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John Hastings 2nd Earl of Pembroke, 4th lord Hastings 1347-1375

Also known as John de Hastings, John de Hastyngs

Born: 29 August 1347, Sutton Valence


Died: 16 April 1375, Picardy, France

Buried: 28 April 1376 Friars Preachers, Hereford, Herefordshire, England

Parents: Laurence Hastings 1st Earl of Pembroke 3rd Lord Hastings (born 20 March 1319 Allesley, Warwickshire, died 29 August 1348 Abergavenny, Wales, buried Priory Church, Abergavenny, Wales) married (29 May 1328 Hereford, Herefordshire, England) Agnes de Mortimer (died 21 July 1368)


Married 1: 19 May 1359 Reading Abbey, Reading, Berkshire, England

Spouse 1: Margaret Plantagenet (born 20 July 1346 Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England, died after 1 October 1361, buried Abingdon Abbey, Abingdon, Berkshire, England) daughter of Edward III (born 13 November 1312, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, christened 16 November 1312, Royal Chapel Windsor, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, died 21 June 1377, Sheen Palace, Richmond, Surrey, buried Westminster Abbey, Middlesex) married (24 January 1328 at York Minster, Yorkshire) Phillipa of Hainault (born 24 June 1311, Valenciennes, died 14 August 1369, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England. Died of the Plague, buried Westminster Abbey, London)

Offspring 1:

Married 2: July 1368

Spouse 2: Anne Manny Baroness de Manny (born 24 July 1355, died 3 April 1384), daughter of Walter Manny (died 1372) married (before 13 May 1354) Margaret Plantagenet Duchess of Norfolk (born 1320/1, died 24 March 1399, buried Greyfriars Church, Newgate, London, England)

Offspring 2:

John Hastings 3rd Earl of Pembroke, 5th lord Hastings (born 1372, died 30 December 1389, in a tournament, Woodstock, buried Friars Preachers, Hereford, Herefordshire, England, re-buried Greyfriars, London, England) married 1: (24 June 1380, Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, England, annulled 1383) Elizabeth Plantagenet Duchess of Exeter (born 1364 Burford, Cheshire, England, died 24 November 1425, buried Burford Church, Shropshire, England) married 2: Philippa Mortimer Countess of Pembroke Countess of Arundel (died 24 September 1401)

Heraldic Coat of Arms: Quarterly, 1 and 4 or, a maunch gules, 2 and 3, barry of twelve, argent and azure, over all eight martlets in orle gules

When John married he was allowed to impale the arms of his wife, being those of England. Quarterly, 1 and 4, or, a maunch gules, (Hastings). 2 and 3, barry of twelve, argent and azure, over all eight martlets in orle gules (Valence), impaling 1 and 4 France ancient, 2 and 3 England

Knight of the Garter 1369, Stall 4, Member of the order of the Garter after the death of Thomas Beauchamp

John owned Abergavenny House between Amen Corner and Ludgate Street London and the manor of Fleckney. In 1367 John took part in the Spanish campaign of Prince Edward and was at the battle of Najrea on 3 April 1367. John in 1369 traveled with Edmund Plantagenet, Earl of Cambridge to France landing at Saint Malo and went to the capture of Bourdeille, and Roche-sur-Yon. Following this John joined Prince Edward at Cognac and went with him to the siege and capture of Limoges. in 1371 John was a trier of petitions in Parliament. In 1372 before leaving for campaigns in France, John placed his lands in trust to William Beauchamp, and an agreement was made to make William the Earl of Pembroke upon the death of John. In 1372 John attempted to lift the siege of La Rochelle and left Southampton on 10 June 1372. John had no naval experience and Castillian ships sailed into the bay of La Rochelle ramming the English ships and set alight the English ships with oil and fire arrows. The battle with the Spanish lasted 2 days and the English were defeated losing £20,000 in soldiers pay and John was captured on 23 June 1372. The Castillian galleons each weighing 200 tons and with 180 oars were led by Ambrosio Boccanegra. John was taken to Spain and held for almost 3 years in prison at Santander, where he heard that his second wife, Anne Manny was pregnant and later heard that she had bourne him a son. With the trust in effect, then this son would not have inheritance and his lands and titles would go instead to William Beauchamp. John promised his captors a huge ransom payment of 130,000 gould doubles, the Castillian currency. The first payment was placed in escrow with the city magistrates of Bruges and John released but died on route to his return to England. Edward III withdrew the money from the Bruge city magistrate, and Bertrand du Guesclin unsuccesfully tried to sue them.

John's son, John Hastings was killed at a tournament aged 17 at christmas in 1389 when John Des jousted against him and a lance slipped and struck his internal organs.

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