King Richard the Third's Secretary of State: A son of Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal?
- In the Tower of London in 1460 with Jean de Foix was Anne Plantagenet, Duchess of Exeter, (King Edward IV and Richard III’s sister), and Richard West, Lord De La Warr. Richard West’s sister Anne married Maurice Berkeley, who died in 1474, and his sister Elizabeth married William Berkeley
- A critically important point is that the property of John Kendall in Gloucestershire (and note – it was not in Yorkshire, which might indicate that he had no familial ties there) was but a short walk across the fields from Berkeley Castle. It has been suggested that a sister of Margaret Kerdeston had married a son of Maurice Berkeley. If John Kendall was Jean de Foix and Margaret’s son, then Berkeley and his wife were Uncle and Aunt to John Kendall, Richard III’s Secretary, and among his closest English relations. The fact that Elizabeth West had been married to Berkeley until 1467 may also be relevant.
- Another important point is that a short distance east of Berkeley Castle were the West, De La Warrs, who lived at Wickwar. This was where Thomas de Grelley, the last of the legitimate English Grailly went to live at the end of his life (d1314), and it was the De La Warr marriage to his sister that resulted in them being the inheritors of the majority of the estates of the English Grailly/Grelley. The contemporary connection of Richard West to Jean de Foix, and of Richard’s sisters to the Berkeleys produces a strong rationale for John Kendall’s Gloucestershire property holdings.
- Holding land of Berkeley at that time was a Josias Graile, who I have to assume, was from a bastard line of the English Grelley.
- I do not know whether the land that John Kendall had was bought or gifted, but I do not think that he was based there by chance. There may also be some relevance in the fact that Walter de la Pole had married Elizabeth the heiress of Bradeston with property circa 3 miles north-east of Berkeley, and on the death of their son Edmund, he was found to hold with his wife, Elizabeth Haudlo, property including the Gloucester manors of Coln St Aldwyn, Hatherop and Wyke.
© Richard Despard 2013