Sunday, October 05, 2014

Question from Rita - Illegitimate son of Charles Brandon

I am researching my family history on my maiden name, Brandon. I have come to a standstill regarding Thomas Brandon, presumably born in 1550 and his presumed father, Sir Charles Brandon,the illegitimate son of Charles, 1st Duke of Suffolk. Is Sir Charles Brandon the illegitimate son of the 1st Duke? If so, did he have a son Thomas? In either case, I would like some information to continue my family tree. It intrigues me I could be a possible descendent of the Tudor family. Thank you so much for any information or resources which would be be beneficial.


  1. You may be interested in this article on Charles Brandon, illegitimate son of Sir Charles Brandon, 1st duke of Suffolk. However, there is no indication, from his will or elsewhere, that he had any children, legitimate or not. Giving a child his surname would indicate recognition, which would likely be reflected in any will.

  2. Also, just to add that Charles Brandon, 1st duke of Suffolk was given his title because of his friendship with Henry VIII and good service. He was not a Tudor (although he married one) but was descended from the gentry. Would still be a nice link to a fascinating man if it was true.

  3. Interesting. I just found out that I too, am a descendant of the Illegitimate son (Charles 1521-1551) of Charles Brandon. 13th G grandfather to be exact, on my Mothers side (DuPuy family). I am also recording my family history. Hope you find all the info you can.

    Andrea Moore

  4. I too am searching more about Charles Brandon born 1521-1551. My grandmother had Brandon as her Surname. We are from Tennessee, USA. Any information you could give me in your search would be appreciated. I am thinking Thomas, the son of Charles Brandon born 1521 and illegimate son of Charles Brandon the Duke of Suffolk is where the connection should be but I can not find much needed documents in to prove. Thank you Vicki Golden

  5. I am trying to research my family history. My Grandmother was a Brando my father was named Thomas Brandon and said we were descendants but I cannot work out how? I was told our Brandon ancestor fled to France as wanted and this Brandon line did not return to England for a couple of centuries. Would love to hear from anyone who might know something. Thanks Roz


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