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Sir John Donham, of Kirklington

Also Known As: "Sir William Dunham Knt. of Kirkington"
Birthplace: Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
Death: 1535 (60-61)
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of John Dunham, Esq. and Elizabeth Dunham, heiress of Kirklington
Husband of Jane Donham and Benedicta Newenham
Father of Mary Grantham; Margaret Dunham; Anne Meverell; Catherine Okeover; Frances Haselwood and 1 other
Brother of Katharine Dunham; Elizabeth Basset and Anne Dunham
Half brother of Thomas Chaworth and Joan Ormond, heiress of Alfreton

Occupation: Lord of the Manor
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About Sir John Donham, of Kirklington

Sir John Dunham, Elizabeth's son, was about 28 in 17 Henry VII, he would be born about 1474. Inherited the estate of his great grandfather Sir Zouche. John was one of 200 men who escorted the betrothed Princess Margaret thru Notthingham to Scotland in 1502.

Tonge's Visitation of the North in 1530 [SS 41:6] states:

"Syr John Donham, son of John, maried to his first wyfe Jane, doughter of Thomas Therlond of Gamston, esquire: and by her had no yssue. And the said Syr John maried to his second wyfe Bennet, doughter to Syr Godfrey Folgeam [Foljambe] of Derbyshire: and by her had yssue, John, whiche dyed yonge; and Katherine; Elizabeth; Margaret; Anne; and Mary."

Note: Children by first wife as Benedicta Folijambe, second wife, was not born until 1499. Nottingham Visitations must be in error.

Note that as no children were born to the first marriage it would explain why Sir John was so old at the births of his children by Bennet Foljambe [but see my last note below].

As the father John was born about 1474, the son John would not have been born until about 1495 or later, and died as a child. His sisters became coheirs of the Zouche lands mentioned above. The Visitation of Nottingham, 1569 [HS 4:160], gives the children thus:

  1. John Donham ob. yong
  2. Catherine ux. Rafe Okover of Okover in Com. Stafford
  3. Frances ux. John Haselwood
  4. Anne ux. George Meverell of ... in Com. Stafford
  5. Mary ux. Thomas Grantham of ... in Com. Lincon [sic]

Flower's Visitation of Yorkshire in 1563-4 [HS 16:100] states that Sir John Dunham died 26 Henry VIII (1535), holding the manor of Bolton-super-Derne. This agrees with the official list of inquisitions post mortem for the reign of Henry VIII [Lists and Indexes, no. 23], which shows inquisitions taken for lands in Lincoln, Nottingham, Wilts., and Yorks. in 26 Henry VIII. His son had predeceased him (the visitation says, "John Donham, dyed yong."), his daughter Katherine was aged 10 (b. 1525), Ann was aged 6 (b. 1529), Mary was aged 3 (b. 1532), and Francis was aged 7 [b. 1528]. The Yorkshire Visitation lists as daughters and coheirs Kateren, Elsabeth, Margaret, Ann and Mary. But apparently only four daughters survived to adulthood. The Yorkshire Visitation is also wrong on other small points.

References: [LDS-AF],[YorkshireP] *Reference:[YorkshireP] "Pedigrees of the County Families of Yorkshire", Foster, 1874, 2 vols.vol1: West Riding, vol2: North and East Ridings. REF YorkshireP. This reference shows Benedicta Foljame's husband as Sir William Dunham Kt. of Kirklington, while the LDS-AF shows him as Sir John Dunham Kt. b. 1498, Of, Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, Eng.

Shown in the Visitation of Nottinghamshire[1] as Sir John Donham of Kirtlington in Nottinghamshire, the son of John Donham and Elizabeth the daughter of Sir Nicholas Bowett, and married 1st to Jane daughter of Sir Thomas Thurland and 2nd to Bennett daughter of Sir Goddfrey Foliambe. Their children are listed as John, Catherine, Frances, Anne and Mary.

From A genealogical and heraldic history of the commoners of Great ..., Volume 4 By John Burke Pg.439

  • SIR GODFREY FOLJAMBE, knt. of Walton, born there 27th March, 1472, served as sheriff of Derbyshire, 16 and 28 HENRY VIII. He m. 5 HENRY, VII. Catherine, daughter of Sir John Leake, of Sutton in le Dale, in that county, and had issue,
    • James, his heir.
    • Godfrey, b. at Walton in 1512, m. Margaret, sister and co-heir of William Fitzwilliam, esq. of Waldward,...
    • George, b. at Walton, of Barlborough, in the county of Derby, who m. Dorothy, daughter of Arthur Barlow, of Barlow, in that shire, and had issue. .... etc.
    • BENEDICTA, b. 1499, m. to Sir John Dynham, of Kirklington.
    • Katherine, b. in 1509, m. to Thomas Nevile, esq. of Rolleston, Notts.
    • Anne, b. in 1518, m. to Francis Lowes, esq.


  • Dunham genealogy ([c1907])
  • Pg.XXXVI.
  • CHILDREN OF SIR JOHN DUNHAM, b. 1450. I.— Katharyn was twice m. : first, Ralph O'Kever; secondly, to Henry Leigh de Rushall, of Stafford County. II.— John. b. 1474; m. in 1494, Jean, dau. of Thomas Thorland. In 1503 she m. Bennett de Gameston. Sir John d. in 1502. .... etc. CHILDREN OF SIR JOHN DUNHAM, b. 1474. I. — Katharyn, b. in 1495; m. William Talbot, in 1515. II. — Elizabeth, b. in 1496; m. Rychert Bassett and had three children: James, Anne and Thomas Bassett. III. — John, b. in 1498, m. Aug. 15, 1522, Benedict Folgamsbe, dau. of Adam Folgamsbe and Katharyn, dau. of John Leake, Southwell Dale, Derby. Benedict was b. in 1499. Sir John d. in 1545. IV. — Margaret. V. — Anne, was fourth, 1502. Sir John Dunham was one of 200 who escourted Margaret of Henry VII, through Nottingham to Scotland, to become the Queen of James VI of Scotland. Coll. Topographica Genealogia states : "Sir John Dunham, 13th Henry VIII (1522), gives land to Henry Folgambe land in Skepton and elsewhere for 61 years. Benedict Dunham on 15th Henry VIII (1524), gives a manor in Wildthorpe and in other places to Benedict Folgamsbe, the godmother at her marriage. Her godfather was Thomas Folgamsbe. At their marriage they were presented with £500."


  • •Sir GODFREY FOLJAMBE, of Walton, Knt., born at Walton on Easter-day, 27 March, 1472, esquire of the body to King Henry 7 & 8. Was granted a tiger arg. ducally gorged or, and an antelope quarterly or and sa. as supporters, and two additional crests; viz. 1. A chapeau gu. turned up ermine, a tiger statant arg. ducally gorged or, and 2. On a wreath a chat-loup or calopus quarterly, or and sa., to be borne by him and his posterity. He was thrice sheriff of co Derby, 11, 16 & 28 Hen. 8, married 1490, and died 20 Dec., 1541, buried in the family vault at Chesterfield with his ancestors 22 December.
  • = KATHERINE, dau. of Sir John Leeke, of Sutton-en-le-Dale, co. Derby, Knt. She d. 24 May, 1529, buried at Chesterfield.
  • [They had issue]
    • ◦JOHN FOLJAMBE, eldest son and heir, died young, 27 Oct., 1499, buried at Sutton-en-le-Dale.
    • ◦Sir JAMES FOLJAMBE, Knt., of Walton, eldest surviving son, born at Walton, Thursday before Feast of Epiphany, 1510, was sheriff of Derbyshire in 1556, died 26 Sept., 1558, buried 5 Oct., in the family vault at Chesterfield.
    • = ALICE, 1st wife, daughter of Thomas Fitzwilliam, of Aldwark, and of Steeton, co. Ebor. (and granddaughter of Sir Thomas Fitzwilliam, by Lady Lucy Nevill, daughter and co-heiress of John Nevill, Marquess of Montagu). She became co-heiress to her brother, William Fitzwilliam, who died young, and of her uncle, William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, K.G., born 1511, mar. 1524, died 1535/6, bd. at Chesterfield. [See Foster's account of her ancestry.]
    • = CONSTANCE, 2nd wife, dau. of Sir Edward Littleton, of Pillaton, co. Stafford, Knt., married 1540, buried 22 July 1600, in the vault at Chesterfield.
    • [Sir James and Alice had issue]
      • ■FRANCES FOLJAMBE, eldest dau., born 6 p.m. 31 December, 1529, married to Jno. Thorne, Esq. [John and Frances had issue]
        • •ALICE THORNE, only dau. and heiress.
        • = ROGER WOODROVE, of Hope, co. Derby, Esq.
        • [They had issue]
          • ◦ELLIS WOODROVE, of Hope, Esq., born 15 ..... Sometime bencher of the Inner Temple, married ....., daughter of ..... Bronehard (or Brooker), of Sandridge, in Kent. [their daughter, Jane, married Peter Foljambe.]
      • ■Sir GODFREY FOLJAMBE, Knt., Lord of Walton and Aldwarke, knight of the shire for co. Derby, 1557/8, sheriff of co. Derby 1567/79, b. at Walton, on Wednesday, 11 o'clock, 4 March, 1527, married, 1555/6, Troth, dau. of Sir Wm. Tyrwhitt, of Ketilby, co. Linc., Knt. He d. 22 Dec., 1585, bur. 24 Dec., in the family vault at Chesterfield. She married, 2ndly, to Sir William Mallory, Knt. [Sir Godfrey had issue]
        • •Sir GODFREY FOLJAMBE, Knt., of Walton, born at Walton, 21 Nov., 1558, at 11 p.m., baptized 25 Nov., 1558, sheriff Derbyshire 1588, M.P. co. Derby, mar., 1582, Isabel, dau. of Sir Christopher Wray, Knt. (she married, 2ndly, to Sir William Bowes, Knt, and 3rdly, to John, Lord Darcy, of Aston, and died at Aldwarke, buried at Rawmarsh). He died 1595, buried at Chesterfield, in the family vault, 14 June, 1595, leaving two estates, at Ashover and Attenborough, to charity. He left no issue, and was succeeded by his uncle, Francis Foljambe.
      • ■GEORGE FOLJAMBE, of Brinnington, Esq., born at Walton, 21 June, Friday, 1528, at midnight, mar. Ursula daughter of ..... Whalley, of Screveton, co. Notts. He died 15 March, 1588, bur. at Chesterfield. She married, 2ndly, to Ralph Stansall. [George had issue]
        • •TROTH FOLJAMBE, only daughter and heiress, baptized at Chesterfield, 23 August, 1572, said to have married Sir Edward Bellingham, of Newtimber, Sussex, Knt., but died s.p. soon after.
      • ■JAMES FOLJAMBE, twin with George, born 2 a.m. on Saturday, 22 June, 1528, died inf.
      • ■LUCY (?Cecilia) b. Saturday, 31 Dec., 1530, mar., 1560, to George Greenhalgh, of Teversall, Esq.
      • ■MARY FOLJAMBE, 3rd daughter, b. on Thursday, 31 July, 1533, mar. to Vincent Fearne, Esq.
    • [Sir James and Constance had issue]
      • ■FRANCIS FOLJAMBE, of Aldwark, Esq., born ....., mar. Frances, dau of Thomas Burdett, of Burthwaite, widow of Francis Wortley, of Wortley, Esq., died 1600, bd. in the vault at Chesterfield, 27 September, 1600. [He had issue]
        • •Sir THOMAS FOLJAMBE, of Aldwark, Knt., born ....., married, 1603, Anne, daughter of Sir James Harrington, of Ridlington, Knt. He died 1603/4, buried in the vault at Chesterfield, 15 January, 1604. She married, 2ndly, Sir John Molineux, of Teversall, Bart., 11 Aug., 1613.
        • •Sir FRANCIS FOLJAMBE, Bart., of Walton and Aldwark, born ..... Sold Walton 1633, and reduced the estates much by his extravagance; was created a baronet 24 July, 1622, sheriff of Derbyshire, 1633, and died at Bath, s.p.m., 17 Dec., 1640.
        • = ELIZABETH (1st wife), daughter of Sir Wm. Wray, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln.
        • = ELIZABETH (2nd wife), dau. of Sir George Reresby, of Thribergh. She mar., 2ndly, to Edward Horner, of Wells, Esq., and had a daughter, married to Sir Robert Martyn, of Suffolk; 3rdly, to Wm. Monson, Viscount Castlemaine, and had a daughter, Elizabeth, mar. to Sir Philip Hungate, Bart.; and 4thly, to Sir Adam Felton, of Playford, co. Suffolk, Knt. She died 26 Dec., 1695.
        • [Sir Frances and Elizabeth Wray had issue]
          • ◦FRANCES, only daughter and heiress, baptized at Chesterfield, 2 January, 1627, O.S., married, 1st, to her cousin, Sir Christopher Wray, of Glentworth, co. Lincoln, Bart., and 2ndly, to John Troutbeck, Esq. She died s.p.
      • ■BARBARA, eldest dau. by 2nd wife, married Thomas J. Fletcher, of Morsey, co. Stafford.
      • ■2. GRACE, died young.
      • ■3. ANNE, married, 18 November, 1561, to James Walton.
      • ■4. JANE, d.y.
      • ■5. CATHERINE, died young.
    • ◦GODFREY FOLJAMBE, Esq., born at Walton, on Thursday before Feast of St. Thomas, 1512, married 1524, and d. s.p.l. at Aldwark, 25 May, 1559, bd. at Chesterfield.
    • = MARGARET, the other daughter of Thos. Fitzwilliam, of Aldwark, co-heiress of her brother, Wm. Fitzwilliam, and of her uncle, William, Earl of Southampton, K.G., she died s.p., 7 February, 1557. [See Foster's account of her ancestry.]
    • [Godfrey had (illegitimate) issue]
      • ■GODFREY FOLJAMBE, alias Brownlow, illegitimate son of Godfrey Foljambe, Esq., born ....., lived at Croxden, co. Stafford, and died s.p. [married to his cousin, Joan (below).]
    • ◦GEORGE FOLJAMBE, of Barlborough, Esq., 3rd son, born at Walton, on the Feast of Conversion of St. Paul.
    • = DOROTHY, daughter of Arthur Barlow, of Barlow, Esq. She married 2ndly, 19 July, 1563, at Chesterfield, Edward Newbold, Esq.
    • [George and Dorothy had issue]
      • ■JOAN, eldest daughter, mar. to her cousin, Godfrey [above], and illegitimate son of Godfrey Foljambe, Esq.
      • ■HENRY FOLJAMBE, eldest son, born ....., married Mary, sister to Lord Darcy of Aston, widow of Henry Babington, of Dethick. He lived at Dethick during the minority of his stepson, Anthony Babington, whose guardian he was; he d. s.p.
      • ■GODFREY FOLJAMBE, 2nd son, born ....., mar. Emma, daughter of ..... Tunsted, of Tunsted, Esq., and died s.p.
      • ■TROTH, CATHERINE, both died young.
    • ◦BENEDICTA, born on Feast of Translation of St. Edward, 1499, married to Sir William Dunham, Knt., of Kirklington.
    • ◦CATHERINE, born on Vigil of St. Mary Magdalene, 1509, married to Thomas Nevill, of Rolleston.
    • ◦ANNE, born on Vigil of Translation of St. Edward, 1518, married to Francis Lowe, Esq
  • From:


  • The Reliquary and illustrated archaeologist,: a quarterly journal ..., Volume 14 By Llewellyn Frederick William Jewitt, John Charles Cox, John
  • Pg.65
  • .... Foljambe Chapel from memory, to show the position approximately of the tombs, .... etc. that is to say those that remain, for three (or at all events two) brasses of an earlier date have long disappeared: viz. one to Thomas Foljambe who married the heiress of Loudham and Brito or Breton, thus acquiring Walton, temp. Richard II. and who died temp. Henry VI., one to Thomas Foljambe, his son, who married the daughter and heiress of Sir Thos. Ashton, and died 1451, and another to his eldest son Thomas who d. s. p. 8 Edward IV. But to proceed with those now remaining
  • 1- The altar tomb on the left which I have marked No. 1 is to Henry Foljambe. On it were brasses of himself and his wife Benedicta Vernon, .... etc. his children, seven sons and seven daughters. ....
  • Pg.66
  • No. 2.- Next to the altar tomb (No. 1) just described, and on the right of it on the floor is a slad on which are brasses of a knight and his lady. This was Sir Godfrey Foljambe's tomb, eldest on of the above Henry Foljambe, and it was originally an alter tomb as shown in a drawing in the Osberton M.S. (of which I have not a copy by me), though now only the table portion is left. There are still the brasses of Sir Godfrey and his wife on it; and his surcoat bears the arms of Foljambe impaling Leeke, but the four shields at the corner are gone. According to the drawing in the M.S. at Osberton, the inscription round the edge of this alter-tomb was as follows:- .... etc.
  • On one side, in panels, beginning at the head, figures of his 3 sons and their wives as follows, and under them--
    • "Jacobus prim: fil. ... Alicia Fitzwillm
    • Godefrid: 2 fil. ... Marg: Fitzwillm
    • Georgius 3 fil. ... wanting."
  • On the other side, in panels beginning at the foot, his 3 daughters and their husbands, and under them--
    • " ...... Wanting ... Anne Foljamb
    • Thomas Nevill ... Katherine Foljamb
    • Johannes Dunham ... Benedict:Foljamb."
  • No. 3.- .... etc.
  • Pg.70
  • Also the following from the Family Register
  • Sir Godfrey F. son and heir of Henry F. was born at Walton on Easter Day 27 March, 1472
  • This Sir Godfrey had issue:--
  • Sir James F. --His eldest son......
  • Godfrey-- second son....
  • George--3rd son....
  • BENEDICT--eld. dau. born at Walton on the Feast of Transtn of St. Edward 1499 Litera Dom. F. Godfather Thomas Foljambe, Godmothers Bennet Foljambe and Merrivall Watterton. Before the Bishop--Margaret Bushie. She married Sir John Dunham of Kirklington, co. Nott.
  • Katherine--2nd d.....
  • Anne--3rd dau. .....
  • .... etc.


  • BENNET FOLJAMBE (1499-1546+)
  • Bennet (also called Benedicta) Foljambe was the daughter of Sir Godfrey Foljambe of Southwell Dale, Derbyshire (March 27, 1472-December 20, 1541) and Katherine Leake (c.1475-May 24, 1529). She was named for her paternal grandmother, Bennet or Benedicta Vernon.On August 15, 1522, she married Sir John Dunham of Kirtlington, Nottinghamshire (d.1535). Although one online source gives Dunham's date of death as 9 September 30 Henry VIII (1538), on 20 November 28 Henry VIII (1536), her jointure for her second marriage, as his second wife, to William Newenham of Everdon, Northamptonshire (d. June 8, 1546), was established as the manor of Newbold, Derbyshire. Kirtlington Manor formed part of her dower lands. She appears to have had no children by Dunham but at least two daughters by Newenham. As a result of Dunham's will, and she and her second husband were involved in litigation with the husband of her stepdaughter Frances, John Hasilwood, over property rights in Ringesdon, Lincolnshire. There was also a dispute with one Edith Marmion over property in Rippingale, Lincolnshire. Newenham made his will on June 1, 1544, before leaving on the French campaign. In it he made provision for his younger children and Bennet's life interest, but his principal heir was an older son, Thomas.
  • From:


  • NEWENHAM, William (by 1502-46), of Everdon, Northants. and Kirklington, Notts.
  • b. by 1502, 1st s. of Edmund Newenham of Everdon by Elizabeth, da. of William Harpur of Rushall, Staffs. m. (1) settlement 19 May 1520, Audrey, da. of George Catesby of Ashby St. Ledgers, Northants, prob. 3s. 3da.; (2) Benedicta, da. of Sir Godfrey Foljambe, wid, of Sir John Dunham (d.1535) of Kirklington, prob. 2 da. suc. fa. 28 May 1527. Kntd. 1 Nov. 1532.1
  • From:


John is the gentleman responsible for adopting the 'Dunham Coat of Arms' as the family shield.



  • The visitation of Yorkshire in the years 1563 and 1564 : made by William Flower, esquire, Norroy king of arms by Flower, William, ca. 1498-1588; Norcliffe, Charles Best; College of Arms (Great Britain). “Dunham.” Page 100. Archive.Org
  • The visitations of the county of Nottingham in the years 1569and 1614 : with many other descents of the same county by (Flower, William), d. 1588; Saint-George, Richard, Sir, d. 1635; Mundy, Richard; Withie, John; Marshall, George William, 1839-1905; College of Arms (Great Britain). “Donham.” Page 160. Archive.Org
  • NEWENHAM, William (by 1502-46), of Everdon, Northants. and Kirklington, Notts. b. by 1502, 1st s. of Edmund Newenham of Everdon by Elizabeth, da. of William Harpur of Rushall, Staffs. m. (1) settlement 19 May 1520, Audrey, da. of George Catesby of Ashby St. Ledgers, Northants, prob. 3s. 3da.; (2) Benedicta, da. of Sir Godfrey Foljambe, wid, of Sir John Dunham (d.1535) of Kirklington, prob. 2 da. suc. fa. 28 May 1527. Kntd. 1 Nov. 1532.1


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Sir John Donham, of Kirklington's Timeline

June 6, 1474
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
May 5, 1497
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire , England
Age 60
Kirklington, Nottinghamshire, England

John died the same year that he & 200 other men escorted Princess Margaret thru Nottingham to Scotland. It can be assumed his death was a result of the 300 mile journey to Edinburgh.

August 13, 1929
Age 61