Sooner or later a skeleton will pop out of the closet of the family...might just be some poor bloke transported for stealing a loaf of bread but occasionally a true villain will appear.
I've found a very nasty man indeed though he did get his comeuppance as you will hear...
An extremely remote ancestor...2nd cousin of the 13th first cousin of the aunt of the father-in-law...something along those lines but not that exactly...was a Baron...he was John FitzAlan, 1st Baron of Arundel...and he commanded a naval fleet off the coast of Cornwall in 1379 to help the Duke of Brittany defeat the French fleet.
The English and French and the English and the Scots were endlessly squabbling during this period of history so there were often battles and skirmishes both on land and at sea...
After the defeat of the French fleet, John Arundel was making for home when there was such a lull in the wind he was forced to wait on land until the winds became stronger...they waited in Southampton where they took refuge in a convent and proceeded to rob and rape the nuns and desecrate the nunnery...whether or not John Arundel took actual part in the raping and pillaging is a moot point...he allowed his men to do so and was certainly guilty of not preventing them.
Eventually the winds picked up and the fleet set sail again carrying the stolen goods from the nunnery and several of the unfortunate nuns...
The fleet ran into a huge storm and during the general panic which ensued Sir John personally threw some of his sailors overboard closely followed by the nuns...the sailors were afraid of running aground on the rocky shoreline and the nuns were thrown over the side to lighten the load...
All the boats eventually ran aground at either Cape Clear island off the coast of Ireland or close to Scariff...also on the Irish coast. In total twenty-five ships and most of their crews were lost...but Sir John and his ship's captain made it safely ashore...until a wave swept them off the shoreline and back out to sea...where they drowned.
He, Sir John, owned a castle called Betchworth which is now in a ruinous state...I found he asked King Richard 11 for permission to crenallate or fortify the castle...which was granted...but I doubt he had much time to do so because five months later he was drowned. His body must have been recovered because he's buried in Lewes, Sussex.
Sir John Arundel, c.1348-16th December 1379, also Lord Marshall of England under Richard 11...his brother, Thomas Arundel was the Archbishop of Canterbury and his sister Joan, was the Countess of Hereford.