Sir John ROCHFORDE
Children: Margaret / Maud
Spouse: Frederick TILNEY of Boston reigns of Edward II & III
The Visitation of Suffolk made by Hervey 1561: HOBART of Monk's Illeigh. WILLIAM HOBART of Layham in Suff, son and heir of Thomas, mar Ann dau of Sir Philip Tilney of Shelley co Suff and hua issue. Thomas son and heir, NICHOLAS second son, John third son. NICHOLAS HOBART of Layham, second son of William, mar the da of John Stansby of Bildeston in Suff and had issue. ANDREW son and heir, James second son. ANDREW HOBART of Monkes Ely со Suff Esq, son and heir of Nicholas, mar Margaret, the da and heir of Robert Ryce of Preston со Suff Gent, and had issue. NICHOLAS son and he ir, Thomas second son. NICHOLAS HOBART of Linsev in Suff Gent, son and heir of Andrew mar Elizabeth da of Richard Clopton of Fordehall in Melford in Suff Esq, and had issue. WILLIAM son and heir, Robert second son, Thomas third son, Walter fourth son, Mary mar to William Loveday of Bradenham in Wilks, Elizabeth mar to George Marrow of Lidgate in Suff, Frances mar to Thomas Stacie of Ridgewell in Essex, Ann mar to Robert Tod of Sturmere in Essex, Margery mar to George Carter of Whattield in Suff clerk, Margaret mar to her first husband George Holton of Stoke jueta Nayland in Suff and to her second husband Henry Dawes of Rayne in Essex. WILLIAM HOBART of Linsey in Suff Gent, son and heir of Nicholas, mar Alice da and co- heir of William Hobert of Horsley in Suff and had issue. William son and heir apparent, Edward second son, Nicholas third son, Elizabeth, Mary , and Susan.
The History & Antiquities of Boston: THE TILNEY FAMILY. The family of TILNEY is of Norman origin but derives its name from the town of Tilney in the county of Norfolk and was one of the most ancient of knights degree in England. FRODO the first of the family came into England in the reign of Edward the Confessor and held many lordships in Suffolk and Norfolk at the time of the Norman survey he gave divers lands to Bury Abbey which were confirmed by William the Conqueror. Baldwin the brother of Frodo was a monk of St Denys in France, he was afterwards the third abbot of Bury St Edmund's during his abbacy which continued thirty two years, he rebuilt the Abbey Church with stone From what the poet LIDGATE says of Baldwin in the following lines, it appears that he was well versed in medicine: " To Seynt Edward he was phesecian, To many sickness he did remedy, In nyne and twentye wynters ye my seen, A new cherche hee dyde edifye, Ston brought from Kane out of Normandye, By the se and set up on the strands, At Ratlysdene and carried forth be lande." Both Edward the Confessor and William the Conqueror granted Abbot Baldwin the liberty of coinage; he died in 1097. The eldest son of Frodo was Alan de Tilney who lived in the reign of Stephen. Alan's heir was Adam de Tilney who had large possessions in Marshland in Norfolk in the reign of Henry II, his eldest son was Baldwin de Tilney from whom descended the Tilneys of Marshland. Adam de Tilney's second son was Sir Frederick Tilney who was a man of more than ordinary strength and stature and had his chief residence in Boston. He attended King Richard I anno 1 1190 into the Holy Land, was with him at the siege of Acon where he is said to have performed prodigies of valour and was there knighted for his services. Returning home he spent the remainder of his life at Terrington in Norfolk where he was buried. Sixteen knights of his name it is said succeeded him in lineal succession who all had their residence in Boston but according to the annexed pedigree there could not have been so many. Of the successors of Sir Frederick Tilney little more is known than is supplied by this pedigreee. His grandson of the same name lived in Boston in the reigns of Edward II and III and married Margaret daughter of Sir John Rochforde. This lady is conjectured to be the Maude Tilney who was a principal contributor to the building of the church. A Sir Philip Tilney was one of the knights who on the marriage of the Princess Mary sister to Henry VIII accompanied her out of England. He was also one of the persons appointed in 1520 to meet the French king at Guisnes. Thomas Howard the second Duke of Norfolk married Elizabeth daughter and heiress of Sir Frederick Tilney of Ashwell Thorpe whose first husband was Sir Humphrey Bourchier son of John Lord Berners by whom she had a son named John who succeeded to his grandfather's title and estate and a daughter Anne who married Thomas Lord Dacre and is the Ladie Anne Bakers of the Southe celebrated by the poet SKELTON. 1 Elizabeth Tilney's eldest daughter by her second marriage was Elizabeth afterwards married to Sir Thomas Boleyn and mother to Anne Boleyn the mother of Queen Elizabeth. The Duke of Norfolk had for his second wife another lady of the Tilney family Agnes daughter of Sir Hugh de Tilney of Boston, sister of Sir Philip Tilney of Shelley in Suffolk and cousin to his first wife. The third daughter by this marriage was the Ladie Elizabeth Howarde also celebrated by SKELTON. Again "Mrs Margaret Tilney" of whom the same poet says: "I have to write of Marguerite, perle Orient, lode starre of light." was the wife of Sir Philip Tilney of Shelley. Once more "the Ladie Mirriell Howarde," who is addressed by Skeleton as: "My little ladie I may not leave behind, Benign, courteous, of gentle heart and mind." was the grandchild of the Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, Agnes Tilney. ...... It is the greatest possible honour paid to the Tilney family that of the eleven English ladies celebrated by the poet in this poem for their virtue beauty and accomplishments, four should have been immediately and closely connected with and related to it, three of them by direct descent, and the fourth by marriage as the wife of the head of the family at the time. Philip de Tilney was one of the members of Parliament for the county of Lincoln in 1385, and John de Tilney in 1389. Philip de Tilney of Boston was also sheriff for the county in 1387, and his descendant Philip Tilney of Boston was sheriff in 1438. Sir Philip de Tilney knight occurs as a commissioner of sewers 1394. The Subsidy Rolls mention John de Tilney of Boston in 1333, Frederick de Tilney of Boston merchant was a member of the Corpus Christi Guild in 1349 and 1364, Henry clerk in 1378, Dame Margery in 1379, Hugh and John de Tilney chaplains in 1381, and other members of the family at various periods until 1534. Philip Tilney clerk was a canon of Lincoln and alderman of Corpus Christi Guild in 1448, he is called by FULLEE in 1437 one of the gentry of the county Tilney. Lane South End is mentioned in the Corporation Records in 1534 and 1564 and the Tilney Lands in Skirbeck Quarter are mentioned in 1640 in connexion with Litchfield Bridge and Litchfield Hills.
Topography: In this parish stands Tilney Hall once the seat of a family of its own name who from the coincidence of name and arms were probably a branch of that ancient house of Norfolk and Lincolnshire mentioned in Camden and many other books. This family took their name say they from the manor of Tilney in Norfolk and are famous for having had sixteen Knights successively of their house. Sir Frederick Tilney Knight had his chief residence at Boston in Lincolnshire, he was a man of mighty stature and strength above the size of ordinary men. He attended King Richard I in 1190 into the Holy Land and was with him at the siege of Acon where his achievements were such that he struck terror into the infidels and returning home in safety he lived and died at Terington near Tilney in Norfolk where the measure of his incredible stature was many years preserved. At length the two principal lines ended in two heiresses married into the Howard family. Thomas second Duke of Norfolk married 1st Elizabeth daughter and sole heir of Sir Frederick Tilney of Ashwelthorpe in Norfolk Kt and 2d Agnes daughter of Hugh Tilney and sister and heir of Sir Philip Tilney of Boston Knight.
The principal navigations, voyages, traffiques, and discoveries of the English Nation: THis booke pertained in times past unto Sir Frederick Tilney of Boston in the Countie of Lincolne who was knighted at Acon in the land of Iurie in the third yeere of the reigne of king Richard the first. This knight was of a tall stature and strong of body who resteth interred with his forefathers at Tirrington neere unto a towne in Marshland called by his owne name Tilney. The iust height of this knight is there kept in safe custody untill this very day. Also after this mans decease the inheritance of his landes fell successively vnto sixteene sundry knights called all by the name of Tilney who dwelt alwayes one after another at the towne of Boston aforesayd untill such time as the possessions of the elder brother fell unto an heire general which was maried unto Iohn duke of Northfolke. The last knight of that name was sir Philip Tilney late of Shelleigh in the Countie of Suffolke predecessor and father unto Thomas Tilney of Hadleigh in the Countie aforesayd Esquire unto whom the said booke of late appertained In the yeere of his age 64 and in the yeere of our Lord 1556.
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