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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 Neville and became the ancestor of George Washington, on his mothers side.

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.

Philippa of Hainault (1314 - 1369). Wife of Edward III. Queen from 1328 - 1369. Mother of Edward The Black Prince, and John of Gaunt. Her marriage was supposedly very happy.

Henry I's daughter: Matilda. Married at age 23 to 13 year old Geoffrey V Plantagenet and son of Fulk, King of Jerusalem, and their son was King Henry II

Princess Joan of Acre (1272 - 1307). Daughter of King Edward I and Queen Eleanor of Castile. She married Gilbert de Clare and had four children. After his death she remarried Ralph de Monthermer and had four more children.

James 5th High Steward Scotland Stewart 1243 -1309 was the son of Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland. He was a Guardian of Scotland. During the Wars of Scottish Independence, he submitted to King Edward I of England. However, he joined Sir William Wallace. After the defeat of Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk 1298 he joined Robert the Bruce. James Stewart's son Walter Stewart married Robert the Bruce's daughter, Marjorie Bruce. I'll count the "greats" back from me later!

Blessed Margaret Pole pictured with her son, Cardinal Pole. My ancestor, Sir Edward Neville, was executed on the suspicion he backed Margaret's succession to the throne. She alone was the heir to the last of the Plantagenets. Edward and Margaret were cousins through sisters Isobel and Anne Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker. Sir Edward's youngest son John Neville was my ancestor. Too young to inherit anything.