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Reginald De Cobham 1st Baron Cobham of Sterborough 1295-1361

Also known as Reginald Cobham

Born: 1295, Sterborough, Kent, England


Died: 5 October 1361, died of the Pestilience, Lingfield, Surrey, England

Buried: Lingfield

Parents: Reginald de Cobham of Orkesden and Eynesford (born 1237 Cobham, Kent, England) married (1284 in Sterborough, Kent, England) Joan d'Evere/Joan Deveureux (born 1263 Hever, Kent, England)


Married: 1344 Lingfield, Surrey, England

Spouse: Joan de Berkeley (born 1327, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England, died 2 October1369, Southwark, Surrey, England) widow (married 17 Jan 1337 Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England) of Thomas de Haudlo (born 1317 Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England, died 1339, Acton Burnell, Shropshire, England)


Joan Cobham (born 1345, died after 1396) married (13 April 1358 Sterborough, Kent, England) Henry de Grey, younger of Codnor

Reginald de Cobham, 2nd Lord of Sterborough (born 8 June 1348, died 6 July 1403, buried Lingfield) married 1: (1368 Lingfield, Surrey, England) Elizabeth de Stafford (born after 1332, died 7 August 1375/6), daughter of Ralph de Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford married 2: (1380) Eleanor Maltravers (born 1345, died 10 January 1404/5), daughter of John, Lord Maltravers

Heraldic Coat of Arms: Gules on a chevron or three estoiles sable

Crest: A Saracens head, proper, wreathed about the temples Or and Gules.

Knight of the Garter 1352, Stall 18, became a member of the order of the garter after the death of Thomas Wale

Sir Reginald was given a license to crenellate in 1341 and around 1342 built Sterborough Castle, a Quadrangular castle situated within a sandstone valley on the southern side of the River Eden, the castle buildings, were constructed upon a roughly square, artificial island of 0.8 hectares. During the Civil War, the castle was occupied by Parliamentary forces and shortly after the execution of Charles I in 1649 was demolished by order of Oliver Cromwell. Today it is known as Starborough Castle.

Reginald was summoned to Parliament on 25 February 1342 as Lord Cobham. Reginald was one of the three knights in charge of Edward, Prince of Wales, at Creçy 26 August 1346. Reginald was appointed a heraldic dispute which had arisen between John, son and heir of Sir John De Warblington, and Theobald, the son of Sir Theobald Russell (whose family had assumed the surname of Gorges), concerning the right to the arms "Lozenge or and azure." Edward III amidst the more pressing matters which then engaged his attention, referred the case for decision to Henry, William De Clinton, Earl of Huntingdon, Reginald De Cobham, Walter De Manny, William Lovel, and Stephen De Cosinton, by whom an award was made in favour of Warblington, on the eve of St. Margaret's Day, 19 July 1347.

An indenture dated at Westminster 10 July 1355, between the King and Prince Edward, stipulated that the Prince's retinue would be paid by the king for 6 months in advance from the day of their embarkation and should conisist of the Earls of Warwick, Suffolk, Oxford and Salisbury, Sir John de Lisle and Sir Reginald de Cobham, 433 men-at-arms and 700 archers, of whom 400 should be mounted and 300 on foot; which force, as well as the men-at-arms and archers. During the campaign of 1355 he led the Vanguard with Oxford and fought in the Battle of Poitiers in 1356. After the battle Prince Edward asked him and Thomas Beauchamp to find the captured King Jean, where he had to be rescued from captors arguing over his ransom

Sir Reginald Cobham of Sterborough asked for in his will an alabaster tomb at St Peter & St Paul Parish Church of Lingfield. Reginald had a garter effigy on his tomb

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