I was tracing my ancestors on the files put together by my cousin Hamish MacLaren over on the Douglas Family Archives, and amazingly I got as far back as Genghis Khan (see below). Now this would explain the political views of a whole number of my family and relatives, so I promptly informed them that their road rage and similar character traits could actually be genetic. I thought it might help also reinforce my leadership credentials at work if I explained my ancestry, although they seemed more concerned that I might be descended from Elisabeth Bassaraba Princess Of Valachia. Apparently, she’s one of Dracula’s Transylvanian ancestors/relations who used to bathe in the blood of virgins. I assured them that I was actually quite happy with the power shower, now that the plumber had got it working again, and that my ancestry was not going to play a big part in their forthcoming reviews. Anyway, I’m not one to normally let the truth get in the way of a good story, but sadly the Genghis Khan connection now looks even more tenous.
Everything seems to check out until I get as far as , Ruprecht I Of Liegnitz and Jadwiga Of Glogau And Sagan. That’s not bad because I at least appear to be descended from a number of Scottish Kings and noble European families, among many many others. However, I can’t see how cousin Hamish has made the Jadwiga Of Glogau And Sagan above, the daughter of Henryk VI “Wrobel” Of Glogau & Sagan and Katarzyna Of Oppeln.
Warning: If you wish to avoid brain ache and/or tedium I suggest you skip the rest of this post. I had to take two paracetamol just to write it!
According to Miroslav Marek’s Genealogy.eu site. The Jadwiga (ref: D5) who marries Duke Ruprecht I of Liegnitz is the sister, not daughter, of Duke Henryk VI “Wrobel” of Glogau and Sagan (ref: D3) (see here). That said I can see why things could have got confused because there are a lot of Jadwigas and Henryks and I maybe wrong here, but I think that Miroslav Marek’s site might also confuse some of them.
So on Marek’s Piast Dynasty Page 7 there’s a Duke Henryk IV “Starszy” of Sagan and Glogau (ref: D1) marrying Jadwiga (dau.of Duke Waclaw of Liegnitz). Whereas on Piast Dynasty Page 5 a Jadwiga(ref: B4) with the same dad and dates married a Duke Henryk VI of Sagan who dies at the same time as the Duke Henryk IV “Starszy” of Sagan and Glogau on Piast Dynasty Page 7. Then there’s another Duke Henryk VI “Wrobel” of Glogau and Sagan(ref: D3) on Piast Dynasty Page 7 who marries the Katarzyna of Oppeln that cousin Hamish has listed. If that’s not confusing enough then the Jadwiga (ref: D5) that marries Duke Ruprecht I of Liegnitz listed on Piast Dynasty Page 7 is the daughter of Duke Henryk III “Zelazny” of Glogau (ref: C1) and Anna (dau.of Duke Waclaw of Plock). Whereas on Piast Dynasty Page 5 Duke Ruprecht I of Liegnitz (ref:B1) is also shown to have married Jadwiga, but this time she’s the daughter of Duke Henryk V of Glogau and Sagan.
There’s a few other issues. Miroslav Marek’s site shows Ioana Basarab “The Great” Voivode Of Valachia marrying Margit Dobokai, from Kökényes-Renold family, not someone called Ana. He also explains that Ioana Basarab’s ancestor was one Thocomerius, Voivode of Wallachia (ca 1298-ca 1310), who could have been either a Bulgarian boyar called Tihomir, or (less probably) a “Tatar khan named Toqtemir”. Well, if I could show the link from Ruprecht I Of Liegnitz and Jadwiga Of Glogau And Sagan through to Ioana Basarab “The Great” Voivode Of Valachia, then I’d settle for the less probable option. Even if I could show the link I can’t seem to connect Toktemir or Toqtemir to Genghis Khan. I also noticed that Miroslav Marek’s site shows Maria Palaiologina Princess Of Byzantium marrying a King Stepan Uros III of Raska-Serbia not a “Tatar khan named Toqtemir”!
Maybe it’s best not to admit to any ancestors that were mass murderers and vampires. Perhaps I should follow-up my sisters suggestion and look at how we might be descended from the ‘sacred’ Merovingian Kings and back to the son of a certain carpenter. There’s definitely a connection through to Charlemagne and onto the Merovingians via Poppo, the wife of Rollo The Ganger, but that is another story for another time.
Genghis Temujin (Of The Golden Horde) = Borte (Boerke) Ujin | | J?chi (Juchi\Djouchi) Khan (Of The Golden Horde) | | Tutukan (Toqoqan) Khan (Of The Blue Horde) | | Mongke (Monke) Temur Khan (Of The Blue Horde) | | Toktemir (Toq-Temur) Khan (Of The Blue Horde) = Maria Palaiologina Princess Of Byzantium | ??? | Ioana Basarab "The Great" Voivode Of Valachia = Ana? | | Nicholas II Basarab Voivode Of Valachia = Maria | | Elisabeth Bassaraba Princess Of Valachia = Wladislaw III Duke Of Oppeln | | Katarzyna Of Oppeln = Henryk VI "Wrobel" Of Glogau & Sagan | | ??? | Jadwiga Of Glogau And Sagan = Ruprecht I Of Liegnitz | | Barbara Of Liegnitz = Rudolf III Duke Of Saxe-Wittenberg | | Barbara of Saxe-Wittenberg = John, Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach | (Johann der Alchimist) | Dorothea of Brandenburg = Christian I King Of Denmark | | Margaret of Denmark = James III of Scotland | | James IV of Scotland = Margaret Tudor | | several generations (see here) | | ME