John O'gaunt - It has a long history and was once the site of a royal hunting lodge (at Rothwell Castle, off Wood Lane). One of the lodge's documented owners was John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, who is supposed to have killed the last wild boar in England while hunting nearby, hence a boar's head formed part of the arms of the former Rothwell Urban District Council.
Blanche of Lancaster, Duchess of Lancaster (25 March 1345 – 12 September 1368) was an English noblewoman & heiress, daughter of England's wealthiest and most powerful peer, Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster. She was the first wife of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and the mother of King Henry IV of England. It is believed that Blanche may have died aged 22 after contracting the Black Death which was rife in Europe at that time. John of Gaunt held annual commemorations of her…
Blanche of Lancaster, first and beloved wife of John of Gaunt, son of Edward III. From John and Blanche sprang the Lancastrian branch of the Plantagenets through their son, Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV).
John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (second creation), KG (6 March 1340 – 3 February 1399) was a member of the House of Plantagenet, the third surviving son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. He was called "John of Gaunt" because he was born in Ghent, rendered in English as Gaunt. (21gf//mtk)
Katheryn de Roet-Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (c.1350-1403) was the mistress & eventual 3rd wife of Plantagenet Prince John of Gaunt. Originally a misunderstood figure in history, recent scholarship has rehabilitated Katheryn's reputation & re-affirmed her significance in English history. She is the woman from which every ruler of England since Henry V is somehow descended. Most notably she is the ancestress of the Tudor's, the Stuart's & the Windsor's.
HOUSE OF LANCASTER AND BEAUFORT FAMILY ~ MY FAMILY TREE TOO, FOR MY ANCESTOR'S COME FROM ROYAL LINES FROM WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR DOWN THROUGH EVERY KING UNTIL EDWARD III, WHERE MY GREAT (ETC) GRANDFATHER, JOHN OF GAUNT MARRIES KATHERINE SWYNFORD AND MY ANCESTRY CONTINUES THROUGH HER DAUGHTER, JOAN AND HER HUSBAND, RALPH NEVILLE AND THROUGH THE NEVILLE LINE. I'LL NEVER FORGET THE DAY I FOUND OUT.