Thursday, November 17, 2011


[Ancestral Link: Marguerite Anderson (Miller), daughter of Hannah Anderson (Anderson), daughter of Mary Margaret Edmiston (Anderson), daughter of Martha Jane Snow (Edmiston), daughter of Gardner Snow, son of Abigail Farr (Snow), daughter of Mercy Winslow (Farr), daughter of Thomas Winslow, son of Samuel Winslow, son of Mercy Worden (Winslow), daughter of Mary Sears (Worden), daughter of Richard Sears, son of John Boucher Sayer or Sears, son of John Bouchier Sears, son of Anne Bouchier Knyvett (Sayer or Sears), daughter of Edmund Knyvett.]

The Ashwellthorpe Triptych

Southwick Hall, Northamptonshire, England

Ashwellthorpe Church, Norfolk, England
A parish and village 9 miles southwest of Norwich—has 89 houses, 467 souls, and 979 acres of land, formerly divided into two parishes, called Ashwell and Thorpe, possessed in early times by the family of De Thorpe, from whom the manor passed to the Bouchier, Knyvett, and Wilson families.

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Southwick Hall, Northamptonshire, England

Family Home of the KNYVETT Family from 1300 - 1441
A great website loaded with photos of Southwick Hall: grefurl= w=600&sz=29&hl=en&start=1&um=1&tbnid=NADoLF7wDQuO1M:&tbnh=101&tbnw=135& prev=/images%3Fq%3D%2522richard%2Bknyvett%2522%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den%26um%3D1
Southwick Hall has been the home of three inter-related families.
The Knyvetts, (or Knyvets) 1300-1441: They built the medieval manor house which was then known as Knyvett's Place. The two towers, one at the front of the house and the other in the courtyard at the rear, remain to this day, together with adjoining rooms. There are records of Knyvetts in Southwick for at least a century before they built the present house. Richard Knyvett, a prominent wool merchant, was keeper of the forest of Clive (or Cliffe), part of Rockingham Forest, from 1324. His son, Sir John, was Lord Chancellor of Edward III, and of his descendants one was Member of Parliament for Huntingdon shire. Another, who was Sheriff of Northamptonshire, was taken prisoner while fighting in the Hundred Years War. A ransom of a thousand pounds was demanded, and possibly as a result of this the family ran into financial difficulties and an arrangement was made whereby the house and the estate were sold to John Lynn who had married Joan Knyvett.

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Sir Edmund Knyvett 1486
Sir Edmund Knyvett (Knevitt), 1° B. Berners, was born in Buckenham, Norfolk. Married Jane Bourchier, Baroness Berners, in Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, c1508. She died 1562. He was Serjeant Porter to Henry VIII, and was made Receiver of the Honour of Denbigh.

Edmund's will, dated June 24, 1546, and probated the same year, mentioned his wife, Jane, and his children, but not by name. The will of Jane Knyvett, widow, daughter and sole heir of John Bourchier, Knight, late Lord Berners, deceased, was dated April 8, 1560, and probated December 1562.

KFN is indebted to John Reginald's research for this information.
National Archives (UK)Reference: Phi/545 578 x 2
Indenture between King Henry VIII and Edmund Knyvett Esq. and Jane daughter of John Bourghchier, Lord Berners, granting them special livery of the said John's lands. With valor of said lands in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. Signed by Henry VIII, (March 24, 1533).
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Notes from Tudorplace
Notes: Brother Thomas Knyvett. Sergeant Porter to Henry VIII. He acquired Ashwellthorpe through his marriage to Jane Bourchier, heiress of John Bourchier. Edmund's will, dated 24 June 1546, and probated the same year, mentioned his wife, Jane, and his children, but not by name. The will of Jane Knyvett, widow, daughter and sole heir of John Bourchier, Knight, late Lord Berners, deceased, was dated 8 April 1560, and probated December 1562. It included a record of an earlier legal document that mentioned her sons, William and Edmund Knyvett, as well as her son, John Knyvett, her heir apparent. Mentioned in the will were her sons, William and Edmund, her daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and Oliver Sheers, Rose Reymes widow, and Christian and Thomas Foster, and her "cousin", Thomas Knyvett, her heir apparent (presumably her grandson, the oldest son of her son, John ). Also mentioned were her "goddaughters", Jane Walpole, Mary Walpole, and Bridget Walpole, all unmarried, "the same Agnes" (unmarried and unidentified), Bridget (the daughter of Edmund Knyvett) who was unmarried, and Henry (the son of Thomas Knyvett) who was under 21. One of the executors was her son, William Knyvett. The "goddaughters" must be "granddaughters", since the will of William Walpole, son of Catherine and John Walpole, dated 5 August 1587, and proved 5 December 1587, in the PCC, mentioned his mother, Catherine , now married to Thomas Scarlett, and his sisters, Mary Houghton, Jane Ryvett, and Bridget Houghell (amongst others).
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Almost lost his hand
Early in 1541 on the tennis courts of the King's house, he struck Thomas Clere, a Norfolk gentleman and a retainer and friend of the Earl of Surrey, Henry Howard, drawing blood. It was his bad luck that only recently a statute had declared that the penalty for such an act was the loss of the right hand.

On February 28, both men were arrested and bound in recognizance of five hundred marks each. On April 27 they were formally accused. On June 10, Sir Edmund was arraigned before the King's Justices at Greenwich and found guilty by a quest of yeomen of "maliciously" striking Thomas Clere and condemned to have his right hand amputated.

The sentence was to be ritually carried out in what was evidently a new form of punishment. King Henry's Master Cook was to bring a knife. The Sergeant of the Poultry was directed to cut off the head of a cock on the same block and by the same knife used to remove the hand of the condemned. The King's Sergeant of the Larder was to do the deed. Finally, the Sergeant of the Cellar was to bring ale and beer, whether that was to celebrate or to cleanse the wound is not clear.

The unfortunate Sir Edmund was brought to the scene and humbly confessing his guilt, begged that the left instead of the right hand be removed. For, he said, "if my right hand be spared I may hereafter do such good service to his Grace as shall please him to appoint." The justices, pleased by his supplications, interceded with Henry VIII, who, "moved by the gentle heart of the said Edmund and the good report of lords and ladies,," granted him a free pardon.

The signature 'E.K.' attached to poems in the manuscript collection preserved in the British Museum (Addit. MS. 17492) is said to be that of Sir Edmund. The principal contributors to the collection are his kinsmen, Sir Thomas Howard and Sir Thomas Wyatt. See "The Descendants of William deTendring, Knt., of Tendering Hall & His Wife Dame Katherine Mylde, The First Ten Generations"

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