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.
Katherine de Roet Swynford, 18th GGM, Katherine married Hugh Swynford, a knight. Katherine became governess to the daughters of John of Gaunt. Katherine's sister, Philippa, married the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. After Blanche's death, Katherine and John of Gaunt consummated an affair which would entail four children being born to the couple, and would endure as a lifelong relationship. 2 years after the death of the Duke's second wife, Constance of Castile, Katherine and John married.
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)
John Beaufort, 1st Marquess of Somerset & 1st Marquess of Dorset, later 1st Earl of Somerset,(1373 – 1410) was the 1st of 4 illegitimate (later legitimized) children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, & his mistress Katherine Swynford, later his wife. John Beaufort & his wife Margaret, the daughter of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent & Alice FitzAlan, had 6 children. He was an ancestor of the Tudor dynasty. Ancestor