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Lionel de Welles

Also Known As: "Leo"
Birthplace: Welle, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Towton, Yorkshire, England
Cause of death: Killed in the Battle of Towton
Place of Burial: Methley, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Ives Welles, Lord of Gainsby Welles and Maud de Greystoke, Lady Gainsby
Husband of Margaret St John Welles; Joan de Waterton and Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso, Lady Welles
Father of Eleanor Welles; Cecily Willoughby; Richard de Welles, 7th Baron Welles; Margaret Dymoke de Welles; Catherine (Welles) and 2 others
Brother of Mary Laurence; Sir William Welles, Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Anne Welles
Half brother of 16thGreatGramps L. Welles

Occupation: Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, K. G.{Knight of the Garter], 6th Baron de Welles Knighted May 14 1426, KG, 6th Lord Welles, K.G., 6th Baron of Welles, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, 6th Lord, Lieutenant of Ireland
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Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, KG Knight of the Garter, 1406 – 29 March 1461) was an English nobleman and soldier. He was killed fighting on the Lancastrian side at the Battle of Towton.

Born about 1405, he was son of Eudo de Welles by Maude de Greystoke. In his paternal line he was grandson of John de Welles, 5th Baron Welles and Margaret de Mowbray, and in the maternal line grandson of Ralph de Greystoke, 3rd Baron Greystoke and Catherine Clifford. The fifth baron died in 1421, having had by his second wife, Margaret, the son Eudo who predeceased him.[1]

Lionel, the eldest son, succeeded his grandfather in 1421, was knighted with Henry VI at Leicester by John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford on 19 May 1426, and went with the young king to France in 1430.

Lionel was summoned to parliament as sixth Baron Welles from 25 February 1432 to 30 July 1460. In 1434 he became a privy councillor.

He was sent to relieve Calais in 1436, when the town was besieged by a weak force of Burgundians.[1]

He served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from about 1438; Lionel's younger brother, William, occasionally acted as his deputy in the post, and was in 1461 Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

Welles was a friend and relation of the king, and an attentive courtier. In 1450 he was appointed a trier of petitions for Gascony.

Lionel was at Calais, where he had been sent in 1451, with Lord Rivers; he remained in command as lieutenant of Edmund Beaufort, 2nd Duke of Somerset until 20 April 1456, when Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick as commander secured possession of Calais.

Lionel was elected a Knight of the Garter by 13 May 1457.[2][1]

As a Lancastrian supporter he took the oath of allegiance at Coventry in 1459. He joined Margaret of Anjou on her march south, was at the second battle of St Albans on 7 February 1461.

He was killed at Towton on 29 March, and attainted in the parliament which followed. He was buried in Waterton church, Methley, Yorkshire.[1]


Lionel married twice, and had issue from both marriages: at least seven children altogether.

First marriage. About 1426 he married Joan (or Cecilia, Cecily) Waterton,[3] only daughter of Sir Robert Waterton of Waterton and Methley, and had issue a son, Richard, and four daughters: these included:

1. Richard de Welles, 7th Baron Welles (c. 1429–1469/1470); Eleanor de Welles (c.1428-1490), who married Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings;

2. Margaret de Welles, who married Sir Thomas Dymoke who was beheaded.

3. Cecily de Welles, who married Sir Robert Willoughby of Parham (died 1465), son of Sir Thomas Willoughby (son of William Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and Lucy Le Strange) and Lady Joan FitzAlan (daughter of John FitzAlan, 13th Earl of Arundel, and Eleanor Berkeley); they had issue Christopher Willoughby, 10th Baron Willoughby de Eresby (and were great-grandparents of Catherine Willoughby) Comment:- Cecily previously listed to the second marriage could not have been born so late, she is listed as mother to Christopher Willoughby estimated birth 1453, so more likely to be born about 1430 to his 1st wife Cecily Waterton

Second marriage Secondly, between 27 May 1444 and 31 August 1447 (DNB) (on 14 April 1447)[3] he married Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso (died 13 July 1480), daughter of Sir John Beauchamp of Bletsoe. She was widow of Sir Oliver St John and also of John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, with children by both these marriage. The children of Lionel and Margaret included[1]vJohn Welles, 1st Viscount Welles, married Cecily of York the daughter of Edward IV of England. They had two daughters.


^ a b c d e f "Welles, Lionel de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. ^ Hicks, Michael, "Welles, Leo", on the website of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Subscription or UK public library membership required) ^ a b Roberts, Gary Boyd (2009). Ancestors of American Presidents. New England Historic Genealogical Society. pp. 428–29. Attribution

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Welles, Lionel de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.


Sir Leo, or Lionel de Welles, as 6th baron, summoned to parliament from 25 February, 1432, to 30 July, 1460. This nobleman received the honour of knighthood in the 4th Henry VI[1426] from the Duke of Bedford at Leicester, with the young king himself and divers other persons of rank. His lordship for several years after served with great honour in France and was made lieutenant of Ireland for seven years in the 16th of thesame reign. When the fatal feud between the houses of York and Lancaster broke out, Lord Welles arrayed himself under the banner of the latter, and adhering to his colours with unbending fidelity, fell at the battle of Towton field on Palm Sunday,1461. His remains were deposited in Waterton Chapel, at Methley, co. York. His lordship m. 1st, Joan, or by some accounts,Cecilia, only dau. of Sir Robert Waterton, of Waterton andMethley, co. York, and sister and heir of Sir Robert Waterton,also of Waterton, Knt., and had issue, Richard, Alianore,Cecily, Margaret, and Catherine. Lord Welles m. 2ndly, Margaret,sister and heir of Sir John Beauchamp, of Bletshoe, and widow of John Beaufort, Earl of Somerset (by whom she was mother ofMargaret, Countess of Richmond, mother of King Henry VII) andhad another son, John, created Viscount Welles. An attainder followed his lordship's decease, under which the Barony of Welles became forfeited. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant,Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London,England, 1883, p. 572, Welles, Barons Welles]

The rolls of parliament show that, in the first year of HenryVII [1485], a statute passed finally reversing all acts of attainder or forfeiture which had ever been enacted aginst the Barony of Welles. ------------------------------------------------- Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles KG (1406 ? March 29, 1461) was an English nobleman.

In 1457, he was made a Knight of the Garter. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

A Lancastrian, he was killed at the Battle of Towton. His body was secretly borne away from the battlefield and interred at Methley.

He had at least two sons:

Richard de Welles, 7th Baron Welles (c. 1429?1469/1470) John Welles, 1st Viscount Welles (d. 1499) He had at least one daughter:

Eleanor Welles (c.1428-1490)

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