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The Tunstalls of Thurland etc
Posted by: Martin Tunstall (ID *****9669) Date: September 25, 2004 at 11:59:48
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Well, I've regreased my typing fingers and will now continue to add a bit more - hopefully with less typing errors!

Point 1 - Anne Major seems to be a veritable mine of information so if you can add to mine (no play on words!), Anne, I would much appreciate it; I am blocked off by the system from sending you an E-mail so perhaps you would mail me on :

heathford@tele2.com

Many thanks. (I hope you read this pretty soon !).

Point 2 - I have in my possession an order form - probably dating from between 1920 and 1940 - for a book "THE FAMILY OF TUNSTALL" - "to be printed by private subscription", price one guinea (so it IS indeed "old"!).

The order form was to be returned to the Printers (?), Messrs Phillimore & Co, 124 Chancery Lane, London. The edition was subject to printing "if 300 subscribers can be found". The Editors were Stokes & Cox, Compilers of the Parish Register Index, at 75 Chancery Lane, London "with the assistanceof various members of the family".

PHILIMORE, now of Shopwycke Hall, Chichester, Sussex, have informed me that "file copies of Phillimore publications were regularly plundered over the years up to 1969 when the present management took over...... We cannot therefore be sure that the book was ever produced since many of the proposed leaflets, such as the one you enclosed, never got beyond that stage." What a pity.

The editors proposed to "illustrate with photos of monuments and buildings (Thurland Castle, of course, "seat of Henry de TUNSTALL 1324") and with a facsimile of that part of the Bayeux Tapestry representing "the first known ancestor", Tonstain le Blanc by the side of Duke Willima at the Balttl of Hastings, carrying the banner blessed by the Pope."

Now, being resident in France, I have checked out with the Conservateur of the BAYEUX Municipal Library and Bayeux Tapestry. The idea was that scene 38 shows a ship setting sail with a flag at its masthead showing a cross. However, Conservateur could not confirm that there was a TOUSTAIN / TUNSTALL on board at the foot of the mast!

By the name Tonstain, they probably mean TOUSTAIN which, I would add, is an old French family name associated with the North of France and Wallonie (Belgium). In those days, of course, names were written in varying ways forthe same person, so such variances arequite understandable - just look what they've done to "Tunstall" over the years!

Going on, the book leaflet refers obviously to the illustrious Bishop Cuthbert but also to Sir Thomas TUNSTALL to whom Henry V gave the town of Ponthieu (France) after the battle of Agincourt; William TUNSTALL taken at Preston in 1715; of the two Roberts, builders, one of the wooden, the other of the stone bridge over the Thames at Kew; ofthe curators of the royal gardens of Kew and hampton Court.

Just by chance, if this book did ever see the light of day, did anyone (or one of our parents, cousins, aunts etc) get hold of one........and keep it? Just a thought.

It struck me as amusing that if all was true, TOUSTAIN came over in 1066 by William's maritime ferry-service and the wheel turned a full circle when I "came back" to France 30 years ago, over 900 years later, courtesy of BRITISH AIRWAYS. Now there's progress for you!

Incidentally, in the old Parish Church of DIVES-sur-MER (Calvados), are engraved the names of all the French lords who accompanied "le Duc Guillaume " and which includes ......TOUSTAIN. (DIVES was the actual Normandy port from which they sailed).

Martin Cuthbert TUNSTALL




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