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.
John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford can count many of Europe’s royal persons among their descendants, as well as some American presidents. John and Kate are also my 18th great-grandparents (though I’m not royal or at all famous). Still, I wanted to take the time and write about them and some of their royal descendants because a little of their blood runs through my veins, so I suppose I owe them that much. To simplify things, I thought I'd write a hub per generation. This is a hub about…
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.
Henry 'Bolingbroke' was the son of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Bolingbroke didn't make it a secret that he thought Richard II was a lousy king and unfit to rule. Richard banished him, and then stole his inheritance (and his title) when Gaunt died. Henry returned to claim his estates, saying that he just wanted back what was rightfully his. But he quite quickly changed his story -- he wanted to be king. He deposed Richard II and became Henry IV.
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.
Tombs of Katherine Swynford and her daughter Joan Beaufort- c.1640 - The three preceding houses of English sovereigns from 1399, the Houses of Lancaster, York and Tudor, were descended from John of Gaunt through, Henry Bolingbroke, Joan Beaufort and John Beaufort.