Anglo-French Relations The Cloak of Secrecy A personal voyage of detection



George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

This means that they were probably outside the Court circle and if my assumption of continued French contact is right, they probably had some trading activities with France. The French were still not popular with the majority of English so I did not expect to find Kendalls broadcasting a familial connection. This would also be the case if they were involved in intelligence activities.

In addition to the Thomas Kendall who travelled with Thomas Cecil, the most potentially interesting Kendalls are as follows.

Sir Andrew Dudley was host to his nephew Robert during a lot of his time in London. He lived in Tothill Street, Westminster. William Jennings was a ‘Groom of the King’s Chamber’ and his will shows great attention to detail: ‘six score pounds owed to him by King Edward and Queen Mary’ was to be distributed amongst his kinsfolk and for works of charity, ‘if it be gotten’! And a note that he was still unrecompensed for a close (property) that had been taken by the late King’s father and added to the park at Saint James. In fact Mr Jennings had accumulated a large stretch of property running from Charing Cross through Westminster to Knightsbridge. This included fields, brick kilns, many houses and taverns, and a number of buildings, gardens, orchards and taverns in Tothill Street. When he died in 1558 his daughter Joan was married to George Kendall and they received the benefit of the property with the remainder to their son Henry and his issue. In 1581 a great deal of this property was sold by Henry Kendall to Thomas Pearson. Pearson was a Gentleman-Usher of the Star Chamber, and at his death his two daughters and their husbands inherited. The first husband, William Bowyer, seems to eventually have been bought out by the second, Henry Maynard.

The Maynards came originally from Devon and were seamen-merchants engaged in the wool and cloth trade, before they moved to St Albans, Hertfordshire. Henry Maynard was secretary to William Cecil, Lord Burghley, (concerned with matters of domestic and foreign policy) from the late 1570s to about 1598; his favour was sought by many, including one of his great friends Sandys, Archbishop of York; he was additionally a member of parliament for St Albans and Sheriff of Essex.

 
 

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