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  • ID: I31981
  • Name: Isabel Thwaites
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1497
  • Burial: Bolton Percy church, Yorkshire
  • Occupation: Nun
  • Note: 1

    Andrew Marvell wrote a poem ?Upon Appleton Houfe, to my Lord Fairfax":
    The scandal behind Nunappleton House involves the marriage of Sir William Fairfax and Isabella Thwaites. The abbess, Anna Langton, was given charge of Isabella, an orphan, and was apparently very strict about the girl's acquaintances. However, Isabella was allowed to fraternize with neighbourhood friends and go hunting and fishing occasionally. An interesting development came from her innocent activities in that she fell in love with William Fairfax. When Anna Langton found out, she banned William from the nunnery and sequestered Isabella in order to separate them. The abbess was apparently "scheming" and controlling of Isabella's fate (Grosart 41). However, despite her efforts, William attained an order from authorities which demanded Isabella's release. The abbess denied the order, and William had to enter the nunnery by force in order to carry Isabella off. They were later married at Bolton Percy Church in 1518, and their union produced statesmen, scholars, warriors, and poets.
    Source: Grosart, Alexander B., Rev., ed. The Complete Poems of Andrew Marvell. vol. 1. New York: AMS Press, Inc., 1966. p41-42.
    Heiress of her brother John Thwaits.
    Brought her husband the manor of Denton and Askewith in Wharedale [Wharfedale?] and Bishop Hill and Davy Hall within the walls of York.
    (Colonial Families of the USA, Mackenzie Vol II p269)
    She was made an heiress by her brother John Thwaites. Her mother was the daughter and heir of Nicholas Middleton. She was the ward of the abbess of Nun Appleton.

    ?A nun from the convent of Appleton whose family had been in possession of Denton since 1482.? [[If that date is right then it would only have come into the family in her father?s time.]
    ?Davygate is in the heart of the medieval city of York, and significant remains of this, particularly Davy Hall which was finally demolished in the 18th century, and possibly the post-medieval periods would be expected to survive within the area of redevelopment.?
    York Archaeological Trust, re Davygate excavation 1996.
  • Change Date: 1 JUL 2008

    Father: Thomas Thwaites b: 1471
    Mother: Emota Middleton

    Marriage 1 William Fairfax
    • Married: 1518 in Bolton Percy Church, Yorkshire
    1. Has No Children Thomas Fairfax
    2. Has Children Agnes Fairfax

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      Author: Jorge H. Castelli
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