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William le Blount


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  William le Blount was born , of Ixworth, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England.

    William married Sarah de Munchensy. (daughter of Hubert de Munchensy and Muriel de Valognes) [Group Sheet]

    1. 2. Gilbert le Blount  Descendancy chart to this point died Aft 1173.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Gilbert le Blount Descendancy chart to this point (1.William1) died Aft 1173.


    Also called Hubert le Blund.

    Gilbert married Agnes d'Lisle. Agnes died Aft 1198. [Group Sheet]

    1. 3. Stephen le Blount  Descendancy chart to this point died Aft 1198.

Generation: 3

  1. 3.  Stephen le Blount Descendancy chart to this point (2.Gilbert2, 1.William1) died Aft 1198.

    Stephen married Marie le Blount. Marie (daughter of William le Blount) was born , of Saxlingham, Norfolk, England. [Group Sheet]

    1. 4. Robert le Blount  Descendancy chart to this point died 1288.

Generation: 4

  1. 4.  Robert le Blount Descendancy chart to this point (3.Stephen3, 2.Gilbert2, 1.William1) died 1288.

    Robert married Isabel de Odingsells. [Group Sheet]

    1. 5. William le Blount  Descendancy chart to this point died 1280.

Generation: 5

  1. 5.  William le Blount Descendancy chart to this point (4.Robert4, 3.Stephen3, 2.Gilbert2, 1.William1) died 1280.


    Also called William le Blund.

    "The first Lord Mountjoy descended, through younger sons in several generations, from William le Blund (Blundus-fair-haired), who married Isabel, widow of Henry Lovet, of Elmley Lovet and Hampton Lovet, co. Worcester which Henry died under age about 1256. William le Blund and his brother Walter were accused in August 1265, before the commissioners appointed under the Dictum of Kenilworth, of unlawful violence at Quinton, Northants. Tradition says that the abovesaid Isabel was a Beauchamp. The record of the assizes held at Worcester, 1275, contains several references to William le Blund. He was there pledge for [his stepson] John Lovet, and (since there is no differentiating description of either) is presumably the William le Blund who, was son and heir of John le Blund, son and heir of Walter le Blund, was found to be heir to lands in Doverdale (a parish adjoining Hampton Lovet) which had belonged to Amice, daughter of the said Walter. The above said William and Isabel, in addition to their Worcestershire property, held the manor of Belton in Rutland, and there seems to have been a close connection between this family and the family of the same name in Hanslope, Bucks. William le Blund appears to have died in the Spring of 1280. His widow was living in February 1322/3." [Complete Peerage IX:329-30]

    William married Isabel de Beauchamp. Isabel died 1306. [Group Sheet]

    1. 6. Walter le Blount  Descendancy chart to this point was born , of Rock, Worcestershire, England; died Bef May 1324.

Generation: 6

  1. 6.  Walter le Blount Descendancy chart to this point (5.William5, 4.Robert4, 3.Stephen3, 2.Gilbert2, 1.William1) was born , of Rock, Worcestershire, England; died Bef May 1324.


    MP for Worcester, 1318 and 1321. [Nathaniel L. Taylor, "Cassandra Elizabeth Taylor's royal descents."]

    "Walter le Blount, 3rd son of William and Isabel, was in 1313 of the Lancastrian party against Gaveston. In 1318 and 1321 he was Knight of the shire for Worcester, and in 1322 was summoned for personal service against the Scots. He married, before February 1294, possibly as 2nd wife, Joan, sister and coheir of William de Sodington, who had been heir of his brother Ralph. He died before May 1324. She was living in 1331." [Complete Peerage IX:330-1]

    Note: Richardson has Joan de Sodington as the daughter of Ralph.

    Walter married Joan de Sodington Bef Feb 1294. Joan (daughter of Ralph de Sodington) was born , of Sodington, Worcestershire, England; died Aft 1330. [Group Sheet]

    1. 7. John le Blount  Descendancy chart to this point died 1358.

Generation: 7

  1. 7.  John le Blount Descendancy chart to this point (6.Walter6, 5.William5, 4.Robert4, 3.Stephen3, 2.Gilbert2, 1.William1) died 1358.


    From Complete Peerage IX: 331:

    "John le Blount, 2nd s. of Walter and Joan abovenamed, was in 1324 a practised soldier belonging to Worcestershire. In 1337, being then a knight, he was found heir to his elder brother, William Blount [Lord Blount]. He was joint commissioner in Worcestershire in 1344, to inquire as to holders of land. He served in Gascony under Henry, Earl of Lancaster, and afterwards, 1347, under the King at the siege of Calais, till Edward's return to England. In Oct. 1350 he was undertaking a pilgrimage to Santiago. He m. Isoude.(*) He d. in 1358."

    CP footnote attached to the asterisk in the above:

    "(*) According to tradition, Isoude de Mountjoy. The mystery of her parentage has not been solved. The release by John le Blount in 1374 to his brother Walter of all his rights in lands in Gayton, Yeldersley, Brushfield, Wc. (Croke, op. cit., vol. ii, p. 171), which were Mountjoy manors in the 13th and 14th centuries (Jeayes, Derbyshire Charters, no. 1608 et seq), suggests that a portion of the Mountjoy estates had descended by inheritance to John, then eldest surviving son of John le Blount and Isoude. It was a portion only, because (i) Gayton and Yeldersley, &c, descended, through the marriage of Isoude (da. and h. of Serle de Mountjoy, s. and h. of Ralph de Mountjoy) to Robert de Ireland (Plac. de Quo Warranto, p. 155); the family of Ireland were still holding temp. Henry VII (Feudal Aids, vol. i, p. 250 et seq. ; Jeayes, op. cit., no. 2731); (ii) the receipt given by Madam Wake in 1359 for evidences belonging to Richard Blount, the young heir of John and Isoude, refers to vint oyt feetes en un boist del heritage la mere le dit Richard et ses parceners des tenements en le Pek, (Ac. (Harl. MS. 6709, fo. 119 d)."
    Nathaniel Lane Taylor, post to SGM, 17 Feb 2008:

    "As CP shows, Sir John Blount (d. 1358) can only be shown to have had one wife, Isolda de Mountjoy. Older sources assign him a second wife, Eleanor Beauchamp (of Hache) who is made to be the mother of his younger sons (including the one whose descendants took the peerage title 'Mountjoy'). On the alleged Blount-Beauchamp marriage, an article by Cecil R. Humphery-Smith, "The Blount Quarters," The Coat of Arms 4 (1957), 224-27, is corrected by G. D. Squibb, "The Heirs of Beauchamp of Hatch," ibid., pp. 275-77, showing that the particular claimed marriage cannot have happened.

    "More importantly, Isolda is documented as still wife of Sir John Blount in 1352, well after the apparent birth year of Walter, ancestor of the lords Mountjoy. Croke (in his Blount work back in 1823) quoted the 1352 charter but didn't realize the chronological implication, repeating the two-wife fallacy."

    John married Isouda. [Group Sheet]

    1. 8. Walter Blount  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1348; died 21 Jul 1403, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; was buried , Collegiate Church of the Annunciation of St. Mary, The Newarke, Leicester Castle, Leicester, Leicestershire, England.

Generation: 8

  1. 8.  Walter Blount Descendancy chart to this point (7.John7, 6.Walter6, 5.William5, 4.Robert4, 3.Stephen3, 2.Gilbert2, 1.William1) was born Abt 1348; died 21 Jul 1403, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England; was buried , Collegiate Church of the Annunciation of St. Mary, The Newarke, Leicester Castle, Leicester, Leicestershire, England.


    Knight of the shire for Derbyshire, 1399.

    Died in the Battle of Shrewsbury. He is "Sir Walter Blunt" in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1.

    For his place of burial, mentioned in Complete Peerage IX:331-33, see The College of the Annunciation of St. Mary in the Newarke, Leicester at British History Online.

    1885 DNB on Sir Walter Blount, by Sidney Lee:

    BLOUNT, Sir WALTER (d. 1403), soldier and supporter of John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster, was almost certainly the son of Sir John Blount of Sodington [...] In 1367 he accompanied the Black Prince and John of Gaunt in their expedition to Spain to restore Don Pedro the Cruel to the throne of Leon and Castile. After the return of the expedition, which was successfully terminated by the battle of Navarette (1367), Blount married Donna Sancha de Ayála, the daughter of Don Diego Gomez, who held high office in Toledo, by his wife (of very high family), Donna Inez de Ayála. Donna Sancha appears to have first come to England in attendance on Constantia, the elder daughter of King Pedro, whom John of Gaunt married in 1372. In 1374 John Blount, Sir Walter's half-brother, who had succeeded his mother, Isolda Mountjoy, in the Mountjoy property, made over to Walter the Mountjoy estates in Derbyshire, and to them Walter added by purchase, in 1381, the great estates of the Bakepuiz family in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Hertfordshire. Permission was granted Blount in 1377 to proceed with Duke John of Gaunt to Castile in order to assert the duke's right by virtue of his marriage to the throne of Leon and Castile; but the expedition did not start till 1386, when Blount probably accompanied it. On 17 April 1393 he, with Henry Bowet [q. v.] and another, was appointed to negotiate a permanent peace with the king of Castile. In 1398 Duke John granted to Blount and his wife, with the king's approval, an annuity of 100 marks in consideration of their labours in his service. Blount was an executor of John of Gaunt, who died early in 1399, and received a small legacy. He represented Derbyshire in Henry IV's first parliament, which met on 6 Oct. 1399. At the battle of Shrewsbury (23 July 1403) he was the king's standard-bearer, and was killed by Archibald, fourth earl of Douglas, one of the bravest followers of Henry Percy (Hotspur). Blount was dressed in armour resembling that worn by Henry IV, and was mistaken by Douglas for the king (Walsingham, Hist. Anglicana, ed. Riley, ii. 258; Annales Henrici Quarti, 367, 369). Shakespeare gives Blount, whom he calls Sir Walter Blunt, a prominent place in the first part of his 'Henry IV,' and represents both Hotspur and Henry IV as eulogising his military prowess and manly character. He was buried in the church St. Mary 'of Newark,' Leicester. His widow Donna Sancha lived till 1418. In 1406 she founded the hospital of St. Leonards, situate between Alkmonton and Hungry-Bentley, Derbyshire.

    Sir Walter had two sons: 1. Sir John, who was at one time governor of Calais; was in 1482 besieged in a castle of Aquitaine by a great French army, which he defeated with a small force (Walsingham, Ypodigma Neustriæ, Rolls Ser., p. 437); was created knight of the Garter in 1413; and was present at the siege of Rouen in 1418: 2. Sir Thomas, who was treasurer of Calais during Henry VI's wars in France (Stevenson's Letters, &c., illustrating the wars in France temp. Henry VI, Rolls Ser., ii. passim), and founded a chantry at Newark in 1422 (at the expense of the Duke of Exeter) in memory of his father and mother. Sir John died without male issue. Sir Thomas was the father (by Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Gresley of Gresley, Derbyshire) of Sir Walter Blount, first Baron Mountjoy [q. v.]

    Walter married Sancha de Ayala Abt 1373. Sancha (daughter of Diego Gomez de Toledo and Ines Alfonso de Ayala) was born , of Toledo, Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain; died 1418, England; was buried , Collegiate Church of the Annunciation of St. Mary, The Newarke, Leicester Castle, Leicester, Leicestershire, England. [Group Sheet]

    1. 9. Constance Blount  Descendancy chart to this point died 23 Sep 1432.
    2. 10. Thomas Blount  Descendancy chart to this point was born Abt 1383; died 1456, Elvaston, Shardlow, Derbyshire, England.