I just found a society for Descendants of the Illegitimate Sons and Daughters of the Kings of Britain (The Royal Bastards). As mentioned in my Descendant of King Henry VII: blue blood? post, I discover that I’m one of the many many many Descendants of King Henry VII of England on the extensive list put together by Paul Theroff (see below). Funny thing was I found out by accident as my great aunt’s name was Valda Mary Kirby and there were only a few Google citations for her including one on Paul Theroff’s site.
Not sure that I’m prepared to pay 300 bucks for the privilege of joining the Royal Bastards society despite apparently being eligible in principle through descent from Robert Stewart 1st Earl of Orkney, the natural son of James V King of Scots and his mistress Eupheme Elphinstone … call me old fashioned but for 300 bucks they should do the research for you, but had to smile when I saw them state that “admission to the Royal Bastards is considered an achievement of great merit by amateur and professional genealogists alike”!!!
Henry VII of England (1457-1509) King of England 1st 1486 Monarch of Tudor dynasty m. Elizabeth of York Queen Consort (1465-1503) | | Margaret Tudor (1489-1541) Princess of England m. James IV King of Scots (1473-1513) | | James V King of Scots (1512-1542) Eupheme Elphinstone mistress (1509-1542/7) | | Robert Stewart 1st Earl of Orkney (1533-1593) m. Lady Jean Kennedy (d. 1598) | | Lady Jean Stewart m. Patrick Leslie Lord Lindores (d. 1608) | | Margaret Leslie of Lindores m. John Drummond 2nd Lord Maderty | | David Drummond 3rd Lord Maderty (d. 1692) m. Beatrix Graham of Montrose | | Hon. Beatrix Drummond m. John Carmichael Earl of Hyndford (1638-1710) | | Hon. William Carmichael (1671-1759) m. Helen Craig | | Helen Carmichael (d. 1787) m. John Gibson of Durie (d. 1767) | | Margaret Gibson of Durie m. Alexander Gibson-Wright of Clifton-hall and Kersie (d. 1819) | | Helen Gibson-Wright m. Sir Alexander Charles Maitland (2nd Bt) (1755-1848) | | Alexander Maitland (1787-1828) m. Susan Ramsay of Barnton (d. 1831) | | George Ramsay Maitland (1821-1866) m. Alice Anne Nisbet (d. 1869) | | George Keith Maitland (1854-1896) m. Christina Mary Theresa McDonell of Keppoch (1845-1932) | | Alice Marie (Elsie) Maitland (1880-?) m. George Henry Kirby | | Alfred Reginald Claude Kirby (1901-1963) m. Rosemary Louise FitzHerbert Wright (1905-?) | | Giles Simon Kirby (1930-) m. Angela Mary Julie Birtwistle (1930-2) | | ME