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Hugh le Despenser, Sir

Also Known As: "Hugh /le Despenser/ I", "Hugh Despenser", "Hugh Despencer", "Hugh Spencer", "Hugh Spenser"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Ryhall, Rutland, England
Death: Died in Battle of Evesham, Yorkshire, Worchestershire, England
Place of Burial: Abbey,Evesham,,England
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas le Despenser, of Elington and Rohese de Foix
Husband of NN de Quincy, wife of Hugh le Despenser
Father of Julianna le Despenser; Sir Hugh le Dispenser, of Ryhall; Pernell le Despencer and NN wife of Roger St. John
Brother of Thomas le Despenser, Lord of Arnesby; Muriel le Despencer; Henry le Despenser; Robert le Despenser and Rohesia de Segrave
Half brother of Galfridus Geoffrey Le Despencer, Lord of Martley

Occupation: High Sherrif of Berkshire, Sir/Knight, Sheriff of Berkshire, Earl of Winchester, High Sheriff of Berkshire
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About Sir Hugh le Despencer I

Hugh le Despenser I

Sir Hugh le Despenser (died 1238) was a wealthy landowner in the East Midlands of England, and served as High Sheriff of Berkshire.


He was probably the son of a Thomas Despencer, and brother to both Thomas, who died before October 1218, and Rohaise, who married Stephen de Segrave. It is said that he married a daughter of Saer de Quincy (died 1219) and Margaret de Beaumont (died 1234). Hugh and his unidentified wife probably had at least three children: Pernell, who married Geoffrey Savage; an unknown daughter, who married Roger St. John; and Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer (died 1265).


He was a descendant of a noble family who came to England from the same location as William the Conqueror and at the same time. This family, surnamed De Albetot, became William's Stewards. Sir Hugh was appointed High Sheriff of Staffordshire and Shropshire in 1222 and High Sheriff of Berkshire in 1226 and 1238.


He held eleven manors in England: in Leicestershire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Rutland. He is reported to have been instrumental in the repairs of 1232 to Porchester Castle in Hampshire, a site first used by third-century Romans. Sir Hugh had this ever-evolving castle updated to include a new forebuilding to the keep and portcullises for the gatehouses, and completed repairs to the wall and hall.


Among his descendants were the infamous Despensers who became favourites of Edward II.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_le_Despenser_I

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  • Sir Hugh le Despenser1
  • M, #24545, d. between 23 February 1238 and 30 May 1238
  • Father Thomas Despencer b. c 1170, d. b 1218
  • Mother Rohaise
  • Sir Hugh le Despenser was born at Hugglescote, Freeby, & Arnesby, Leicestershire, England. He died between 23 February 1238 and 30 May 1238 at Sibsey & Aukborough, Lincolnshire, Ryhall & Belmesthorp, Rutlandshire, England.
  • Family
  • Children
    • (Miss) le Despenser+
    • Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser, Justiciar of England+ b. c 1223, d. 4 Aug 1265
  • Citations
  • 1.[S7785] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 259, notes, Vol. XI, p. 348; Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 59; Wallop Family, p. 270.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p817.htm#i24545
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  • Sir Hugh le Despenser1
  • M, #439035, d. between 23 February 1238 and 30 May 1238
  • Last Edited=28 Jun 2010
  • Sir Hugh le Despenser was the son of Thomas le Despenser.1 He died between 23 February 1238 and 30 May 1238.1
  • Children of Sir Hugh le Despenser
    • 1.Pernell le Despenser2
    • 2.Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser+1 b. b 1223, d. 4 Aug 1265
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1384. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 2.[S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p43904.htm#i439035
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Hugh le Despencer I is reported to have been instrumental in the repairs to Porchester castle in 1232. This castle was first used by Romans in the 3rd century. Sir Hugh had this ever-evolving castle updated to include a new forebuilding to the keep, portcullises to the gate houses and the repairs to the wall and hall were complete.

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Sir HUGH (-[23 Feb/30 May] 1238). The Red Book of the Exchequer records "Hugo Dispensator" holding land from "honor Peverelli" in Leicestershire in [1210/12][64]. Of Loughborough, Leicestershire. m ---. The name of Hugh´s wife is not known. Sir Hugh & his wife had children:

a) Sir HUGH (1223 or before-killed in battle Evesham 4 Aug 1265, bur Evesham Abbey). m (1260 or before) as her first husband, ALINE Basset, daughter and heiress of Sir PHILIP Basset of Wycombe, Buckinghamshire & his first wife Hawise de Lovaine of Little Easton, Essex (-before 11 Apr 1281). She married secondly (before 29 Oct 1271) as his first wife, Roger Bigod Earl of Norfolk.

b) PERNELL . m GEOFFREY le Sauvage of Hints (-1230).

PW: Ravilious also adds a third child:

c) NN (a daughter) who married Roger de St. John

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISH%20NOBILITY%20MEDIEVAL2.htm#_Toc196023993

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From John Ravilious on soc.gen.medieval https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!searchin/soc.genealogy.medieval/Ancestry$20of$20Sir$20Hugh$20le$20Despenser/soc.genealogy.medieval/V1OQdMYA2K4/ytMUtdLp5d0J

Death: bef 31 May 1238[6]

  • knight, of Loughborough, Burton, Hugglescote and Freeby, co. Leicester & c. [6]
  • ? Hugone dispensario ?, witness to charters of the Earls of Chester, together with others [? Hugone Despensir, Thoma fratre suo,...? ca. 1207- 1211 - charter #211; ? Hugone et Thoma et Henrico et Roberto et Galfrido
  • dispensariis,.? , ca. 1214-17 - charter #381 ] ca. 1191-1227. Barraclough, The Charters of the Anglo-Norman Earls of Chester, various charters, #260 - 416 (not inclusive)[4]
  • 'dispensarius' to the Earl of Chester, acting on behalf of the King, 18 Aug 1207:
  • ' The K[ing]. commands W. de Cantilupe forthwith to deliver to R. constable of Chester, by the hands of the bearer, H. Despenser, all the 'plain land', with cattle and stock, which the K. had before given to Thomas de Galweya; the Constable to answer for the issues thereof, unless Thomas shall please the K. therein; de Cantilupe to see that the Constable gets the cattle and stock, and to acquaint the K. thereof; the castles to be retained in the K.'s hand till the Constable sends his seneschal or another of his knights, to make oath for
  • their safe custody at the K.'s orders. Stiviton. ' [Bain I:66[16], No. 404, cites Close Roll, 9 John, m. 15]
  • ~ his brother Thomas also acting on behalf of the King in the same matter [Bain I:66[16], No. 405, cites fine of Thomas de Galloway at Worcester, Aug/Sept. 1207: Fine, 9 John, m. 8]
  • witness to quitclaim by Alan of Galloway, 1210-12:
  • ' 553. Alan son of Rolland lord of Galloway (Galuvath) constable of Scotland, quit claims to Roger de Lascy constable of Chester and his heirs, the advowson of the church of Kipeis. Witnesses:- Eustace de Vescy, Robert the Welshman (Walensi), William de Bello monte, Hugh Despensar, Thomas his brother, Gilbert son of Gospatric, Ralf de Campania, Richard clerk of Creveqor the writer of the letter, and many others. ' [Bain I:96[16], cites Duchy of Lancaster, Cartae Miscell., Vol. I, p. 4]
  • " Hugo Dispensar' ", inherited Arnesby and Loughborough, co. Leics. on death of brother Thomas, before Oct 1218[6]:
  • ' " Hugo Dispensar' " gave the lord King 25 solidi for his relief due for 1 knight's fee in Arnesby [Erendebi], which he acquired by the death of Thomas le Despenser [ "Thome Dispensar' "] his firstborn brother, whose heir he is.' Excerpta e Rotulis Finium I:18[17]
  • 'Hugh Dispensator', made a gift to Garendon abbey of land in Burton on the Wolds:
  • ' the gift of Hugh Dispensator of two messuages and three virgates of land in the same town with the men holding them, their chattels and all that goes with them;..' - CCR IV:475[10]
  • charter for a market and fair at Loughborough, co. Leics. granted 22 Jan 1221, by King Henry III to Hugh Despenser, ' to be held at the manor until the king came of age' (RLC, i, p. 446b). On 12 Feb 1227, King Henry III granted Hugh Despenser a Thurs market (CChR, 1226?57, p. 4).[18]
  • 'Hugh son of Thomas Despenser confirmed to Stephen de Segrave with Rohaise his sister in frank marriage one mark of rent given her by the said Thomas out of his mill of Mountsorrel.' Farrer, HKF II:59, citing
  • Glover MS (Dugdale, Baronage) i. 389b[9]
  • had a grant of the marriage of Roger de St. John (ward of his brother Geoffrey) 'to the use of one of the daughters of Hugh' (CP XI:348 and note j - cites Rot. de Fin., p. 529 and Patent Rolls, 1225-32, p.323)[6]
  • obtained Ryhall and Belmesthorp, Rutland by various grants from 22 Aug 1227 to 23 June 1233
  • fined to obtain the custody of the lands and heir of Geoffrey le Sauvage, his deceased son-in-law ['..que filia ipsius Hugonis huit in uxorem.'], 4 Nov 1230 [Excerpta e Rotulis Finium, 2:205][17]

cf. CP IV:259[6]

  • Spouse: [CONJECTURED] NN de Quincy
  • Father: [CONJECTURED] Saier IV de Quincy, Earl of Winchester (~1155-1219)
  • Mother: [CONJECTURED] Margaret de Beaumont (-1234)

Children:

  • Pernell, m. Geoffrey le Sauvage
  • NN, m. Roger de St. John
  • Sir Hugh (~1223-1265)

Sources:

6. G. E. Cokayne, "The Complete Peerage," 1910 - [microprint, 1982

   (Alan Sutton) ], The Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great
   Britain and the United Kingdom.

7. John P. Ravilious, "Origins of the Despensers - status report," Jan 4,

   2003, email, the...@aol.com  (paper copy: library of John Ravilious,
   cites Barraclough, The Charters of the Anglo-Norman Earls of Chester,
   c. 1071-1237; also charters published by the PRO,  Shakespeare
   Birthplace Trust Records Office: Gregory of Stivichall, re: Burton,
   co. Leics. and Coventry, co. Warwicks., and information provided by
   Kay Allen, AG, Cris Nash, and others.

8. Clive West, "Garendon Charters," 13 January 2006,

   email    clive...@ukonline.co.uk.

9. William Farrer, Litt.D., "Honors and Knights' Fees," London:

   Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co., Ltd., 1924 (3 vols.), Vol I:, Vol
   II: Chester; Huntingdon, Vol III: Arundel, Eudes the Sewer, Warenne.

10. "Calendar of the Charter Rolls," preserved in the Public Record Office,

   London, 1898, Vol. II (Henry III - Edward I, 1257-1300), pp. 190-191,
   letters patent of William de Fiennes for the marriage of his sister Maud
   to Humphrey de Bohun, heir of the earl of Hereford, 1912, vol. 4 
  (1-14 Edward III, 1327 ? 1341, p. 475, grants confirmed by the king 12
   July 1340, along with a royal charter dated 13 December 4 Edward III,
   at the request of Walter, abbot of Garendon., the list of grants runs
   through pp. 472-481, Citations provided by Chris Phillips
   (c...@medievalgenealogy.org.uk).

11. Kay Allen, AG, "Ivo de A. and the Despensers," Dec 23, 2002,

   GEN-MED...@rootsweb.com (paper copy: library of John Ravilious,
   cites Farrer, Honors and Knights' Fees ii:58, re: Loughborough and
   Burton on the Wolds, co. Leics.

12. Florilegium Urbanum, "Charter of the Earl of Chester to Coventry," http://orb.rhodes.edu/encyclop/culture/towns/florilegium/government/gvcons05.html

   extracted Sept 19, 2002, from Peter Coss, ed., The Early Records of
   Medieval Coventry, British Academy: Records of Social and Economic
   History, new series, vol. 11 (1986), 22.

13. Hubert Hall, F.S.A., ed., "The Red Book of the Exchequer," London:

   Printed for Her Majesty's Stationery Office by Eyre and Spottiswoode,
   1896, Vols. I, II.

14. Douglas Richardson, "Karissimo amico," February 4, 2003, email,

   the...@aol.com  (paper copy: library of John Ravilious, references
   Monasticon Anglicanum, 3: 25 - Charter for Thomas filius Hugonis
   Dispensatoris.

15. Rev. H. E. Salter, M.A., ed., "Eynsham Cartulary," Oxford: Oxford

   Historical Society (Clarendon Press), 1907 (Vols I-II, vols. 49
   and 51 of the series), p. 149 (charter of Thomas 'filius Hugonis
   dispensatoris' of a virgate in Woodeaton, co. Oxon).

16. Joseph Bain, ed., "Calendar of Documents relating to Scotland,"

   Edinburgh: Her Majesty's General Register House, 1881 (Vol. I),
   full title: Calendar of Documents relating to Scotland, Preserved in
   Her Majesty's Public Record Office, London.

17. Charles Roberts, ed., "Excerpta ex Rotulis Finium," The Commissioners

   of the Public Records of the Kingdom, Vol I (1216-1246), 1835, full
   title: Excerpta e Rotulis Finium in Turri Londinensi asservatis,
   Henrico Tertio Rege, A.D. 1216-1272.

18. "Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs to 1516,"

   http://www.histparl.ac.uk.cmh/gaz/

19. The Pipe Roll of the Twenty-second year of King Henry II., A.D.

   1175-6 [The Publications of the Pipe Roll Society, 1904], XXV:185.
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Ancestors & Descendants

Not sure if this is correct or not but found - I have linked some of the profiles on GENI as food for thought and to show where some of the information has been gleaned form or copied from

1 Amaury Raoul d'Arbetot born about 1056 Lincolnshire, England died after 1096

  • father: unknown
  • mother: unknown
  • spouse: unknown

children:

  • Robert d'Arbetot (Abbetot) Despencer born about 1070? Lincolnshire, England

http://www.mathematical.com/arbetotamaury1056.html

2 Robert d'Arbetot (Abbetot) Despencer born about 1070? Lincolnshire, England

  • father: Amaury Raoul d'Arbetot born about 1056 Lincolnshire, England died after 1096
  • mother: unknown
  • spouse: wife of Robert d'Arbetot (Abbetot) Despencer

children:

  • Robert le Despencer born Lincolnshire, England
  • Urse or Urso d'Arbitot born 1090 married Adeline wife of Urso d'Arbitot born about 1090? Derbyshire, England born about 1070? Lincolnshire, England
  • William Talvas Montgomery Despencer born 1100 Elington, Lincolnshire, England

http://www.mathematical.com/despencerrobert1094.html

3 William Talvas Montgomery Despencer born 1100 Elington, Lincolnshire, England

  • Father: Robert d'Arbetot (Abbetot) Despencerborn 1070? Lincolnshire, England
  • mother: unknown
  • spouse: Alix Ala de Burgundy born about 1102/03 died before 1150

children:

  • Richard le Despencer born 1120 Elington, Lincolnshire, England
  • Thurston le Despencer born about 1122 London, Middlesex, England

http://www.mathematical.com/despencerwilliam1100.html

4 Thurston le Despencer born about 1122 London, Middlesex, England

  • father: William Talvas Montgomery Despencer born 1100 Elington, Lincolnshire, England
  • mother: Alix Ala de Bourgogne born about 1103 died before 1150
  • spouse: unknown

children:

  • Galfridus (Geoffrey) le Despencer born about 1155 Defford, Worcestershire, England died 1251
  • Hugh Despencer born about 1152 Ryhale, Rutland, England died 1199
  • Walter Despencer born about 1148 Stanley, Lincolnshire, England
  • Almaric Despencer born about 1150 Ryhale, Rutlandshire or Stanley, Gloucestershire, England died after 1189

http://www.mathematical.com/despencerthurston1122.html

5 Hugh Despencer born about 1152 Ryhale, Rutland, England died 1199

  • father: Thurston le Despencer born about 1122 London, Middlesex, England
  • mother: unknown
  • spouse: unknown

children:

  • Thomas Despencer born about 1169 Elington, Lincolnshire, England

http://www.mathematical.com/despencerhugh1152.html

6 Thomas Despencer born about 1169 Elington, Lincolnshire, England

  • father: Hugh Despencer born about 1152 Ryhale, Rutland, England died 1199
  • mother: unknown
  • spouse: *Rohese wife of Thomas Despencer

children:

  • Hugh le Despencer born about 1197 Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England died 23 February 1238

*Thomas le Despencer born about 1195 Leicestershire, England died 1218

  • Muriel le Despencer born about 1181 Cheshire, England
  • Galfridus (Geoffrey) le Despencer born about 1185 Defford, Worcestershire, England
  • christened Martley, Worcestershire, England died 1242
  • Rohesia le Despencer born about 1180 Ryhale, Rutlandshire died Seagrave, Leicestershire, England

http://www.mathematical.com/despencerthomas1169.html

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Sir Hugh le Despencer I's Timeline

1197
1197
Ryhall, Rutland, England

Born before said date.

1218
1218
Age 21
Loughborough, Leicestershire, , England
1219
1219
Age 22
Defford,St Andrew Pershore Worcester,,England
1223
August 5, 1223
Age 26
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
1225
1225
Age 28
Of, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England
1238
February 23, 1238
Age 41
Battle of Evesham, Yorkshire, Worchestershire, England
1937
February 11, 1937
Age 41
Salt Lake City Utah Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
February 11, 1937
Age 41
Salt Lake City Utah Temple, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA
February 11, 1937
Age 41
February 11, 1937
Age 41