NameThomas Curteys [89], 12G Grandfather
Deathaft 1527 [93]
1Joan Twaights [89], 12G Grandmother
ChildrenWilliam (-1582)
Notes for Thomas Curteys
of Appledore, Kent.

Burke claims that his wife was Joan Twaights, daughter of Edward Twaights, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. This Edward Twaights doesn’t appear in any list of Lords Warden I’ve ever seen. I don’t believe in him. I suspect the Twaight connection was a pure fabrication, designed to try and give the Curteis family some illustrious forbears.

It’s possible it was Burke who made this up, as the earliest family histories don’t claim that Twaights was a Lord Warden. From the National Archives:
'This [recte The] Desent of the Antient Family of the Curteises in the County of Kent, Gentlemen, faithfully collected out of the Office of Armes the publicke Records of the Kingdom Private Evidences of this [recte the] Family and other venerable Monuments of Antiquity'.

This document, written on four membranes of parchment, is a copy of a pedigree exemplified by William Segar, Garter King of Arms, from the original in the hands of Sir George Curteis of Otterden in Kent in 1619; the bottom membrane is turned up and the remains of a seal-tag survive
From the reference to armorial glass at Romney church in 1612, it is likely that the original pedigree was compiled in that year.

The pedigree closes with a large achievement of the arms of Norton Curteis, eldest son of George Curteis of Maidstone, with Curteis (argent, a chevron sable, three bulls' heads caboshed gules) quartering Twaights and Segrave. Those arms derive from the marriage of Thomas Curteis of Appledore, who died in 1527, to Joan, daughter and co-heir of Edward Twaights, Lord Warden of the Five Ports. [So says the description in the National Archives, but the document itself makes no such claim, I’m told, although I have never seen it myself.]

Pedigree of the Curteis family of Tenterden and elsewhere in Kent, drawing descent from Stephen Curteis of Appledore, c1380, to 1612
Information quoted from escheator's inquisition, wills at Canterbury, armorial glass in Romney church in 1612, an armorial roof-boss in the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral, a pedigree of Cobham by Robert Glover, Somerset Herald (d1588) and armorial glass in a chapel in Chilham church
Subscribed: 'This Coate of Armes doune to Norton Curteis Eldest Son of George Curteis of Maidstone, is a true Copie, taken out of the Originall now in the hands of Sir George Curteis of Otterdein in Kent which was Exemplified by the Authority of the office of Armes testified by the Scale and confirmed under the hand of William Segar Garter Principall Kinge of Armes Anno Domini 1619'.
Notes for Joan (Spouse 1)
Dau. and co-heiress of Edward Twaights.
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