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THE BEAUFORT PORTCULLIS WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE REPRESENTATION OF HENRY VII & THAT OF HIS DESCENDANTS (HAPPENS TO BE ME TOO) MARGARET BEAUFORT, HIS MOTHER, WAS A DESCENDANT OF THE FIRST DUKE OF LANCASTER, JOHN OF GAUNT (SON OF KING EDWARD III)
Henry of Bolingbroke, I Duke of Hereford, II Duke of Lancaster was born the only legitimate son of John of Gaunt (q.v.) in 1366. Gaunt, I Duke of Lancaster, was the second son of Edward III. His elder brother was known as the Black Prince, who died before he could become king.
Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, a son of King Edward III. Their descendants were members of 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.
John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (second creation), KG (6 March 1340 – 3 February 1399) was a member of the House of Plantagenet, the third surviving son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. He was called "John of Gaunt" because he was born in Ghent, rendered in English as Gaunt.
Edward IV of England was a king of England. He was born on April 28, 1442. He was King of England from March 4, 1461 until his death on April 9, 1483. Edward was the eldest of the four sons of Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. The Duke of York was a very powerful man, and had a claim to the throne of England. He became more popular than the existing king, Henry VI of England.
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, Prince of England and King of Castille, Third surviving son of KING EDWARD III OF ENGLAND (r1327-1377), was born March 1339/40 in Ghent, Flanders, and died February 3, 1398/99 in Leicester, and was buried in St Paul's Cathedral, London.