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John Hastings

Birthplace: Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Death: Died in Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Place of Burial: Coventry, West Midlands, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Henry ll de Hastings, of Ashill; Henry de Hastings; Joan de Cantelou and Joan de Hastings
Husband of Isabel de Valence and Isabel le Despenser
Father of William de Hastings; John Hastings, Baron of Abergavenny; Elizabeth Hastings, Baroness Grey of Ruthin; Margaret de Hastings; Henry de Hastings and 4 others
Brother of Melissa DeWaldegrave; Audra Hastings; Lora le Latimer (de Hastings); Jean Hastings; Edmund Hastings and 1 other

Occupation: Baron of Bergavenny
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About John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings

John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (6 May 1262 – 28 February 1313) was an English peer and soldier of the Middle Ages. Hastings was a competitor for the Scottish throne in 1290/92 in the Great Cause.

  • Parents: Henry de Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (c. 1235–c. 1269), Joanna de Cantilupe, sister and heiress of his uncle George de Cantilupe(d.1273)
  • Married: Isabel de Valence, Isabel le Despenser


Baron Hastings, 13th Baron Bergavenny

Son of Henry de Hastings and Joan de Cantelou / Cantilupe, grandson of Sir Henry de Hastings and Ada of Huntingdon, William de Cauntelo and Eve de Braose.

Firstly, husband of Isabel de Valence, daughter of William de Valence, Earl of Pembroke. they were married in 1275 and had six children:

  • Elizabeth de Hastings, wife of Sir Roger Grey
  • William de Hastings, married Eleanor Martin
  • Joan de Hastings, wife of William de Huntyngfield
  • John de Hastings, 2nd Lord Hastings
  • Henry de Hastings
  • Margaret de Hastings

Secondly, he was the husband of Isabel le Despenser, daughter of Hugh le Despenser, 1st and last Earl of Winchester and Isabella de Beauchamp. They married before 1308 and had three children:

  • Thomas de Hastings
  • Margaret Hastings, wife of Robert de Waterville.
  • Sir Hugh de Hastings

John Hastings was summoned to Parliament as Lord Hastings on 23 June 1295. He received the title of Baron Bergavenny at the death of his uncle, George de Cantilupe in 1273, and inherited Abergavenny Castle as well as the honor of Abergavenny. John participated in the wars of King Edward I in Scotland, Ireland and France, appointed to Seneschal of Aquitaine.

His attempt to claim the Scottish throne as the grandson of Ada, third daughter of David, Earl of Huntingdon who was the grandson of King David of Scotland was unsuccessful.


  Sir John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, Baron Abergavenny, Seneschal of Aquitaine was born on 6 May 1262 at Allesley, Warwickshire, England; Age 6 in 1269. He and Isabel de Valence obtained a marriage license on 15 July 1275 at Braxted, Essex, England; The marriage may have taken place at Blunham, Bedfordshire instead. Date of Papal Dispensation, being related in the 3rd and 4th degrees of kindred. They had 3 sons (Sir William; John, 2nd Lord Hastings; & Henry, a cleric) and 3 daughters (Joan, wife of William de Huntingfield; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Roger, 1st Lord Grey of Ruthin; & Margaret, wife of William, 2nd Lord Martin, & of Sir Robert, Lord Wateville). Sir John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, Baron Abergavenny, Seneschal of Aquitaine married Isabel le Despenser, daughter of Sir Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester, Constable of Devizes, Marlborough, Odiham, St. Briavel's, & Striguil Castles and Isabel de Beauchamp, circa 1308; They had 2 sons (Sir Hugh; & Thomas). Sir John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings, Baron Abergavenny, Seneschal of Aquitaine died on 10 February 1313 at age 50; Buried in Hastings Chapel, Church of the Friars Minor, Coventry, Warwickshire.

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John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings's Timeline

May 6, 1262
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Age 12
October 4, 1282
Age 20
September 29, 1287
Age 25
Age 27
Stone, Staffordshire, , England
Age 29
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Age 32
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales
Age 33
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England
October 3, 1305
Age 43
Of, Winchester, Hampshire, England
Age 46
Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England