William de Tunstall
(Bef 1300-Abt 1359)
Sir William de Tunstall Knight
(Abt 1334-1387)
Sir Thomas Tunstall Knight of Thurland Castle


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Sir Thomas Tunstall Knight of Thurland Castle

  • Born: Thurland, Lancashire, England
  • Marriage: Isabel Harington 897,916
  • Died: 5 Nov 1415, Thurland, Lancashire, England

bullet  General Notes:

~Weis' Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th Edition, 41:34, Sir Thomas Strickland m. Agnes Parr, daughter of Sir Thomas Parr by Alice Tunstall, daughter of Thomas Tunstall of Lanceshire.

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 821
Sir Thomas Tunstall, Knight, of Thurland in Tunstall, Lancashire married to Isabel, daughter of Nicholas Harington, Knight.

~Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 840

• Background Information. 916
Sir William Tunstall, in 1373, obtained a grand of free warren in Tunstal, Cancefield, Burgh in Lonsdale, Leeke and Norton [Tol. chart. 47 Edw. III, n.14]. It was Sir William's son, Sir Thomas, who appears to have built the castle of Thurland, in the valley of Lune, which early in the fifteenth century he obtained a license to embattle. Sir Thomas married Isabel, daughter of Sir Nicholas Harrington, a neighbor, and with her, they had at least eight children.

~The Redmans of Levens and Harewood, p. 219

• Background Information. 1057
Sir Thomas Tunstall built a fortress called Thurland Tunstall during the riegn of King Henry IV. Sir Thomas was a soldier of distinction and he fought at Agincourt. For his services there he was knighted and received a grant of the town of Pontevy as a reward for his service.

~ Transactions of Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian & Archeologial Society, Vol. V, p. 281

• From Gen-Medieval Archives: Tunstalls of Thurland Castle. 193
From: (Douglas Richardson)
Subject: Re: Tunstalls of Thurland Castle
Date: 19 Dec 2001 08:49:34 -0800


ISABEL HARINGTON, married before 1392 THOMAS TUNSTALL, Knt., of Thurland (in Tunstall), Burrow, Cantsfield (in Tunstall), Hubberthorn, Leck, and Newton, co. Lancaster, son and heir of William de Tunstall, Knt., of Thurland (in Tunstall), Cantsfield, Burrow (in Tunstall), Leck, Newton, etc., Knight of the Shire for Lancashire, by his wife, Katherine. They had five sons, William, Thomas, Robert, Nicholas and John, and six daughters, Mary (wife of John Radcliffe, Knt.), Margaret, Alice, Elizabeth (wife of Robert Bellingham, Esq.), Eleanor (wife of John Redman, Knt.) and Katherine. In 1397 he obtained a license to found a chantry in Thurland Castle where priests were to pray for him and his wife Isabel and the souls of his parents. In 1402 he had license to crenellate his mansion of Thurland and to enclose 1,000 acres as a park. He fought as a knight at the battle of Agincourt in 1415. SIR THOMAS TUNSTALL died 5 November 1415.

Thomas D. Whitaker, Hist. of Richmondshire, 2 Pt. 2 (1823), unpaginated, Tunstall chart.

Testamenta Eboracensia, 3 (Surtees Soc., vol. 45) (1865): 321.

William Langton, ed., Abstracts of Inquisitions post Mortem (Chetham Soc., vol. 95) (1875): 115-116.

H.S.P. 16 (1881): 327-328 (1563/4 Vis. Yorkshire) ("Sir Thomas Tunstall Knight = Izabell doughter to Sir Nycolas Haryngton") (Tunstall arms: Sable, three combs argent).

George H.S.N. Plantagenet Harrison, Hist. of Yorkshire: Wapentake of Gilling West (1885): 300-301 (Tunstall pedigree).

VCH Lancaster, 8 (1914): 232-233 (Tunstall arms: Sable three combs argent), 237-238.

Visitations of the North (Surtees Soc., vol. 144) (1930): 80-81 (Tunstall pedigree) ("Dominus Thomas Tunstall miles = Isabella filia Nicholai Harington militis").

Col. W. H. Chippingdall, Hist. of the Parish of Tunstall (Chetham Soc., n.s., vol. 104) (1940): 18-20, 28-29.

Children of Thomas Tunstall, Knt., by Isabel Harington:


ii. MARGARET TUNSTALL, married RALPH PUDSAY, Knt., of Barforth, co, York [see PUDSAY 9].

iii. ALICE TUNSTALL, married THOMAS PARR, Knt., of Kirkby Kendall, co. Westmorland [see PARR 8].

iv. KATHERINE TUNSTALL, married JOHN PENNINGTON, Knt., of Muncaster, co. Cumberland.

• Background Information. 755
Sir William Tunstall's son was Sir Thomas Tunstall, who was already a knight in 1382, and who in 1402, obtained the king's licence to crenellate his manor of Thurland and to inclose and impark 1,000 acres of meadow, &c., called Fairthwaite. Sir Thomas died in 1415, holding the manor of Cantsfield of John Harrington in socage by rent of 3s. 4d.; also the manors of Tunstall, Burrow and Leck, Newton and Hubberthorn. Sir Thomas's son and heir was William Tunstall, who was age twenty-four at the time of his death.

~ A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 8, pp. 232-237

Thomas married Isabel Harington, daughter of Sir Nicholas Harington Knight and Isabel le Engleys 913.,897 (Isabel Harington was born about 1371 in Farleton, Lancashire, England and died about 1409 in Thurland, Lancashire, England.)

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