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Ancient Tunstall
Posted by: Anne Major Date: March 14, 2002 at 23:33:46
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Hello everyone,
Whilst surfing around the 'net the other day for any Tunstalls I might have missed, I found the earliest reference to a Tunstall I have yet found and thought others might be interested:
Charles Travis Clay (1935) - Early Yorkshire Charters; The Honour of Richmond part 1, vol 1V, Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series, p. 129 -
"Confirmation by Richard son of Acaris de Tunstall to Rievaulx abbey of his father's gifts in (East) Bolton, as contained in his father's three charters, including 12 acres of land and a meadow, given in the third charter, which he had denied to the monks in the king's court at York. In the king's cort at York before Henry, dean of York, and his fellow justices. (1192)"
Rievaulx Abbey was founded in 1132 and was the first Cistercian abbey in the north of England. The Abbey's most important period was during the rule of its third abbot, St. Aelred (1147-1167). During that period Rievaulx Abbey ranked as the most important Cistercian Abbey in Britain and served as the centre for the monastic colonisation of the north of England and Scotland. It's ruins still survive.
Another little bit of info. in case you don't know. Sir Brian Tunstall, the 'Stainless Knight" of Flodden Field fame was half brother to Bishop Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of London and Durham and quite a big wig in the time of Henry V111. Brian died at Flodden in 1513, Cuthbert died in London in 1559 and is buried in Lambeth Church, Lambeth being part of Greater London, south of the River Thames. The Church is no longer used as such, but a memorial plaque to him survives. Brian was a legitimate son of Thomas Tunstall and Eleanor Fitzhigh, Cuthbert illigitimate but later legitimized by the marriage of his parents - Thomas Tunstall and Alice Neville - and was accepted as part of the family.
I have other bits of info. on the family if any one is interested.
Anne Major


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