Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle

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About Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle

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Arthur Plantagenet, 1st Viscount Lisle, KG (died 3 March 1542) was an illegitimate son of King Edward IV of England, and an important figure at the court of Henry VIII. The survival of a large collection of his letters makes his life one of the best-documented of his time.


Family life

Lisle married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth (1482x4–1525/6), daughter of Edward Grey, first Viscount Lisle, and later Baroness Lisle in her own right, and widow of Edmund Dudley. The marriage, which took place about 13 November 1511, was clearly arranged by the king and was marked by the grant to Arthur Plantagenet of forfeited Dudley lands in Lancashire, Sussex, and Dorset. They had three daughters: Frances, born c.1512–20; Elizabeth, born c.1520–22; and Bridget, whose birth in 1525 or 1526 probably caused the death of her mother. In 1519 Elizabeth Grey became the sole heir of the barony of Lisle, following the death of her niece Elizabeth, the fifth holder of the title, and on 12 May she and Arthur were granted the Lisle lands in Berkshire, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire, and Worcestershire. It was in his wife's right that on 25 April 1523 Arthur Plantagenet was created Viscount Lisle.


Citations / Sources:

  1. [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 141. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.
  2. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 248. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  3. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VIII, page 63.
  4. [S1916] Tim Boyle, "re: Boyle Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 16 September 2006. Hereinafter cited as "re: Boyle Family."

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Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle's Timeline

Calais, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France
Age 22
November 12, 1511
Age 48
Age 50
Age 53
Age 56
London, Middlesex, England
March 3, 1542
Age 79
Tower of London, London, England