William Brandon, Kt. (c.1448 - 1485) MP

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Birthplace: Bishop's Lynn, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
Cause of death: Slain by Richard III in battle.
Occupation: Henry Tudor's standard-bearer at the Battle of Bosworth
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About William Brandon, Kt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Brandon_(standard-bearer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Bosworth_Field

Sir William Brandon (1456 – 22 August 1485) was Henry Tudor's standard-bearer at the Battle of Bosworth Field, where he was killed by King Richard III. He was the father of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

Biography

William was son of a senior Sir William Brandon, of Soham Court, Suffolk, Marshal of Marshalsea (1425 or c. 1430 - 4 March 1491) and wife (m. 1462) Elizabeth Wingfield (c. 1430 - 28 April 1496), daughter and co-heiress of Sir Robert Wingfield, of Letheringham, and wife Elizabeth Gousell, daughter of Sir Robert Gousell and wife Lady Elizabeth FitzAlan (c. 1360 - 8 July 1425).[3] He married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Henry Bruyn and Elizabeth, widow of Sir Robert Darcy, by whom he had five children:

William Brandon, (b. 1476)

Charles Brandon (b. 1484 – 24 August 1545)

Sir Thomas Brandon

Sir Robert Brandon

Eleanor Brandon

He had two sisters: Eleanor Brandon, born c. 1462, who married to John Glemham (c. 1460 - 1499) and had issue (ancestors of Sara Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Samuel P. Bush, Prescott Bush, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jeb Bush, Sam Waterston, James Waterston and Elisabeth Waterston); and Anne Brandon, who married Nicholas Sydney, and had issue (ancestors of the Earls of Leicester and Lord Byron).

In 1478 Sir John Paston wrote that "young William Brandon is in ward for the rape of a widow."

Brandon was one of the key London connections behind the Buckingham Revolt of 1483, along with his brother Thomas and brother-in-law, Wingfield.

Pardoned in March 1484 he boarded a ship at Mersea and sailed for France, where he was joined by his wife, who gave birth to their eldest son in Paris.

He joined his brother Thomas in the relief of the Hammes fortress and both were knighted by Henry Tudor when he landed at Milford in 1485.

Along with Sir John Cheney, a well-known jousting champion, Brandon was one of the few notable fatalities in Henry's army at Bosworth, having been killed by King Richard III while carrying Henry's royal standard.

References

1.^ Chrimes, S.B., Henry VII, (Yale University Press, 1999), .49

2.^ Cokayne, George (1982). The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant. XII/1. Gloucester England: A. Sutton. p. 454. ISBN 0904387828.

3.^ http://www.geneall.net/U/per_page.php?id=25666

4.^ http://www.geneall.net/U/per_page.php?id=25667

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Sir William Brandon (1456 – 22 August 1485) was Henry Tudor's standard-bearer at the Battle of Bosworth Field, where he was killed by King Richard III. He was the father of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

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The Battle of Bosworth Field which took place on the 22nd August 1485 near Market Bosworth in Leicestershire marked the end of the War of the Roses. The Battle was fought between the supporters of King Richard III and Henry Tudor. As the battle progressed with a stalemate to his front, Henry accompanied by a bodyguard of about 200 knights including Sir William Brandon of Soham (his standard bearer), decided to ride across to the Stanleys to see if he could persuade them to enter into the fray on his side. Richard observed Henry's dragon banner moving across the battlefield and saw an opportunity to end the battle at one fell stroke. Richard led the charge of his knights (approximately 1,000 men) downhill towards Henry's banner. With the whole power of the charge behind him, Richard transfixed Sir William Brandon of Soham with his lance. The lance broke and Sir William Brandon and the dragon banner crashed to the ground. The battle was eventually won by Henry Tudor with the death of Richard III and as a result he became King Henry VII of England and Wales.

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William was son of a senior Sir William Brandon of Soham Court, Suffolk (1425-1491) and Elizabeth, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Robert Wingfield. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Henry Bruyn and Elizabeth, widow of Sir Robert Darcy, by whom he had five children:

William Brandon, (b. 1476)

Charles Brandon (b. 1484 – 24 August 1545)

Sir Thomas Brandon

Sir Robert Brandon

Eleanor Brandon

In 1478 Sir John Paston wrote that "young William Brandon is in ward for the rape of a widow."

Brandon was one of the key London connections behind the Buckingham Revolt of 1483, along with his brother Thomas and brother-in-law, Wingfield.

Pardoned in March 1484 he boarded a ship at Mersea and sailed for France, where he was joined by his wife, who gave birth to their eldest son in Paris.

He joined his brother Thomas in the relief of the Hammes fortress and both were knighted by Henry Tudor when he landed at Milford in 1485.

Along with Sir John Cheney, a well-known jousting champion, Brandon was one of the few notable fatalities in Henry's army at Bosworth, having been killed by King Richard III while carrying Henry's royal standard.

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King Henry 7th standard bearer. Killed by Richard 3rd himself.

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Henry Tudor's standard-bearer at the Battle of Bosworth, and the father of Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk.

Brandon was one of the key London connections behind the Buckingham Revolt of 1483, along with his brother Thomas and brother-in-law, Wingfield.

Pardoned in March 1484 he seized a ship at Mersea and sailed for France where he was joined by his wife who gave birth to their eldest son in Paris.

He joined his brother Thomas in the relief of the Hammes fortress and both were knighted by Henry Tudor when he landed at milford in 1485. Brandon was the only notable victim in Henry Tudor's army at Bosworth being killed by King Richard III while carrying Henry Tudor's royal standard.

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Henry VII's standard bearer, he was killed at the Battle of Bosworth, supposedly by Richard III -------------------- Henry VII's standard bearer at Battle of Bosworth in War of Roses

Roportedly killed by Richard III himself at Battle of Bosworth

A person represented in Shakespear's Richard III

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Sir William Brandon, Kt.'s Timeline

1448
1448
Bishop's Lynn, Norfolk, England
1473
1473
Age 25
1476
1476
Age 28
1480
1480
Age 32
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
1484
April 1484
Age 36
Bishops Lynn, Norfolk, , England
1484
Age 36
Letheringham, Suffolk, England
1485
August 22, 1485
Age 37
Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, England
2009
October 31, 2009
Age 37
Ierland

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