A Keighley man has traced his ancestry back to Sir Thomas Vaughan . . .

A Keighley man, Jimmy Vaughan, has traced his ancestry back to the Sir Thomas Vaughan who was executed at Pontefract Castle on June 25 1483 for opposing Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who was by right of his late brother’s request, Lord Protector of England. Of course, Sir Thomas was one of the multitude of three who lost their heads at Richard’s command. But then, if he hadn’t committed treason, his head would have been secure. You can read about it here.

Sir Thomas, along with Sir Anthony Woodville and Sir Richard Grey, were bringing Edward V back to London from Ludlow on the death of Edward IV. It would seem they were part of the Woodville plot to get the new boy king to the capital and have him crowned before Richard, then Duke of Gloucester, could assume his role (appointed by the dying Edward IV) as Lord Protector. The idea was to seize power for the Woodvilles through the new king during his minority . . . and beyond. Goodbye, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

As we all know, Richard intercepted them, realised what was afoot, and dealt with them all. Why he should be damned through history as a virtual mass murderer for this is beyond me. It’s clear to everyone that his, Richard’s, days were numbered once the Woodville had power. Why he should be expected to treat them with kid gloves is a mystery. Off with their heads, and rightly so.

Sir Thomas was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, where his tomb can still be seen.

But I’m glad for Jimmy Vaughan of Keighley. It isn’t everyone’s privilege to be able to go to an actual site where one’s distant forebear can be placed on a specific day in history. It doesn’t really matter why that forebear was there, it’s the almost tangible link to the past that really counts.

Heaven knows who was among my forebears. Probably best not to know. Let me keep my fantasies!

5 comments

  1. Hm, I don’t see that Thomas Vaughan had any children? I also note he had been accused of plotting long before 1483, so not this upright old man after all. I wonder if the person in the article confused him with the lesser known Thomas Vaughan who was a supporter of Richard?

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  2. I have always worried that I would find a Vaughan or a Thomas in my Welsh ancestry. One of my distant ancestors married one of the Vaughan of Hergest!!

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  3. Sir Thomas is my ancestor too

    Sir Thomas Vaughan Beheaded 16gg 1430-1483
    16th great-grandfather
    Lady Anne Vaughan 1480-
    Daughter of Sir Thomas Vaughan Beheaded 16gg
    Sir John Wogan 14gg picton 1485-1557
    Son of Lady Anne Vaughan
    Sir Richard Wogan 13 gg picton 1515-1557
    Son of Sir John Wogan 14gg picton
    Sir John Wogan H. Sherriff 1563 12gg Wiston 1537-1580
    Son of Sir Richard Wogan 13 gg picton
    Anne Wogan 11gg*wiston castle 1556-
    Daughter of Sir John Wogan H. Sherriff 1563 12gg Wiston
    Elen Lewis 10gg abernantbychan carne line 1570-
    Daughter of Anne Wogan 11gg*wiston castle
    Huw ap Morgan Lloyd 1570-
    Son of Elen Lewis 10gg abernantbychan carne line
    John Lloyd Gentleman 1600-1683
    Son of Huw ap Morgan Lloyd
    Hugh (high sherriff) Lloyd 7gg H.Sherriff in 1697 1650-1698
    Son of John Lloyd Gentleman
    Anne Lloyd (Gt 5th Granddaughter of Maredudd ap Tudor) 1669-
    Daughter of Hugh (high sherriff) Lloyd 7gg H.Sherriff in 1697
    John Pugh (Gent) 1698-1751
    Son of Anne Lloyd (Gt 5th Granddaughter of Maredudd ap Tudor)
    Lewis Pugh 🧬gentleman DNA proven 1730-1782
    Son of John Pugh (Gent)
    LEWIS Pugh 3gg(Gent – Innkeeper) 1774-1857
    Son of Lewis Pugh 🧬gentleman DNA proven
    Susannah Pugh** 2gg 🧬”Gateway*” 1832-1895
    Daughter of LEWIS Pugh 3gg(Gent – Innkeeper)
    Mary Jane Herbert DNA Gt Grandmother 1857-1950
    Daughter of Susannah Pugh** 2gg 🧬”Gateway*”

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