There was a fradulant connection concocted in the mid-1600s that linked the early Fielding family in the late 1200s to the famous Hapsburg family of Europe.This connection was believed to be true until it was 'exposed' by Horace Round in 1894.A fictitious generation was imposed in the Fielding genealogy consisting of a [false] Geoffrey FIELDING and Matilda [Maud] COLVILLE whose son was Geoffrey Fielding, the [true] progenitor of the Fielding branch of the Leicestershire / Warwickshire Fieldings.There are several proposals as to who were the parents of Matilda Colville, e.g., William de Colville b. 1225 Spindleston, Northumberland, England, bp. Ochiltree, Scotland.
Have any of you of Colvile blood heard of this hoax and, better still, know anything about it? I call it the 'Hapsburg Hoax'. Horace Round described it as 'the greatest deception in English genealogy'.Whether true or untrue, it greatly impacts genealogical research in the [my] Fielding family and also in the [your] Colville family's early history because of its confusing nature. Jerry Byers Nova Scotia Nova Scotia