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John de Mohun, 2nd Baron Mohun, Lord Mohun of Dunster 1320-1375

Also known as John Mohun

Born: 1320


Died: 15 September 1375

Buried: Bruton Priory

Parents: John de Mohun, married (May 1305) Christian de Segrave (died after 1330)



Spouse: Joan, daughter of Bartholomew, Lord Burghershe (died 4 October 1404), buried at Canterbury Cathedral


Elizabeth de Mohun (born 1343, died 16 January 1414), married (after 1349) William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury (born 20/25 June 1328, died 3 June 1397)

Philippa de Mohun (born about 1360-5, died 17 July 1431, Casrisbrooke Castle, Isle of Wight, buried Chapel of St Nicholas, Westminster Abbey), married 1: (before 27 June 1385) Walter FitzWalter Lord FitzWalter (born 31 May 1345, died 26 September 1386) married 2: (before 7 Oct 1398) Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albemarle, grandson of Edward Ill

Maud de Mohun (died 1401), married John, Lord Strange of Knockyn, 6th baron, of Knockin, (died 20 September 1400)

Heraldic Coat of Arms: or, a cross engrailed sable, a label gules

Knight of the Garter 1348, Founder Member, Stall 12

John de Mohun was the ninth descent from William De Mohun, and the last possessor, of his name and lineage, of Dunster Castle in Somerset. John's grandfather, also John, the 1st Lord Mohun, served in several expeditions in Gascony and Scotland during the reigns of Kings Edward I and II and died in or about 1330, leaving John de Mohun (son to his son John De Mohun, by Christian, daughter of John De Segrave) as his next heir, then in his tenth year. The custody of his lands during his minority, and also the benefit of his marriage, were granted to Henry Burghershe, Bishop of Lincoln, Lord Treasurer, at whose special instance he obtained, in 1341, though yet within age, livery of his inheritance, for which he did homage on occasion of his departure to join the army in Scotland in that year, or of his marriage with his guardian's niece, Joan, the daughter of Bartholomew, Lord Burghershe.

John attended the English expedition into Brittany, in 1342, in the retinue of Lord Burghershe and, 1346, in the retinue of the Prince of Wales when King Edward III landed at La Hogue, and continued to the Siege of Calais. In 1348, he was again sent into France. By 1355, John was at Bordeaux, with the Prince Edward and in 1356 he fought at the battle of Poitiers. John's name occurs frequently during that year in the household book, of which a fragment is preserved at the office of the Duchy of Cornwall and is mentioned by Froissart amongst the witnesses to the King's letter, in 1370, for redressing wrongs committed by the army in Aquitaine.

John was issued with summons to Parliament from 1342 (soon after he had come of age) until 4th October 1373. He died between the 14th April 1375, when robes of the Order of the Garter were directed to be issued to him, and the 4th April 1376, when Sir Thomas Holland, afterwards second earl of Kent, was in possession of his choir stall in the St. George's Chapel, Windsor.

By his wife, Joan Burghershe (her will ordered her burial in the tomb she had made in the crypt of Canterbury Cathedral), he had three daughters, his co-heiresses: Elizabeth, wife of William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury; Philippa, wife of Prince Edward, Duke of York and Albemarle, grandson of Edward Ill; and Maud, who married John, Lord Strange of Knockyn. The two former died without surviving issue and the large possessions of the family devolved, consequently, to Richard, Lord Strange.

A John de Mohun has a pub named after him, as he is buried in the local Parish Church: Norman Knight, Whichford, Shipston-on-Stour. CV36 5PE

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