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Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser

Also Known As: "the Younger", "the younger Despenser", "Hugh Despencer", "Hugh Spencer"
Birthplace: Barton, Gloucestershire, England
Death: November 24, 1326 (38-40)
Hereford, Herefordshire, England (Hanged, drawn and quartered without trial (same year as father was executed))
Place of Burial: Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England and Abbey Hulton, Staffordshire
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st & Last Earl of Winchester and Isabella de Beauchamp, Countess Winchester
Husband of Eleanor de Clare, suo jure 6th Lady of Glamorgan
Father of Hugh le Despencer, 2nd Baron le Despencer; Gilbert le Despenser; Sir Edward le Despenser; Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Arundel; Joan le Despenser and 3 others
Brother of Margaret le Despenser; Isabel le Despenser; Elizabeth Despenser; Eleanor Despencer; Aline le Despenser and 1 other
Half brother of Maud de Chaworth and Patrick Vi de Chaworth

Occupation: Lord Despenser the Younger
Managed by: Anne Brannen
Last Updated:

About Hugh Despenser the Younger

another possible birth year is 1287

possible burial 15 December 1330


"Hugh Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser (c. 1286– 24 November 1326), also referred to as "the younger Despenser", was the son and heir of Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester (the elder Despenser), and Isabella daughter of William, 9th Earl of Warwick.[3] He rose to national prominence as royal chamberlain and a favourite of Edward II of England; a series of subsequent controversies eventually led to what was reportedly a particularly gruesome execution."




Citations / Sources:

[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 243, volume II, page 130. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

[S20] Magna Carta Ancestry: A study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Richardson, Douglas, (Kimball G. Everingham, editor. 2nd edition, 2011), vol. 2 p. 67-68.

[S25] #798 The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, Watney, Vernon James, (4 volumes. Oxford: John Johnson, 1928), FHL book Q 929.242 W159w; FHL microfilm 1696491 it., vol. 1 p. 88, 204. vol. 2 p. 270: "Sir Hugh le Despenser, junior, 2nd Lord le Despenser; Constable of Odiham Castle; disinherited and exiled with his father 1321; accompanied Edward II in his flight to Wales; was hanged at Hereford 24 November 1326, his head being set up on London Bridge, and his quarters hung up at Dover, Bristol, York, and Newcastle."

[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 1385. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

[S39] Medieval, royalty, nobility family group sheets (filmed 1996), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family History Department. Medieval Family History Unit, (Manuscript. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1996), FHL film 1553977-1553985..

[S51] #739 The Visitation of Yorkshire, Made in the Years 1584-85: to Which Is Added the Subsequent Visitation Made in 1612, by Richard St. George, Norry King of Arms: with Several Additional Pedigrees Edited by Joseph Foster (1875), Glover, Robert, (London: Robert Glover, 1875), FHL microfilm 990,320 item 1., p. 372.

[S58] English Ancestry of Anne Marbury Hutchinson, Colket, Meredith B., Jr., (The Magee Press, Philadelphia, 1986.), 929.242 H971c., p. 38.

[S59] #765 The Hundred of Launditch and Deanery of Brisley in the County of Norfolk: Evidences and Topographical Notes from Public Records, Heralds Visitations, Wills, Court Rolls (1877-1879), Carthew, George Alfred, (3 volumes. Norwich: [s.n.], 1877-79 (Norwich: Miller and Leavins)), FHL book 942.61 H2c; FHL microfilm 990,425 item 1., vol. 1 p. 85.

[S67] #205 Baronagium Genealogicum, Or, the Pedigrees of the English Peers, Deduced from the Earliest Times, of Which There Are Any Attested Accountes Including, as Well Collateral as Lineal Descents (1764-1784), Segar, Sir William, (6 volumes. [London]: Engraved and printed for the author, [1764-1784].), Volumes 1-4 FHL microfilm 164,680; volume 5 FHL mi., vol. 1 p. 39.

[S77] #33 An Official Genealogical and Heraldic Baronage of England (filmed 1957), Paget, Gerald, (Typescript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), FHL microfilm 170,063-170,067., vol. 1 #130 - Clare.

[S80] Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-century Colonists: the Descent from the Later Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, and Edward III, of Emigrants from England and Wales to the North American Colonies Before 1701 (2nd ed., 1999), Faris, David, (2nd edition. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), FHL book 973 D2fp., p. 171.

[S93] #246 The Baronage of England (1675-1676), Dugdale, Sir William, (2 volumes. London: T. Newcomb, 1675-1676), FHL microfilms 599,816 item 3, 599,863 item 3., vol. 1 pedigree chart after p. 348.

[S124] #240 Collins's Peerage of England, Genealogical, Biographical, and Historical, Greatly Augmented, and Continued to the Present Time (1812), Brydges, Sir Egerton,, (9 volumes. London: [T. Bensley], 1812), FHL book 942 D22be., vol. 6 p. 500, 504.

"Hugh, Lord le Despenser, of full age, anno Edward I. [1281-82] who with Hugh le Despenser, his son are those whom our historians largely treat of; differencing them, by Hugh Despenser senior, and Hugh Despenser, junior; the one, Earl of Winchester, anno 15 Edward II. [1321-22] and the other (in right of his wife Eleanor, eldest daughter of Gilbert Earl of Clare, Gloucester, and Hertford, and of Joan his wife, one of the daughters of Edward I.) styled Earl of Gloucester."

[S125] #971 The Victoria History of the County of Gloucester (1907-1988), Page, William, (The Victoria history of the Counties of England [Series]. London: A. Constable, 1907-1988), FHL book Q 942 H2vg., vol. 8 p. 191.

[S177] #929 The History and Antiquities of the County of Surrey: Compiled from the Best and Most Authentic Historians, Valuable Records, and Manuscripts in the Public Offices and Libraries, and in Private Hands.. (1804-1814), Manning, Owen, (Three volumes. London: J. Nichols, 1804-1814), FHL book Q 942.21 H2ma., vol. 2 p. 299.

[S183] #1016 [1887 edition] The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families: Together with Their Paternal Ancestry, Foster, Joseph, (2 volumes. [S.l.: s.n., 1985?]), FHL book 942 D5f 1887., vol. 1 p. 144.

[S190] #11050 The English ancestry of Peter Bulkeley, Grace Chetwood, and Sarah Chauncy : a compilation of ancestral tables, Ayers, Frank Wayne, (Walnut Creek, California : F.W. Ayers, c1988), 929.242 B872a., p. 289.

[S333] #773 The History and Antiquities of the County of Rutland: Compiled from the Works of the Most Approved Historians, National Records and Other Authentic Documents, Public and Private (1811), Blore, Thomas, (Stanford: R. Newcomb, [1811]), FHL book 942.545 H2b (British X Large Folio)., p. 19.

[S547] #1848 The Visitation of the County of Warwick in the Year 1619 (1877), Camden, William, (Publications of the Harleian Society: Visitations, volume 12. London: [Harleian Society], 1877), FHL book 942 B4h volume 12; FHL microfilm 162,048 ., p. 283.

[S2221] #244 The History and Antiquities of the County of Northampton (1822-1841), Baker, George, (2 volumes. London: J. B. Nichols and Son, 1822-1841), FHL book Q 942.55 H2bal; FHL microfilm 962,237 ite., vol. 2 p. 219.

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Hugh Despenser the Younger's Timeline

Barton, Gloucestershire, England
Stoke, Gloucestershire, England
Mowbray, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Buckland, Buckingham, England
Stoke, Gloucestershire, , England
Stoke, Gloucestershire, England
Stoke, Gloucestershire, England
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