sir Thomas Tunstall (b: abt 1433, d: bef 1499). This Sir Thomas Tunstall had two wives. The first was Alice Neville (m: abt 1479). The second was a woman with the last name of Conyers. Not much info on her lineage yet.

Sir Thomas Tunstall and Alice Neville were the parents of Sir Brian Tunstall (b:abt 1480). Sir Brian is perhaps one of the most notable of knights. He fought valiantly (but died on 9 Sep 1513) at the Battle of Flodden Field in Braxton, Northumberland, England. His loyalty and courage were rewarded with the nickname given to him by the King. That being "The Stainless Knight". Sir Walter Raleigh wrote a poem about The Stainless Knight and the Battle of Floddeen Field that immortalized Sir Brian.

Sir Brian Tunstall married Isabel Boynton about 1506. They were parents of Sir Marmaduke Tunstall (b: 1507, d: 26 Mar 1558)

OK, please let me know how and where I have my lineage crossed. If the first younger Sir Thomas and Eleanor Fitzhugh were married about 1426, how could they have been parents to Elizabeth Tunstall who was born 16 years earlier (abt 1410) and married Sir Robert Bellingham in the same year, 1426?

By the way, ALL the families of Tunstall, Bellnigham, Gyrlyngton, Pudsey, etc who were inhabitants/owners/Lords of the lands around Thurland Castle or the original Belligham Castle, originated in Normady France. The majority of families originally came over to England with William the Conqueror (aka The Norman Invasion). All the lands and subsequent lineage ---- to the victors, go the spoils.

Thanks in advance for any and all documented assistance on the Tunstalls.



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