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James de Whitney

Also Known As: "James Whitney"
Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Whitney, Herefordshire, England
Death: July 31, 1500 (31-39)
Whitney, Herefordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Robert de Whitney and Elizabeth Whitney
Husband of Blanche Herbert
Father of Sir Robert Whitney, of Whitney; James Whitney; Elizabeth Morgan; Anne Whitney and Watkin Whitney
Brother of Elsbeth Pye; Hugh Whitney; John Whitney; Robert Whitney; Sibyl Whitney and 3 others
Half brother of Eleanor Whitney, the elder and Joan or Jane Vaughan

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About James de Whitney

  • James Whitney1
  • M, b. circa 1465, d. 1500
  • Father Sir Robert Whitney, Sheriff of Herefordshire b. c 1418, d. c 6 Oct 1494
  • Mother Elsbeth Vaughan2 b. c 1428, d. a 4 May 1525
  • James Whitney was born circa 1465 at of Whitney, Herefordshire, England. He married Blanche Milbourne, daughter of Simon Milbourne, Esq., Sheriff of Herefordshire and Jane Baskerville, circa 1491.3,4 James Whitney died in 1500.
  • Family Blanche Milbourne b. c 1474
  • Children
    • Sir James Whitney b. 1492
    • Robert Whitney+ b. c 1494
    • Elizabeth Whitney+ b. c 1495
    • Ann Whitney b. c 1497
    • Eustace Whitney b. c 1498
    • Walter (Watkin) Whitney b. c 1500
  • Citations
  • 1.[S9397] Unknown author, Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 145.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 104.
  • 3.[S11588] Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 145.
  • 4.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 500.
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  • James Whitney1
  • M, #3522
  • Last Edited=14 Jun 2003
  • Child of James Whitney and Blanche Milborne
    • 1.Sir Robert Whitney+1
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VI, page 629. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
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  • Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 3 edited by William Richard Cutter
  • Pg.1398
  • (IX) Sir Eustace de Whitney, son of Sir Robert (8), was born in 1411. He was head of a commission sent to Wales by Henry VI in 1455 and was member of parliament for Herefordshire in 1468. He married Jenett Russell; second, Jane Clifford.
  • (X) Robert Whitney, son of Sir Eustace (9), was probably a knight and was an active participant in the War of the Roses, and was attainted as a Yorkist in 1459. He was probably at the battle of Mortimer's Cross in 1461. He was the subject of a poem of Lewis Glyn Cothi, on the occasion of his marriage to Alice, the great-granddaughter of Sir David Gam. He married first, Alice, daughter of Thomas Vaughan; second, Constance Touchett, who was the mother of his sons. She was descended from William the Conqueror, through the second wife of Edward I, King of England.
  • (XI) James Whitney, son of Robert (10), was appointed receiver of Newport, part of the estate of the Duke of Buckingham, confiscated by Henry VII in 1522. He married Blanche, daughter and an heir of Simon Milbourne.
  • (XII) Robert Whitney, son of James Whitney (11), was of Icomb, and in charge of other confiscated estates. He was sheriff of Gloucestershire, 1527-28-29-30. He was nominated Knight of the Bath by Henry VIII at the coronation of Anne Boleyn in 1531; was granted part of income of monastery of Brewern in 1535; furnished forty men to put down rebellion in 1536. He was named to attend upon the king's person. He died in 1541, and his will was proved June 11, 1541. He married Margaret Wye.


James Whitney (Robert, Eustace, Robert, Robert, Robert, Eustace, Eustace, Robert, ...), son of Robert and Elizabeth/Alice (Vaughn) Whitney,[1] born say 1466, Whitney, Herefordshire;[2] died 31 July 1500,[3] probably Whitney, Herefordshire.

He married, say 1490, Blanche Milbourne,[4] daughter and coheiress of Simon and Jane (Baskerville) Milbourne.[5] She was born say 1468, Tillington, Herefordshire,[6] and died after 24 March 1547/48.[7] She married secondly, as his second wife, Sir William Herbert,[8] of Troy, Monmouthshire, Wales, illegitimate son of William Herbert, 1st Earl of Pembroke (1423-1469) (Eighth Creation) and mistress Frond verch Hoesgyn,[9] born about 1448-1452[10]; died 1524.[11] Lady Blanche Herbert of Troy was eulogized by the Welsh bard Lewys Morgannwg. Sir William Herbert had married firstly Jane Dunn.[12]

Transcription of the Inquisition Post Mortem of James Whitney, Esq., By Michael A. Faraday April 9, 2007

Inquisitio indentata capta apud Herefordiam in comitatu Herefordiense secundo die Octobris anno Regni Regis Henrici Septemi post / conquestum xxii coram Rolando Blakeston escaetore domini Regis in comitatu predicto ac Marchie Wallicana eidem comitatus adiacenti / virtute officii sui post mortem Jacobi Whitney armigeri per sacramentum Johannis Ceompe, Thome Shipman, Johannis Steade / Ricardi Parlour, Thome Lone, Johannis Harte, Ricardi West, Johannis Lone, Willielmi Storre, Edmondi Deen, Henrici Crowen et Edwardi / Brastede, Qui dicunt super sacramentum suum quod dictus Jacobus Whitney armiger fuit seisitus de manerio de Boghred cum pertinentiis / (unreadable words in the margin) / in Marchia Wallicana dicto comitatu Herefordiense adiacente in dominico suo ut de feodo et sic inde seisitus de eodem manerio cum pertinentiis / obiit de tituli statu inde seisitus Et dicunt idem Juratores quod dictum manerium cum pertinentiis tenetur de domino Rege in capite per servicium / vicesime parte unius feodi militari & valet per annum in omnibus exitis suis ultra reprisas sex marcas Et dicunt quod predictus Jacobus / Whitney obiit ultimo die Julii anno Regni domini Regis predicti xvmo Et quod Robertus Whitney est eius filius & heres / propinquior et etatis tresdecim annorum et amplius In cuius rei testimonium huic Inquisitioni indentata tam predictus / escaetor quam juratores predicti sigilla sua alternati apposuerunt data die anno et loco supradictis /

Indented ( = duplicated) Inquisition taken at Hereford in the county of Hereford on 2 October in the 22nd year of the reign of King Henry VII after / the Conquest (=1506) before Rowland Blakeston the escheator of the lord King in the aforesaid county and in the March of Wales adjacent to the said county / by virtue of his office after the death of James Whitney esquire by the oath of John Crompe, Thomas Shipman, John Steade, / Richard Parlour, Thomas Lone, John Harte, Richard West, John Lone, William Storre, Edmund Deen, Henry Crowen and (?) Edward / Brastede: Who say on their oath that the said James Whitney esquire was seised of the manor of Boghred (= Boughrood) with its appurtenances / (words in the margin too faint to read) / in the March of Wales adjacent to the said county of Hereford in his demesne as of fee (= ‘freehold’) and being so seised thereof of the same manor with its appurtenances died seised of the title of the estate And the same jurors say that the said manor with its appurtenances is held of the lord King in chief by the service / of a twentieth of one knight’s fee and is worth yearly in all issues beyond deductions 6 marks (= £4) ; And they say that the aforesaid James / Whitney died on the last day of July in the 15th year of the reign of the aforesaid lord King ( = 1500) ; And that Robert Whitney is his son and next / heir and of the age of 13 years and more ; in witness of which matter the aforesaid escheator and the aforesaid jurors have affixed their seal to this duplicated Inquisition; given the day and year and place abovesaid.

Note that this was probably the property in Boughrood that had been purchased by his great great great grandfather, Robert Whitney, in 1358.

Children of James and Blanche (Milbourne) Whitney, order likely but uncertain:

  • i. Robert Whitney, b. about 1491, Whitney, Herefordshire,[13] m. Margaret Wye.
  • ii. James Whitney, b. say 1493, Whitney, Herefordshire,[14] d. 1544, Troy, Monmouthshire, unmarried.
  • iii. Watkin Whitney, b. say 1495, Whitney, Herefordshire,[15] m. Margaret Reese.
  • iv. Robert Whitney, b. say 1497, Whitney, Herefordshire,[16] no further record.
  • v. Elizabeth Whitney, b. say 1499, Whitney, Herefordshire,[17] m. Thomas Morgan, Esq. of Arkston. His will was dated 1 Oct 1561 and probated Sep 1562. Children: Thomas Morgan; Margaret Morgan, m. John Dansler(sp?), gent.; Elizabeth Morgan; Charles Morgan - had a daughter Jane Morgan.

Children of Sir William and Jane (Dunn) Herbert, if any, unknown.

Children of Sir William and Blanche (Milbourne)(Whitney) Herbert:

  • i. (Sir) Charles Herbert, b. say 1502, Troy, Monmouthshire,[18], d. Bef. 22 January 1558, m.(1) Elizabeth ap Rhys; m.(2) Cecilia Gage.
  • ii. (Sir) Thomas Herbert, b. say 1504, Troy, Monmouthshire,[19], m.(1) ----- Catesby; m.(2) Anne Lucy.


  • Milborne Family Papers and Documents at the National Library of Wales


  • 1.^ M. A. Faraday and E. J. L. Cole, editors, Calendar of probate and administration acts 1407-1541 and abstracts of wills 1541-1581 in the court books of the Bishop of Hereford, (London: British Record Society, 1989); microfiche, New York Public Library. Extract of Will of Sir Henry Whitney, Chaplain at Weobley states Administrator is the distinguished Master Robert Whitney, Esquire and James, son of said Robert, Page 135; Extract of Will of Robert Whitney, Esquire of Whitney, Executors are Elizabeth his relict, and James his son, Page 139.
  • 2.^ Source of birth.
  • 3.^ Inquisition Post Mortem for James Whitney, 22 Henry VII (1507), document "E 150 411 4", The National Archives. Note that another source lists the date of his death as 30 June 1500, Whitney, Herefordshire (Gerald Paget, The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles of Wales (Edinburgh and London: 1977), vol. 2, #O 28869).
  • 4.^ Harleian MSS, Nos. 1041, f. 45; 1140, f. 65b; 1159, f. 64b; 1442, f. 65b and 1545, f. 69; British Library.
  • 5.^ Harleian MSS, Nos. 1041, f. 45; 1140, f. 65b; 1159, f. 64b; 1442, f. 65b and 1545, f. 69; British Library (list father only).
  • 6.^ Source of birth.
  • 7.^ Based on item # 213 of the Whitney and Clifford Manor Records; an assignment of land in Clifford from Dame Blanche Herbert, widow, to her son Robert Whitney, Esq.
  • 8.^ Tudor Place web site.
  • 9.^ Tudor Place web site.
  • 10.^ Tudor Place web site.
  • 11.^ Rhwydwaith Archifau Cymru, Milborne Family Papers and Documents.
  • 12.^ Tudor Place web site.
  • 13.^ Date of birth estimated based on IPM of James Whitney, Esq. which states Robert Whitney aged 13 and more in 1506. ....
  • 17.^ The pedigrees show a daughter Anne, wife of Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon, but he seems to have married Anne Morgan, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Whitney) Morgan, not Anne Whitney. See Melville, op. cit., p. 266. ....
  • For more information, see The Ancestry of James Whitney of Whitney.
  • From:,_James_(s1466-1500)


  • Blanche MILBOURNE
  • Born: ABT 1474
  • Died: 1557
  • Notes: born in England but living in a Welsh environment, Blanche was heiress of Milbourne. She was married first in 1494 to James Whitney of Whitney and Pen-cwm. Her dowry was the manor of Ilcomb in Gloucestershire. When she was widowed, remarried soon after, taking as her second husband William Herbert of Troy Parva. In Aug 1502 entertained King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York at Troy House near Monmouth. In 1516, William Herbert was knighted. Blanche received part of the estate of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, when Henry VIII confiscated it. In the late 1520s and early 1530s, she was probably part of the Countess of Worcester’s household and may have acted as governess to the Earl’s children. She may have been put in charge of Princess Mary’s household as early as 1531, when Mary was separated from her mother, Catalina of Aragon. Sometimes referred to as Lady Herbert and other times as Lady Troy, Blanche was the one charged with giving their earliest lessons to both Princess Elizabeth and Prince Edward. In each household in turn she became Lady Mistress when Lady Bryan relinquished that post. She carried Elizabeth’s train at the christening of Prince Edward in 1537. She was still in the Lady Elizabeth’s household as late as 1545 but had left by the time King Henry died in 1547. Lady Troy retired to Troy House, living there into her late seventies. Blanche Milborne’s niece and goddaughter, Blanche Parry, was Queen Elizabeth’s Confidante.
  • Father: Simon MILBOURNE (Sir)
  • Mother: Jane BASKERVILLE
  • Married 1: James WHITNEY (Sir) (b. ABT 1472 - d. 30 Jun 1499/1500) (son of Robert Whitney and Constance Touchet) ABT 1490, Whitney, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Robert WHITNEY (Sir Knight) (b. 1491 - d. AFT 1555) (m.1 Margaret Wye - m.2 Elizabeth Morgan)
    • 2. James WHITNEY (b. ABT 1493 - d. 1546)
    • 3. Watkin WHITNEY (m. Margaret Riece)
    • 4. Elizabeth WHITNEY (b. ABT 1496) (m. Thomas Morgan of Arkston)
    • 5. Anne WHITNEY (b. ABT 1497) (m. Henry Carey)
    • 6. Eustace WHITNEY (b. ABT 1498) (m. Anne Parry)
  • Married 2: William HERBERT of Troye (Sir) ABT 1499
  • Children:
    • 6. Charles HERBERT (Sir Knight)
    • 7. Thomas HERBERT
    • 8. Son HERBERT
  • From: MILBOURNE1



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Whitney, Herefordshire, England
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Incomb, Gloucestershire, England
Age 27
Whitney, Herford Co., England
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Whitney (Herefordshire) England
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Whitney, Herefordshire, England
July 31, 1500
Age 35
Whitney, Herefordshire, England
Age 35
Whitney (Herefordshire) England
December 19, 1933
Age 35
December 19, 1933
Age 35