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Edward Despencer, 4th Baron le Despencer 1335-1375

Edward Despencer 1368
Edward Le Despencer
Andrea da Firenze Fresco with Edward Despencer in the The Church Militant and Triumphant 1365-68 Cappella Spagnuolo Santa Maria Novella Florence

Also known as Edward le Despencer

Born: 24 March 1336 Essendine, Rutlandshire, England


Died: 11 November 1375, Cardiff Castle, Llanblethian, Glamorganshire, Wales

Buried: Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England

Parents: Edward Despencer (born 1312, Buckland, England, died 30 September 1342) married (20 April 20 1335, Groby, Leicestershire, England) Anne Ferrers (died 8 August 1367)


Thomas Le Despencer (born about 1337 Essendine, Rutlandshire, England)

Henry Le Despencer, Bishop of Norwich (born about 1339 Norwich, England, died 1406)

Gilbert Le Despencer (born about 1341 Gloucestershire, England)

Anne Despencer (born about 1346)

Married: before 2 August 1354 Essendine, Rutlandshire, England

Spouse: Elizabeth De Burghersh (born 1342, Ewias Lacy, Herefordshire, England, died 26 July 1409, buried Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England)


Cicely Despencer (born 1354 Essendine, Rutlandshire, England, died young)

Edward Le Despencer Earl of Gloucester (born 1356, Gloucestershire, England)

Anne Despencer (born 1358 Essendine, Rutland, England, died 30/31 October 1426) married 1: (before 1 November 1376) Hugh De Hastings (born 1362, died 1386) married 2: Thomas Morley, 4th Lord (died 24 September 1416/7)

Hugh Le Despencer (born 1360, Essendine, Rutlandshire, England, died 1411, buried in St Georges, Botolph Lane, London, Middlesex, England)

Margaret Despencer (born 1365, died 3 November 1415) married Robert de Ferrers, 5th Lord of Chartley (died 13 March 1412/3)

Elizabeth Despencer (born 1367 Essendine, Rutland, England, died 10/11 April 1408, buried Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England) married 1: John FitzAlan Lord Maltravers (born 1365, died 1391) married 2: (after 28 Arpil 1393) William la Zouche, 3rd Lord (born before 1342, died 13 May 1396)

Philippa Despencer (born 1370 Essendine, Rutland, England)

Thomas Le Despencer (born 22 September 1373, Essendine, Rutland, England died 13 January 1400, Executed at Bristol, Gloucestershire, England) married (16 April 1378 Bristol, Gloucestershire, England) Constance Plantagenet, Baroness Despencer (born 1374 Castle, Conisbrough, Yorkshire, England, died 28 November 1416, Reading Berkshire, buried Reading Abbey, Berkshire)

Heraldic Coat of Arms: Qrtly 1 & 4 argent 2 & 3 gules fretty or overall a baston (bend) sable

Crest: Out of a ducal coronet, per pale Gules and Argent, between two wings, a griphon's head of the last, beak and ears of the first, gorged with a collar per pale Or and Argent.

Edward Despencer
Edward Le Despencer from Elsing brass of Henry Plantagenet
Edmund Le Despencer from Elsing brass of Henry Plantagenet, died 1340. Remade from a drawing.

Knight of the Garter 1361, Stall 3, became a Knight Garter after the death of Henry Plantagenet

Edward campaigned with Prince Edward in Gascony in 1355 and he fought in the skirmish at Romorantin and at the battle of Poitiers 1356. Edward Summoned to Parliament as Lord Despencer 15 December 1357. Edward took part in the expedition to France in 1359 in the staff of Edward III. He swore to uphold the Treaty of Brétigny at Calais. In 1363 he escorted the king of Cyprus from Dover to London. Jean Froissart accompanied Edward to the Welsh Marches in 1366. In 1368 Edward was in the retinue of the Duke of Clarence and was there when he died at Piedmont. In 1369, with the death of his father in law, the Manor of Henley passed to him and his wife. Edward returned from Italy in 1372 and in 1373 campaigned under John of Gaunt, and the Duke of Brittany in 1373, ravaging Artois and Picardy, and was in command of the rear-guard.After the truce in 1374 Edward returned to England. Edward made his will on 6 November 1375 and died 11 November 1375 An effigy was made of him in Tewksbury Abbey, and he bequested a chalice to the abbey which had been given to him by the king of France. Edward was described as the most honourable, gallant and valiant knight of all England, much beloved by the ladies.









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