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From: Merilyn Pedrick <>
Subject: Re: Sir John Swynford's kinsman, John Darcy
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2008 16:34:27 +1030
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I've just finished reading the biography of Katheryn Swynford by Alison
Weir, which I've thoroughly enjoyed.
On page 266 there is a reference to your query: "On 19 May 1403, sixteen
days after Katherine had died, the Priory was leased to Canon Richard of
Chesterfield, but he withdrew from the agreement on 29 June 'on account
of fear of the Queens'; it seems that Joan of Navarre, with the King's
consent, had promised the house to Elizabeth Grey, the widow of Philip,
Lord Darcy, who lived in a house nearby. Katherine had probably known
her, given their close proximity and the fact that Elizabeth Grey's
daughter-in-law, Margaret Grey, the present Lady Darcy, later became Sir
Thomas Swynford's second wife; Elizabeth Grey could well have been a
friend of Katherine's, indeed, Katherine may even have asked Queen Joan
to arrange for Lady Darcy to lease the priory after her death. Be this
as it may, the King did grant it to her.[Lincoln Cathedral Dean and
Chapter Muniments; Jones, Major, Varley and Johnson; Weir: English
Aristocratic Pedigrees]"
Thomas Swynford's first wife Jane Crophill died between 1416 and 1421.
On page 275 we see "Before July 1421, Sir Thomas Swynford had married a
second time, his bride being Margaret Grey, daughter of Henry, Lord Grey
de Wilton, and widow of John, Baron Darcy. [Excerpta Historica] There
was one son of this marriage, William Swynford, to whom Cardinal
Beaufort left L400 and some silver plate in his will. Sir Thomas died
on 2 April 1432, and was probably buried in Kettlethorpe Church,
although there is no proof of that, since the church has long been
rebuilt and there are no records of the mediaeval memorials. His widow,
Margaret, survived until 1454. Because he had enfeoffed his estates to
trustees, he died effectively landless".
Hope this makes sense.
Best wishes
Merilyn Pedrick

> Back in 2006, Douglas Richardson posted regarding the tie-in between
> John Darcy and Sir John Swynford. I've copied the bulk of his post
> below my signature, having omitted his references (as it was a long
> post).
> At the end, he asked whether I could help. At the time, I had no
> answers but have since found one.
> John (Darcy) may be a son (or nephew? A couple period documents refer
> to John Darcy the cosyn) of the Norman Darcy who, in 1307, conferred
> land in Nocton, Lincs, previously held of the Queen (?) to Sir Thomas
> Swynford and Margaret, Norman Darcy's daughter. (I'm uncertain how to
> cite this properly -- it's from Lancashire Record Office: Towneley of
> Towneley, and is internally-referenced as FILE - [no title] -
> ref. DDTO K 5/22 - date: 1307-8].
> Text:
> "Conf: Philip de Arci, knt., s. & h. of Sir Norman de Arci, knt., the
> conf. of the said Sir Norman to Thos. de Swyneford & w. Margaret, my
> sister, lands etc., in Noketon, co. Linc. Places named: NOKETON LINC".
> This John Darcy, possibly a son or other close relative of Norman, was
> one of three executors of the said Thomas Swynford's will in 1311 (the
> other two being Swynford's wife, Margaret, and son, John Swynford).
> (Reference: C 241/76/91).
> Norman Darcy did have a son on record, Philip Darcy, stated to be
> Norman's son and Margaret Darcy Swynford's brother (Reference:
> Lancashire Record Office: Towneley of Towneley, FILE - [no title] -
> ref. DDTO K 5/22 - date: 1307-8).
> Text:
> "Conf: Philip de Arci, knt., s. & h. of Sir Norman de Arci, knt., the
> conf. of the said Sir Norman to Thos. de Swyneford & w. Margaret, my
> sister, lands etc., in Noketon, co. Linc. Places named: NOKETON LINC"
> Does this help? Or did everybody already figure this one out?
> Judy
> ================================================
> Dear Newsgroup ~
> The ancient petition cited below is dated c.1324. It was written by
> a
> certain John de Swynford [or Swyforth] to King Edward II of England.
> The petition is written is French. Modern transcripts of this
> document
> can be accessed at two different websites:
> 1., and
> 2.
> According to the modern transcripts, the petition allegedly refers to
> John de Swynford's "kinsman," John Darcy. Also, the modern editor
> has
> abstracted the petitioner's name as "John de Swyforth."
> I examined the original petition today online at the following
> weblink
> (click on download):
> In the original petition, the petitioner is called John de Swyforth.
> However, there appears to be an apostrophe after the letter "y" which
> may indicate that Swyforth is a contracted form of Swynforth. That
> the
> correct name of the petitioner was John de Swynford (or Swynforth),
> the
> reader may wish to consult a related document presented in Calendar
> of
> Close Rolls, 1330-1331 (1898), pg. 151.
> As for John Darcy, the petitioner's alleged kinsman, I checked the
> document looking for any reference to John Darcy. The only reference
> I
> can find in the document is to "John Darcy son Unkle" (that is, "John
> Darcy his Uncle"). Thus, it would appear that John Darcy was
> actually
> John de Swynford's uncle, not his kinsman as stated in the modern
> online transcripts.
> Elsewhere, I find that John de Swynford had letters of protection in
> 1324 for one year, he staying with "John Darcy, Justiciary of
> Ireland."
> [Reference: Calendar of Patent Rolls, 1324-1327 (1904): 89]. The
> John
> Darcy in question was Sir John Darcy (died 1355), 1st Lord Darcy of
> Knaith, Justiciar of Ireland, for whom see Complete Peerage, 4
> (1916):
> 54-58 (sub Darcy). Presumably John de Swynford's uncle, John Darcy,
> is the same person as Sir John Darcy, Justiciar of Ireland.
> Perhaps the ever helpful Judy Perry has some information on John de
> Swynford which she can share with the newsgroup.
> Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah
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