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From: Larry Coats <>
Subject: Adrian Fortescue(1476-1539)
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2000 15:07:34 -0500
Just curious to learn more about this person....I have him as Sir Adrian
Fortescue, Knight of St.John, executed by order of Henry VIII in 1539,
apparently for reasons that are somewhat obscure. Think he was beatified
around 1895. Wife: Anne Stonor, dau. of Ann Neville and Sir Wm Stonor.
Believe his daughter Margaret married Thomas, 1st Lord Wentworth.
It isn't so much the genealogy that interests me here but the politics
that earned him displeasure of Henry VIII. Am well aware that Henry
judicially murdered a number of his relatives who were too close to the
throne(Margaret, Countess of Salisbury comes to mind immediately), but
what was the nature of Adrian Fortescue's offense? His genes weren't
the cause(as far as I can see) Must have been some variety of treason,
of course, but was it trumped up, legitimate, or what?
Larry D. Hamilton Coats
P.O. Box 823
Aspermont, TX 79502