John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of Worcester

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John Tiptoft

Also Known As: "John Tiptopf"
Birthplace: Great Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England
Death: Died in London, Middlesex, England
Place of Burial: City of London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Lord John Tiptoft and Joyce de Cherleton
Husband of Cecily Neville, Duchess of Warwick; Countess of Worcester; Elizabeth Stanley and Elizabeth Greyndour, Countess Of Worcester
Father of Edward Tiptoft and John Tiptoft
Brother of Philippa Tiptoft; Joan Tiptoft; Joyce Sutton; Pain deTibetot and Edward Tiptoft

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About John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of Worcester

John Tiptoft was elected Knight of the Garter in 1462.,_1st_Earl_of_Worcester

John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of Worcester KG (Eversden, 8 May 1427 – 18 October 1470) was an English nobleman and scholar, Lord High Treasurer, Lord High Constable and Deputy Governor of Ireland. He was known as the Butcher of England.


He was the son of John Tiptoft, 1st Baron Tiptoft, and Joyce Cherleton, co-heiress of Edward Charleton, 5th Baron Cherleton. He was notable for his education, studying at Oxford University.

Marriages & progeny

He married:

Cecily Neville, Duchess of Warwick, daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, in 1449, by whom he had no issue. She died 28 July 1450.

Elizabeth Greyndour (d.1452), daughter and sole heiress of Robert Greyndour (d.1443) of Clearwell, Gloucestershire. They had one son, John, who died the year of his birth, 1452.

Elizabeth, née Hopton, by whom he had a son, Edward, who died unmarried in 1485.


He enjoyed a brilliant early career. After being created Earl of Worcester on 16 July 1449, he was employed in a number of official posts, first as Lord High Treasurer (1452–1454) and then as Lord Deputy of Ireland (1456–1457). He then departed on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and returned by way of Italy, where he stayed for two years, studying in Padua. There he gained a considerable reputation as a scholar of Latin.

He returned to England in 1461 and was received with favour by Edward IV, receiving the Order of the Garter and being appointed to a number of posts, including in 1461, Constable of the Tower of London for life and in 1463, Lord Steward of the Household. Most notably, as Lord High Constable (1462), he presided over trials which resulted in the attainders and executions of Lancastrians, an office which he carried out with exceptional cruelty, having them beheaded, quartered, and impaled. In 1464 he was appointed Chancellor of Ireland for life and in 1467 he again became Lord Deputy of Ireland, and brought about the execution of Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond.

Upon the Readeption of Henry VI in 1470, Tiptoft was unable to escape with Edward IV and his supporters. He was captured by the Lancastrians and beheaded at the Tower of London, but, contrary to some accounts, was not attainted and his son Edward succeeded to his titles. His last act was to ask the executioner to chop off his head with three blows, for the sake of the Trinity.

His son Edward died in 1485, while still a minor, and without issue. The titles thus became extinct on his death, or in abeyance between his aunts as coheiresses.

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John Tiptoft, 1st Earl of Worcester's Timeline

May 8, 1427
Great Eversden, Cambridgeshire, England
April 3, 1449
Age 21
June 10, 1451
Age 24
Abt. 1451
Age 24
October 18, 1470
Age 43
London, Middlesex, England
May 14, 1956
Age 43
May 14, 1956
Age 43
May 14, 1956
Age 43
May 14, 1956
Age 43
March 18, 1957
Age 43