The allegation in this book about Richard Brandon's ancestry from Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk is quite doubtful. The Duke of Suffolk's illegitimate son Sir Charles Brandon died in 1551, so he can hardly have been Queen Elizabeth's 'well known jeweller', since she only acceded to the throne in 1559. --Feuerrabe (talk) 15:07, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for that. Its difficult tracking down information online, given the more famous Charles Brandon (and clearly made worse as there appear to be two Charles Brandons who were similar ages at similar times). Technically do we even know that the jeweller to QEI was the father of Gregory Brandon?
Ultimately, it is our job to report what has been said. Hopefully someone, somewhere will be able to winkle out the various family trees. (Emperor (talk) 02:11, 18 December 2010 (UTC))
I have a biography of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and it contains some information about his bastard son Charles. He was born probably as early as between 1510-15 or not much later as he was knighted in 1544 during Henry VIII's French campaign and must have been an adult at that time. His father "secured for him the stewardship of Sheriff Hutton and he went on to make a career for himself in Yorkshire and on the borders". That's pretty far away from London. I don't think he had any connection whatsoever with the Richard Brandon of this article. People of the 19th century seem to have liked to paint the Duke of Suffolk as some sort of licentious adulterer and that a great-grandson of his could have exectuted a king probably just fit nicely with that opinion.--Feuerrabe (talk) 10:54, 18 December 2010 (UTC)