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Robert Tanfield, II

Birthplace: Gayton,Northamptonshire,England
Death: Died in Gayton, Northamptonshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Tanfield, I and Elizabeth Tuchet
Husband of Katherine Tanfield
Father of William Tanfield, I, Esq.

Managed by: Graham Allen Ringwood
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About Robert Tanfield, II

  • Robert Tanfield, Esq.1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  • M, #58593, b. circa 1462, d. circa 20 September 1504
  • Father Robert Tanfield, Esq.2,4,8,7 b. c 1441, d. 22 Feb 1484
  • Mother Elizabeth Brooke2,4,8,7 b. c 1439, d. 26 Aug 1503
  • Robert Tanfield, Esq. was born circa 1462 at of Gayton, Northamptonshire, England; Age 22 in 1484.2,4,7 He married Katherine Neville, daughter of Sir Edward Neville, 1st Baron Abergavenny and Katherine Howard, circa 1483; They had 1 son (William, Esq.).9,10,11,2,3,4,5,6,7 Robert Tanfield, Esq. died circa 20 September 1504 at of West Bagborough, Somersetshire, England.2,4,5,7
  • Family Katherine Neville b. c 1462
  • Child
    • William Tanfield, Esq.+9,2,4,5,7 b. c 1488, d. 6 Apr 1529
  • Citations
  • [S147] Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage, 1938 ed., by Sir Bernard Burke, p., 68.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 601.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 168.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 176.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 59.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 321.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 128.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 58.
  • [S9673] The Royal Descents of 500 Immigrants, by Gary Boyd Roberts.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 93.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 236.
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  • Robert Tanfield1
  • M, #1036
  • Last Edited=9 Jan 2006
  • Robert Tanfield married Catherine Neville, daughter of Sir Edward Neville, 1st Lord Abergavenny and Katherine Howard.1
  • Child of Robert Tanfield and Catherine Neville
    • William Tanfield2 b. c 1489
  • Citations
  • [S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 17. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
  • [S1461] Barbara Chaffin, "re: Kellogg Ancestors," e-mail message to Darryl Lundy, 27 September 2005. Hereinafter cited as "re: Kellogg Ancestors."
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  • Catherine NEVILLE
  • Father: Edward NEVILLE (1° B. Abergavenny)
  • Mother: Catherine HOWARD
  • Married: Robert TANFIELD (b. ABT 1461) (son of Robert Tanfield of Gayton (Esq.) and Elizabeth Brooke)
  • Children:
    • 1. William TANFIELD (Esq.) (b. ABT 1489 - d. 6 Apr 1529)
  • From: NEVILLE2


  • Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition ...
  • Pg.240
  • 12. ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP, daughter and heiress, born at Hanley Castle, Worcestershire 16 Sept. 1415 (aged 18 in 1436). She married by dispensation dated 28 Aug. 1428 (they being related in the 4th and 3rd degree of kindred) (as his 1st wife EDWARD NEVILLE, Knt., of Birling, Mereworth, etc., Kent, Cuckfield, Sussex, etc., Governor of Leeds Castle and Park, 1451, Privy Councillor, 1454, and, in right of his wife, of Allesley, Warwickshire, youngest son of Ralph Neville, K.G., 1st Earl of Westmorland, 4th Lord Neville of Raby (descendant of King John), by his 2nd wife, Joan Beaufort, legitimated daughter of John of Gaunt, K.G., Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster, Earl of Derby, Lincoln, and Leicester (son of King Edward III) [see NEVILLE 9 for his ancestry]. They had two sons, Richard and George, Knt. [Lord Bergavenny], and two daughters, Elizabeth (wife of Thomas Grey, Knt.), and Katherine (wife of John Iwardby, K.B.). On the basis of an entail dated 1395/6, his wife, Elizabeth, was excluded from the Lordship and Castle of Abergavenny by her step-father, Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, and her half-brother, Henry Beauchamp Knt., Duke of Warwick. Edward presented to the church of Stouting, Kent in 1436, 1437, and 1438. he was made an honorary member of the Guild of Merchant Taylors of London in 1436-7 as "Edw. Nevyll, Lord Bergevenny." He was a legatee in the 1440 will of his father. Elizabeth was co-heir in 1447 to her cousin, Edmund Lenthall, Esq. His wife, Elizabeth, died 18 June 1448, and was buried at the Carmelites, Coventry, Warwickshire. Edward married (2nd) by dispensation dated 15 Oct. 1448 (she and his 1st wife being related in the 3rd degree of kindred) KATHERINE HOWARD, daughter of Robert Howard, Knt., of Stoke Nayland, Suffolk (descendant of King John), by Margaret, daughter of Thomas Mowbray, K.G., 1st Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, Earl of Nottingham (descendant of King Edward I) [see HOWARD 10 for her ancestry]. They had cohabited in the lifetime of his 1st wife, and were excommunicated, later absolved. They had two sons, Ralph and Edward, and three daughters, Margaret, Katherine, and Anne. Following the death of Anne, daughter of Henry Beauchamp, Knt., Duke of Warwick, in 1449, Edward Neville had license to enter and possess the Castle, lordship and manor of Abergavenny. He was summoned to Parliament from 5 Sept. 1450 to 19 Aug. 1472, by writs directed Edwardo Nevill domino de Bergevenny Militi. SIR EDWARD NEVILLE, Lord Bergavenny, died 18 Oct. 1476. His widow, Katherine was living 29 June 1478.
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.241
  • Child of Elizabeth Beauchamp, by Edward Neville, Knt.:
    • i. GEORGE NEVILLE, Knt., Lord Bergavenny [see next].
  • Children of Edward Neville, Knt., by Katherine Howard:
    • i. MARGARET NEVILLE, married JOHN BROOKE, Knt., 7th Lord Cobham [see WYATT 15].114
    • ii. KATHERINE NEVILLE, married ROBERT TANFIELD, Esq., of Gayton, Northamptonshire [see RANDOLPH 16].115
    • iii. ANNE NEVILLE, .... etc.


  • Edward Brooke, 6th Baron Cobham (of Kent)[1] (died 6 June 1464) was a late medieval aristocrat.
  • His parents were Sir Thomas Brooke and Joan Braybroke, 5th Baroness Cobham[2].
  • He was a Member of Parliament for Somerset in 1442[3], the same year he succeeded to his mother's title[4]. An ardent supporter of Richard Duke of York, he fought on the Yorkist side at the First Battle of St Albans on 23 May 1455[5][6] and at the Battle of Northampton on 10 July 1460[7].
  • He married Elizabeth Touchet, born c. 1433, daughter of James Touchet, 5th Baron Audley and second wife Eleanor de Holland, and had at least two children, John Brooke, 7th Baron Cobham and Elizabeth Brooke, married to Robert Tanfield; their son, also named Robert Tanfield, born in 1461, married Catherine Nevill, born before 1473, daughter of Edward Nevill, 1st Baron Bergavenny and second wife Katherine Howard, and had issue. His widow remarried Christopher Worsley, before 8 November 1464.[8]
  • From:,_6th_Baron_Cobham


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 40
  • Neville, Edward (d.1476) by James Tait
  • NEVILLE, EDWARD (d. 1476), Baron of Bergavenny or Abergavenny (a form which appeared in the sixteenth century and was not definitely adopted until 1730), was the sixth and youngest son of Ralph Neville, first earl of Westmoreland [q. v.], by his second wife, Joan Beaufort, daughter of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster. His father had arranged, before his death in 1425, the match which made his youngest son the founder of the house which alone among the Neville branches has been continued in the male line to our own day, and is now represented by the Marquis of Abergavenny (Wills and Inventories, Surtees Soc. i. 71). The lady was Elizabeth Beauchamp, only child and heiress of Richard, earl of Worcester, who died in April 1422 of wounds received at the siege of Meaux. Worcester's father, William Beauchamp, fourth son of Thomas Beauchamp, earl of Warwick (d. 1369), by Catherine, daughter of Roger Mortimer, first earl of March [q. v.], inherited the castle and lands of Bergavenny or Abergavenny on Usk on the death of the last Hastings, earl of Pembroke, whose father, being on the maternal side a nephew of William Beauchamp's mother, had (15 April 1372) placed his cousin next in the entail (Nicolas, Historic Peerage, ed. Courthope; Complete Peerage, ed. G. E. C. p. 14). .... etc.
  • Abergavenny's second wife was Catherine Howard, daughter of Sir Robert Howard, and sister of John Howard, first duke of Norfolk. His first wife is said to have died on 18 June 1448 (Doyle; Swallow, p. 231), and he then married Catherine Howard. But he was excommunicated for doing so on the ground that they had had illicit relations during his wife's lifetime, and were within the third degree of consanguinity. Pope Nicholas V was, however, persuaded to grant a dispensation for the marriage. Dugdale gives 15 Oct. 1448 as the date of the bull, which, supposing the date of Elizabeth Beauchamp's death to be correct, does not leave much time for the intermediate proceedings. Both dates are irreconcileable with the age (twenty-six) which Dugdale (from the Escheat Roll) gives to her second son at his father's death in 1476. Sir Harris Nicolas gives thirty-six as his age, and, if this is a correction and not an error, it will remove the worst difficulty. It is certainly most unlikely that George Neville should have been born at Raby Castle in 1450 (cf. Paston Letters, i. 397).
  • The children of the second marriage were two sons, Ralph and Edward, who died without issue, and three daughters: Margaret, who married John Brooke, baron Cobham (d. 1506); Anne, who married Lord Strange (d. 1497), father of the second Earl of Derby; and Catherine, who married Robert Tanfield. Besides his manors in Kent, Abergavenny left lands in Sussex, Norfolk, Suffolk, and other counties. The family now own about fifteen thousand acres in Sussex, about six thousand in Kent, and about seven thousand in Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Monmouthshire, and Herefordshire (Complete Peerage).
  • [Inquisitiones post mortem, ed. Record Commission; Proceedings and Ordinances of the Privy Council, ed. Nicolas; Stevenson's Wars of the English in France (Rolls Ser.); English Chron. 1377–1461, ed. Davies for Camd. Soc.; Mathieu d'Escouchy, ed. Beaucourt for Société de l'Histoire de France; Dugdale's Baronage; Harris Nicolas's Historic Peerage, ed. Courthope; Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, &c., ed. by G. E. C[ockayne]; Doyle's Official Baronage; Rowland's Account of the Family of Nevill, 1830; Surtees's History of Durham; Swallow's De Nova Villa, Newcastle, 1885.]
  • From:,_Edward_(d.1476)_(DNB00)


  • Edward Nevill, de facto 3rd (de jure 1st) Baron Bergavenny (bef. 1414 – 18 October 1476) was an English peer.
  • He was the 7th. son [2] of Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, and Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland, daughter of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford).
  • In 1436 he married Lady Elizabeth de Beauchamp (d. 18 June 1448), daughter of Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, and the former Lady Isabel le Despenser, who later succeeded as de jure 3rd Baroness Bergavenny. They had four children. Their two sons were Richard Nevill bef. (1439 – bef. 1476) and Sir George Nevill (c.1440–1492), who would become 4th and 2nd Baron Bergavenny upon his father's death. Through George Nevill, Edward Neville is an ancestor to Mary Ball, mother of George Washington.[3] His daughters Alice and Catherine (b.c. 1444) married Sir Thomas Grey and John Iwardby respectively.
  • Shortly after his first wife's death, in the summer or fall of 1448, he married Katherine Howard, daughter of Robert Howard and sister of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk. His second wife bore him three additional daughters. Catherine Nevill (b. c. 1452/bef. 1473) married Robert Tanfield (b. 1461), son of Robert Tanfield and Elizabeth Brooke, daughter of Edward Brooke, 6th Baron Cobham, and Elizabeth Touchet, born c. 1433, and had children. Their son William was ancestor of Thomas Jefferson.[4][5] His daughter Margaret (b.bef. 1476-1506), married John Brooke, 7th Baron Cobham. John and Margaret are the grandparents of Elizabeth Brooke, Lady Wyatt. Daughter Anne (b.bef 1476-1480/81) did not long survive her father.
  • .... etc.
  • From:,_3rd_Baron_Bergavenny


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