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

George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

GK had an elder brother (killed and ‘evidences’ lost – what could these evidences have been? Clearly they were important enough to warrant a mention) and a Younger brother, neither named, and Edward was presumably the youngest. Henry Kendall was living at the time of the Jennings Will in 1558. If he was a ward in 1567 let us assume that he was 17, hence born in 1550. If he married in 1570, and if GK was born a couple of years later, then he would be 28 in 1600. If he had soldiered for seven years, this works.

Lady Warwick was Ambrose Dudley’s wife, Anne Russell (Ambrose had died in 1590) a close friend and confident of Queen Elizabeth. Lady Bath was Elizabeth Russell, wife of William Bourchier, Earl of Bath (Tree 1). I draw attention here to the fact that the aunt of Thomas Kendall, the Secretary’s son was Agnes Charlton, married to Thomas Bourchier.

Their father was Francis Russell, Earl of Bedford, a staunch promoter of the protestant cause. He joined the Anglo-Spanish forces (with the Dudley brothers) at the battle of St. Quentin. He was an Ambassador to France in 1559 where he will have been involved in the selection of the de Foix hostages for the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis. He was in France again in 1561 to condole Catherine de Medici on the death of King Francis (husband of Mary, Queen of Scots), and to congratulate her on the accession of King Charles, both being her sons. King Charles visited England and on 14th May 1564 the King, Russell and Henry Sidney were all invested as Knights of the Garter. Russell attended the French Court at Fontainebleau with Nicholas Throgmorton. He was also a Commissioner to treat with Paul de Foix in 1581, on the marriage proposals between Queen Elizabeth and the Duc d’Anjou. If English Kendalls were related to the French de Foix, Russell (d1585) will have known this. Edward Kendall we will return to.

Thomas Cecil’s son William married Elizabeth Manners (Baroness Roos) in 1589. The Manor of Roos was granted to George Duke of Clarence, brother to Kings Edward IV and Richard III. In 1484 John de la Pole had grant of the Manor. From him it returned to the Roos family and hence into Elizabeth’s hands. Peter Roos of Nottinghamshire married twice and the second wife was Bridget Roos of Ingmanthorpe. I have not found anything on the lands at Routh.



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