John of Gaunt 1st Duke of Lancaster, son of King Edward lll of England. Husband of Katherine Swynford and father of Joan Beaufort. Joan married Sir Ralph Nevill and became the ancestor of George Washington on his mothers side. Ancestry, Sons, Beaufort 21St, Gaunt Dukes, Katherine Swynford, John, Lancaster, Plantagenet, 1St Dukes
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1403-1444 - John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset - Wimborne Minster, Dorset eldest son of John of Gaunt. Margaret Beaufort's father. Henry VII's grandfather. Believed to have commited suicide after a quarrel with the government led him to the disgrace of banishment from court. Henry VII' s best blood claim to the throne actually came through this Beaufort line, which was descended from a mistress (and later wife) of John of Gaunt named Katherine Swynford.
The Beaufort Portcullis was a very important part of the representation of Henry VII and that of his descendants. Margaret Beaufort, his mother, is a descendant of the first duke of Lancester, John of Gaunt. He was the son of king Edward III which means that Henry Tudor had Royal blood which strengthens his claim on the throne
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.
Blanche, Duchess/Lancaster (1345 –1368) was a noble-woman, heiress, daughter of England's wealthiest & most powerful peer, Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster. She was the 1st wife of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, the mother of King Henry IV of England. It is believed that Blanche may have died aged 23 after contracting the Black Death which was rife in Europe at that time. John of Gaunt held annual commemorations of her death
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.
Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmoreland Second wife of Ralph de Neville, 1st Earl of Westmoreland. Mother of Anne and Cecily Neville along with 12 others. Joan was the legitimate daughter of John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford. She was also the Grandmother of Richard Neville 'the Kingmaker', 16th Earl of Warwick.
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. (21gf//mtk)