Bowes Family Genealogy
Bowes Family Genealogy

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1. Sir Adam Bowes - was born about 1280 and died about 1356 .
Sir Adam married Alice Trayne about 1310. Alice was born about 1280. She is the daughter of John Trayne.

Sir Adam - The family probably descends from a cousin of Alan the Black, Earl of Richmond who was in the service of William the Conqueror. He was Captain of the Tower of Bowes, the present Bowes Castle and leader of 500 archers.
 
Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas 1331. Steward of Richmondshire.. Living in 1346. Lord of Streatlam in right of his wife.
 
About 1310 his descendant Sir Adam Bowes d? 1356, a lawyer and Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, also Bailiff of Richmond 1332-1334, married The Trayne Heiress and obtained Streatlam Castle. This was the main family seat until the 19th century and was 3 miles north east of Barnard Castle.
 
Through his wife Agnes, sole heir of Sir John Trayne, Knight, he became lord and owner of Streatlam Castle, county Durham, which henceforth became the family seat.
 
The castle of the ancient lords of Bowes, of which, a square tower - probably the keep of the original fortress - still remains, occupies an elevated position on the steep of an eminence descending abruptly to the Greta, and has been defended by a deep ditch. No foundations remain whereby the outlines of the castle as it stood in its entirety can be traced, but judging from the existing fragment, it must have been a fortress of considerable strength and extent. This tower is nearly a square, measuring 75 feet by 60 feet, and is about 53 feet in height. The walls are 12 feet thick, and have been faced with dressed stone, which has been stripped off in many places leaving the inner grout work visible. Narrow passages may be seen in the walls, and in one corner are the remains of a spiral staircase. The principal apartment appears to have been on the second storey, the large round-headed windows that lighted it still remaining. Beneath this was an apartment with a groined ceiling, supported by a central column. (Sources: - 1)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Robert Bowes was born about 1310. See #2. below.
Image of Bowes Museum

Bowes Museum


home of John and Josephine Bowes which was built around 1860 and became the Bowes Museum in the town of Barnard Castle.
----- Second Generation -----
2. Robert Bowes - was born about 1310. He is the son of Sir Adam Bowes and Alice Trayne.
Robert married Elizabeth Lilburne. Elizabeth was born about 1310. She is the daughter of Sir John Lilburne.
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i.  Sir William Bowes was born about 1330. See #3. below.
----- Third Generation -----
3. Sir William Bowes - was born about 1330. He is the son of Robert Bowes and Elizabeth Lilburne.
Sir William married Maude de Dalden. She was the daughter of Robert de Dalden. She died in 1420 .

Maude - was sole Heir of Robert de Walden

Sir William - created a Knight at Potiers 1346.
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i.  Sir Robert Bowes was born about 1355 and died in 1421 in Baugy bridge . See #4. below.
----- Fourth Generation -----
4. Sir Robert Bowes - was born about 1355 and died in 1421 in Baugy bridge . He was the son of Sir William Bowes and Maude de Dalden.
Sir Robert married Joan Conyers. Joan was born about 1355. She is the daughter of Sir Robert Conyers.

Sir Robert - created a Banneret at seige of Rouen 1419. Slain with Thomas Duke of Clarence at Baugy Bridge 1421
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i.  William Bowes was born about 1379 in Durham, England and died in 1465 in Streatlam, Durham, England . See #5. below.
----- Fifth Generation -----
5. William Bowes - was born about 1379 in Durham, England and died in 1465 in Streatlam, Durham, England . He was the son of Sir Robert Bowes and Joan Conyers.
William married Joan Greystoke about 1415 in Durham, England. Joan was born in 1428 in Greystoke, Northumberland, England. She is the daughter of Ralph Greystoke and Elizabeth FitzHugh.

William -
 
Chamberlain to Duke of Bedford. Served in France for 20 years, Warden of the Middle Marches. Rebuilt Streatlam Castle.
 
Before a twelvemonth the young wife, Jane, died, leaving him an infant son, ere she had attained her twentieth year; and Sir William mourned her loss by living a widower for the rest of his life. He was engaged for twenty years in the wars in France, and was knighted at the battle of Verneuil in 1424. He was subsequently Warden of the Middle Marches and Governor of Berwick (Sources: - 1)
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i.  Williiam Bowes was born in 1446 in Streatlam Castle, Durham, England and died in 1466 in Streatlam, Durham, England . See #6. below.
----- Sixth Generation -----
6. Williiam Bowes - was born in 1446 in Streatlam Castle, Durham, England and died in 1466 in Streatlam, Durham, England . He was the son of William Bowes and Joan Greystoke.
Williiam married Maud FitzhHugh. Maud was born about 1446 in Ravensworth, Yorkshire, England. She is the daughter of William FitzHugh and Margaret Willoughby.

Williiam - had issue five sons and seven daughters. Six of the latter married into the families of Hilton of Hilton Castle, Bulmer of Wilton, Conyers, Lisle, Swinburne, and Wycliffe. Sir William, the eldest son, married Isabel Clifton, but, dying without issue, was succeeded by his brother, Ralph Bowes, of Streatlam and Dalden Tower.
 
Sheriff of Northumberland. Warden of the Middle Marches. (Sources: - 1)
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i.  Ralph Bowes was born on 1 Sep 1468 in Streatlam, Durham, England and died before 3 Jul 1482 in Streatlam, Durham, England . See #7. below.
----- Seventh Generation -----
7. Ralph Bowes - was born on 1 Sep 1468 in Streatlam, Durham, England and died before 3 Jul 1482 in Streatlam, Durham, England . He was the son of Williiam Bowes and Maud FitzhHugh.
Ralph married Margaret Conyers. Margaret was born about 1470 in Cowton South, Yorkshire, England. She was the daughter of Sir Richard Conyers and Alice Wycliffe. She died on 12 Aug 1532 .

Ralph - through his wife, Margery, daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard Conyers, Knight, came into the possession of the manor and estate of South Cowton and other lands, in Richmondshire. (Sources: - 1)
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i.  Richard Bowes was born about 1497, lived in Streatlam, Durham, England and died on 10 Apr 1558 . See #8. below.
ii.  Ralph Bowes was born about 1495 and died in 1482 in Streatlam Castle, Durham, England . See #9. below.
----- Eighth Generation -----
8. Richard Bowes - was born about 1497, lived in Streatlam, Durham, England and died on 10 Apr 1558 . He was the son of Ralph Bowes and Margaret Conyers.
Richard married Elizabeth Aske in 1521. Elizabeth was born in 1505. She was the daughter of Roger Aske and Margaret Wycliffe. She died in 1568 .

Elizabeth - ASKE is a township of 1,764 acres. It is written Asse in Domesday Book, and had, previous to Norman usurpation, belonged to Tor, a Saxon. Soon after the Conquest, the manor was granted to Whyomar, kinsman and sewer* to Alan, the first Earl of Richmond. Whyomar's descendants, under the name of Aske, flourished here for upwards of 500 years. The direct line, terminating in females, Elizabeth, one of the daughters and co-heiresses of Roger Aske, conveyed this estate in marriage, about 1530, to Richard Bowes, one of the Streatlam family, in the County of Durham. The manor remained in this family until the time of Sir Talbot Bowes, who sold it to Philip, Lord Wharton.

Richard - married Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Roger Aske, and, through her, became Lord of Aske and Marryk. (Sources: - 1)
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i.  Sir George Bowes was born about 1527, lived in Streatlam, Durham, England and died May 1580 .

Sir George - was Marshal of Berwick and a supporter of Elizabeth 1 at the time of The Rising of the North in 1569.
 
The manors of Lunedale, about 8 miles west of Barnard Castle, and Mickleton and others were purchased by Sir George Bowes (of Streatlam Castle) in 1560 from the Marquis of Northampton. Wemmergill Hall, now demolished, was on the northern slopes of Lunedale, and was the favourite shooting box of the 12th Earl of Strathmore.
 
Because of the failure of the elder male line, he succeeded to the family estates. He was knighted in 1558, and was appointed Governor of Barnard Castle. He distinguished himself in the suppression of the Rising of the North, in 1569, and earned for himself an unenviable notoriety for the relentless cruelty with which he pursued the fugitive and defenceless rebels. There was scarcely a village in the north in which there were not executed one or more of the inhabitants for participation in the rising. Sir George was twice married and left a numerous family. (Sources: - 1)
ii.  Ralph Bowes was born about 1529, lived in Streatlam, Durham, England.

Ralph - of Streatlam and Dalden. High Sheriff of Durham for 30 years. Fought at Flodden Field 1509.
iii.  Elizabeth Bowes was born about 1550.
iv.  Marjorie Bowes was born about 1530.

Marjorie - married John Knox the Scottish Reformer.
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Aske Hall



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9. Ralph Bowes - was born about 1495 and died in 1482 in Streatlam Castle, Durham, England . He was the son of Ralph Bowes and Margaret Conyers.
Ralph married Elizabeth Clifford. Elizabeth was born about 1490, lived in Yorkshire, England. (Sources: - 2)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Margery Bowes was born about 1514 in Yorkshire, England.
Margery married Ralph Eure about 1527. Ralph was born on 24 Sep 1508 in Mitton, Yorks, England. He died on 6 Mar 1544/1545 .
See Eure family for children.
Sources:
1 BOWES: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1890. Colin Hinson Web: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/YKS/NRY/Bowes/Bowes90.html
2 McCLELLAN Sue McClellan Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2124652&id=I107472160

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