The Spencer family is one of Britain's preeminent aristocratic families. Over time, several family members were made knights, baronets and peers. Hereditary titles held by the Spencers include the dukedom of Marlborough (since 1733), and the earldoms of Sunderland (since 1643), Spencer (since 1765) and the Churchill viscountship (since 1902). Two prominent members of the family were Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961–1997).
Descendants of the Knights of the Bath
Sir Thomas de Beauchamp (b.13130-d.1369) 11th Earl of Warwick, was an English nobleman and military commander. In 1348 he became one of the founders, and the third Knight, of the Order of the Garter. Born at Warwick Castle he was hereditary High Sheriff of Worcester, Warwickshire and Leicestershire for life. He was Marshall of England from 1343-1369. Married to Katherine, daughter of the infamous Roger Mortimer. My 19th GGF.
Walter FitzAlan Stewart, High Steward Scotland - was the 1st hereditary High Steward of Scotland (ca. 1150-1177), and described as "a Norman by culture and by blood a Breton". He was the third son of a Breton knight, Alan fitz Flaad, feudal lord of Oswestry, by his spouse Aveline, daughter of Ernoulf de Hesdin.
A 700-year-old Irish hereditary title ended with the death of the last Knight of Glin in County Limerick.
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Effigy of Robert, at the Everingham tombs at Laxton- Robert Everingham, who died in 1287, was a baron in the reign of King Henry II. He made Laxton his principal home, and was the last of the chief lords of Laxton and hereditary chief keeper or custodian of the royal forests of Nottingham and Derby. Robert was a Knight of King Edward I, and possibly a participant in the crusade led by Prince Edward, 1270-74. From his effigy in stone it is likely that he was clad in armour of ring-mail.
WALTER FITZ ALAN 1106-1177 was the 1st hereditary High Steward of Scotland and described as "a Norman by culture and by blood a Breton". He was the third son of a Breton knight, ALAN FITZ FLAAD, feudal lord of Oswestry, by his spouse AVELINE. He's my 26th Great Grandfather on my mothers side!
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The Russian Tradition of The Knights Hospitaller emerged when the Mediterranean stronghold of Malta was captured by Napoleon in 1798 when he made his expedition to Egypt.