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Philip le Despenser, 1st Baron le Despencer

Also Known As: "1st Baron le Despencer"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
Death: Died in Goxhill, Lincolnshire, England
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Son of Sir Philip le Despenser, of Camoys Manor and Joan de Cobham
Husband of Baroness Elizabeth le Strange
Father of Alice le Despencer; Philip le Despencer, 2nd Baron le Despencer; Joan le Despenser; John le Despenser and Robert le Despenser
Brother of Hawise le Despenser

Occupation: 1ST LORD, Lord
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Philip Le (Goushill) Despencer, born 1346 in Gedney, Lincolnshire, England, was the son and heir of Philip Le Despencer and Joan Strange. He married Margaret De Cobham, daughter of John De Cobham (Baron Cobham). Philip is listed in The Complete Peerage of England, 1890 edition, volume 3, page 96 as being the son of Philip Le Despencer. He bore the arms of Goushill, his grandmother's family, in lieu of those of Despencer. It appears that he was summoned to Parliament, and died in 1400 or 1401. His title passed to his son Philip Le Despencer.

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  • 'Sir Philip Despenser1,2
  • 'M, #12747, b. 18 October 1342, d. 4 August 1401
  • Father Sir Philip Despenser, Lord Despenser2 b. 6 Apr 1313, d. 22 Aug 1349
  • Mother Joan Cobham2 b. c 1317, d. c 15 May 1357
  • ' Sir Philip Despenser was christened on 18 October 1342 at Gedney, Lincolnshire, England.2 He was born on 18 October 1342 at Gedney, Lincolnshire, England.2 He married Elizabeth circa 1364; They had 3 sons (Sir Philip; John; & Robert) & 2 daughters (Alice, wife of Sir John de Sutton (Dudley); Joan, wife of Sir James de Roos).3,2 Sir Philip Despenser left a will on 1 August 1401; Requested burial at Newhouse Abbey, Lincolnshire.2 He died on 4 August 1401 at Goxhill, Lincolnshire, England, at age 58.2
  • 'Family Elizabeth d. b 4 Aug 1401
  • Children
    • ◦Sir Philip IV le Despenser, Lord le Despenser+2 b. c 1365, d. 20 Jun 1424
    • Joan le Despenser+3,2 b. c 1367
    • Alice le Despenser+4 b. c 1369
  • Citations
  • 1.[S3565] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 288-290; Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, by F. L. Weis, 4th Ed., p. 13; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 85.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 233.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 247.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 152-153.
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  • 'Philip le Despencer1
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  • ' Philip le Despencer lived at Carlington, England.1
  • 'Child of Philip le Despencer
    • 1.Alice le Despencer+1 d. 1392
  • Citations
  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 1191. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
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ID: I56913

Name: Phillip Despencer

Given Name: Phillip

Surname: Despencer

Sex: M

Birth: 13 Oct 1342 in Nettlestead, Suffolk, England

Death: 4 Apr 1401 in Gedney, Lincolnshire, England

Change Date: 21 Sep 2005 at 15:22

Father: Philip Despencer b: 6 Apr 1313 in Gedney, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, England c: in Comoys Manor, Toppesfield, Essex, England

Mother: Joan- Margaret Cobham b: 1319 in Nettlestead, England

Marriage 1 Elizabeth Tiptoft b: Abt 1343 in Nettlestead, Gloucester, England

Married: Bef 1364

Change Date: 21 Sep 2005


Margery De Spencer b: 1385 in Nettlestead, Suffolk, England
Alice (Joan) Despenser b: Abt 1364 in Carlington, England
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The title Baron le Despencer has been created several times by writ in the Peerage of England.

The first creation was in 1295, when Hugh the elder Despenser was summoned to the Model Parliament. He was the eldest son of the sometime Justiciar Hugh le Despenser (d. 1295), who was summoned in 1264 to De Montfort's Parliament and is sometimes considered the first baron. Hugh the younger Despenser, son of Hugh the elder, was also summoned to Parliament in 1314, during his father's lifetime, the second creation of the title. Both elder and younger Despencers were attainted in 1326, extinguishing the two creations.

In 1338, Hugh le Despencer, son of Hugh the younger, was summoned to Parliament, the third creation of the title. He died without issue in 1349, and the title became extinct.

In 1357, this Hugh's nephew, Edward le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer was summoned to Parliament, the fourth creation. His son Thomas inherited the title in 1375. Thomas was created Earl of Gloucester in 1397, and in 1398, the attainders of the elder and younger Despencers were reversed, making him (in modern law) heir to the first and second creations as well. Thomas himself was attainted in 1400 for his part in the Epiphany Rising. Upon the death of Anne de Beauchamp, 15th Countess of Warwick in 1449, claims to his baronies passed into abeyance, so that the reversal of his attainder in 1461 had no immediate effect. In 1604, the first creation of the barony was called out of abeyance for Mary Fane, the first barony by writ of summons to so be revived. When calling it out of abeyance, the House of Lords gave it precedence as if it had been created in 1264. Her successor in the barony was the first Earl of Westmorland, and the next six earls held the barony and the earldom together. At the death of the seventh earl, the barony again fell into abeyance. The abeyance was terminated for Sir Francis Dashwood, but at his death the barony again went into abeyance. Once again, the Sovereign had to terminate the abeyance, and the same was done in favour of Sir Thomas Stapleton, Baronet. The eighteenth baron succeeded to the title of Viscount Falmouth, and the two titles have remained united since.

The fifth creation of the title was made in 1387 for Philip le Despencer, great-grandson of Hugh the elder Despencer. The title became dormant on the death of his son Philip, the second baron, in 1424. One of his heirs was created Baron Wentworth, and the dormant title became abeyant with that barony in 1815, until its termination in 1856.

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Sex: M

Birth: 18 OCT 1342 in of Gedney,Lincolnshire,England

Death: 4 AUG 1401 in Goxhill,Lincolnshire,England

Change Date: 5 MAR 2002 at 13:20:39

Father: PHILIP LE DE SPENCER b: 6 APR 1313 in of Goxhill,Lincolnshire,England

Mother: JOAN (MARGARET) DE COBHAM b: Abt 1316 in of Cobham,Kent,England


Married: Abt 1363 in Camoy's Manor,Essex,England


  • Philip Despencer

born 18 October 1342 Gedney, Lincolnshire, England

died 4 August 1401 Goxhill, Lincolnshire, England


  • Philip le Despencer

born 6 April 1313 Goxhill, Lincolnshire, England

christened Camoys Manor, Toppesfield, Essex, England

died 23 August 1349


  • Joan (Margaret) de Cobham (Lestrange)

born about 1316 Cobham, Kent, England

died before 13 May 1357

married about 1341




  • Elizabeth wife of Philip Despencer

born about 1350 Nettlestead, Suffolk, England

died before 4 August 1401

buried Abbey, Newhouse, Lincolnshire, England

married about 1363 Camoy's Manor, Essex, England

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  • Alice le Despencer born about 1364 Carlington, England died 1392

Philip Despencer born about 1365/1366 Nettlestead, Suffolk, England died 20 June 1424

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October 18, 1342
Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
October 18, 1342
Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
October 18, 1342
October 18, 1342
Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
October 18, 1342
Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
October 18, 1342
Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
October 18, 1342
Gedney, Lincolnshire, England
Age 19
Parlington, Lincolnshire , England
Age 22
Goxhill, Lincolnshire, England