Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester had the appointment of Constable of Colchester Castle, and its keeping which included some fields, the Hundred of Tendring and part of a water-mill in Essex, until 1447 when he died. It was then granted to Henry VI’s wife Margaret d’Anjou. With the arrival of the Yorkists it was granted to Sir John Howard. Immediately after Bosworth a Thomas Kendall was in 1485, granted by Henry VII the Constableship for life, ‘for service as well within the realm as in foreign parts’. De Vere, Earl of Oxford who had married Margaret Neville, decided that he wanted this appointment and in November 1496 Thomas Kendall yielded this to him. This was confirmed by Henry VIII in May 1509 with a detailed document of grant. (In 1509 de Vere had married as his second wife Elizabeth Scrope, sister to Margaret, who had married Edmund de La Pole who was now in the Tower). If this Thomas Kendall had been useful to Henry ‘beyond the seas’, that almost certainly meant France/Brittany. This must have been a different Thomas Kendall to the son of John Kendall based on the age that he would have had to have been to have fulfilled a useful function. He might have been a brother to John Kendall, the Secretary, or no relevant relation.
In February 1498 the State Papers record a ‘Licence for Gaston de Foys (Foix), Earl of Kendall, to bring into England from Gascony a ship called the Seynt John de Luce laden with 200 tuns of Gascon wine’ (presumably duty free). Thomas Kendall of the City of London would be about 23; was this a shipment to set him up in the wine business using the many vineyards of the de Foix in Gascony, and probably a long history of wine trade with England and its merchants?
The records of those attending Henry VII’s funeral in 1509 included John Kendale, a ‘Squire of the Household’. In 1509 Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur’s widow. Catherine’s step-mother was Germaine de Foix-Grailly. What Catherine thought of her I have not discovered. Catherine was a regular correspondent with her father Ferdinand, King of Spain. She was one of the first to use a sophisticated cypher for her correspondence with him, and she introduced the use of the cypher to Henry VII who then adopted it for English government use.