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Tony Mcaleavy

A Stump Descendant

A fascinating story, of hard work, opportunism, murder, and the rise to power of the successful family of a weaver from North Nibley. This was the story that the Stinchcombe History Society was told by Historian Tony McAleavy last Friday 8th in the Village Hall. The story was of a man called William Stumpe who was a just poor weaver in North Nibley but set off to make his fortune in the 1500’s.

The King is a direct descendant of a man from North Nibley!

In around the year 1500 William Stumpe moved to Malmesbury where he became extremely wealthy as a result, first, of his successful business making wool cloth and, second, by the way he obtained control of much of the property of Malmesbury Abbey after the Dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1539. Tony McAleavy, a local historian from Malmesbury, has investigated William Stumpe’s family tree and discovered that King Charles III is a direct lineal descendant of the man from North Nibley. Some seventeen generations separated the King from his North Nibley ancestor. The following chart supplied by Tony shows the direct line of descent from Stumpe to our King today.

1stWilliam Stumpe of North Nibley (died 1552)
Joyce Berkeley
2ndSir James Stumpe (died 1562)
Bridget Baynton
3rdElizabeth Stumpe later Lady Elizabeth Knyvett (died 1587)
Sir Henry Knyvett
4thKatherine Knyvett later Countess of Suffolk (died 1633)
Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk
5thLady Katherine Howard later Countess of Salisbury (died 1673)
William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury
6thLady Elizabeth Cecil later Countess of Devonshire (died 1689)
William Cavendish 3rd Earl of Devonshire
7thWilliam Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire (died 1707)
Lady Mary Butler
8thWilliam Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire (died 1729)
Lady Rachel Russell
9thWilliam Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (died 1755)
Catherine Hoskins
10thWilliam Cavendish, 4th Duke of Devonshire (died 1764)
Lady Charlotte Boyle
11thLady Dorothy Cavendish, later Duchess of Portland (died 1794)
William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland
12thLord Charles Bentinck (died 1826)
13thRev. Charles Cavendish-Bentinck (died 1865)
Caroline Burnaby
14thCecilia Cavendish-Bentinck later Countess of Strathmore (died 1938)
Claude Bowes-Lyon, Earl of Strathmore
15thLady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon later Queen Elizabeth (died 2002)
King George VI
16thQueen Elizabeth II (died 2022)
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
17thKing Charles III
The Stump Family Tree

Local History

Local History in the Five Valleys

Stinchcombe History Society is participating in a local history exhibition at Museum in the Park, which is located in Stratford Park in Stroud.

TripAdvisor rates the Museum as the second best thing to do in Stroud so it’s worth a look. If you’re wondering, Woodchester Mansion came out as the top attraction.

The exhibition is called Local History in the Five Valleys and runs from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd July. Shh … don’t tell them that Stinchcombe isn’t in the Five Valleys! ☺️

See the Museum’s webpage for opening times.

Stinchcombe Display
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