The Ancestry of Oliver Mainwaring: Munday
1 Sir John Munday = Julian Browne
Most modern compilations ignore the parentage of the Sir John Munday with whom we begin our account. 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.” While there never was a London alderman of that name, 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. 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. 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. 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.”
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. He possibly married
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.” 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.” See KENDALL for the continuation of the line.
The content of this page first appeared as part of an ancestor table, under the now-defunct URL http://johnblythedobson.org/genealogy/AT/view_AT.cfm?ID=29, on 21 August 2002