3: Elspeth Selwode -New Name & New Device
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Submitter desires a feminine name.
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1. Elspeth Gibb, wife of Peter Young, was a gentlewoman of the chamber in the Queen of
Scotland's household 1590-1592.
Source: Juhala, Amy J. 'The Household and Court of King James VI of
Scotland, 1567-1603' Unpublished thesis. University of Edinburgh, 2000. p. 329
2. Lady Elizabeth "Elspeth" Stewart (1505-1540) was wife to James Sir Beath Stewart, and
Source: 'MyHeritage' website
3. Lady Joan Selwode (1450-???) was married to William Cogan (b. 1450) and mother of
Nicholas Cogen (1480-1545), from Chard, Somerset.
Source: `Ancestry.ca' website
4. John Selwoode (1465-1490), brother of above.
Source: `Geni.com' website
5. Village of- and Selwood Forest are now part of the suburbs of the Somerset town of
Frome, founded in Saxon times and still important until 1650. Site of a witenagemot in 934.
6. King Aelfred met the men of Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire at "Ecgbryht's Stone,
east of Selwood" in 878 (Anglo Saxon Chronicles).
7. The following are from a Zillwood family tree compiled by Edward George, `Ted' Zillwood,
printer and genealogist, of Southampton (b. 1924) in 1978:
a. John Selwood served as Abbot of Gladstonbury 1457-1493. Surname
spelled `Selwode' in Latin documents. Per churchwardens' accounts, St John's
Gladstonbury. (Gladstonbury Abbey Accounts, anniversary of John de Selwode, Roll
3118: `Received from free tenants in fee 75 at the orbit at Sir John Selwode, lately
Abbott for a tenant in Yuewyke in Wotton.'
b. 1573 - mention of John Selwood's daughter Anne
c. 1399 - John Selewode's name submitted at Westminster as a candidate for
office of Sheriff of Bristol
d. 1429 - Johannes Selwode of Marlborough a Member of Parliament
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