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Ralph Percy, Governor of Bamburgh Castle

Birthplace: Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, England
Cause of death: killed in battle
Place of Burial: The Cathedral & Abbey Church of Saint Alban, St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland and Eleanor Percy, Countess of Northumberland
Husband of Eleanor Percy Acton and Jane Percy Teye
Father of Peter Percy; Ralph Percy; George Percy, Esq; John Percy; Sir Henry Percy and 2 others
Brother of Joan Percy, Nun; John Percy; Eleanor West de Percy, Lady; Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland; Thomas Percy, 1st Baron Egremont and 7 others

Occupation: Govenor of Bamburgh Castle
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About Sir Ralph Percy, Governor of Bamburgh Castle

Sir Ralph Percy (died 1464) was a knight, a Governor of Bamburgh Castle and a supporter of the Lancastrian side in the Wars of the Roses. Percy was the grandson of Sir Harry (Hotspur) Percy.

Percy married, firstly, Eleanor Acton and they had five children:

Sir Ralph Percy

Sir Henry Percy

George Percy

John Percy

Margaret Percy

Peter Percy (1447–1510) 1

Sir Ralph married, secondly Jane Teye. They had a child, Catherine Percy.

During 1462 and 1463, the Lancastrians attempted to destabilise the kingdom, ruled by their Yorkist enemy, Edward IV. These attempts were concentrated in the north of England and directed by the Lancastrian Queen, Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI's queen).

The Earl of Warwick led campaigns to neutralise the Lancastrians in the north in the early 1460s. As a result Sir Ralph Percy surrendered Bamburgh Castle to Edward IV, on Christmas Eve 1462 in return for a free pardon. Sir Ralph swore allegiance to Edward IV and, as part of Edward IV’s policy of conciliation, Percy’s lands were then returned to him. Sir Ralph took control of both Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles, under his surrender agreement with Edward.

Fighting in the north continued, exacerbated by a Scottish invasion. When the Scots sued for peace, Lord Montague was sent to arrange terms. On 25 April 1464, Montague was on his way to Norham. The Duke of Somerset (who had surrendered and sworn allegiance with Percy) and Percy, forswearing their oaths, attacked Montague with 5,000 men. The site of that battle was Hedgeley Moor, seven miles south of Wooler. Percy led Somerset's vanguard and was killed.

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1 England families, genealogical and memorial By William Richard Cutter, p. 775

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HENRY Percy, son of HENRY Percy "Hotspur" Lord Percy & his wife Elizabeth Mortimer (1393-killed in battle St Albans 22 May 1455). He succeeded his grandfather in 1408 as Earl of Northumberland.

m (after Oct 1414) as her second husband, ELEANOR Neville, widow of RICHARD Le Despencer Lord Burghersh, daughter of RALPH Neville Earl of Westmoreland & his second wife Joan Beaufort (-1472). A manuscript pedigree dated to [1500] names "Joan, wife firstly of Ferrers Baron of Ousley, and secondly of Ralph Earl of Westmoreland" as daughter of "John Duke of Lancaster" and mother (by her second husband) of "…Eleanor Countess of Northumberland…"[1112].

Henry & his wife had twelve children:

9. Sir RALPH (1425-killed in battle Hedgeley Moor 1460). m as her first husband, ELEANOR Acton, daughter of LAWRENCE Acton & his wife ---. Ancestors of a PERCY family, extinct in the male line in 1611.


Sir Ralph Percy, Seneschal at Alnwick1

M, d. 25 April 1464

Father Sir Henry Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland, Constable of England b. 3 Feb 1393, d. 22 May 1455

Mother Eleanor Neville b. 1398, d. c 1473

Sir Ralph Percy, Seneschal at Alnwick married Eleanor Acton, daughter of Lawrence III de Acton and Matilda, circa 1451. Sir Ralph Percy, Seneschal at Alnwick died on 25 April 1464 at Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, England.

Family Eleanor Acton


◦Margaret Percy+ d. a 1505

◦Peter Percy+ b. c 1460


1.[S6715] Unknown author, Europaische Stammtafeln by Isenburg, chart 712, Vol. 3; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 128, 149; Wallop Family, Vol. III.

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Ralph PERCY (Sir)

Born: AFT 1424/11 Aug 1425, Leconfield, Yorkshire, England

Died: 25 Apr 1464, Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, England

Father: Henry PERCY (2º E. Northumberland)

Mother: Eleanor NEVILLE (C. Northumberland)

Married 1: Eleanor ACTON ABT 1455, Leconfield, Yorkshire, England


1. Henry PERCY (Sir)

2. Margaret PERCY

3. Ralph PERCY

4. George PERCY (b. ABT 1460 - d. ABT 1500)

5. John PERCY

Married 2: Jane TEYE


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