Wednesday, March 29, 2000

John Gregory 1389-1420

John Gregory
John Gregory, Lord of the manors of Freseley and Asfordby1292 , Freseley and Asfordby, Leicester, England

GREGORY or STYVECHALL. This family is traced to John Gregory, Lord of the manors of Freseley and Asfordby, in the county of Leicester, who married Maud, daughter of Sir Koger Moton, of Peckleton, Knight; his son, Kichard Gregory, of the same places, died in the year 1292. Arthur Gregory, Esquire, the .representative of this ancient family, was seated at Sty vechall, within the county of the city of Coventry, of which his father, Thomas, died seized in the sixteenth of Elizabeth. See Nichols's Leicestershire, i. p. 19; and Dugdale's Warwicksh ire, vol. i. p. 202. ARMS. Or, two bars and in chief a lion passant azure.

Present Representative, Arthur Francis Gregory, Esq.


Maude Moton history 1396 , Peckleton, Leicestershire, England

John Gregory (M) b. circa 1390, #104603
John Gregory was born circa 1390 at Of, Asfordby, Leicestershire, England. He married Maude Moton, daughter of Sir Knight Roger Moton.
Child of John Gregory and Maude Moton Nicholas Gregory b. c 1420
Maude Moton (F) b. circa 1396, #104604
Maude Moton was born circa 1396 at Of, Peckleton, Leicestershire, England. She was the daughter of Sir Knight Roger Moton. Maude Moton married John Gregory.
Child of Maude Moton and John Gregory Nicholas Gregory b. c 1420
Sir Knight Roger Moton (M) b. circa 1366, #104605
Sir Knight Roger Moton was born circa 1366 at Of, Peckleton, Leicestershire, England.

Nicholas Gregory 1420-1450

Nicholas Gregory
Birth, 1420, Asfordby, Leicestershire, England
Death, 1450, age 30, Fresley Manor, Nottinghamshire, England
Marriage, 1445, Age: 25  to name unknown, in Fresley Manor, Nottinghamshire, England
John Gregory 1390 –
Maud Motom 1395 –
Spouse & Children
spouse unknown c. 1424 –
Adam Gregory 1450 – 1470

William Gregory 1460-1503


Birth 1460, Lancashire, England
Death 1503, age 43, Lancastershire, England
Marriage,1495, Age 35, to Dorothy PARRE, in West Derby, Lancashire, England
Adam Gregory 1450 – 1470
Ada Ormeston 1450 – 1470
Spouse & Children
Dorothy PARRE 1478 – 1502
John Gregory 1500 – 1552
John Gregory 1500 – 1588
Hugh Gregory 1502 – 1520
Thomas 1505 – 1570

Hugh de Venables 1315-

This interesting name is of Norman-French, origin, and is a locational surname from the place called "Venables" in the arrondissement of Louviers, in Eure, Normandy. The surname was introduced into England by followers of William the Conqueror after the Conquest of 1066. The placename is derived from the Latin word "venabulum", hunting ground, a derivative of the verb "venari", to hunt. The surname was first recorded in the beginning of the 13th Century (see below), and the modern surname has the unusual distinction of surviving unchanged for seven hundred years. One William de Venables is recorded in the Shropshire Hundred Rolls of 1275, and Thomas Venables, of Buckinghamshire, appears in the Register of the University of Oxford for 1616. The marriage of William Venables and Margaret Bryan was recorded at St. Gregory by St. Paul, London, on April 19th 1573. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be William de Venables, which was dated circa 1200, in the "Chartulary of Whalley Abbey", Lancashire, during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 -1216.


Angella or Anyll Venables

Angella (Anyll) de VENABLES

Birth c. 1365 in Of, Kinderton, Cheshire, England
Death date unknown
Hugh De VENABLES 1296 – 1368
Elizabeth MOBBERLY 1310 – 1370
Marriage1386, Age: 21, to William BRERETON, Audley, Stafford, England
Spouse & Children
William BRERETON 1346 – 1426
   Elizabeth (Eleanor) BRERETON 1406 –

Anilla Venables
Birth Abt 1367 AKA Angella (Anyll) Venables
Died  date unknown
Father Hugh de Venables, baron of Kinderton, b. Abt 1330, Kinderton, Cheshire, England , d. 1379/1380, Kinderton, Cheshire, England
Mother Margery Cotton, d. date unknown
Family Sir William Brereton, Governor of Caen, b. Abt 1346, d. 1425, Brereton, Cheshire, England Married 1386
1. Sir William Brereton, Knight, b. c.1387, Brereton, Cheshire, England , d. Bef 1425, Harfleur, Seine-Maritime, France
2. Margery Brereton, d. date unknown
3. Hugh Brereton, d. date unknown
4. Matthew Brereton, d. date unknown
5. Elizabeth Brereton, b. c. 1412, d. date unknown

Sources [S21] #798 The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, Watney, Vernon James, (4 volumes. Oxford: John Johnson, 1928), FHL book Q 929.242 W159w; FHL microfilm 1696491 it., vol. 1 p. 136, vol. 3 p. 792.

[ S286] #560 [1819] The History of the County Palatine and City of Chester: Compiled from Original Evidences in Public Offices, the Harleian and Cottonian Mss., Parochial Registers, Private Muniments, Unpublished Ms. Collections of Successive Cheshire, Ormerod, George, (3 volumes. London: Lackington, Hughes, Mavor & Jones, 1819), FHL microfilm 824313 Item 2., vol. 3 p. 51.

[ S34] Medieval, royalty, nobility family group sheets (filmed 1996), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. Medieval Family History Unit, (Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996), FHL film 1553977-1553985..
Anyill de Venables
Anyill married Sir William, Lord of Brereton, son of Sir William, Lord de Brereton and Ellena de Egerton, in 1386 in Audley, Staffordshire, England (Sir William, Lord of Brereton was born on 14 Feb 1348-1349 in Egerton, Cheshire, England , baptized in 1348-1349 in Malpas, Chesire, England and died before 31 Aug 1426 in Egerton, Cheshire, England


The Venables
The Venables Family (sometimes 'de Venables') hail originally from the town of Venables near Evreux in Normandy, and it was Gilbert de Venables, (also known as Gilbert Hunter), huntsman to the Dukes of Normandy, who first held the Barony of Kinderton in Cheshire for Hugh Lupus after the Norman Invasion of 1066. Other family members became Barons of Chester and of Warrington, and over time Venables became a prominent Cheshire and Lancashire surname, as did the anglicised version of 'Hunter'. The Domesday Book of 1086 shows Gilbert 'Hunter' holding Brereton, Davenport, Kinderton and Witton (Northwich) and Ralph Hunter holding Stapleford in Cheshire and Soughton in Wales. Later the family became Lords of the Manor of Middlewich.

Wincham Hall, recorded as 'Winundersham' in the Domesday Book, was given to Gilbert de Venables following the Norman Conquest, but it successively passed in and out of the Venables family's ownership through inheritance, married and sale over the following centuries. It survived until bombing in the Second World War destroyed it, after which it was finally demolished.

The family's influence and power throughout medieval Cheshire is evidenced by the wreath on the Coat of Arms of the Borough of Congleton, which are the heraldic colours of the Venables family, as do the Arms of Northwich where the ship shown above the shield shows on its mainsail the wyvern of the Venables family.

They held many other lands throughout Britain including Woodcote near Winchester, when, in 1677, the manor had been purchased by the Venables. The Venables family also purchased Antrobus Hall in Great Budworth sometime during the reign of King Henry IV - they resided here for many generations.

The Venables Family have a worldwide website and there are regular Venables family conventions held in England and in France. The Middlewich Festival, held in September each year, also acts as a gathering of the Venables family members from around the world.

Bio of Sir Richard de Venables (brother of Anyll Venables)
Sir Richard de Venables 
The forced abdication of Richard II, grandson of Edward III, and son of the Black Prince, brought to the throne in 1399 Henry IV, called Bolingbroke, also a grandson of Edward III, and a son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. In 1402, a Scottish invasion of England was repelled by the Northumberland Earl of Percy. A year later, Harry Percy, his son, called Hotspur, resenting the injustice of Henry IV toward his brother-in-law, Edmund Mortimer, associated himself with the Welsh rebel, Owen Glendower, who had proclaimed himself Prince of Wales in 1402. At the battle of Shrewsbury on June 21, 1403, Hotspur was killed and the forces of the king were victorious.

Sir Richard de Venables, born 1365, was the eldest son of Hugh de Venables by his second wife, Margery de Cotton. He became baron of Kinderton in 1383, and was sheriff of Cheshire in 1402-3. Allying himself with the Percys and Glendower, he fought against Henry IV and was taken prisoner at the battle of Shrewsbury. On the authority of Thomas Walsingham, living about 1440, and the author of Breves Historia, a history of England from Edward I to Henry V, Ormerod states that Richard de Venables (II) was beheaded 4 Henry 4, 1403.

By reason of his attainder, he was succeeded by his brother, William de Venables. Attainder in English law meant the state of being attainted, and the extinction of civil rights was brought about by sentence for treason. It involved forfeiture of all real and personal property and such “corruption of blood” as to render the person incapable either of receiving or transmitting an inheritance. The law was not repealed until 1870. Sir Richard de Venables, therefore, could not transmit the barony of Kinderton to his own son, and it was granted by the victorious Henry IV to his brother, William de Venables, who, however, settled it on his nephew, Hugh de Venables, the son of sir Richard de Venables.

Tuesday, March 28, 2000

John Blount Sir Knight 1298-1358

John Blount SIR KNIGHT

  b abt 1298 in Sodington, W,, England
  d. 1358 age 60
   Walter Blount SIR KNIGHT 1270 – 1315
   Johanna De Sodington 1274 – 1331
   Eleanor Beauchamp 1307 – 1391
   Walter Blount SIR KNIGHT  1350 – 1403

Sir Knight John Blount COA

Whence the Surname Blount
The surname BLOUNT was a nickname 'the blond and fair haired person' the name was derived from the Old French word 'blonde', and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The acquisition of surnames in Europe and England, during the last eight hundred years has been affected by many factors, including social class and social structure, naming practices in cultures and traditions. On the whole the richer and more powerful classes tended to acquire surnames earlier than the working class or the poor, while surnames were quicker to catch on in urban areas than in more sparsely populated rural areas. The bulk of surnames in England were formed in the 13th and 14th centuries. The process started earlier and continued in place names into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the 11th century people did not have surnames, whereas by the 15th century they did. Early records of the name mention Melodia le Blount, 1273 London. Ascelina le Blunt was documented in County Norfolk in the year 1274. Marareta le Blound of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. George Blount and Isabell Tinker were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1767. Edmund White and Ann Blunt, 1786. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884



Sir John Le Blount
Sir John Le Blount, son of Walter and Joan was born abt. 1298. He was aged 39 in 1337 when he was a knight and found heir to his elder brother, William Blount, Lord Blount, was of Sodington in Worchestershire when he died in 1358. In 1324 he was a practiced soldier of Worchestershire. He was joint commissioner in Worchestershire in 1344, inquiring as to holders of land. He served in Gascony under Henry, Earl of Lancaster, and later, in 1347, under King Edward III at the siege of Calais, until the king returned to England. In October, 1350 he was on a pilgrimage to Santiago. John has been linked to several wives as mother of Sir Walter Blount. The Complete Peerage states that John married only once to Isoude Mountjoy. Burke's Commoners mentions Elizabeth Beauchamp, daughter of Sir John Beauchamp. Boyer's book appears to go with with Isoude as the mother of Walter.

John Blount
b. 1298 in Sodington, Worcestershire, England
John Blount
b. abt 1300 -
d. date unknown
b. abt 1300 of, Rock, Worcestershire, England Gender Male. d. date unknown Person ID I192958 Wales: Records Primarily of the Nobility and Gentry Last Modified 15 Dec 2009

Father Sir Walter Blount, Knight, b. Abt 1270, of, Rock, Worcestershire, England , d. 1316 Mother Joan [de Soddington], b. Abt 1270, of, , Worcestershire, England , d. date unknown Family ID F129968 Group Sheet
Isolda, b. abt 1330, of, , Worcestershire, England , d. date unknown
Married Type: Husband - 2nd Marriage STATUS: Husband's 2nd marriage. (Robinson, A History of the Mansions and Manors of Herefordshire, p. 250)
   1. Richard Blount, b. Abt 1350, of, Rock, Worcestershire, England , d. 1358
   2. Sir John Blount, Knight, b. Abt 1350,  Soddington, Mamble, Worcestershire, England , d. 1425
        Kinlet, Shropshire, England
    3. Sir Walter Blount, Knight, b. abt 1350, Elvaston, Derbyshire, England , d. 21 Jul 1403,
        Battle of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England
    4. Thomas Blount, b. Abt 1350, of, Rock, Worcestershire, England , d. 1400

Notes KINSHIP: Heir to his brother William. (Robinson, A History of the Mansions and Manors of Herefordshire, p. 250)

Sources [S408] Herefordshire mansions and manors, Robinson, Charles John, (Microreproduction of original published : London: Longmans, 1872. CD-ROM #2836), FHL British CD-ROM #2836., p. 250*.

John le Blount

b. 1298, d. 1358
Father: Sir Walter Blount d. 1322
Mother: Joanna of Sodington b. c 1274, d. a 1331
John le Blount 39 in 1337. He was born in 1298 at of Sodington, Worcestershire,
England. He married Isolda de Mountjoy, daughter of Sir Thomas Mountjoy, Baron Mountjoy, circa 1340.
John le Blount married Eleanor Beauchamp, daughter of John de Beauchamp, 2nd Lord Hacche and Margaret de St. John, in 1347.2
John le Blount died in 1358 at of Passingham, Northamptonshire, England.
Family 1
Isolda de Mountjoy b. c 1307, d. 1347
Sir John Blount+ b. 1343, d. 1424
Sir Richard Blount b. 1345, d. a 1358
Family 2
Eleanor Beauchamp b. c 1328
Sir Walter Blount+ b. 1348, d. 22 Jun 1403
Sir Thomas Blount b. c 1350, d. 1400
[S2958] Unknown author, Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 27; Wallop Family, p. 101; Magna Charta by Wurts, p. 1122; Stemmata Robertson, p. 203.
[S11588] Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 28.

Burial Crypt Sir John Blount and Spouse


Shropshire, England, Extracted Parish Records

On a level with the two figures last mentioned and in the next light but one to them, is a knight kneeling, with the Arms of Blount of Kinlet, barry nebulee of six, or and sable, with a crescent for difference. Over his head the same arms impaling Cornwall, to denote the marriage of Sir John Blount of Sodington, with Isabel his second wife, sister and at length the sole heir of Sir John de Cornwall of Kinlet, grandson of Sir Edmund aforesaid. The Arms of Blount within the roundel are surrounded by a scrowl on which is written "Johannes Blount dominus de Kinlet abnepo domini Edmund de Cornewayll."

Sir John
1324 , England
a practised soldier belonging to Worcestershire. In 1337, being then a knight, he was found heir to elder brother, Wiliam Blount Lord Blount. He was joint commissioner in Worcestershire in 1344, to inquire as to holders of land. He served in Gascony under Henry, Earl of Lancaster, and afterwards, 1347, under the King at the siege of Calais, till Edward's return to England. In Oct. 1350 he was undertaking a pilgrimage to Santiago.

Inez Alfonsa De Ayala 1338-1418

Doña  Inez Alfonsa de Ayala

b. 1338, Toledo, New Castile, Spain
d. 1418,  Toledo, New Castile, Spain
Marriage to Don Diego Gómez de Toledo
1355  — Age: 17, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
   Fernán Pérez de Ayala 1304 – 1385
   Elvira Alvarez de Zavallos 1310 – 1372
   Don Diego Gómez de Toledo 1334 – 1374
    Fernando de Ayala 1356 –
    Pedro Suarez Gomez de Guzman 1356 – 1385
    Diego de Ayala 1358 –
    Doña Sancha de Ayala 1360 – 1418
    Teresa Gomez de Ayala 1362 –
    Aldonca de Ayala 1364 –
    Mencia de Ayala 1366 –

Ayala Palace at Quejana

Foundation Stone of the Chapel of the Ayala Chapel at Quejana

The lower part at the right (with the tower on the near right corner) is the original fortified house of Sancha’s grandfather, Fernán Pérez de Ayala, built in the first half of the fourteenth century. The bulky crenellated tower at the left is the ‘torreón’ erected by the Chancellor Pero López de Ayala, with the chapel containing his and his parents’ tombs. The foundation stone of the chapel reads: ESTA : CAPILLA : MANDARON : FAZER : DON : PERO : LOPES : SENOR : DE : AYALA : E DE : SALVA : TIERA : ET : CHA NCELLER : MAYOR : DEL : REY : ET : DONNA : LEON OR : DE : GUZMAN : SU : M UGER : ANNO : DEL : NAC IMIENTO : DEL : NUES TRO : SALVADOR : IHU XTO : DE : MILL : E : TREC IENTOS : E : XC : E : IX : ANNOS This chapel was made by Don Pero López, lord of Ayala and of Salvatierra, and Grand Chancellor of the King; and Lady Leonor de Guzmán, his wife, in the year of our savior Jesus Christ 1399. // In his will Fernán Pérez de Ayala had already created an endowment for twenty Dominican nuns before his son Pero Lopez built this chapel. The family vacated the palacio within a couple of generations and the nuns are now the caretakers of the whole compound: torreon, chapel, palace, and their own convent church and cloister, built later to bridge the two structures.

Excerpt from Dictionary of Nationial Biography V.1-20

Inez Alfonsa Ayala b. 1338 Toledo, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Inez Fernandez de Ayala1,2
 b. circa 1337
Father: Fernan Perez de Ayala, 13th Lord Ayala b. c 1305, d. 1385
Mother Elvira Alvarez de Ceballos b. c 1310, d. 1372
Inez Fernandez de Ayala was born circa 1337 at of Toledo, Castile, Spain.
She married Diego Gomez de Toledo, Mayor of Toledo, 1st Senor de Casarubios, Senor de Valdepusa, Val de Mozaraves, & Malpica,
son of Gomez Perez de Guzman de Toledo, Mayor of Toledo
and Teresa Garcia de Toledo, circa 1355.2
Diego Gomez de Toledo, Mayor of Toledo, 1st Senor de Casarubios, Senor de Valdepusa, Val de Mozaraves, and Malpica b. c 1334
Pedro Suarez de Guzman de Toledo, 2nd Senor de Casa Rubios, Mayor of Toledo+3 d. 1385
Al donza de Ayala de Gomez
Sancha de Ayala+ b. c 1356, d. 1418
[S3914] Unknown author, DeAyala of Castile, The Augustan, XIII, #6, p. 289, by Dom W. Wilfrid Bayne; Stemmata Robertson, p. 203.
[S11600] 40000 Ancestors of the Counts of Paris, 23-319.

Doña Inéz de Ayala
b. abt 1330
Fernán Peréz de Ayala
b. 1305
d. 15 Oct 1385
Elvira Alvarez de Ceballos
b. c 1310
d. 3 Aug 1372
Pedro López
d. abt Feb 1331
Sancha F. Barroso
Diego G. de Ceballos
b. abt 1280
d. 1330
Juana G. Carrillo
b. abt 1290
Fernán Peréz de Ayala2,3 b. 1305, d. 15 October 1385
Elvira Alvarez de Ceballos2,3 b. circa 1310?, d. 3 August 1372

Doña Inéz de Ayala was from one of the most ancient and illustrious houses in Spain.  Also called Inés Alfonso de Alaya.  She was born abt 1330.  She was the daughter of Fernán Peréz de Ayala and Elvira Alvarez de Ceballos.  Doña Inéz de Ayala married Diego Gómez, alcalde mayor, son of Gómez Pérez and Inez Garcés.4,5,2,3 Doña Inéz de Ayala left a will in 1403.
FamilyDiego Gómez, alcalde mayor b. abt 1320, d. between 1373 and 29 March 1375
   Doña Sancha de Ayala+ b. abt 1350, d. 1418
   Pedro Suárez III de Toledo+ b. c 1355?, d. 13 Aug 13852
[S215] Revised by others later George Edward Cokayne CP, IX:333.
[S1335] Nathaniel Taylor (e-mail address), Re: abunazar to ayala to england in "Abunazar to Ayala to England," newsgroup message 2002-07-31 09:26:33 PST.
[S1380] Todd A. Farmerie and Nathaniel L. Taylor, "Notes On ... Sancha de Ayala", pg. 7, Royal Descent A.
[S603] C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms Sir Bernard Burke, B:xP, pg. 55.
[S1334] D. Spencer Hines (e-mail address), Gomez of Toledo, Spain (msg 12 in thread) Re: de Ayala in "Ancestors of Doña Sancha de Ayala - 1 Mar 2001," newsgroup message 2001-03-01 10:52:35 PST.

Diego Gomez de Toledo 1334-1373/5

Don Diego Gomez de Toledo

b. abt 1334, Toledo, New Castile, Spain
d. date unknown
Occupation: Mayor of Toledo, Castile La Mancha, Spain
Title: Lord of Casarrubios
   Gomez Perez Vasquez de Toledo, 1308 –
   Teresa Garcia de Toledo, 1312 –
   Inez Alfonsa de Ayala, 1338 –
   Sancha de Ayala, 1360 – 1418
   et al

Diego Gomez de Guzman de Toledo,
Lord of Casarubios, Alcalde Mayor de toledo
Descended from Muhammad
through his daughter Fatima

Sancha Blount's father was Diego Gomez de Guzman de Toledo,
Lord of Casarubios, Alcalde Mayor de Toledo, etc, from a family
that had been prominent in Spain for centuries.  She used her
mother's name, however, because the house of Lopez de Ayala was
even older and more  aristocratic. Ines Lopez de Ayala was from a
branch of the very ancient (Visigothic and Basque) House of Haro
and was descended from Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar ("El Cid") from
the early Spanish royal families, from the house of Lara that is
ancestral to most of the Spanish nobility, and even from the Prophet
Muhammad through several diplomatic marriages between Spanish
Nobles and the family of Muslim Caliphs of Cordoba and Granada
(the Umayyad dynasty, originally from Baghdad and direct descen-
dants of Muhammad's daughter Fatima).

(above image editied in as text)

Don Diego Gomez: Additional Information

Diego was born about 1334, the son of Gomez Perez de Toledo Vazquez and Teresa Garcia de Toledo. With his wife Doña Inés Alfonso de Ayala, daughter of Fernán Pérez de Ayala, 13.señor de Ayala, and Doña Elvira Alvarez de Ceballos, señora de Escalante, he had a son and two daughters who would have progeny.

Diego was a knight of the Order de la Banda, chief notary (notario mayor) of the kingdom of Toledo (in 1351), and alcalde major de Toledo (in the 1360s successively for two kings of Castile and León, the rivals and half-brothers Pedro I 'the Cruel' and Enrique II). He died between 1373 and 29 March 1375. His palace in Toledo survives as the Dominican convent of Santa Isabel.

Leo van de Pas @

Diago Gomez, notario mayor and alcalde mayor of Toledo (who appears to have gone without a surname, though his male relatives began using the surname "de Toledo" in his lifetime), active from around 1350 until aft 1373. Milton Rubincam and others have called him "Diego Gomez de Guzman or de Toledo", perpetuating his ambiguous placement in the largest modern compendium of medieval Spanish pedigrees, the 88 volume "Enciclopedia heradica y genealogica hispano-americana", which list his paternal line twice, under the surnames "Guzman" and "Toledo". Both pedigrees derive from the work of the renowned seventeenth-century Spanish genealogist Luis de Salazar y Castro: the "Historia geanealogica de la casa de Lara (1696) links Sancha's father's line to the great house of Guzman, whereas the "Indice de las glorias de ala Casa de Farnese (1716) shows him, more correctly, as a member of a group of Toledan noble families with the surname Toledo. The "Guzman" identity was prob postulated because some of Sancha's paternal cousins did assume the surname "Guzman", though only after inheriting it through mothers and grandmothers of that house -- lines that Sancha does not share.

(about Sancha's paternal ancestry) ... Three generations are proven by a charter of 1373, a royal confirmation of an exchange of property between Diago Gomez (Sancha's father) and his aunt Constanza on one side, and a group representing the city of Toledo on the other, resulting from the renegotiation of a legacy from Diago Gomez' grandfather Fernan Gomez. Here Diago Gomez names his father as Gomez Perez, who was son of Fernan Gomez and brother of Constanza. Fernan Gomez' father appears in all pedigrees as another Gomez Perez, also alguicil mayor of Toledo. About his father, however there is disagreement in the pedigrees. Men of this line bore as arms a castle azure on a field of gold.

NEHGR 152 Pg 36 - 48, January 1998 "Notes on The Ancestry of Sancha De Ayala by Nathaniel L. Taylor and Todd A. Farmerie: pg 37,38

Toledo Castile La Mancha Spain

Toledo is a municipality located in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo. It is also the capital of autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha.

Bisagra Gate entrance to 
Old Town of Toledo, Catile La Mancha, Spain

Palace of Diego Gomez de Toledo
Now a convent

near Toledo, Castile La Mancha, Spain  

Toledo Catile La Mancha Spain
Birthplace of Diego and many of his children i.e. Sancha

Vista de Toledo
por "El Greco" Domenikos Theotokopoulos

View of Toledo (c. 1596–1600, oil on canvas, 47.75 × 42.75 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) is one of the two surviving landscapes of Toledo painted by El Greco.

"el Greco" painting of View of Toledo with Map

Vista y el Plan de Toledo por "El Greco" Domenikos Theotokopoulos, circa 1610. The image is of a hand-painted reproduction available from Following description from El Greco painted several views of Toledo. Seen beneath mountainous clouds the city stirred his imagination and in this painting, as in others, the representation includes an element of fantasy and is not strictly accurate. In the El Greco Museum there is a painting in which a young man is seen holding up a map of the city. The map partially corrects the view of the city in which, to improve the composition as the inscription tells us, El Greco gave the Hospital of Don Juan Tavera a central place in the picture; transferring it from its actual setting so that the façade could be shown without blocking out the other important buildings. In the upper part of the picture there is a scene in which the Virgin presents a vestment to St. Ildefonso. The landscape is painted in brownish-green and blue tints, and the mythological and religious elements are minimal; with his pictures of Toledo El Greco created the Spanish landscape, a branch of art which was nevertheless neglected until the emergence of Velázquez. It is sometimes supposed that the young man is a portrait of El Greco's son, who was, however, at least thirty years old at that time. Oil on canvas, 132 x 228 cm Museo de El Greco, Toledo.

Tuesday, March 21, 2000

Sancha De Ayala 1360-1418

Doña Sancha De Ayala

b. 1 Jun 1360  Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
d. 8 Jan 1418  — Age: 58  Newark, Leicestershire, England
Marriage to Sir Walter Blount, Knight  1371/4 — age 11/14 
    Elvaston, Derbyshire, , England
    Don Diego Gomez de Toledo 1334 – 1418
    Donna Inez Alfonsa de Ayala 1330 – 1395
    Sir Walter Blount, Knight 1350 – 1403
    Walter Blount 1375 – 1382
    Thomas Blount 1378 – 1456
    Constance Blount 1380 – 1432
    James Blount 1382 – 1409
    Peter Blount 1384 –
    Anne Blount 1386 – 1406
    John Blount 1388 – 1414  

Life History 
In the year 1371 Doña Constanza, daughter of the deceased (and dethroned) King of Castile, Don Pedro I (The Cruel) went to England to become the bride of King Edward III's son, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Among the young Castilian ladies of aristocratic birth who accompanied her was Doña Sancha de Ayala, daughter of Don Diego (or Día-) Gómez de Guzmán (or de Toledo) and his wife, Doña Inés de Ayala.

About 1373 Doña Sancha married an English knight, Sir Walter Blount, of the Blounts of Sodington, county Worcester. On 26 February in the first year of King Richard II's reign (1378), the Duke of Lancaster, who claimed the thrones of Castile and Leon in right of his wife, granted to Sir Walter and Sancha (for their good service to him) an annuity of 100 marks a year; this grant was confirmed "for their lives in survivorship" by King Richard, April 26, 1399. Records reveal payments to Sancha at various times; once (2 January 1380) her name was associated with that of "Phelippe Chaucy", i.e., Philippa Chaucer, wife of the author of the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. On this occasion she was described by the Duke of Lancaster as "our very dear attendant" (nostre treschere compaigne) "dame Senche Blount".
Sir Walter figured prominently in the affairs of England during the times of Edward III and Henry IV. He was a close associate of John of Gaunt, and the latter made him an executor of his will and left him a small legacy. In 1367, Sir Walter accompanied the Black Prince and the Duke of Lancaster (John of Gaunt) upon the expedition into Spain to aid Peter the Cruel, King of Castile, and was at the battle of Marjara on April 3, 1367 which restored Peter to his throne. Sir Walter fell at the battle of Shrewsbury, July 21, 1403, wherein, being standard bearer, he was arrayed in the same style of armour as his royal master and was slain in single combat by Earl Douglas who believed he was in combat with the king himself. Sir Walter was slain in the course of the battle of Shrewsbury, July 21, 1403, and Shakespeare, who drew his facts mainly from Holinshed's "Chronicles" immortalized him in his Henry IV though he called him Sir Walter Blunt.
Three years after her husband's death, Dame Sancha founded a chantry in the Hospital of St. Leonard, Alkmonton, county Derbyshire. Her son-in-law, John Sutton, (husband of Constance Bount) died on August 29, 1406. On November 23 following, Dame Sancha was granted commission of the keeping of all the lands late of John Sutton, tenant in chief, during the minority of his six-year-old son and heir, John Sutton; her duties included "finding a competent maintenace for the heir, maintaining the houses and buildings and supporting the charges." In the same month the escheator in Worcestershire was ordered "to take of Constance who was the wife of John Sutton an oath etc. and in the presence of Sancha who was the wife of Walter Blount knight, to whom the king has committed the ward thereof, or of her attorneys, to assign the said Constance dower of the said John's lands."
Dame Sancha Blount made her will (still in existence) in 1415, and died in 1418. She was buried beside her husband in the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, The Neward, Leicester. Sancha de Ayala, Lady Bount, the ancestress of several English settlers in America, was descended from some of the most illustrious Castilian families. Through her father she belonged to the House of Guzmán (also called Toledo) which produced many noble families in Spain and a series of wives and mistresses for Spanish and Portuguese kings. Her mother, Inés de Ayala (by whose surname Sancha was known), was sprung from the great House of Ayala of Toledo, which traced its pedigree in the male line to the House of Haro, Lords of Biscay. The proof of Sancha's parentage is contained in a family genealogy begun about 1385 by her materal uncle, Pedro López de Ayala, Grand Chancellor of Castile. He stated that Doña Sancha "married a Knight of England, who was called Sir Walter Blount."
Sancha and Sir Walter had two children, Sir Thomas Blount and Constance. Sir Thomas was the father of two sons:
(1) Sir Walter Blount, 1st Lord Mountjoy, whose descendants include Roger Ludlow, first Deputy-Governor of the Colony of CT and two U.S. Presidents, Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison and:
(2) Sir Thomas Blount, the ancestor of Anne Marbury Hutchinson and Katherine Marbury Scott.
Sancha's older brother, Don Pedro Suåarez was the progenitor of much of Europe's nobility. He married Doña Juana de Orozco, Lady of Pinto and had Inés de Guzmán or de Toledo. By her second husband, Don Diego Fernández de Córdoba, Marshal of Castile, she had a daughter, Doña María Fernández. Maria, 4th Lady of Casarrubios del Monte; m. Don Fadrique Enriquez and had Doña Juana Enríquez. Juana, married (1447) as his second wife, John II, King of Aragon and had Ferdinand II of Aragon, better known as Ferdinand V, The Catholic, King of Castile, who married the celebrated Queen Isabella of Castile and had several children including:
Emperor Charles V (Charles I of Spain), ancestor of the Habsburg and Bourbon Kings of Spain;
Juana "La Loca" ("the crazy"), Queen of Castile, who married Philip the Handsome, Archduke of Austria; Ferdinand I, who was progenitor of the Habsburg Holy Roman Emperors and Emperors of Austria, all of the present European sovereigns (including Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain), most of the dethroned dynasties of Europe, the Calvert family of Maryland, a branch of the Morris family of Philadelphia, and the Custis-Lee family of the Arlington Estate in Virginia; and
Catherine of Aragon who married first the Tudor Prince, Arthur and second, his brother, King Henry VIII of England.

Royal Crest

Lady Sancha de Ayala
The Lady Sancia 's maiden designation was Donna Sancha de Ayala. She was the daughter of Don Diego Gomez de Toledo , alcalde mayor, and chief justice of Toledo, and notario mayor, or principal secretary of the kingdom of Castille, by his wife, Inez Alfon de Avala, one of the most ancient and illustrious houses in Spain.
Diego Gomez De Toledo
born Abt 1334 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Gomez Perez De Toledo Vazquez
   born abt 1308 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Teresa Garcia De Toledo
   born abt 1312 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
married abt 1332 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Suero De Toledo, b. abt 1336 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Gutierre DeToledo, b. abt 1338 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain, d. 26 Jan 1363
   Pedro Suarez De Toledo, b. abt 1340 Of, Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Inez Alfonsa De Ayala, b. abt 1338 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
married abt 1355 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
  Sancha De Ayala, b. abt 1360 Of, Toledo, New Castile, Spain
    d. 1418 Newark, Leicestershire, England
    buried 1418 St. Mary's, Newark, Leicestershire, England
   Pedro Suarez Gomez De Ayala, b. abt 1356 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Fernando De Ayala, b. abt 1358 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Teresa Gomez De Ayala, b. abt 1362 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Aldonza De Ayala, b. abt 1364 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Mencia De Ayala, b. abt 1366 Of, Toledo, New Castile, Spain
    Mayor De Ayala, b. abt 1368 Of Toledo, New Castile, Spain
Name: Diego Gomez de Toledo Alcalde DE TOLEDO

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Name: Don Dugo Gomez of TOLEDO
Birth: 1334 in Toledo, New Castle Spain
Occupation: Chief justice of Toledo
Occupation: Mayor of Toledo
Occupation: Principal secretary of the Kingdom of Castile
Father: Gomez PEREZ DE TOLEDO UAZQUEZ, b. 1308
Mother: Teresa GARCIA DE TOLEDO, b. 1312
Marriage: Inez Alfons DE AYALA, b. abt 1338 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain
Married: abt 1355 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Pedro Suarez GOMEZ DE AYALA b. abt 1356 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Fernando DE AYALA, b. abt 1358
   Sancha DE AYALA, b. abt 1360 Of Toledo New Castle Spain
   Teresa GOMEZ DE AYALA, b. abt 1362 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Aldonza DE AYALA, b. abt 1364 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Mencia DE AYALA, b. abt 1366 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain
   Mayor DE AYALA, b. abt 1368 in Toledo, New Castile, Spain

Ayala COA

Ayal COA

Palace of Diego Gomez

The palace of Diego Gómez, one of the magnificent Mudejar-Gothic palaces in the old heart of the city of Toledo, long ago became the Franciscan convent of Santa Isabel de los Reyes; but it has only recently (2005) become a “convent-museum” with increased public access. Here is one of the exterior doors, built by Diego Gomez' son, Pedro Suárez de Toledo (and bearing his paternal and maternal arms) Location: Toledo, Spain


14th Century Prayer book
of Sancha De Ayala

A fourteenth-century prayer book now belonging to the convent of Santo Domingo el Real in Toledo, which represents devotional use specific to both Toledo and England, with saints pertaining to each. Although the prayers and psalms are Latin, the book includes devotional notes in Anglo-Norman French and therefore was probably made in England but for someone with Toledan connections. It is possible — though there is no explicit documentation or indication in the book itself to show this — that it could have come from Teresa’s sister, Doña Sancha de Ayala, Lady Blount, or at least some other member of the close-knit circle of John of Gaunt following his adventures in Spain. The first page (which bears the sort of damage typical of opening leaves of much-used medieval manuscripts) bears Psalm 1 (Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum), preceded by liturgical instructions in Anglo-Norman French.rez, OP, El breviarium portatile de Santo Domingo el Real de Toledo (Toledo, 2008). It may not be possible to ascertain the precise origin of this manuscript, but the likelihood that it came from Sancha’s circle, and the possibility that it might have been hers, is intriguing. Location: Dominican convent of Santo Domingo el Real in Toledo, Spain

Burial Place of Sancha de Ayala
and Walter Blount

Sancha and Walter burial crypt

Walter Blount and Sancha de Ayala
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sir Walter Blount (died 1403), was a soldier and supporter of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. He later supported John's son and heir Henry Bolingbroke in his bid to become king Henry IV and in later battles against his enemies. At the Battle of Shrewsbury he served as the royal standard bearer, was mistaken for the king and killed in combat.
He appears as a character in Shakespeare's play Henry IV, part 1, in which he epitomises selfless loyalty and chivalry.

Early life

Blount was almost certainly the son of Sir John Blount of Sodington, by his second wife, Eleanor Beauchamp, widow of Sir John Meriet.
In 1367 Blount participated in Edward, the Black Prince's expedition to restore Peter of Castile to the throne of Leon and Castile. This expedition was successfully terminated by the Battle of Nájera in 1367. Blount returned to England.
As a result of his role in the campaign, Blount married Donna Sancha de Ayála, the daughter of Don Diego Gomez, who held high office in Toledo, by his wife, Donna Inez de Ayála. Blount's new wife was also a niece of Pero López de Ayala.
Donna Sancha appears to have first come to England in attendance on Constantia, the elder daughter of Peter of Castile, whom John of Gaunt married in 1372.
In 1374 John Blount, Sir Walter's half-brother, who had succeeded his mother, Isolda Mountjoy, in the Mountjoy property, made over to Walter the Mountjoy estates in Derbyshire, and to them Walter added by purchase, in 1381, the great estates of the Bakepuiz family in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Hertfordshire.

Return to Castile
Blount probably returned to Castile in 1386. Permission had been granted Blount in 1377 to proceed with Duke John of Gaunt to Castile in order to assert the duke's right by virtue of his marriage to the throne of Leon and Castile; but the expedition did not start till 1386. On 17 April 1393 he, with Henry Bowet and another, was appointed to negotiate a permanent peace with the king of Castile.
In 1398 Duke John granted to Blount and his wife, with the king's approval, an annuity of 100 marks in consideration of their labours in his service. Blount was an executor of John of Gaunt, who died early in 1399, and received a small legacy.

Later career and death
He represented Derbyshire in Henry IV's first parliament, which met on 6 Oct 1399. When the rebellion of the Percys broke out, Blount supported the King. At the Battle of Shrewsbury (23 July 1403) he was the king's standard-bearer. In the decisive struggle of the battle, the rebel leader Henry Percy attempted to break the royal army by a direct attack on the King. In the struggle Blount was killed by Archibald, fourth earl of Douglas, one of the bravest followers of Percy. According to later chronicles, Blount was dressed in armour resembling that worn by Henry IV, and was mistaken by Douglas for the king.[1]
He was buried in the church St. Mary ‘of Newark,’ Leicester. His widow Donna Sancha lived till 1418. In 1406 she founded the hospital of St. Leonards, situated between Alkmonton and Hungry-Bentley, Derbyshire.

Eulogised in Shakespeare's Henry IV
Shakespeare gives Blount, whom he calls Sir Walter Blunt, a prominent place in the first part of his Henry IV, and represents both Hotspur and Henry IV as eulogising his military prowess and manly character. In the play he deliberately misidentifies himself as the King in order to draw the attack onto himself. Falstaff, finding his body, undercuts the eulogies by presenting his death as proof of the uselessness of "honour".

Sir Walter had two sons:
1. Sir John, who was at one time governor of Calais; was besieged in a castle of Aquitaine by a great French army, which he defeated with a small force (Walsingham, Ypodigma Neustriæ, Rolls Ser., p. 437); was created knight of the Garter in 1413; and was present at the siege of Rouen in 1418: Sir John died without male issue.
2. Sir Thomas, who was Treasurer of Calais during Henry VI's wars in France (Stevenson's Letters, &c., illustrating the wars in France temp. Henry VI, Rolls Ser., ii. passim), and founded a chantry at Newark in 1422 (at the expense of the Duke of Exeter) in memory of his father and mother. Sir Thomas was the father (by Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Gresley of Gresley, Derbyshire) of Sir Walter Blount, 1st Baron Mountjoy.
Also a daughter, Constance, who married John de Sutton V. They were the parents of John Sutton, Baron Dudley.
Shakespeare Authorship candidate, Henry Neville (politician), was the 5th great grandson of Sir Walter, descending from the marriage of his great grandson William, son of Walter Blount, 1st Baron Mountjoy, to Margaret Echingham, with their daughter Elizabeth Blount. This may explain the exceptional characterization of Sir Walter in Henry IV part 1. His great grandson, Capt. James Blount was also especially heralded for his good qualities and trustworthiness by the future Henry VII on the night before the decisive battle with Richard III, in Shakespeare's Play, Richard the III. Captain James Blount was the uncle of Elizabeth Blount, Sir Henry Neville's great grandmother, and his sudden appearance wrapped in such glowing terms is mysterious unless we see him from Neville/Shakespeare's perspective. Sir Walter's son, Sir John Blount, also makes some mysterious appearances in Henry IV, Part 2, beginning with Lord Bardolph's rumors of Glendowers triumph over "both Blunts" at the Battle of Shrewsbury, followed by his appearance with Warwick and Surrey, attending to the sleepless King "uneasy lies the head that wears a crown", and finally as the knight commanded by Prince John to conduct Colville of the Dale to his execution following Falstaff's capture. Sir John says not a word in the Play, yet somehow manages to showup frequently enough to beggar suspicion as to why.

 Walsingham, Hist. Anglicana, ed. Riley, ii. 258; Annales Henrici Quarti, 367, 369
Blount, Walter (d.1403)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith,