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Eleanor of Lancaster, Countess of Arundel and Warenne

Also Known As: "Alianor", "Eleanor Plantagenet"
Birthplace: Grismond Castle, Monmouthshire, England
Death: Died in Arundel Castle, Arundel, Sussex, England
Place of Burial: Lewes Priory, Lewes, Sussex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud de Chaworth
Wife of John Buchan de Beaumont, 2nd Baron Beaumont and Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel
Mother of Henry de Beaumont, 3rd Baron Beaumont; Joan de Beaumont; Maud de Courtenay; Lady Mary Le Strange; Sir Richard Fitzalan and 6 others
Sister of Blanche Plantagenet; Isabel Plantagenet; Maud of Lancaster, Countess of Ulster; Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster; Joan of Lancaster, Baroness de Mowbray and 1 other

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About Eleanor of Lancaster, Countess of Arundel and Warenne

her birth date isn't very clear.

one possible date from merges is 18 June 1318

Wikipedia have 11 September 1318 as the birth date

other sources only give her birth year as 1311


"Eleanor of Lancaster, Countess of Arundel (sometimes called Eleanor Plantagenet; 11 September 1311-1318 – 11 January 1372) was the fifth daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud Chaworth."










Citations / Sources :

[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), pages 78-79. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Family.

[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 II, page 60. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

[S452] #21 The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (1910), Cokayne, George Edward (main author) and Vicary Gibbs (added author), (New edition. 13 volumes in 14. London: St. Catherine Press,1910-), vol. 1 p. 243-244 fn. (d), 244, 253; vol. 2 p. 60-61; vol. 4 appndx. H chart II; vol. 14 p. 38 [ARUNDEL], 259.

[S338] Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (2004), Richardson, Douglas, edited by Kamball G. Everingham, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004), FHL book 942 D5rd., p. 41 ARUNDEL:10.

[S347] Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-century Colonists: the Descent from the Later Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III, of Emigrants from England and Wales to the North American Colonies Before 1701 (2nd ed., 1999), Faris, David, (2nd edition. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), FHL book 973 D2fp., p. 143 FITZ ALAN:13.

[S266] #379 [7th edition, 1992] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, Who Came to America Before 1700 (7th edition, 1992), Weis, Frederick Lewis, (7th edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, c1992), FHL book 974 D2w 1992., p. 21 line 17:30, p. 23 line 20:30, p. 65 line 60:32.

[S2411] #11915 British Genealogy (filmed 1950), Evans, Alcwyn Caryni, (Books A to H. National Library of Wales MSS 12359-12360D. Manuscript filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1950), FHL microfilms 104,355 and 104,390 item 2., book 1 p. 45, 49; book 6 p. F2*.

[S673] #1079 A History of Monmouthshire from the Coming of the Normans into Wales down to the Present Time (1904-1993), Bradney, Sir Joseph Alfred, (Publications of the South Wales Record Society, number 8. Five volumes in 13. London: Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1904-1993), FHL book 942.43 H2b., vol. 1 p. 5.

[S1800] #771 The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fodog and the Ancient Lords of Arwystli, Cedewen and Meirionydd (1881-1887), Lloyd, Jacob Youde William, (6 volumes. London: T. Richards, 1881-1887), FHL book 942.9 D2L; FHL microfilms 990,213-990,214., vol. 1 p. 375.

[S1800] #771 The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fodog and the Ancient Lords of Arwystli, Cedewen and Meirionydd (1881-1887), Lloyd, Jacob Youde William, (6 volumes. London: T. Richards, 1881-1887), FHL book 942.9 D2L; FHL microfilms 990,213-990,214., vol. 6 p. 322.

[S2318] #1210 The Family of Griffith of Garn and Plasnewydd in the County of Denbigh, as Registered in the College of Arms from the Beginning of the XIth Century (1934), Glenn, Thomas Allen, (London: Harrison, 1934), FHL book 929.2429 G875g; FHL microfilm 994,040 ite., p. 209, 215.



Eleanor is most often referred to as "Eleanor de Lancaster" or Eleanor of Lancaster -- the name her husband used on her tomb.

She is sometimes referred to as "Eleanor Plantagenet." [1]

During her first marriage she was "Lady Beaumont."

After her second marriage she was also Eleanor, Countess of Arundel.[2]

Birth and Parentage

She was born 11 September 1318[3] in Grosmont Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales[4], the fifth daughter of Henry Plantagenet [1], 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud de Chaworth.[5]

First marriage to John of Beaumont

Eleanor married first on 6 November 1330 John de Beaumont, 2nd Baron Beaumont (d. 1342), [2]

He was the son of Henry Beaumont, 4th Earl of Buchan, 1st Baron Beaumont (c.1288-1340) by his wife Alice Comyn (1289-3 July 1349). [2]

John de Beaumont died in a tournament on 14 April 1342. [2]

They had one son, born to Eleanor in Ghent whilst serving as lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa of Hainault:


Henry Beaumont, 3rd Baron Beaumont, (4 April 1340 – 25 July 1369[3]), the first husband of Lady Margaret de Vere (d. 15 June 1398), the daughter of John de Vere, 7th Earl of Oxford by his wife Maud de Badlesmere. Henry and Margaret had one son, John Beaumont, 4th Baron Beaumont KG (1361-1396).[2]

There are presently three additional persons shown as children of Eleanor and John. These are not their children and therefore further research is required to place them properly:

Maud Beaumont, b. Sherrill, Devon, d. 1367 in Haccombe, Devon. William Beaumont, b. 1342 in Sherwill, Dorsetshire John II Beaumont, b. 1344 in Sherwill, Dorsetshire Second Marriage to Richard FitzAlan

On 5 February 1344 at Ditton Church, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, [6] she married Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel. He is also sometimes referred to as Richard de Arundel.[2]

Nicknamed "Cropped Hat", he was born about 1306 in Arundel, Sussex.

His previous marriage, to Isabel le Despenser, had taken place when they were children. It was annulled by Papal mandate as she, since her father's attainder and execution, had ceased to be of any importance to him. Pope Clement VI obligingly annulled the marriage, bastardized the issue, and provided a dispensation for his second marriage to the woman with whom he had been living in adultery (the dispensation, dated 4 March 1344/1345, was required because his first and second wives were first cousins).[2]

He died 24 Jan 1375.


John, b. Abt 1338 (before 1349), of Arundel, Sussex, England , d. 15 Dec 1379, Drowned, Irish Sea. First Baron Arundel. [2] Edmund b. 1346 Arundel, Sussex d. 1366 Richard b. 1346 Arundel, Sussex d. 21 Sep 1397. Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel. Richard (1346–1397), who succeeded as Earl of Arundel.[2] Joan b. 1347 Arundel, Sussex d. 7 Apr 1419. Joan Fitzalan, Countess of Hereford. Lady Joan FitzAlan (1347/1348 - 7 April 1419), married Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford[2] Alice, Countess of Kent b. Abt 1350 Arundel, Sussex d. 17 Mar 1415/16. Alice Fitzalan, Countess of KentLady Alice FitzAlan (1350 - 17 March 1416), married Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent (Thomas Holand)[2] Thomas, b. 1352, of Arundel, Sussex, England , d. 20 Feb 1414. Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury (c. 1353 - 19 February 1413) [2] Eleanor, b. 1354, Lady Eleanor FitzAlan (1356 - before 1366)[2] Matilda de Courtenay[2] Mary Fitzalan, Lady Strange of Blackmere. Lady Mary FitzAlan (died 29 August 1396), married John Le Strange, 4th Lord Strange of Blackmere, by whom she had issue. [2] Death and Burial

She died in 11 January 1372 (aged 60) in Arundel, Sussex[7][2]

"Eleanor died at Arundel and was buried at Lewes Priory in Lewes, Sussex, England. Her husband survived her by four years, and was buried beside her; in his will Richard requests to be buried "near to the tomb of Eleanor de Lancaster, my wife; and I desire that my tomb be no higher than hers, that no men at arms, horses, hearse, or other pomp, be used at my funeral, but only five torches...as was about the corpse of my wife, be allowed."[2]

In addition to their tombs in Lews Priory, there are memorial effigies attributed to Eleanor and her husband Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel in Chichester Cathedral. These are the subject of the Philip Larkin poem "An Arundel Tomb."[2]

Note. Lewes Priory was more formally know as the Priory of St. Pancras.


Royal Ancestry 2013 Vol. II p. 606-610 Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2nd ed. Vol. I p. 157-158 ↑ 1.0 1.1 The surname "Plantagenet" has been retrospectively applied to the descendants of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou and Empress Matilda without historical justification: it is simply a convenient, if deceptive, method of referring to people who had, in fact, no surname. The first descendant of Geoffrey to use the surname was Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York (father of both Edward IV of England and Richard III of England) who apparently assumed it about 1448. Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster ↑ Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. Burke's Peerage Ltd., London. 1973. p. 196. ISBN 0220662223, cited by Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster ↑ #S96 ↑ Eleanor Plantagenet, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed September 9, 2015), citing Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry, Plantagenet Ancestry, and Royal Ancestry. ↑ #S96 ↑ #S96

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Eleanor of Lancaster, Countess of Arundel and Warenne's Timeline

Grismond Castle, Monmouthshire, England
Age 21
April 4, 1340
Age 29
Brabant, Belgium
Age 31
Lewes Priory, Lewes, Sussex, England
Age 35
Arundel Castle, Arundel, Sussex, England
Age 36
Age 36
Arundel, West Sussex, England
August 1, 1348
Age 37
Sussex, England