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

George Kendall, Spy and a founder of Jamestown, Virginia

The first George Kendall probably married Joan Jennings circa 1549-50, and hence would have been born in 1525-30. Hence John Kendall would have been his great-grandfather.

George’s son Henry may have been a brother to the Thomas Kendall (Candalle) who was with Thomas Cecil in France. Henry may have been a father to George (GK) and Edward and their two brothers.

All these dates work.

Their environment and connections include the following:

  • The June 1570 letter of T. Jennings (possibly Joan Jenning’s relative) from Holland indicates an involvement in strategic matters there – and it is addressed to Jane (Guildford) Dudley
  • Jane Guildford and her sons Robert and Ambrose Dudley bore the Grelley arms with De La Warr (who were kin)
  • Robert Dudley married Amy Robsart who would have been ‘kin’ to the de Foix/Kendall family; Robert was on very friendly terms with the de Foix hostages and also with Paul de Foix
  • Ambrose Dudley married Anne Russell
  • Catherine Dudley was married to Henry Hastings who had the wardship of Henry Kendall in 1567
  • Sir Thomas Bourchier married Agnes Charlton and they lived in a Charlton property. They were uncle and aunt to Thomas Kendall, the son of King Richard’s Secretary of State. Elizabeth Russell married William Bourchier, Earl of Bath.
  • Edward Kendall seems to have served all three Russell sisters implying a high level of family trust
  • Their father Francis Russell had extensive contact with France – with the Dudleys in 1557 at the Battle of St Quentin; in 1559 for the negotiations for the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis; In 1561 as special Ambassador following the death of King Francis; then in 1664 he was made a Knight of the Garter with King Charles IX and Henry Sidney (married to Mary, sister of Robert and Ambrose Dudley)


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