On 26th May 1532 Henry VIII wrote to ‘Mons. de Bordeaux et a Mons. de Candalle’ to notify them of a prohibition on wine coming from Gascony in French ships. The Archbishop of Bordeaux at that time was Jean de Foix-Candalle, and Mons de Candalle was Gaston, his brother. I have to highlight here that both Louis and Henry refer to these de Foix as ‘Candalle’, the French spelling of Kendall. Other records also show a spelling of Foix-Candale.
Commerce with France provided then and subsequently, an important cover for intelligencers and information gathering. Given the uniquely strong position of the French de Foix family, it is very probable that any related Kendalls based in England will have been involved with the merchanting of wine and other products from the south-west of France, and probably the export of wool, etc from England.
There the information begins to dry up until we get to the Queens Mary and Elizabeth.
If there had not been evidence to support familial continuity from John Kendall, then my case that he was a son of Jean de Foix might have been weakened. With the continuity it is strengthened. In my article on George Kendall I set out Kendall connections and activities in Tudor and Stuart times that also evidence strong ties with France.
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