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John Fortescue

Male - 1500


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  • Name John Fortescue 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jul 1500  Punsborne, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Person ID I35713  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2021 

    Father Richard Fortescue,   b. of Punsborne, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1455, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Alice de Windsor 
    Family ID F20970  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice Boleyn 
    Children 
     1. Adrian Fortescue,   b. Abt 1476,   d. 10 Jul 1539, Tower of London, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F20981  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Sir John, who was an Esquire of the Body to King Edward the Fourth, was sent by him as Sheriff into Cornwall, where he had to conduct the siege of St. Michael's Mount, which was defended by the Earl of Oxford. This was in 1471; in 1481 he was Sheriff of Hertfordshire and Essex, and in a year or two the King made him "Master Porter" of Calais. King Richard the Third, who had succeeded by the murder of his nephew, sent Sir John Fortescue a fresh appointment as Esquire of the Body to the King, with a salary of fifty marks, which appointment carried with it the title of 'Sir;' but Sir John Fortescue joined his old adversary the Earl of Oxford, and they offered their services to the Earl of Richmond, who soon after became Henry the Seventh. Landing at Milford Haven on August 6, 1485, on the 22nd the decisive battle of Bosworth Field was fought, in which Sir John, who had been knighted by Henry on his landing, took his part. The victory gave the throne without a rival to Henry the Seventh, and the King rewarded Sir John by making him, within a month of the battle, Chief Butler of England, and by many grants of forfeited manors. At the coronation he was made Knight banneret. Sir John was much at Court henceforward, among other occasions at the festivities in 1494, when Prince Henry, afterwards Henry the Eighth, then but two years old, was created Duke of York and a Knight of the Bath. At length, crossing over to Calais with the King and Queen, in May, 1500, to avoid the plague, of which thirty thousand persons died in London in that year, his own life came to a close immediately after a speedy return to England, for he died at Punsborne July 28, 1500." [John Morris, citation details below]

  • Sources 
    1. [S5930] The Venerable Sir Adrian Fortescue, Knight of the Bath, Knight of St. John, Martyr by John Morris. London: Burns and Oates, 1887.