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  •  this is such a coincidence that this story (1+ / 0-)
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    is happening right now because I have been working on my family tree the past few months and just this past month started on the English connections, i.e the years around 1700-299. I have a relative that died at Bosworth.  But not sure which side he fought on. I do know that he was a Lord or Earl or Baron. I have learned a lot about certain historical eras etc from doing it, and its been lots of fun (although frustrating at times when hitting a dead end etc).
    I should go back and look and see which person it was.

    I do know that I am related to King Aethelred (800's) of Wessex whose daughter married a Danish King and their ancestors went to Normandy as Vikings and then their ancestors went with William the Conquer, as French knights  to England and thats how the guy who died at Bosworth was a lord/Earl. Because William handed out large parcels of land to all of them. I couldn't figure out where all these lords etc were coming from until I went back far enough!

    The ancestor that died at Bosworth was Sir John Sacheverell, Earl of Ratcliffe, who lived at Hopwood Hall, Derbyshire. Would anyone have a guess from where he was from as to what side he fought on?

    •  Sir Richard Ratcliffe (0+ / 0-)

      died with Richard III at Bosworth.

      Not a baron though.

      Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God's grace in England as shall never be put out.

      by Bollox Ref on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:06:36 PM PST

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      •  thanks Bollox (0+ / 0-)

        but that's another person. Sir John Sacheverell was Earl of Ratcliffe, it wasn't his last name.  I looked to see if it said anywhere which side he fought on, but couldn't find any info on that-just that he died on Aug.22  at Bosworth.

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