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King Richard the Third's Secretary of State: A son of Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal?

Given his father’s activities and probable legal training, this was an area worthy of attention. With the attainder of his father, a Kendall son would have needed a new home, as well as new revenue sources.

So where did mother and son or sons go? And who was the mother?

The inquisitions into the property of John Kendall in 1485-88 make reference to Elizabeth Charlton his wife. A contemporary of Kendall was Sir Richard Charlton. Born in 1449, he went on to serve Richard III on a number of commissions and was knighted with King Edward’s sons in 1475, and like Kendall he died at Bosworth. It seems that his wife too was called Elizabeth which has created some confusion in the reports of the time. It is probable that Kendall’s wife was Richard Charlton’s sister.

A John Charlton (in 1309) seems to have married the heiress of Owen de la Pole, Prince of Powis. It is not known whether he was related to the de la Poles of Hull. Anyway John became the first Lord Powis. That line then going via Joyce Charlton, who married Sir John Tiptoft, to their daughters including: Philippa who married Thomas Roos (Manners); Joan who married Edmund Ingoldesthorpe – their daughter being Isabel. A relation, Edward Charlton married Elizabeth Berkeley in 1478.

Adam Fraunceys was a very successful businessman and Mercer and Mayor of London. His principal activities seem to have been the export of wool, acting as financier, and a farmer of the customs. He built up a considerable estate around England including Edmonton and Enfield, and in the City of London. His daughter Elizabeth married Thomas Charlton and on the death of her sister this estate was in total passed onward at Thomas’ death to their son Sir Thomas Charlton, Speaker of Parliament in 1453. This Sir Thomas seems to have granted, presumably as part of a wider Charlton family settlement, to Isabel Ingoldesthorpe, wife of John Neville (Tree 2), considerable property throughout England. Her lucky second husband was Sir William Norreys.

Thomas Charlton’s son Sir Richard inherited the remaining property, but this was seized on his attainder, following Bosworth. In December 1486 his widow Elizabeth was granted custody of all his goods, chattels and debts.



  1. Since King Richard’s will is of such importance these days in the debate about where he intended to be interred, do you have a source for your statement that he changed his will to appoint his nephew John de la Pole as his successor? Some people argue that we cannot know Richard’s intention in that regard since he left no will, while others are of the opinion that Richard, like other medieval men going to battle, certainly left a will, but that it was probably destroyed by Tudor’s men after Bosworth.

    1. Thank you for this. I do not have a primary source but secondary sources are many eg:
      William Toone’s The Chronological Historian (1828) Vol 1 p.110
      James Anderson’s A genealogical History of the House of Yvery (1742) Vol.1 p294
      The Works of Francis Bacon (edition 1854) Vol 1 p.739
      King Richard’s appointment of John de la Pole as his successor is what gave rise to the claims of the ‘White Rose’ please see Desmond Seward’s book of that title.

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