Recently Dr. Michael Jones a leading historian of the medieval period has claimed that he has found written evidence that the English line of succession descended from the Norman Kings in England is false.
* Mary of Orange was a grand-daughter to James I and George I was a great grandson of James I through James's daughter and grand-daughter. The name James is the Scottish variant on the Irish name Seamus.
Jones who has been working with Channel 4 in England has put forward his reasons for this claim. The claim centres around his evidence that Edward IV, of the House of York, was illegitimate.
King Edward III
# Francis Lord Rawdon-Hastings of Moira was a Deputy Grand Master of the Freemasons for 23 years to the Grandmaster, Prince of Wales  later King George IV [1762-1830], son of George III.
Þ known to be a Freemason, one might enter the world of the Freemasons here.1
+ The name Rawdon-Hastings was replaced by Hastings.
++ George V broadcast a personal radio message to the nation on Christmas day 1932, a tradition which has continued every year since then, the script was written by the author Rudyard KiplingÞ a Freemason.
Dr. Jones concluded that
the person who has the rightful claim to the English throne as King of England
is none other than Michael Lord Abney-Hastings who was born in Britain in
1942. He moved to a 2400 ha. farm near Jerilderie, Southern New South Wales,
his teens where he has resided ever since. 'King Michael' seemed surprised when
a crew from Channel 4 arrived on his doorstep but seems to be taking it all in
In the past, it is alleged, that it has not been uncommon to send or encourage physically strong peripheral royals and titled gentlemen to the far flung corners of the former British Empire. One such organisation was the Big Brother Movement where boys and men of good British stock migrated to Australia. "There are newspaper cuttings regarding the arrival of a young peer, Lord Mauchlin (Michael Abney-Hastings), under the scheme, and the arrival around the same time of the 100th post-war party of Little Brothers". Many large land owners in the Southern Uplands of N.S.W. [pers. obs.] may owe their origins to these migrants or have intermarried with well-to-do English ladies and their children who, through inheritance, are large landowners today.
"Edward's 'father', Richard Duke of York, was fighting the French at Pontoise,
near Paris, while Edward's mother, Lady Cicely Neville - based at Rouen - was
apparently deeply engrossed in the company of a local archer. In the five-week
period when conception could have taken place, Edward's royal father was a good
five days' march away. The court was rife with whispers of an affair. King Louis
XI of France is recorded as shouting about Edward: "His name is not King Edward
- everybody knows his name is Blaybourne!' (the surname of the French archer).
A concerted campaign was launched by the family,
hoping to stifle such rumours. The royal flaks even suggested that conception
had taken place at Hatfield Chase, South Yorkshire in May 1440 before the royal
parents set sail for France, an 11-month pregnancy!"5
Modern historians generally agree that Edward IV was born at Rouen on the 28th April 1442.2,3 where he was christened in a side chapel of the cathedral. George his brother, by contrast, was christened in the main part of Rouen Cathedral. It is George who according to the alternative line of succession was the rightful inheritor of the kingship.
Edward IV Plantagenet is described2 as being six feet tall, it has been suggested that his height came from his mother. At first he was outstandingly handsome and clean-shaven with straight brown hair worn long, he was always interested in social life, 'a party goer'. He was a sound, ruthless soldier, competent financial manager and showed an interest in disseminating knowledge. In time he became gluttonous and obese. Edward married a commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, the daughter of a knight and this caused controversy with Warwick The King-Maker and the nobility who briefly deposed him. His dissolute sexual practices eventually diseased him and he died of a 'surfeit' [an over indulgence of eating and drinking]. Among his mistresses were Jane Shore, the lady of the Robin Hood ballads, and Elizabeth Lacy.3 Following Edward's death Jane Shore became the mistress of Thomas Grey and then William Hastings.
As such then, Jones is pinning his hopes on the fact, that as he sees it, Edward IV was the product of the Neville line and a person who Jones has identified as a French archer. If this is correct then the presently accepted line of succession is based upon a Frenchman! Sacre bleu! Shades of William the Conqueror and the Angevin Empire. No wonder Elizabeth I referred to the French as frogs.4 All hail King Michael!
Having made a study of the intricacies of the Hastings family tree branches myself I can also see that at least one other member of the Hastings living could be in line for a spot of Royal service.
From research I have carried out, Captain Peter is not quite correct in his public denials. One of his relations on another branch, Hans Francis Hastings who inherited the 13th earldom title of Huntingdon from his uncle the11th earl, made a strong claim based upon his pedigree which went back to his great-great grandfather Sir Henry Hastings of Humberstone Leics., the second son of Sir Henry Hastings of Eaton, Rutland/Leics., the 5th Earl of Huntingdon. Dr. Jones' claim for Michael Abney-Hastings comes down from the first son of the 5th earl.
Very interesting but of course our current sovereign lady (and her husband) are the true heirs of the English throne for they are both descended from King Harold II (Godwinson) via the Danish king Valdemar who in turn was descended from King Harold's daughter who married a Russian who became the Grand Duke of Muscovy (I have written a short paper on King Harold's family). The descendants of William the Bastard could openly claim the throne by conquest and their legitimacy only came about when Henry I married Edith of Scotland who was descended from King Alfred and the House of Wessex.