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Sir Richard Yorke, (I)

Birthplace: York, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: April 25, 1498 (58-67)
Gouthwaite, Yorkshire (now North Yorkshire), England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: York, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Husband of Lady Jane Yorke and Joan Whitfield
Father of Walter Yorke; Sir John Yorke, of Gowthwaite; Sir Richard Yorke, (II); Thomas Yorke; Reverend Christopher Yorke and 7 others

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About Sir Richard Yorke, (I)

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YORK, Sir JOHN (d. 1569?), master of the mint, was, according to the earliest pedigree of the family in Flower's ‘Visitation of Yorkshire’ in 1563–4, third son of John Yorke, by his wife Katherine Patterdale or Patterdall. The pedigree in the ‘Visitation of Yorkshire’ by Robert Glover in 1584–5 (ed. Foster, 1875) confirms these statements, but in the ‘Visitation of London’ in 1568 he is designated the son of Sir Richard Yorke. His grandfather, according to all the pedigrees, was Sir Richard York of York, and his grandmother was, according to the visitation of 1563–4, Joan Maliverer, Sir Richard's first wife. While accepting the testimony of the Yorkshire visitations as to the name of York's father, it is probable that the London visitation is correct in distinguishing two persons, father and son, named Sir Richard York, who have been confused by Robert Davies (1793–1875) [q. v.] and other historians.

The elder Sir Richard York (d. 1498), founder of the family, and great-grandfather of Sir John York, was admitted to the freedom of the city of York by purchase in 1456. In 1459 he was chamberlain; in 1466 sheriff and mayor of the staple of Calais at York; and in 1469 and 1482 he was mayor of York. On 14 Sept. 1472 he was returned to parliament for the city of York, and he is said to have served the city in six parliaments (Davies, Extracts from the Municipal Records of York, p. 122). He was knighted at York by Henry VII on 31 July 1487, besides receiving a pension of 20l. in 1486 which was doubled in 1488 (Pat. Rolls, 5 Hen. VII, m. 19). It is probable that, in accordance with the statement in Glover's ‘Visitation,’ he died in 1498, and that his son Sir Richard York died in 1508. The younger Sir Richard was buried in the church of St. John, Micklegate, his portrait appearing in the east window.,_John_(DNB00)

Lord Mayor of York, 1469, and Merchant of the Staple

knighted by Henry VII, 1487

He appears to be the founder of Yorke of Gowthwaite.


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Goldthwaite Genealogy - Descendants of Thomas Goldthwaite, an Early Settler of Salem, Mass With Some Account of the Goldthwaite Family in England. compiled and published by Charlotte Goldthwaite. Hartford Press, 1899. p. 11, p. 13

"Thwaite comes from the Anglo Saxon verb thwcotan, to cut down, and is defined as an open space cleared in a forest, or reclaimed land; land once covered with wood brought into pasture or tillage. Added to its various prefixes, it ...formed a place name, but by being applied to its owner or inhabitant, distinguishing him from others as 'of' such thwaite, it came, when second names began to be ...transmitted to descendants as their family name...

"For some time, no name having any probable correspondence with that which I sought appeared, until at length in the Calendar of State Papers at the record office... was found one dated 14th July 1614 showing that Sir John Yorke, dame Julian his wife and eighteen others were then prosecuted 'for procuring and acting of a play at his house in Goldthwaite in profanation of religion.'[1] Reference to authorities show that the house of the Yorke family, here said to be 'at Golthwayte' was in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the parish of Kirkby Malzeard in the valley of the river Nidd, or Nidderdale...

"A study of county visitations in relations to the Yorkes' and other allied families showed other forms of the same name:- in Flower's visitation, begun 1563 Pyter [Peter] Yorke, third in succession on the estate in Kirkby Malzeard, is called 'of Goldford in Netherdale;' in St. George, begun 1612 a marriage with John Yorke 'of Goultwhayte', son and heir of Peter; in Dugdale, who sat at Richmond August 21, 1665, the name is given in three instances as 'Goulthwayte', and in two others as 'Gothwayte'. All these with 'Gothwayte', also found, were thus forms of one name in the various unsettled spellings of those days.

[1] Sir John Yorke and most of his men were Catholics, so the play probably ridiculed Protestants.


Sir Richard Yorke M, #155466, b. circa 1435, d. 25 April 1498

Sir Richard Yorke was born circa 1435 at of York, Yorkshire, England. He married Joan Whitfield, daughter of John Whitfield, circa 1461 at England; His 2nd marriage. They had 5 sons (Sir Richard; Rev. Christopher; Thomas; William; & John). Sir Richard Yorke left a will on 8 April 1498. He died on 25 April 1498 at of York, Yorkshire, England; Buried at St. John, Micklegate. His estate was probated on 27 July 1498.

Family Joan Whitfield b. c 1440 Child

   Sir Richard Yorke, Mayor of the Staple of Calais+ b. c 1462, d. Oct 1528


Sir Richard Yorke, Lord Mayor of York, Mayor of Staple in Calais (d 1498) m2. Joan (widow of John Dalton then John Whitfield, Mayor of Hull),

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Sir Richard Yorke, (I)'s Timeline

York, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Exeter, Devon, England, United Kingdom
Oakley, Northamptonshire, England
Machen, Gwynlwg, Wales
April 25, 1498
Age 63
Gouthwaite, Yorkshire (now North Yorkshire), England (United Kingdom)