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Roger de Mortimer, 4th Earl of March

Also Known As: "Earl Of March", "Roger Mortimer"
Birthplace: Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales
Death: Died in Kells, Meath, Ireland
Cause of death: killed in Battle
Place of Burial: Wigmore Abbey, Herefordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Edmund de Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March; Edmund March de Mortimer; Philippa, 5th Countess of Ulster and Philipa of Clarence
Husband of Alianore (the elder) Holland, Countess of March, Baroness Cherleton
Father of Anne de Mortimer, Countess of Cambridge; Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March; Eleanor Mortimer; Sir Roger Mortimer and Alice Mortimer
Brother of Lady Elizabeth Agnes Kinge or Kynge; Elizabeth Percy; Lady Elizabeth Mortimer; Anne De Mortimer; Lady Agnes Mortimer and 5 others

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About Roger de Mortimer, 4th Earl of March

Roger Mortimer

Earl of March

Predecessor Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl

Successor Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl

Earl of Ulster

Predecessor Philippa Plantagenet, 5th Countess with Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March

Successor Edmund Mortimer, 7th Earl, 5th Earl of March

Spouse Eleanor Holland

m. c. 1387/1388; wid. 1398


Anne de Mortimer

Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March

Eleanor, Countess of Devon

Father Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March

Mother Philippa, Countess of March and Ulster

Born 11 April 1374(1374-04-11)

Usk, Monmouthshire

Died 20 July 1398 (aged 24)

Battle of Kells, County Meath

Burial Wigmore Abbey, Herefordshire


Roger Mortimer (1329-1360) Lord Mortimer Earl of March Born: 1329, possibly at Wigmore Castle, Herefordshire Died: 26th February 1360 at Roveray, Burgundy

The grandfather of this knight, Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, remarkable in history for his ambitious and guilty career, and for his ignominious end in November 1330, had several sons. Edmund Mortimer, the eldest, died in 1331, leaving, by Elizabeth, his wife (one of the daughters of Bartholomew "Le Riche," and sister and co-heiress of Giles, successively Lords Badlesmere), Roger Mortimer, his only surviving son, then in his third year.

The family estates having been forfeited by the attainder of the first Earl, Roger Junior obtained, during his minority and through the influence of his step-father, William De Bohun, Earl of Northampton, grants from the crown of a part of the inheritance of his ancestors, and particularly the Castle of Wigmore, the most ancient of their possessions. His probable adroitness and courage in the jousts at Windsor, which shortly preceded the institution of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (for he had had no opportunity of otherwise distinguishing himself) appear to have acquired for him, at the early age of seventeen, the enviable honour of being one of its founders. Having, two years afterwards, in 1346, attended King Edward III and the Prince of Wales on their brilliant expedition into France, he is said to have received knighthood upon their landing at La Hogue, either from the hands of the sovereign, or those of the young prince immediately after his own investiture with that dignity.

It may be presumed that our knight justified, at the Battle of Crécy, the high opinion which had been formed of him. For, towards the close of the same year, the King thought fit, in consideration of his laudable services, to receive his homage, although still within age, and to grant him livery of the remainder of his lands, with the exception of those held in dower by his mother, the Countess of Northampton.

In 1352, Roger was again employed in France and obtained, in two years later, a reversal, in parliament, of the judgment against his grandfather, upon the ground of the illegality of that sentence, which had been given without oyer of his defence; and he thereupon assumed the style of Earl of March. An inquisition having been taken of the lands of which his ancestor had died seized, they were fully restored to him. In 1355, he was appointed Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle, and then attended the King on his expedition into France; and, again, in that of 1359 which terminated in a peace.

Before, however, the peace had been fully concluded, the young Earl died at Roveray, in Burgundy, on the 26th February 1360, whilst in command of the forces on that station; and his remains, having been brought to England, were interred at Wigmore Priory.

By Philippa, his wife (daughter of William Montacute, the 1st Earl of Salisbury), who died in 1381, he left an only son, Edmund, who became the 3rd Earl of March, and intermarried with the Lady Philippa Plantagenet, daughter and sole heiress of Prince Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence. Their son and heir, Roger Mortimer, the 4th Earl, was, in right of his mother, Philippa, declared, in parliament, heir-presumptive to the Crown, failing issue of King Richard II. The pretensions of his descendants to the English throne were eventually asserted by his great-grandson, Edward Plantagenet, as King Edward IV.


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Roger de Mortimer, 4th Earl of March's Timeline

April 11, 1374
Usk, Monmouthshire, Wales
October 7, 1388
Age 14
December 27, 1388
Age 14
New Forest, West, Meath, Ireland
November 6, 1391
Age 17
New Forest, West, Meath, Ireland
April 23, 1393
Age 19
Age 20
New Forest, West, Meath, Ireland
July 20, 1398
Age 24
Kells, Meath, Ireland
Age 23
Salisbury, Wiltshire, , England
June 1, 1925
Age 24
June 1, 1925
Age 24