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Tilney Family Genealogical Scroll

Posted By on September 11, 2012

Photo by Matthew Usher from Ely Standard

Thank you so much to Chris Wimsett for letting me know about this news report about an ancient scroll which charts seven centuries of Tilney (or Tylney) family history.

This scroll, which is set to go on display in Tilney All Saints Church in Norfolk, records the Tilney family from 1097 to 1740 and was found by Tilney All Saints Local History Group in the Norfolk Record Office in Norwich. What a find!

The scroll is going to be unveiled at 2.30pm on 26th September when a talk will be given on the history of the scroll by county archivist Dr John Alban.

You can see photos of the scroll at http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/the_incredible_tilney_scroll_1_1510714?storyId=1.1510715.1347270671. You can also read the full news report at Ancient scroll charts seven centuries of family history in part of Fenland

Why am I telling you this?

Well, Anne Boleyn’s maternal grandmother was Elizabeth Tilney, only child of Sir Frederick Tilney, of Ashwellthorpe, Norfolk, so the Tilney family are Anne’s ancestors, and of course also Elizabeth I’s ancestors.

9 thoughts on “Tilney Family Genealogical Scroll”

  1. Ann says:

    Errr . . . . Anne and Elizabeth’s ancestors, rather than descendants.

    I have always found it genealogically fascinating that Elizabeth Tilney’s half-sister, Anne Say, was Jane Seymour’s grandmother. How well did those two, whose mothers were first cousins, know each other, before Henry VIII took successive fancies to them.? And Elizabeth I had the same mitochondrial DNA as her half-brother, Edward VI.

    1. Claire says:

      OOps, why on earth did I write that. Must slow down!

  2. SMWOOD says:

    Also Hugh Grant’s ancestors and distant cousins …

  3. Lisa H says:

    WoW! This is amazing news. Since I’m a genealogy nut and have spent considerable time tracing royal family trees on my computer for a long while, I’ll be following this story with considerable interest!

  4. Gill Tilney says:

    For me, as a Tilney, this is very exciting stuff. I was also born and rasied in Cambridgeshire/ Norfolk.

  5. Gill Tilney says:

    Ok, Meant to say raised!!! Doh!!

  6. Hyo says:

    From what I heard my great granddad Maurice Tilney attended the events and was flocked with attention. Apparently I’m a direct descendant of Elizabeth Tilney (grandma’s side) and Issac Newton (grandpa’s side).

  7. Paul says:

    My mum is a Tilney and I’d love to know more. I live near herstmonceux castle which I believe was where anne bouchier lived daughter of Elizabeth Tilney.

  8. Peter says:

    I am also a Tilney. My grandfather came from the Kings Lynn area. Not sure how I’m related to Elizabeth Tilney.Love to see the scroll.

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