FULLILOVE: THE ROYAL BLOOD CONNECTION. Ancient records strongly imply that a Fullilove was once first in the Tudor Royal line. Henry VII is cited as fathering his first son and eldest child, a bastard, with a young courtier, Bess Fullilove, at a remarkably young age. No actual age is given, but perhaps Henry was no older than 16, meaning the boy was born c1473, some 18 years before Henry VIII. Bess Fullilove was a lady in waiting to Henry’s mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, the Countess of Richmond. Henry later produced seven legitimate children and many more bastards, but later records make no further reference to his ‘forgotten’ eldest son, who was ignored and given no royal blessing. Bess and her royal bastard were banished, paid off and she was removed from all royal service. That royal son, whose first name was not recorded, took the family name of Fullilove, not Tudor, as was usual for children born out of wedlock. Hence the bastard son of Henry Tudor, King of England and Lord of Ireland, and Bess Fullilove was, by his royal blood, once the rightful male heir to the English throne, rather than Henry VIII.