My English Heritage
I family is a direct descendant through the Conway line and my Goforth Family. Starting with my Grandmother we have been able to trace the Family Hertiage Line back to 1090.
Coughton Court ~ the Coughton estate has been owned by the Throckmorton family since 1409. Because the family were practicing Catholics, the house at one time contained a priest hole, a hiding place for priests during the period when Catholics were persecuted by law in England, from the beginning of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Margaret Pole: She was born Margaret Plantagenet, the niece of Edward IV and Richard III. She married Sir Reginald Pole about 1491 and bore five sons, including Reginald Cardinal Pole. Margaret was widowed, named countess of Salisbury, and appointed governess to Princess Mary. She ran afoul of Henry VIII and he had her executed (butchered, more accurately) in 1541. He had once called her “the holiest woman in England.”
Katherine Swynford: Katherine became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and their descendants were the Beaufort family, which played a major role in the Wars of the Roses. Henry VII, who became King of England in 1485, derived his claim to the throne from his mother Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was a great-granddaughter of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford.
Conwy Castle- magnificent castle construction began in 1283. The castle was an important part of King Edward I's plan of surrounding Wales in "an iron ring of castles" to subdue the rebellious population. The highly defensible wall Edward built around the town was intended to protect the English colony planted at Conwy. The native Welsh population were violently opposed to English occupation of their homeland.