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

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

It seems also that in the following May she was given the option of either marrying a John Gunnace or transferring to him a farm – Sawcliffe and two parks in Hikename, Middlesex. Elizabeth and Richard Charlton had a son John who was eight at his father’s death.

After John Kendall’s death, I suspect that his wife and son(s) went to live at Edmonton, where Charltons still had property. This would also seem to follow from the fact that in 1484 John Kendall, Richard III’s Secretary, was listed as living with Richard Charlton in Middlesex.

The household accounts of William Worsley show the payment of an annual rent to Sir Richard Charlton, which in spite of the attainder, continued to be paid to his heirs after his death. This attainder was eventually lifted for his son John Charlton.

Agnes Charlton was probably a sister to John Kendall’s wife Elizabeth. In 1486 Agnes’s husband, Sir Thomas Bourchier (sp) (whose nephew John Bourchier translated Froissart’s Chronicles for King Henry VIII in 1523-5), was granted some of the confiscated property of Sir Richard Charlton in Great and Little Hillington jointly with Elizabeth Kendall until her death. (An historical account of those parishes in the county of Middlesex. D. Lysons (1800)) Bourchier was also granted the Edmonton property for life. Although he was related to King Richard, he left him before the battle of Bosworth to join the forces of Henry VII.

It seems that Elizabeth Kendall died in 1492 in Middlesex, when her son(s) would have been about 17. The likely options for a son(s)’ name might, based on the de Foix family names would include William (Gaston) and John (Jean) and possibly Thomas for Thomas Kerdeston/Charlton.

As I waded through the extensive details of the properties relating to the inquisitions and attainders after Bosworth, it was clear that Sir Richard Charlton had extensive property, not just in Edmonton, but also throughout the City of London. In the City were many holdings around Cheapside and St Paul’s Cathedral. Interestingly the inquisitions into this property came much later than 1486, in 1525.



  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.

Add comment

7 + = 9

Please note that your comment will be reviewed and may be edited before being published.