Oliver de Ingham, Sir Knight (c.1278 - 1344) MP

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Birthplace: England
Death: Died in Chester, Cheshire, England
Occupation: 1st Baron Ingham
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About Oliver de Ingham, Sir Knight

Oliver Ingham (or De Ingham, d'Ingham) was an English commander and administrator in Aquitaine during the War of Saint-Sardos and early Hundred Years War. He became Sheriff of Cheshire. Oliver was jailed at Winchester for his involvement in the civil wars of Edward II of England, but was released in 1324 to serve under Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent in the Duchy of Aquitaine during the short War of Saint-Sardos against France. In 1326 Oliver was appointed Seneschal of Gascony, the highest post in what remained in English possession. He managed to raise an army of mercenaries and capture a number of strongholds in Agenais and Saintonge. However the political climate at home had changed. Edward II had been deposed and replaced by his son Edward III under the regency of Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer. The regents wanted peace and in the final treaty the loss of Agenais was accepted and Ingham's conquests abandoned. To appease the French Oliver was at first recalled to England, but was reappointed Seneschal of Gascony in June 1331. He still held this office in 1337 when the Hundred Years War broke out and he was tasked with defending Gascony from French invasion. The defences of the duchy had been undermined with the loss of several key castles in the previous war and the loyalty of the local nobility was divided as many owned estates on both sides of the border. English strategy in the early years centred on invading Northern France; Oliver received neither troops nor funds from England, but had to relay entirely on local resources. The income of the duchy depended mainly on tolls and customs on the river trade, this dried up almost entirely with the onset of war. Most of what revenue remained had to be expended on paying garrison commanders. As a result Oliver's government at Bordeaux had very limited options in how to conduct the defence. Oliver married Elizabeth Zouche, born 1282 in Ellesmere, Shropshire. Children: Elizabeth Ingham m John Curson Joan de Ingham b. 1320, d. 1364 m (1) Lord Robert (Roger) Le Strange of Knockyn, b 15 Aug 1301 in Knockin, Shropshire, d 29 Jul 1349 in Sedgbrook, Lincolnshire son of John le Strange (who became Lord Strange of Knockin in 1299) & Isolda de Walton m (2) 30 Nov 1350 in Ingham, Norfolk a Sir Myles Stapleton KG, b c1318, Bedale, Yorkshire, d 4 Dec 1364. son of sir Gilbert Stapleton & Agnes Fitzlan of Bedale

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1278
1278
England
1320
1320
Age 42
Ellesmere,,Shropshire,England
1329
1329
Age 51
Ellesmere, Shropshire, England
1344
January 27, 1344
Age 66
Chester, Cheshire, England