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WHEELER
  Julia
  John
  John
  Ephraim
  Joseph
  Joseph
  Thomas 
of Cranfield
 Richard
 Thomas
 John

HOLBROOK
 Patience
 Richard
 John

CRANE
 Sarah
 Jasper
 Jasper

SWAINE
 Joanne
 Samuel
 William

FOSTER
 Mary
 Nathan 
 Joseph
 Christopher
  in England 
 Bamburgh C 
 Josiah
 Noah

LYON
 Mary
 Joseph
 Henry

PIERSON
 Mary
 Thomas

HARRISON
 Maria
 Richard

BATEMAN
 Elizabeth
 William

LONGWORTH
Elizabeth
Thomas
Thomas
?Francis
?Peter 
Lancashire

ROGERS
 Elizabeth
 John

WOOD
Sarah
James
Jonas
James

FREEMAN
Christian
Joshua
William
William
John

CORDING
Mary
Thomas
Richard

EDWARDS
Mary
John
John
John

WRIGHT
 Ann
 Thomas

 Beale
 Truxton
 Porter
 camels exp

JORDAN

MEBANE

 


Bamburgh Castle [Bamborough Castle]


This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!


    Bamburgh Castle, on the eastern coast of Northumberland, is about fifteen miles north of Alnwich and has been famous for many centuries as being the home of the Fosters. 
     It is a place of great historic interest.

  royBamburgh.jpg (92727 bytes)
Bamburgh Castle
this photo Supplied by LeRoy Foster
"the ancient castle built above a 150 ft cliff formed by the Whin sill, which there as in the Farne Islands to the northeast, outcrops boldly. The fortress was founded in the 6th century by Ida, the first king of the Bernicians, and is associated with St. Oswald of Northumbria, 'the fair handed.'
 It remained the principle fortress of the kings of Northumbria and later of the earls of Northumberland. Rebuilt after the Conquest, its Norman keep, surrounded by magnificent later walls and buildings, now much altered and restored, still dominate the scene. Defended by Henry VI and his tragic Queen Maragret, it became heroically the 'last stay of the Red Rose in the North,' and withstood a ruinous siege in 1464." - Enc. Britannica 1968
see "A Short History of Bamburgh Castle"
http://www.bamburghcastle.com/index2.htm


 In 1191 Sir John Forster rode with King Richard I the Lion Heart to Palestine. 
  He saved the life of English King Richard at Acre. 
He was knighted and made Governor of Bamborough Castle. on Farm Island, off the rugged coast Northumberland, which later was the scene of the daring efforts of the heroic Grace Darling.
Sir John was succeeded by his heir and son Randolph.
Sir Randolph died in 1256 and was succeeded by his son, Alfred.
Sir Alfred died in 1284 and was succeeded by his son, Reginald.
Sir Reginald was succeeded by his son Richard m. 1356 
Sir Richard died in 1371 was succeeded by his son William.
Sir William died aft 1422 was succeeded by his son Thomas b 1397
five Sir Thomas's in a row. all Governors of Bamborough.
 the fifth Sir Thomas died in 1589. He was succeeded by his brother John
Sir John died in 1602 and was succeeded by his eldest son Nicholas [born out of wed-lock]
Sir Nicholas died and was succeeded by his son Claudius
Sir Claudius died in 1623 and was succeeded by his brother John


Sir John Forster his parents 
General in the Third Crusade
1st Governor of Bamborough Castle 


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(son of William) During the Third Crusade [1189 - 1193] At the siege of Acre, A. D. 1191, a party of Sarcens having sallied forth and surround King Richard [1189 - 1199], he would have been overpowered and made prisoner had not Sir John Forster, who seeing from a distance the danger in which the King was placed, pushed forward with couched lance followed by his retainers shouting, 
"To the rescue! A Forester!  A Forester!."  
  The King who for his bravery and timely assistance received from King Richard a  grant to bear a Chevron Vert on his shield. He was knighted and made Governor of Bamborough Castle.
 There is a monument to his memory in Bamborough Abbey bearing his effigy in full armor.
Sir John was succeeded by his heir and son Randolph.

The Forester family were the principal chieftains in Northumberland and allied by marriage with all the eminent northern families. Many of the family were distinguished for their deeds of chivalry and warlike actions.


Sir Randolph Forster died 1256 his parents 
2nd Governor of Bamborough


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(son of Sir John).  He accompanied Prince Richard, brother of Henry III [1220 - 1272], to France in 1225, the Prince being sent by the King for the purpose of regaining his French provinces. 
 After a year's fighting an armistice was agreed upon, but the French King Louis VIII dying before its expiration, the hostilities were again renewed, but ended in a very little result. 
 Sir Randolph died in 1256 and was succeeded by his son, Alfred.


Sir Alfred Forster  died 1284 his parents 
3rd Governor of Bamborough


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  (son of Sir Randolph).  He assisted Prince Edward after his escape from the rebel barons in raising an army for this purpose of releasing his father Henry III and Prince Richard from their confinement, and was appointed on of the Kings' officers.  Having collected his army, Prince Edward fought the battle of Evesham Aug 4, 1265, in which he was victorious.  
  Sir Alfred received the honor of knighthood on the battlefield.  
  Sir Alfred died in 1284 and was succeeded by his son, Reginald.


a bit of a discrepancy between the two lists this one now shows Sir Richard d 1371 Gov. of Bamborough, Sir William -Gov of Bamborough, , Thomas of Etherstone b? 1397 

Sir Reginald Forster  his parents 
4th Governor of Bamborough
Northumberland, England


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  General of Bannockburn 1314. 
    The descendants of Sir Reginald were mostly great chieftins, many were knighted and were closely allied with the royalty of Scotland, Wales and England. 61 of his family held the office of mayor or sheriff of Galway, Ireland. The song "Mother Machree" which says "There's not a colleen sweeter where the River Shannon flows" has reference to Galway County, west coast of Ireland, where Francis Blake Forster settled.


Sir Richard Forster d 1371 his parents 
5th Governor of Bamborough
Northumberland, England


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married 1356 
General at the battle of Crecy 25 Aug 1346  at Poitiers, 19 Sept 1356 and was knighted for his valor.


Sir William Forster  his parents 
6th Governor of Bamborough
Northumberland, England


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General in the war against the French under King Henry V  of England [1413 - 1422]. He was knighted for valor.


Thomas Forster I  ca 1445 - his parents 
 Lord of Etherstone in right of his wife
7th Governor of Bamborough
Elizabeth d. of Roger de Etherstone
Northumberland, England


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(*The actual Forster Pedigree states that John (or possibly Robert) married Elizabeth de Etherstone – and not Thomas I as is popularly believed.) note by Gearald Forster 

BASIC_FORSTER_FAMILY_TREE.jpg (55245 bytes) 
a basic tree of the Forsters of Bamburgh

Thomas Forster was Lord of Etherstone in right of his wife Elizabeth, sister and heir to Roger de Etherstone.   son and dau. of another Roger de Etherstone.
This Thomas died in the time of Henry IV. [1399-1413]

Children of Thomas Forster and wife Elizabeth:
1. Thomas Forster   lived in the time of Henry V [1413-1422]
2. Robert Forster living 1490
3. Rowland Forster of Norham d. 1497 leaving two sons

 


Thomas Forster II, Esquire 1474 [ est 1495] his parents 
8th Governor of Bamborough
& Elizabeth Fitzhugh of Featherstonhalgh
her parents 
of Etherston, Northumberland, England


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Thomas Foster was born in Etherston in 1474 son of Thomas Foster.
Elizabeth Fitzhugh was born in 1476 in Stanhope Hall, D daughter of Featherstonhalgh [Fitzhugh].

  He married Elizabeth, daughter of Featherstonhalgh, of Stanhope Hall, in the County of Durham, by whom he had issue, twenty-two sons and one daughter -

?Living in the time of Henry V [1413-1422]  -- one of the men-at- arms under the Percy banner at the battle of Agincourt [1415].

Children of Thomas Forster, Esquire and Elizabeth Fitzhugh:
1. Thomas Forster of Etherston ca 1495 -        ? [living at time of Henry VI 1422-1461]
              called Grey Knight
     married Jane, dau of Sir William de Hilton, Knt of Hilton Castle, Durham
2. Roger Forster ca 1500 [ 1470] -
      married Joan Hussey 1502 -  
              dau of Hussey of Sussex
3. Nicholas Forster of Newham  19 sons
4. Elizabeth Forster
    married Gerard Shaftoe of Bavington 
5-23.  19 sons - names not recorded in the Herald's Visitation


Grey Knight, Thomas Forster III ca 1495 -  his parents 
 [living at time of Henry VI 1422-1461]

9th Governor of Bamborough

& Jane Hylton/ Hilton
her parents 
of Etherston, Northumberland, England


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Thomas Forster III married  Jane, the daughter of Sir William de Hilton, Knight of Hilton Castle, Durham. [Baron Hilton]   [sister to the Blind baron.]

Heir of the Grey Knight, Sir Thomas Forster and wife Jane Hilton
1. Sir Thomas Forster, Knt, Marshal of Berwick-upon-Tweed d. 1526
                   called Grey Knight
  married Dorothy, dau. of Ralph Lord Ogle, the third Baron Ogle in Northumberland
2. Robert Forster
       given lands in Cold Hesledon, County Durham in the time of Hen VII
    a. Richard Forster alias Foster d 2 Feb 1550
       i. Robert Forster 1514 -   [Clerk in Holy Orders in 1550]
              1. Richard Forster of Cold Hesledon
                   a. Robert Forster of Hawthorne
                   b. Thomas Forster of Cold Hesledon, Co Durham  [a dissenter in 1640]
                         married Alicia
                          i. Robert Forster and others
                              [Robert Forster was one of the early followers of George Fox]

      ii. Thomas Forster
           married Margaret, sister and heir to John Todde of Eppledon
              1. Anna Forster
                    married Christopher Tunstall
              2. Margery Forster
                    married Christopher Fulthorpe
               3. Alice Forster
               4. Meriola Forster
               5. Barbara Forster
               6. Dorothy Forster

    b. George Forster of Wolsingham, County Durham
        i. Elizabeth Forster
            married John Hall
        ii. Eleanor Forster
3. Patrick Forster
4. Reginald Forster
5. Constance Forster
      married James Gower of Stainsby
6. Isabella Forster
      married --- Turpin
7. Eleanor Forster 
      married Lionel Grey, Esq.
8. Maragret Forster
      married Gawen Mitford


Sir Thomas Forster IV - d.1526 his parents 
Grey Knight, the Marshal of Berwick-upon-Tweed
10th Governor of Bamborough
& Dorothy Ogle
her parents 
& 1529 Sir Thomas Grey of Horton 
his parents 
of Etherston, Northumberland, England


This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!


Sir Thomas Forster IV married  Dorothy, daughter of Ralph Lord Ogle, the third Baron Ogle.
 [Her brother was Robert Lord Ogle]
Sir Thomas IV was the governor of Bamburgh Castle and had Adderstone Tower near Bamburgh. 
Dorothy and Thomas had eleven children. His will was dated 3 March 1526.
Note: Following the Pedigree set forth by Joseph Forster except as to the parents of Dorothy Ogle. 
The Ogle family says her father was Ralph rather than Culbert.

[Dorothy Ogle was the daughter of Ralph Lord Ogle, the third Baron Ogle. . . citation from Complete Peerage.   The Cuthbert Ogle at the time was a priest and did have a family, but that is a different story.  There were Cuthbert Ogles later in Ralphs line. e-mail from Lynn Keller]

 Dorothy married 2nd in 1529 Sir Thomas Grey of Horton and had six [9] more daughters and a son who died young.

Children of Sir Thomas Forster and Dorothy Ogle:
1. Thomas Forster of Adderstone V, Esq, Sheriff of Northumberland 
                  will dated 4 April 1589
     married Florence, sister to Thomas, Lord Wharton
2. Margaret Forster
     married William Heron of Ford Castle
     married 2nd John Heron of Thornton, Gentleman
     married 3rd Sir George Heron, Knt of Chipshase Casltle, Co Northumberland
3. Dorothy Forster
      married Sir Reginald Carnaby, Knt of Halton
4. Elizabeth Forster
      married George Finch of Kent
5. Rowland Forster of Lucker in Northumberland [of Wark in 1565]
      married Catherine, dau of Leonard Selby
                       1. Elizabeth Forster
                            married Thomas Orde of Orde
6. Reginald Forster of Capheaton, Gentleman
      married Clara, dau of William Swinburne of Capheaton
                      1. George Forster
                       2. Peter Forster
 7. Eleanor Forster
       married 1st George Craster of Craster, Esq.
        married 2nd Robert Widdrington, Esq.
  8. Sir John Forster, Knight of Bamborough Castle ca 1520 -1602
           2nd son - was Lord of Bamborough Castle, Co. Northumberland, by grant from the Crown; he was Deputy-Warden of the Middle and East Marches, toward Scotland, for 37 years, and was Sheriff of Northumberland, Ed VI. Will dated 1601 died 1602. 
       married Jane, dau of Cuthbert Radclyffe, Esq. 
                                widow of Cuthbert, Lord Ogle of Ogle Co Northumberland


 Thomas Forster of Adderstone V, Esq - 1589  his parents 
11th Governor of Bamborough Castle
& Florence Wharton


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Sheriff of Northumberland 
                  will dated 4 April 1589
     married Florence, sister to Thomas, Lord Wharton

Children of Thomas Forster and Florence Wharton:
1. Thomas Forster VI 1549 - 1587/89  will dated 2 Sept 1587
          left his new howse in Etherston to his wife

     married Isabella dau of John Brewster
       a. Sir Matthew Forster of Adderstone
                   knighted 23 April 1617 in the County of Durham by King James I, Sheriff of Northumberland 1637
          married Catherine dau of Sir Ralph Grey of Chillingham, Knight
           i. Thomas Forster ca 1604 - will dated 7 Sept 1637
              married Mary dau of Sir William Fenwick  She was buried 25 Jan 1671
                          a. Thomas Forster of Adderstone, Esquire  was a Colonel in the army  buried 19 June 1673
                              married  27 Jan 1651 Mary, dau of Sir Nicholas Cole, Knight of Brancepath Castle, Co Durham
                               i. Mary Forster 21 Feb 1653 - buried 19 April 1705
                                    married Edmund Maine Lt-Gov of Berwick and MP for Morpeth buried 25 April 1711
                               ii. Ralph Forster 17 April 1655 - 19 May 1656 dy
                               iii. Thomas Forster 6 Aug 1659 - buried 25 Oct 1725
                                         Sheriff of Northumberland 1703
                                    married 1st 27 Jan 1680 Frances dau of Sir William Forster, Knight of Bamborough Castle
                                    married 2nd Mary  [accidently shot Oct 1697]
                                    married 3rd 14 Feb 1701 Barbara Lawes  
                          b. Madeleine Forster
                              married Philip Grey of Howick
                          c. Mary Forster
                               married George Baker of Crook, Esquire
                          d. John Forster of Crookletch "a worthy and upright gentleman" buried 10 May 1681
                               married Mary, sister of John Forster of London
                          e. Ralph Forster of Adderstone in 1681 and afterwards of Halton
                          f. Francis Forster   will dated and proved 1681 owned Belford
                                  of Easington Grange, County Northumberland and of South Bailey, Durham
                              married Elizabeth
          ii. Magdelina Forster
         iii. Jane Forster
         iv. Mary Forster  probably buried 17 Dec 1665
              married ca 1629 Edward Lisle of Action, Northumberland buried 18 May 1676
                            [of the family of Lisle of Fenton]
                  had 3 daughters and co-heiresses
          v. Dorothy Forster
          vi. Edith Forster
              married Edmund Craster, Esquire of Craster, County Northumberland
         vii. Matthew Forster
         viii. John Forster of Cornhill  will dated 6 Dec. 1679
              married Mary, sister to John Orde of Mindrum
                           a. Catherine Forster  living 1698
                                married Wilkinson  d. bef 1698
                           b. Elizabeth Forster
                                married Henry Collingwood of Branxton
                           c. Margaret Forster
                                married William Ramsey
                                maried 2nd George Fenwick of Brinkburne
                            d. Thomas Forster of Cornhill, Esquire
                                married Elizabeth, dau and co--heir of George Reed of Cassop 
                                      and widow of William Gibson of Stranton County Durham
                                   i. Elizabeth Forster  living a widow in 1715
                                      married 1st The Hon. Charles Grey of Chillingham d bef 1696
                                      married 2nd John Atkins, Esquire of Horninghold, County Leicester

       b. Thomas Forster
       c. John Forster
       d. William Forster
       e. Florence Forster
       f. Margaret Forster
       g. Phillis Forster
           married John Forster of Newham
        h. Susanna Forster
            married John Forster of Bamborough 
2. Margaret Forster 
    married Nicholas Ridley
3. Barbara Forster
     married Robert, son of John Rodham of Rodham, Co Northumberland
4. Cuthbert Forster of Brunton, Gentleman will 1589
     married Elizabeth, dau of Thomas Bradforth of Bradforth
    a. Jane Forster 
         married to Laurence Forster
    b. Grace Forster 
         married to John Forster of Tuggall Hall
    c. Samuel Forster student at Edinburgh will dated 1612
         i. John Forster
    d. Thomas Forster of Brunton 1615  Will dated 19 June 1648
         married 1st Margaret, dau. of Richard Forster, of Tuggall, Esq
           i. Elizabeth Forster
         married 2nd Jane, dau of William Carr of Ford
           i. Ephraim Forster
           ii. John Forster  - immigrated to Scotland about 1640
                             had son went to Ireland and grandsons to Lancaster Co PA 1728
           iii. Matthew Forster
           iv. Reynold [Reginald] Forster ca 1595 - 1664 Ipswich, Mass.
[Reginald Foster of Little Badow, County Essex , England who came to the U.S. in 1638. 
    He was of the Foster family of Banburgh and Etherstone Castle , County Northumberland ]
           v. Edmond Forster


Sir John Forster, Knight  ca 1520 -1602 his parents 
 12th Governor of Bamborough
& ca 1540 Janet Buicks [mistress]
& 154x
Jane Radclyffe 
& by 1597 Isabel Sheppard
of
  Bamborough Castle


This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!


*Sir John Forster, Knight of Bamborough Castle ca 1520 -1602
          - was made Lord of Bamborough Castle, Co. Northumberland, by grant from the Crown;
 he was Deputy-Warden of the Middle and East Marches, toward Scotland, for 37 years, 
and was Sheriff of Northumberland, Ed VI. Will dated 1601 died 1602. 
 married Jane, dau of Cuthbert Radclyffe, Esq. 
                                 widow of Cuthbert, Lord Ogle of Ogle Co Northumberland

 " He had three brothers and at least six sisters, but when his mother married 2nd in 1529 Sir Thomas Grey of Horton and had six more daughters and a son. As most of these siblings and half-siblings married, Forster was related to most of the greater landed families of Northumberland. 
 He first made his mark as an ambitious younger son exploiting the dissolution of the monasteries when he bought the Bamburgh lands and tithes belonging to Nostell Priory in 1541. 
He thereafter designated himself as Forster of Bamburgh. 
. . . He continued to purchase former monastic land throughout his life, such as Alnwick Abbey (from Sir Ralph Sadler in 1557), and he later controlled much of Hexham Abbey and Hulne Priory. 
 He also accumulated substantial non-monastic lands at Spindlestone, Bamburgh, Hexham, Alnwick, Corbridge, Middleton Hall, Belford, Easington, and Elwick in Northumberland. 
 Added to these were various tithes, fishings, and coal-pits, and the lay rectorships of Alnmouth, Lesbury, Longhoughton, Lucker, Shilbottle, and Warkworth churches.

"Forster captained 100 light horse at Fenton between 1544 and 1549 during the Anglo-Scottish wars. 
He may have been wounded at the battle of Ancrum Moor in February 1545. 
His military prowess was rewarded by a knighthood c.1548, probably on the suggestion of Sir Ralph Sadler who admired Forster's bravery. 
 Sir John then settled back into gentry life after hostilities ceased in 1549:
 he was chosen as sheriff of Northumberland in 1550. 
 In 1555 he was awarded the captaincy of Bamburgh Castle, 
 and he began acting as a deputy warden of the English middle march in 1556.
  He was described as ‘a man of great servyce on the Borders’ in 1558 (APC, 6.270–71).
  However, Forster was dismissed from office by the newly restored seventh earl of Northumberland. 
 The earl had been enraged by the Forsters' success in the county at the expense of his family's traditional influence.

"The accession of Elizabeth I signaled Sir John's return to the office of deputy warden, for the earl of Northumberland was forced to retreat from the frontier.
Forster became warden of the middle march in his own right in November 1560 
and remained in this office until 1596, with a small break during 1587–8. 
He was much trusted for his good service and now openly supported the protestant cause, 
while many local gentlemen remained Catholic. 
He even became a puritan. 
His years as warden were difficult, but he handled the deteriorating conditions on the marches with tenacity, effectiveness, and pragmatism. 
 His local knowledge was invaluable, making him more successful in this post than strangers. 
 He gained even more wealth, influence, and offices by assisting the defeat of the northern uprising of 1569–70. He then took every opportunity he could to aggrandize his homes at the expense of the earls of Northumberland and their followers. 
While warden, Sir John had also been a long-serving JP (1562–1601), 
a councillor of the north, custos rotulorum for Northumberland, 
a border commissioner, and a frequent commissioner for the crown,
 exchequer, chancery, and the church. 
 He was widely respected.
 He died 13 January 1602 at Spindlestone.
 His funeral at Bamburgh parish church cost £454 11s. 7d., an exceptional sum by Northumbrian standards.


Children of Sir John Forster and Jane, dau of Cuthbert Radclyffe
1. Juliana Forster 
    married 1571 Sir Francis Russell, Knight, 3rd d 1585 son of the Earl of Bedford 
      a. son who became the 3rd Earl of Bedford
2. Grace Forster
     married to Sir William Fenwick, Knight of Wallington, Co North.

 Child of Sir John Forester and Janet Buicks before his first marriage 
*1. Nicholas Forster, eldest son of Bamborough Castle
         Sheriff of Northumberland [b.out of wed-lock]
     married Jane, dau of Anthony Radclyffe, of Blancheland, Esq
  * a. Sir Claudius Forster, Knight,   d. 1623 without issue
               who was created a Baronet 1619, Sheriff of Northumberland to Jas I
           married Elizabeth
                   dau of Sir William Fenwick of Wallington by "Meg of Meldon" 
  * b. John Forster, died 20 May 1625
                   heir to his brother Sir Claudius,
                      was Lord of Bamborough Castle and Blancheland
         married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Forster, Esq, of Adderston
       * i. Nicholas Forster 1612 - 10 Dec 1636
             married Agnes, dau of William Chaytor of Croft, Co York, Esq.

              * 1. William Forster 1636 - ca 12 Nov 1674
                     married Dorothy dau and heir of Sir Wiliam Shelby, Knt of Twisell and Thornton, Co North. by Eleanor his wife  and dau  of Ferdinando, Lord Fairfax, of Denton

                  a. Frances Forster
                        married 27 Jan 1680Thomas Forster of Adderstone, Esq.

                 +   i. Thomas Forster of Adderstone, Esq. 29 mar 1683 - 1737 Boulogne
                                "the Rebel General" - who forfeited his estate  without issue
                       ii. John Forster 1688 - 1745
                            married Isabella, dau of William Orde, Esq of Sandybank

                               1. Thomas Forster of Adderston, Esq 1743 - 1763 without issue
                               2. Isabella Forster  without issue
                                   married John Widdrington, of Hawksly, Esq.

                      iii. Dorothy Forster 1686 -
                              married John Armstrong of Berry Hill, Co North.
                        iv. Margaret Forster
                         v. Elizabeth Forster 14 Aug 1684 -
                        vi. William Forster 1 Nov 165 - dy

                 * b. William Forster 28 July 1667 - 6 Sept 1700 no issue
                             of Bamborough Castle and Blancheland, Esq.
                          married Elizabeth, dau of William Pert, Esq of Essex by his wife Elizabeth,
                          
dau of William Forster, son of Sir Humphrey Forster of Aldermarston Co Bucks
                    c. John Forster 28 Sept 1668 - 15 Nov 1699 without issue
                 * d. Ferdinando Forster 14 Feb 1669/70 - 22Aug 1701 without issue
                           murdered at Newcastle-upon-Tyne when MP for Northumberland by John Fenwick, Esquire of Rock, 
                                who was hanged on the spot 25th Sept. following.
                     e. Nicholas Forster 8 June 1671 - 7 April 1678 Durham without issue
                     f. Mary Forster 23 Nov 1664 - dy
                     g. Eleanor Forster 8 June 1663 - Feb 1664 Berwick
                 +  h. Dorothy Forster 1672 - 1715 without issue
                         co-heir with Thomas Forster of Adderstone, to the estates of Bamborough and Blancheland.
                           married 1699 Nathaniel, Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham, 1633- 1721
                                 Baron of Steane,
                          
who having purchased all the estates forfeited by Thomas Forster, "the Rebel General,"
                           founder the famous "Bamborough Charity" therewith.

                 2. Mary Forster
                      married Moore
                 3. Ferdinando Forster
                 4. Frances Forster
                      married Francis Liddell, son and heir of Sir Francis Liddell of Redheugh

        ii. Thomas Forster, of the Friars, near Bamborough
        iii. Elizabeth Forster
                married Elrington, of Elrington, Co Northumberland
        iv. Claudius Forster of Blancheland
                 1. John Forster of Durham

  Children of Sir John Forester and 2nd wife Isabel Sheppard:
 
1. Matthew Sheppard alias Forster
 2. Mary Forster
       married 5 July 1599 Sir Henry Stapelton, Knight,
                at All Saints, Newcastle-upon-Tyne'

  Children of Sir John Forester and unknown mother
 3. Dorothy [Mary] Forster
      married Ralph Salkeld, younger son of Thomas Salkeld of Hulne Park
 4. John Forster


". . . the Forsters of Bamburghshire were notorious for their infidelities and Sir John was no exception. 
 He had a son, Nicholas, with Janet Buicks 
  before his first marriage in the 1540s to the widow of his cousin Robert, fifth Lord Ogle, namely Jane Radcliffe of Dilston. 
 This marriage produced a daughter, Juliana, who in 1571 married Sir Francis Russell, a younger son of the first earl of Bedford. By quirk of fate, she was the mother of the third earl of Bedford, since both her husband and his brother, the second earl of Bedford, died within hours of each other in July 1585. Sir John was very proud to be the earl's grandfather.
  His second marriage, by 1597, was to his long-standing mistress Isabel Sheppard.
 She was the mother of Matthew Sheppard alias Forster, and Mary, who were legitimized by their parents' marriage. Mary married Henry Stapleton of Wighill, Yorkshire, in 1599.
 As he had no son to succeed him, Sir John went to the church courts at Durham in July 1596 to have Nicholas legitimated as his son and heir. 
 The outcome of this case is unclear, but Nicholas did succeed his father in 1602. 
 Sir John's other illegitimate children, of unknown maternity, included a son, John, and a daughter, Mary, who married Ralph Salkeld of Hulne Park, Alnwick. 
Sources: M. M. Meikle, ‘A godly rogue: the career of Sir John Forster, an Elizabethan border warden’, Northern History, 28 (1992), 126–63 · E. Bateson and others, eds., A history of Northumberland, 15 vols. (1893–1940) · U. Durham L., archives and special collections, Durham probate records, wills, 1602 · [J. Raine, W. Greenwell, and others], eds., Wills and inventories from the registry at Durham, 4 pts, SurtS, 2, 38, 112, 142 (1835–1929) · APC, 1556–8 · PRO, E 310/21/107 · M. M. Meikle, ‘Northumberland divided: anatomy of a sixteenth-century bloodfeud’, Archaeologia Aeliana, 5th ser., 20 (1992), 79–89 · M. M. Meikle, ‘Lairds and gentlemen: a study of the landed families of the Eastern Anglo-Scottish Borders, c.1540–1603’, PhD diss., U. Edin., 1989

 They were lords of Blanchard, knights baronet, lords warden of the Middle Marches, high sheriffs of Northumberland, and governors of Bamburgh Castle.   
   The family went bankrupt in the 1700 or 1800 hundreds and sold the castle the the Armstrong family of Adderstone, Northumberland, England.
A large family tree [in Bamburgh Castle] goes back to Sir Knight John Forster and Sir Knight Richard Foster. 


Thomas Forster ca 1370 - his parents 
& Joan, dau and co-heir of Thomas de Elmedon
her parents 
of Buckton, Yorkshire, England


This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!


Thomas Forster, of Buckton, son and heir of John Forster of Buckton, one of the companions of Earl Percy, surnamed "Hotspur" at the battle of Otterburne in 1388
He married Joan, daughter and co-heir of Thomas de Elmedon, by Elizabeth, his wife's sister and co-heir of Gilbert de Umfreville, last Earl of Angus, by whom he had issue
?Living in the time of Henry V [1413-1422]  -- one of the men-at- arms under the Percy banner at the battle of Agincourt [1415]. 

1. Thomas Forster, Lord of Etherstone
2. William Forster ca 1410  who was slain at Towtonfield on the part of the House of Lancaster, on Palm Sunday, 1461 and whose son
     a. Thomas Forster bef 1430 - 1473, seised of lands in Greencroft, North Durham when
          i. Thomas Forster ca 1451 [his son and heir was aged 22 years.]


John Forster 1316 - his parents 
& Elizabeth  
her parents 
of Buckton, Yorkshire, England


This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!


  John Forster of Buckton was the eldest son and heir Gilbert de Buckton. 
He married Elizabeth, eldest daughter and co-heir of Simon de Orde, Lord of Orde, in the County of Northumberland.
He was a stout soldier with the Black Prince at the battle of Poictiers in 1357.
his son and heir Thomas Forster

   Simon de Orde, Lord of Orde, died in 1369; he was the son and heir of Peter Orde, of Orde, by his wife Eleanor, daughter of Sir William Ridel, of Tilmouth, Knight.


Gilbert de Buckton or Gilbert Forster d. 1342 his parents 
alias Forrester, Chief Gamekeeper to the Bishop of Durham, 
of Buckton, Yorkshire, England


This is my working hypothesis - the way I see it as of this moment!!


Gilbert de Buckton lived in the time of King John and King Henry III [1220 - 1272]. He died in 1342, 10th Bury. He was succeeded in his offices of Forester and Gamekeeper to the Bishop by his son, John Forster, who was 26 years of age at his father's death.
Sons of Gilbert Forster:
1. John Forster 1316 -
2. Robert Forster his 2nd son, who was seised of lands &tc at Ancroft in North Durham in the year 1344. his son
      a. Robert Forster,of Ancroft, is recorded in 1381 as owing the Prior of Holy Island ten shillings. his son
          i. Robert Forster of Edelaton, a Juror in 1450 held lands of the Prior of Holy Island; he was buried at Norham in 1505. he had two sons --
                 1. Rowland Forster
                 2. Nicholas Forster

Buckton is a hamlet in the chapelry of Kyloe. in the parish of Holy Island.

Joseph Foster in 1871 set forth this line [starting at this man]  in his privately published
  "A Pedigree of the Forsters and Fosters of the North of England"  book found at genealogy.com

(** This man Gilbert Foster, who was the Head Forester to the Bishop of Durham and died in 1342, has often been claimed as the progenitor of the Forsters of Northumbria. Quite wrongly, in my humble opinion.  GF.)


The Foster Family History 
A Must see: http://teatreehollow.com/forster_gallery.htm

Roy, I saw the pictures. I would like to add them to the collection on Foster Quest/Castle Quest. If you ever go back, visit Corstorphen, Scotland (just outside Edinburgh). It is also our ancient homeland. The Forrester Clan owns the grounds where the ruins of Torwood Castle remain. This is a Forrester Castle. In Corstorphen, you will find the home of The Lord Forrester. On the main entry gate and on the house, you will see our "Three Bugle Horns". Torwood Castle dates back to the 1400's for our families. It is my belief that Sir Richard, Forester of Flanders, settled in that region during the Norman Conquest. If you want to have a good reading of a Forster historian go to  http://gerryforster.netfirms.com/History/Forster_History.htm and
http://teatreehollow.com/forster_gallery.htm
These two sites present some good reading and a little contempt for the Foster lines as this Forster was very proud of his name. But I think he was no different than we Fosters. Some of his speculation is just that. None of us know everything. His pictures are the best of Bamburgh.
I'll write more soon. Are you related to Stan?  J-RedFosterProv3:5-6

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Photos by and from Leroy Foster 

Hi everyone,  I thought I would send you some other pictures of England. 
The first ones are the Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland, England located near Holy Island and the Scotland border on the English Channel. 

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 fBamburg-Castle-Entry-Way-f.jpg (30022 bytes)  fView-from-wall-of-Bamburg-.jpg (21103 bytes)  

St Aidan' Church is where most of the old Forster's are buried i.e. Sir John Forster, etc etc back to 1100 to 1500 AD. 

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St. Aidan's 

{some web- sites about this Castle that I enjoyed -Sally]
  http://www.bamburghcastle.com/    

   http://www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_north/75/bamburghcastle.htm  

http://www.inspirationalimports.com/castlefiles/bamburgh.htm  

  http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/archaeology/bamburgh.html 
 

http://communities.northumberland.gov.uk/Bamburgh.htm
  

 Northumbian pictures of Bamburgh Castle

http://www.ejr.ndo.co.uk/bamburgh.html  

 


 e-mail from Roy Foster: "Yes, you can [post the pictures]. I would appreciate it if you do mention my name as I do not want anyone to try selling them. This is strictly prohibited by me because I want all of the descendents to Christopher Foster and Frances Stevens to know their ancestors and to pass that information down to their children, etc etc etc.  I hope some day that the Fosters can unite in a common interest of returning to our ancestral home of our forefathers. I hope someday that the castle at Bamburgh become truly recognized in the Foster ancestry and one day become owned by the Foster descendents because of it being given to the Family by Queen Elizabeth I, which, in my opinion, should have remained so for eternity.

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