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Jane Yate (Tichborne)

Also Known As: "Yates", "Yeatts", "Yeats"
Birthplace: Lyford, Berkshire, England
Death: February 11, 1582 (34)
Lyford Grange, Berkshire, England
Place of Burial: West Hanney, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nicholas Tichborne, MP and Elizabeth Tichborne
Wife of Francis (the Recusant) Yate, Esq.
Mother of Thomas Yate
Sister of Sir Benjamin Tichborne, MP, 1st Baronet; Mary Tooke; Richard Duke and Gilbert Tichborne, of Winchester Castle
Half sister of Francis Tichborne; Reynold Tichborne; Juliana Tichborne and Dorothy Tichborne

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About Jane Yate

Known Children: Thomas, Francis.

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  • Nicholas Tichborne, Sheriff of Hampshire (a 1553) m1. Juliana Fenrother (dau of Robert Fenrother of London)
    • 1. Julian Tichborne m. Thomas Creswell of Odiam
    • 2.+ other issue (dsp) - Elizabeth, Dorothy
  • m2. Elizabeth Rythe (sister of James Rythe of Rythe
    • 4. Sir Benjamin Tichborne, 1st Bart of Tichborne (d 06.09.1629) m1. ___ Shelley of Mable Durham (dsp) m2. (17.05.1671) Amphillis Weston (dau of Richard Weston of Roxwell)
    • 5. (Anne) Tichborn m. (John) Beconsaw
    • '6. Jane Tichborne m. Francis Yate of Liford
    • 7. daugher m. ___ Bind of Sussex
    • 8. Constance Tichborne m. Robert Knight of Lidnoth
    • 9.+ other issue - Gilbert, Ambrose, Martyn, Jeremias
  • Main sources: BP 1934 (Doughty-Tichborne) with input from Visitation (Hampshire, 1530+1575+1622-34, Tichborn), BE1883 (Tichborne, Baron Ferrard, Visitation (Hampshire, 1686, Tichourrn of Tichourn)
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  • 'Jane Tichbourne1
  • F, b. circa 1548, d. before 1581
  • Father Nicholas Tichborne, Esq., Sheriff of Hampshire2 d. 1555
  • Mother Elizabeth Rythe2 b. c 1520, d. a 1571
  • ' Jane Tichbourne was born circa 1548 at Lyford, Berkshire, England. She married Francis Yeats, son of Thomas Yeats, circa 1569 at Lyford, Berkshire, England. Jane Tichbourne died before 1581 at Lyford Grange, Berkshire, England.1
  • Family Francis Yeats b. c 1545, d. 1588
  • Child
  • ?Thomas Yeats+1 b. c 1570
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 790.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 789-790.
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A Note on the Identity of 'Mrs. Yate'

The exact identity of the 'Mrs. Yate' who is recorded to have entertained Edmund Campion at Lyford Grange has caused much confusion over the years. In 1581, the Grange was certainly the residence of Mr. Francis Yate (NB. there is no 's' on the end). He is known to have been in prison for his Catholic beliefs during the famous visit. The most popular theory, apparently based on the work of John G Hunt (1976), identifies this man's famous relative as Frances Yate (formerly White), his mother.

In fact Hunt only states that this lady was married to Francis' father, not that she was his mother. She could have been a step-mother. It was Francis' mother or step-mother who had joined the Brigittine nuns living in the house, as one of their number. The assumption that she was the lady of the house is presumably due to the misconception that Francis and his wife were in prison together. Jane was certainly imprisoned in London at some point, but it is not known if this was before or after the events in question. There is no evidence to suggest that Francis died in prison as is sometimes stated.

The marriage of Frances White of South Warnborough (Hampshire) to Francis Yate of Lyford is recorded in the contemporary Heralds' Visitations of Hampshire. Hunt dismissed this as impossible and claimed that Francis must have been a mistake for his father Thomas. Whilst he was correct in noting that such mistakes in the visitations were quite common, he gives no reasoning behind this bizarre supposition. The wife of Thomas Yate, and presumably the mother of Francis Yate, is recorded in the local parish registers as Anne or Agnes. She and Thomas would have been married about 1540. She died in the Summer of 1580. Frances could not have been a later wife of Thomas, as he had died in 1565. She could not have been an earlier wife either, for she would have been too young. Frances and her eighteen siblings were mostly (if not totally) born between 1531 and 1566 (the birth dates of her eldest and youngest brothers, Henry and Richard). In fact, there is no reason at all to suppose that the visitations were not correct. Frances White did indeed marry Francis Yate, not Thomas.

As we have already seen, Francis Yate's actual mother died in the year before Campion came calling. So, we are left with the more obvious assumption, that 'Mrs. Yate' was Francis Yate's wife: but which one? As well as Frances White, Francis Yate is recorded as having married Jane Tichborne of Tichborne (Hampshire). In fact, a brief look at the local parish register reveals that Frances was his first wife and died in the Summer of 1569. So Campion's hostess was clearly his second wife, Jane.

Lyford Grange still stands within the remains of its moat, though much reduced in size since Campion's day. Made of timber and stone, it is mostly 16th century in date, though the western range dates back to the 13th century. It is a private residence, but the Knights of St. Columba are allowed to hold Mass there every July.

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Jane Yate's Timeline

January 11, 1548
Lyford, Berkshire, England
Lyford Grange, Berkshire, England
February 11, 1582
Age 34
Lyford Grange, Berkshire, England
West Hanney, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom