Sir Ralph de Gorges, 1st Baron Gorges of Wraxall

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Ralph lll de Gorges, Knight

Birthplace: Wraxall, Long Ashton, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Bradpole, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Ralph de Gorges, of Wraxhall and Maud Lovel
Husband of Eleanore de Gorges, Heiress of Tothill
Father of Elizabeth Assheton, Heiress of Tothill; Ralph IV de Gorges; Eleanor de Gorges, Heir of Wraxall & Knighton and Joan de Cheyny

Occupation: Knight
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About Sir Ralph de Gorges, 1st Baron Gorges of Wraxall

Was made Baron by the Westminster Parliament on March 4, 1309. He was a great soldier and close companion of the King. His role as one of the foremost Chieftains who in 1300 assisted in the assault that came to be known as the 'seige of Carlaverock' was celebrated in minstrelry with the following:

  • "Sir Ralph de Georges there I saw
  • One newly bound to Knighthoods law
  • Down on the earth was prostrate thrown
  • More than once struck by some great stone
  • Or staggered by the rushing crowd
  • Still to recede he was too proud
  • Upon his arms and surcoats fold
  • Was Mascally of blue and gold."

(see "De Georges from Gaurges in the Cotentin, Normandy, 1065", p. 17)

He was marshal of the army under Edward I. in the wars in Gascony in 1293, at which time he was made a prisoner by the French. In 1301 he held a Knight¹s fee in Braunton, co. Devon. At the siege of Caerlaverock in 1300 he was one of the foremost in the assault. In 1303 he had a grant of a yearly market in his manor of Siditon, co. Dorset, attended tournaments in 1308 and 9, the latter in opposition to Gaveston: was summoned to Parliament as a Baron (Lord Gorges) by writs 1308 to 1322, is mentioned in the ŒNomina Villarum,¹ 1315-16, as in possessio of Wrokeshale with the hamlets of Charleton, Bratton, and Naylese. He died in 1323-4, 17 Edward II., seixed of the Manor of Wrokeshale, which he held by Knight¹s service of Hugh de Courtenay, feudal Baron of Oakhampton, and of two Knight¹s fees to the King in capite.


  1. Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000. Page: VI:9-12


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Sir Ralph de Gorges, 1st Baron Gorges of Wraxall's Timeline

Wraxall, Long Ashton, Somerset, England
December 19, 1301
Age 25
1st Husband
Age 29
Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Age 31
Age 31
Knighton, Isle Of Wight, Hampshire, England
Age 33
September 26, 1323
Age 47
Bradpole, Bridport, Dorsetshire, England