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Joan (Mowbray) Tunstall (abt. 1363 - aft. 1407)

Joan Tunstall formerly Mowbray aka Gray, de Grey
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
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Wife of — married before 1384 in Englandmap [uncertain]
Wife of — married before 8 Jun 1407 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died after after about age 44 in Englandmap
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Joan de Mowbray is in a trail badged by the Magna Carta Project to surety baron William de Mowbray (see text below).



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Joan de Mowbray was the daughter of John de Mowbray, Knt., 4th Lord Mowbray, and Elizabeth de Segrave.[1][2] Her date and place of birth are unknown and are estimated.

Joan married first, before 1384, to Thomas Gray (or Grey), Knt., son and heir of Thomas Gray, Knt., and Margaret de Presfen (or Pressen).[1] Thomas Grey was Constable of Norham Castle; Earl Marshal 1389-1392; Steward, Sheriff, Escheator and Chief Justice of the episcopal liberty of Norhamshire and Islandshire 1395-1400; and Knight of the Shire for Northumberland in 1397 and 1399.[1] They had four sons and one daughter:

  • Thomas, Knt., born 30 November 1384 at Alnwick Castle, Yorkshire, beheaded 2 (or 3) August 1415, married Alice Neville and had issue[1]
  • John, K.G., 1st Count of Tancarville, married Joan Cherleton,[1] killed in the Battle of Bauge in Anjou on 22 March 1420/1[3]
  • Henry (or Harry), Esq., died in or before 1464, married Emme Appleyard.[1] He may have married second to Joan Scott, although Richardson does not recognize the marriage.[4]
  • William, Bishop of London and later Bishop of Lincoln[1]
  • Maud, married Sir Robert Ogle of Ogle, Northumberland[1]

Thomas Gray died 26 November (or 3 December) 1400.[3] Joan remarried before 8 June 1407 (date of writ), as his second wife, Thomas Tunstall, Knt., son and heir of William de Tunstall, Knt., and his wife Katherine.[1] On 8 June 1407, when Tunstall "and his wife, Joan, were cited to appear in Chancery...."[1] Thomas served as Justice of the Peace for Westmoreland in 1414 and commissioner of array for Westmoreland in 1415. The couple had no known issue.[1]

Joan's date and place of death are unknown and Thomas Tunstall died 5 November 1415.[1]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2011, vol. II, page 254-255 GRAY 7, Joan Mowbray.
  2. William Flower. The Visitations of Yorkshire in the Years 1563 and 1564. London: Harlean Society, 1881. Online at Google Books, page 233: Genet wife of Sir Thomas Grey, dau. of John Mowbray and Elizabeth Segrave.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cokayne, George Edward and H.A. Doubleday et. al eds. Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Vol. VI: Gordon to Hurstpierpoint, 2nd edition. (London, 1926). Online at FamilySearch, page 136.
  4. James R. Scott. Memorials of the Family of Scott. (London: J.R. Scott, 1876). Online at, page 126, footnote p.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd edition. (Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2011). See also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry.
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. (Salt Lake City, UT: the author, 2013). See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry.
See also:
  • Lewis, Marlyn. Joan Mowbray entry in Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins website, accessed 1 Apr 2020 (citing Richardson; Cokayne; Weis; Faris).
  • Weis, F.L. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th ed., pages 223-234.
  • Weis, F.L. The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 5th ed., pages 65-67.


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This profile was reviewed and approved for the project 1 Apr 2020 by Thiessen-117.
Joan (Mowbray) Tunstall is a descendant of Magna Carta Surety Baron William de Mowbray and is in trails badged by the Magna Carta Project to the following Gateway Ancestors:
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She might have died in Lancashire... around Thurland castle ... home of her second hubbie.
posted by [Living Ogle]
On the death of Sir Thomas Gray, she married before 8 Jun 1407 (as his 2nd wife) Thomas Tunstall, Knt. They had no known issue.
posted by William Collins
Did she die in Wark-on-Tweed or Wark-on-Tyne? They are both in Northumberland.
posted by G Gaffin

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