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The Ancestry of Oliver Mainwaring: Munday

1 Sir John Munday = Julian Browne
2 John Munday (Jr.) = Joane ____
3 Katherine Munday = Lawrence Kendall
4 Mary Kendall = Richard Moyle
5 Loveday Moyle = Henry Esse
6 Prudence Esse = Oliver Mainwaring (II)
7 Oliver Mainwaring (III) = Hannah Raymond

Most modern compilations ignore the parentage of the Sir John Munday with whom we begin our account.[1] He is is however stated in a seventeenth-century pedigree to have been a son of “Sir John Munday, [vivens?] 1495,” by the latter’s “first wife, Isabel, da. of John Ripes, alderman of London.”[2] While there never was a London alderman of that name,[3] and the pedigree’s statement that Sir John Munday died 27 May 1538 is not quite correct, it definitely furnishes correct and significant information on the generation of Sir John, crediting him with a brother Roger and nephew Nicholas whose existences are confirmed by John’s will and other sources.[4] Nicholas, the eighteenth-century antiquary, in his History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, mentions that there is a genealogy of Mundy in Dugdale’s Derbyshire Visitation of 1662-63, which we have not seen. In partial corroboration of the seventeenth-century pedigree, he notes:

The late Thomas Barrett, esq. of Lee, in Kent, had Lydgate’s Siege of Troy, a fine large manuscript of vellum, presented to king Henry V. and the presentation of the book to the king is represented by an illumination. The MS. was given to one of the family of Mundy (probably Thomas or Henry) that was of the bedchamber of king Henry VI. John Mundy, lord mayor, gave it to his son Vincent, May 29, 1534. Afterwards is written “Adrian Mund,” and again “Francys Mundy, of Marketon, esq. September 18, 1615.” It afterwards became the property of lord Somers.

Unfortunately, as the pedigree is undocumented, it is impossible to state exactly in what respects it may be regarded as reliable.

1.  Sir John Munday (or Mundy), citizen of London, Sheriff in 1514, alderman of the ward of Aldgate in 1517, and Lord Mayor of London in 1522-23. He was presumably born around 1475-85, and died in 1537, between 12 July (when he made his will) and 15 September following (when he is called “deceased” in his wife’ will), he dying seised of Marketon (now Mark Eaton, in the parish of Mackworth), Mackworth, and Allestry in co. Derby. He was originally a goldsmith, serving as Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1519. He served as alderman of Queenhithe ward, London, 1513-15, and of Bread Street ward, London, 1513-1537, and was knighted following his service as mayor.[5] John Munday is also said in the seventeenth-century pedigree to have married (1) a first wife whose name is unknown, by whom he was father of Margaret Mundy, who upon her second marriage to Lord Edmund Howard (d. 1539), a younger son of the Duke of Norfolk, became stepmother to Catherine Howard, the future fifth wife of Henry VIII. He married (2?) Julian Browne, who died in September 1537, between the 15th (when she made her will) and the 26th (when it was proved), daughter of William Browne, of London, Esq., by his first wife, Katherine, daughter of Sir Edmund Shaa, Mayor of London in 1482.[6] His will, made 12 July 1537 and proved 26 September following, mentions “Julian my welbelovyd wiffe,” his brother Roger Mundy and Nicholas Mundy his son, and his children, including our ancestor John Mundy, and makes a bequest to “the parishhe churche of Saint Peter of Westchepe [now Cheap] in London whear I am a parishhoner.”[7]
    The will of “Dame Julian, Mundy, widowe, late the wife of Sr John Mundy, knight and alderman, of London, deceased,” requests burial in the parish church of St. Peter in Westcheap (now simply Cheap), and mentions her husband’s brother Roger Mundy, her own brothers William and John Browne, her kinsman Thomas Shaa, and each of her children including our ancestor John Mundy. She survived her husband by at most [8]
    Sir John Munday and his wife Julian Browne were the parents of Mildred Mundy, wife of John Harleston, of South Ockendon, Essex, and ancestor of John Harleston and his sister Elizabeth (Harleston) Ball, seventeenth-century immigrants to South Carolina.[9]

2.  John Munday (the younger). His brother (or half-brother?), Thomas Mundy, the corrupt Prior of Bodmin (where he was better known as Thomas Vivian), brought him into Cornwall and, in anticipation of the dissolution of the priory, made him a long lease for ninety-nine years of the manor of Rialton, which thereafter, for a century or so, became the family seat of the Mundys. They held it until the Civil War, when it was seized by the Commonwealth, and the family afterward sunk from the ranks of the gentry.[10] He possibly married Joanne ____.[11]

3.  Katherine Munday. About 1540, in expectation of her marriage, her uncle, Thomas Mundy alias Wandsworth, Prior of Bodmin, arranged for her and her future husband to be granted the manor of Withiel, with the advowson of the church, for ninety-nine years. This was obtained through a promise to the brethren of a large sum of money, which they never received. The prior, in his 1549 will, was so shameless as to bequeath “all suche debts as my preste and farmer owe me to Lawrence Kendall my nevewe and to Kathrin his wife.”[12] She married shortly before 20 September 1537, Lawrence Kendall, lord of the manor of Withiel, near Bodmin, Cornwall, living 1555 but died by 1580 (when he is called defunctus in a release of property by his son Nicholas), a younger son of Walter Kendall, J.P. for Cornwall during the reign of Henry VIII, by Jane, daughter of John Rous, of Medbury. Their impending marriage is mentioned in a document dated 20 September 1537, which (as summarized by a nineteenth-century historian) states: “The prior and convent by deed indented, under the conventual seal, dated 20th September anno regni Regis 29 Hen. VIII. granted the whole manor of Withiel and the advowson of the church, together with the common fishing throughout the whole water of Aleyn and Eyle, with all the appurtenances, to Lawrence Kendall and Katheryn Monday, which the same Lawrence should marry, their heirs and assigns, for the term of 99 years.”[13] See KENDALL for the continuation of the line.


1Edwin John Rawle, Records of the Rawle Family (Chislehurst, Kent, 1898), 152; B.H. Williams, Ancient Westcountry Families and their Armorial Bearings (Penzance, 1916), vol. 1 (all published?), pp. 158-63, which seems to borrow from Rawle’s work without acknowledgement.
2“Pedigree of Mundy, of Marketon, co. Derby, and of Osberton Hall, co. Leic., compiled in 1697 by Peers Mauduit, Windsor Herald, and continued, with notes, by the late Rev. Dr. Pegge,” printed in John Nichols, The History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester, vol. 4, pt. 2, pp. 525*-526* (so-numbered because they are part of an insert). The existence of this pedigree was pointed out by John Brandon in a posting to soc.gen.medieval dated 11 September 2003 <http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2003-09/1063314356>.
3The Rev. Alfred B. Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, temp. Henry III – 1912, 2 vols. (London, 1913).
4“Roger, brother of the said John Mundy“ is also mentioned in a suit against “John Mundy, goldsmith and alderman of London” see P.R.O. online catalogue, reference C 1/383/15.
5Beaven, The Aldermen of the City of London, temp. Henry III – 1912, 1:23 (where however the date of his will is erroneously given), 168 (where however the statement that he was grandson of Sir Edmund Shaa should read grandson-in-law). Beaven gives the date of the knighthood as 1523, but William A. Shaw, The Knights of England, 2 vols. (London, 1906), 2:47, gives the date as 1529.
6The Visitation of London in the year 1568 (Harleian Society, vol. I), p. 24.
7P.C.C. 9 Dyngeley; Modern archival reference PRO prob. 11/27.
8P.C.C. 9 Dyngeley; modern archival reference PRO prob. 11/27.
9Magna Charta Sureties, line 4A; Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists, 2nd ed., p. 175.
10Will of “Thomas Mundye alias Wansworthe,” dated 17 February 1549, proved 6 February 1555; P.C.C. 19 More, modern archival reference PRO prob. 11/37, enjoining that “John Mundy should enioie [enjoy] the manor of Ryalton … without any interruption”; Edwin John Rawle, Records of the Rawle Family (Chiselhurst, Kent, 1898), 152; A.L. Rowse, Tudor Cornwall, Portrait of a Society, “new edition,” (London, 1969), 180, 205-6.
11Polsue, Complete Parochial History of the County of Cornwall, 4:iii (in the additionas at the end of the volume), repeats the evidently traditional identification of her as “coheir[ess] of Waye of Losthwithiel” However, Todd A. Farmerie, in a posting to soc.gen.medieval dated 10 February 2001 <http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2001-02/0981838018>, points out that her husband’s grandson, John Munday, is also said to have married such an heiress, while the present John Munday is made in other pedigrees to marry ”a daughter of ____ Man” (see Vivian’s Visitations of Cornwall, 337).
12Will of “Thomas Mundye alias Wansworthe,” dated 17 February 1549, proved 6 February 1555; P.C.C. 19 More, modern archival reference PRO prob. 11/37. Printed in Sir John Maclean, “The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Wandsworth, last prior of Bodmin, with a prefatory notice,” Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, no. 16 (October 1874): 349-357. See also Vivian’s Visitations of Cornwall (1887), 258; Edwin John Rawle, Records of the Rawle Family (Chislehurst, Kent, 1898), 152; A.L. Rowse, Tudor Cornwall, pp. 180-1, 208.
13Douglas Richardson, posting to soc.gen.medieval dated 24 November 2004 <http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/GEN-MEDIEVAL/2004-11/1101292618>, citing Sir John Maclean, The Parochial and Family History of the Deanery of Trigg Minor, 1 (1876): 136, 269, citing roll 5, no. 81 (Particulars for leases).


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