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Sir Knight William de Harcourt, of Bosworth

Birthplace: Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
Death: Died in Stanton Harcourt, Oxford
Cause of death: of the plague
Immediate Family:

Son of John de Harcourt; John de Harcourt and Eleanor (Ellen) Harcourt
Husband of Jane (Joan) de Grey
Father of Richard III de Harcourt, Sir Knight; Robert de Harcourt; Alilitha de Harcourt; Sir Thomas de Harcourt, Knight; Elizabeth de HARCOURT and 1 other
Brother of Matilda (Maude) de Harcourt; Alexander de Harcourt and John de Harcourt

Occupation: Knight
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About Sir William de Harcourt

William De HARCOURT (Sir Knight)

  • Born: ABT 1300, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
  • Died: 6 Jun 1349, Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England
  • Father: John HARCOURT (Sir Knight)
  • Mother: Eleanor La ZOUCHE
  • Married: Jane (Joan) De GREY ABT 1318
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard De HARCOURT (Sir)
    • 2. Thomas De HARCOURT (Sir Knight)
  • occ. Knight

William de HARCOURT Abt 1300 - 1349  (~ 49 years)

  • Name William de HARCOURT 
  • Born Abt 1300 England  
  • Gender Male 
  • Died 6 Jun 1349 England  
  • Father John de HARCOURT, Knight,  
    • b. 1 Nov 1274, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England ,  
    • d. Bef 2 May 1330, England  (Age 55 years) 
  • Mother Eleanor la ZOUCHE 
  • Family Joan de GREY,   d. 22 Jul 1369, Ellenhall, Staffordshire, England  
  • Married Bef 1324 England  
  • Children  
    • 1. Richard HARCOURT, Knight,   b. Abt 1328, England ,   d. Bef 1350, England  (Age ~ 22 years) 
    • 2. Thomas HARCOURT, Knight,   b. Abt 1342, England ,   d. 12 Apr 1417, England  (Age ~ 75 years)


  • William de Harcourt, Knight, of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, Pleasley, Derbyshire, Magna Sheepy and Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, Ellenhall, Staffordshire, Baxterley, Warwickshire, Bingley, Yorkshire, etc.,
    • son and heir by his father's 1st marriage,
    • born about 1300 (aged 30 in 1330). 

    • He married before 1324 Joan de Grey,
      • '''daughter of''' Richard de Gray, Knight, 2nd Lord Grey of Codnor, by Joan, daughter of Robert fitz Payn, 1st Lord fitz Payn. 

  • * They had two sons, Richard, Knight, and Thomas, Knight. 

    • He presented to the church of Pleasley, Derbyshire in 1331. 

    • Sir William de Harcourt died of the plague 6 June 1349.

His widow Joan married (2nd) before 1350 (as his 2nd wife) Ralph de Ferrers, Knight, of Bilton, Warwickshire,
    • Captain of Calais, 1358-61, Admiral of the King's Fleet towards the north, 1370, Warden of the Western Marches of Scotland, Captain of the King's Barges, Triar of Petitions in Parliament,
    • younger son of William de Ferrers, Knight, 1st Lord Ferrers of Groby, by his first wife, [?Margaret/?Alice], daughter of John de Segrave, Knight, 2nd Lord Segrave.
    • He was born about 1313-1318 (aged 72 in 1385-90).

He was one of the founders of the Corpus Christ Guild in Leicester, Leicestershire in 1343.
    • He was present at the Siege of Calais in 1346.
    • In 1350 William de Shareshull, Knight, conveyed the manor of Ellenhall, Staffordshire to Ralph and his wife Joan, for life; with remainder to Joan's granddaughters, Katherine and Elizabeth, daughters of Richard de Harcourt. 

    • The same year he was sent by the king with some lords and 40 other knights to Bordeaux for the relief of the town of St. John de Angely, which was then besieged by the French.
    • He returned to England in August 1351.
    • He was present at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356.
    • He presented to the church of Pleasley, Derbyshire in 1361.

His wife Joan died at Ellenhall, Staffordshire 22 July 1369.

In 1370 Thomas de Astley and his wife Elizabeth granted the manor of Ellenhall, Staffordshire to Ralph de Ferrers, Knight, for life, and to revert after his death to Thomas and Elizabeth and the heirs of Elizabeth.
    • In 1370 he served as Admiral of the Fleet which conducted Robert de Knolles, Knight, and his army to France.
    • In 1371 he was appointed Admiral of the King's fleet towards the north.
    • He was a legatee in the 1375 will of his nephew, Edward le Despenser, K.G., 4th Lord le Despenser.
    • He was appointed a Conservator of the truce with France in 1376.
    • In 1376 he was one of the mainpernors in Parliament of William le Latimer, K.G., 4th Lord Latimer.
    • In 1378 he was a commissioner to receive the Castle of Brest, which was surrendered by the Duke of Brittany.
    • The same year he was ordered to muster the men-at-arms and archers, who were about to serve under John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.

In 1378 Thomas de Astley and his wife Elizabeth granted the manor of Ellenhall, Staffordshire to Ralph de Ferrers, Knight, for life; with remainder to Thomas de Harcourt, Knight, for life; and to revert after his death to Thomas and Elizabeth and the heirs of Elizabeth.

In 1380 he was arrested on a charge of conducting traitorous correspondence with the French.
      • He subsequently appeared in Parliament in the custody of the Earl Marshal;
      • he denied the charge and was declared innocent by the Lords in Parliament.
      • He gave evidence in the Scope-Grosvenor controversy in the period 1385-90. 

    • Sir Ralph de Ferrers died between 24 September and 7 July 1392. [1]


  • 1. [S67] Magna Carta Ancestry, Douglas Richardson, (Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah), ISBN 1460992709., vol. II, pgs. 342-3.
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Sir William de Harcourt's Timeline

Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
Age 14
Rotherfield, Leicestershire, , England
Age 18
Leicestershire, , England
Age 28
Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
Age 30
Age 36
Rayon, Staffordshire, , England
Age 43
Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
Age 47
Of, Oxfordshire, , England
June 6, 1349
Age 49
Stanton Harcourt, Oxford
June 1349
Age 49