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Hugh le Despenser

Male Abt 1223 - 1265  (~ 42 years)


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  • Name Hugh le Despenser 
    Born Abt 1223  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Bef 1224  of Ryhall, Rutland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 4 Aug 1265  Evesham, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Buried Evesham Abbey, Evesham, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Person ID I166  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2018 

    Father Hugh le Despenser,   b. of Loughborough, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 23 Feb 1238 and 30 May 1238 
    Mother (Unknown) 
    Family ID F59  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Aline Basset,   b. Abt 1240, of Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 11 Apr 1281  (Age ~ 41 years) 
    Married Bef 1261  [1, 2
    Children 
    +1. Eleanor le Despenser,   d. 30 Sep 1328, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Joan le Despenser,   d. Bef 8 Jun 1322
    +3. Hugh le Despenser,   b. 1 Mar 1261, of Loughborough, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1326, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F229  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Sir Hugh le Despenser of Loughborough, Burton, Hugglescote, Freeby, and Arnesby, co. Leicester, Parlington and Hilliam, co. York, Sibsey and Aukborough, co. Lincoln, Ryhall and Belmesthorp, Rutland, s. and h. of Sir Hugh le Despenser, of the same (who d. between 23 Feb. and 30 May 1238). He was b. in or before 1223. Had respite of knighthood, 11 July 1244. On 7 Nov. 1255 he was appointed Constable of Horston Castle for five years from the preceding Michaelmas. In Apr. 1257 he accompanied Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to Aachen, for the latter's coronation, on 17 May, as King of the Romans. At the Parl. of Oxford, in Jun 1258, he was one of the twelve elected by the Barons to redress grievances, and also one of the twelve elected to treat with the King's Council in Parl. Appointed Justiciar of England, 25 Oct. 1260, being the nominee of the Barons: he was deprived of his office by the King, May or June 1261. Attended Montfort's Parl. at Oxford in Apr. 1263. Appointed Justiciar of England and Constable of the Tower of London, about 15 July 1263, by the Barons, with the assent of the King. In Mar. 1264, when Constable of the Tower, he led the rioters who sacked the mansion at Isleworth of the King of the Romans. Was at the battle of Lewes, 14 May 1264. Appointed, by the counsel of the Barons, Constable of the Castles of Devizes and Oxford, 12 July, of Orford Castle, 18 July, and of Nottingham Castle, 15 Dec. 1264. Was appointed an arbiter to consider the peace between the King and the Barons, 11 Sep. 1264. He was sum. for Military Service against the Welsh, 14 Mar. (1257/8) 42 Hen. III and 25 May (1263) 47 Hen. III, by writs directed Hugoni le Despenser Justic' Anglie. He was appointed an arbiter between the Earls of Leicester and Gloucester in May 1265. He m., in or before 1260, Aline, da. and h. of Sir Philip Basset, of Wycombe, Bucks, Compton-Bassett and Wootton-Basset, Wilts, &c., Justiciar of England, by his 1st wife, Hawise, da. of Sir Matthew de Lovaine, of Little Easton, Essex. He joined the Earl of Leicester in his last campaign, and with him was slain at the battle of Evesham, 4 Aug. 1265. He was bur. in Evesham Abbey." [Complete Peerage IV:259.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    2. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.

    3. [S842] John Watson, 9 Jun 2014, post to soc.genealogy.medieval.

    4. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.

    5. [S789] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney. Oxford, 1928.

    6. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    7. [S1310] Rosie Bevan and Peter G. M. Dale, "Reginald de Lucy, Son of Richard de Lucy, King's Justiciar: New Perspectives." Foundations 8:53, 2016., year only.