Name: Ninian Markenfield
Birth: in Markenfield Hall, Ripon, Yorkshire
Death: 25 MAR 1528
BATT: Flodden (English) 1513 (knighted). 1
Change Date: 22 APR 2008
Fought for English at Flodden 1513.
Markenfield Hall was built by Canon John de Markenfield, Chancellor of the Exchequer to Edward II, in 1310. The King granted him permission to fortify the house: the Scots were raiding England as far south as Ripon, where many were kicked and survivors taken as hostages.
In later generations, two of the finest tombs in Ripon Cathedral, both in Markenfield Chapel, testify to their wealth and importance of the family. Sir Ninian Markenfield fought and defeated the Scots at Flodden in 1513 - he was knighted on the field of battle.
But in 1569, the Markenfields lost everything. Thomas, the last of the family, was one of the leaders of the Rising of the North - an attempt by the Catholics to make Queen Elizabeth restore their freedom of worship. Here in the courtyard men mustered and then rode out to defeat, imprisonment and death. A fortunate few escaped into exile.
Markenfield was confiscated by the Crown and granted to Sir Thomas Egerton, the Queen's Master of the Rolls. He never lived there and the grand house became a working farm, which it remains.
At Flodden Field, a Yorkshire contingent was led by Henry Clifford of Skipton. One of his principal supporters was Sir Ninian Markenfield.
Married 2nd Eleanor, dau of Henry Clifford, 10th baron Clifford, and Anne St. John.
Father: Thomas Markenfield
Mother: Eleanor Conyers
- Alice Markenfield
- Type: Book
Periodical: Visitation of the North 1480-1500