Sir Richard Yorke, Mayor of York

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Sir Richard Yorke, Mayor of York

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: York
Death: Died in Gouthwaite, North Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Husband of Jane Yorke (Mauleverer) and Joan 2nd wife of Sir Richard Yorke
Father of Thomas Yorke; Richard 2 Yorke; Rev. Christopher Yorke; William Yorke; Yorke and 8 others

Occupation: Knighted 1487
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About Sir Richard Yorke, Mayor of York

Lord Mayor of York, 1469, and Merchant of the Staple. Knighted by Henry VII, 1487.

He appears to be the founder of Yorke of Gowthwaite.

The Mauleverers were a prominent North Yorkshire family, neighbors of the Mallorys, Plumptons, Conyerses, Constables, Tempests, and so forth. It must have been a feather in Richard Yorke's cap to get to marry even a junior daughter of the house.
Goldthwaite Genealogy - Descendants of Thomas Goldthwaite, an Early Settler of Salem, Mass With Some Account of the Goldthwaite Family in England. compiled and published by Charlotte Goldthwaite. Hartford Press, 1899. p. 11, p. 13

"Thwaite comes from the Anglo Saxon verb thwcotan, to cut down, and is defined as an open space cleared in a forest, or reclaimed land; land once covered with wood brought into pasture or tillage. Added to its various prefixes, it ...formed a place name, but by being applied to its owner or inhabitant, distinguishing him from others as 'of' such thwaite, it came, when second names began to be ...transmitted to descendants as their family name...

"For some time, no name having any probable correspondence with that which I sought appeared, until at length in the Calendar of State Papers at the record office... was found one dated 14th July 1614 showing that Sir John Yorke, dame Julian his wife and eighteen others were then prosecuted 'for procuring and acting of a play at his house in Goldthwaite in profanation of religion.'[1] Reference to authorities show that the house of the Yorke family, here said to be 'at Golthwayte' was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the parish of Kirkby Malzeard in the valley of the river Nidd, or Nidderdale...

"A study of county visitations in relations to the Yorkes' and other allied families showed other forms of the same name:- in Flower's visitation, begun 1563 Pyter [Peter] Yorke, third in succession on the estate in Kirkby Malzeard, is called 'of Goldford in Netherdale;' in St. George, begun 1612 a marriage with John Yorke 'of Goultwhayte', son and heir of Peter; in Dugdale, who sat at Richmond August 21, 1665, the name is given in three instances as 'Goulthwayte', and in two others as 'Gothwayte'. All these with 'Gothwayte', also found, were thus forms of one name in the various unsettled spellings of those days.

[1] Sir John Yorke and most of his men were Catholics, so the play probably ridiculed Protestants.

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Sir Richard Yorke, Mayor of York's Timeline

Age 27
Age 30
Age 57
Oakley, Northamptonshire, England
Age 60
April 25, 1498
Age 63
Gouthwaite, North Yorkshire, England
Age 63