Jean de Foix, count of Benauges

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Jean de Foix, comte de Benauges

Birthplace: Bearn, France
Death: December 05, 1485 (70-71)
Bearn, France
Place of Burial: Castelnau-de-Médoc, Gironde, Aquitaine, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Gaston I de Grailly IV de Foix and Marguerite d'Albret
Husband of Margaret KERDESTON de La POLE SUFFOLK and Margaret de la Pole, Countess of Kendal
Partner of N.N. N.N..
Father of Catherine de Foix; Guillem de Foix-Béarn; Gaston II de Foix, comte de Candale; Jean de Foix, comte de Gurson and Marguerite de Foix-Candale
Brother of Jeanne de Foix; Isabelle de Foix and Agnès de Foix
Half brother of Bastard Joan of Béarn de Grailly

Occupation: Comte de Benauges, 1st Earl of Kendal
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About Jean de Foix, count of Benauges

John de Foix or Jean de Foix-Candale (born after 1410 - Castelnau-de-Médoc, 1485), was Captal de Buch, first Earl of Kendal (Gallicised into "Comte de Candalle"), Viscount of Castillon and Meilles and Count of Benauges. He relinquished the Kendal earldom when he chose French nationality.

John de Foix was a French noble in the service of the English. His parents were Gaston I de Foix-Grailly, captal de Buch (1412-1456) and Margaret of Albret, daughter of Arnaud Amanieu, Lord of Albret and Margaret of Bourbon (1344–1416). In 1446, like his father before him, he became a Knight in the Order of the Garter. He was sent to France under John Talbot by King Henry VI of England to retake Bordeaux, but was taken prisoner during the Battle of Castillon on July 17 1453.

The French King Charles VII sent John de Foix to Taillebourg Castle where he was held prisoner by Olivier de Coëtivy, Seneschal of Guyenne. John negotiated his ransom directly with Olivier de Coëtivy and was released on January 30 1460, after promising to pay pay 23,850 écus.

When King Charles VII died in July 1461, John de Foix still owned Olivier de Coëtivy 18,000 écus, but the new King Louis XI of France, who profoundly hated everybody who had served his father, forced Olivier de Coëtivy to cancel this debt. Jean de Foix now entered in the service of King Louis XI, and because of this was expelled from the Order of the Garter in 1462.



  • Sir Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal, Comte de Benauges1,2,3,4,5
  • M, #80966, d. before 31 December 1493
  • Father Gaston de Foix, Captal de Buch, Seigneur de Grailly, Comte de Longueville & Benauges1,2,3,4,5 d. a 1455
  • Mother Marguerite d' Albret1,2,3,4,5
  • Sir Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal, Comte de Benauges married Margaret Kerdeston, daughter of Sir Thomas Kerdeston and Elizabeth de la Pole, before 12 May 1446; They had 2 sons (Gaston, Count of Candale & Bénauges, Captal de Buch, Seneschal de Guyenne; & Jean, Comte de Gurson & Fleix, Vicomte de Meilles) and 2 daughters (Catherine, wife of Charles, Comte d'Armagnac, Vicomte de Fezensaguet; & Marguerite, wife of Ludovico II, Marchese di Saluzzo).1,6,3,4,5 Sir Jean de Foix, Earl of Kendal, Comte de Benauges left a will on 5 December 1485 at St. Laurent, France.3,5 He died before 31 December 1493; Buried in the church of Castelnau near Médoc.4,5
  • Family Margaret Kerdeston b. c 1426, d. a 5 Dec 1485
  • Child
    • Gaston II de Foix, Comte de Kendal & Benauges+1 d. a 25 Mar 1500
  • Citations
  • 1.[S11569] Europaische Stammtafeln, by Wilhelm Karl, Prinz zu Isenburg, Vol. III, Tafel 149.
  • 2.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 108-110.
  • 3.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 687-689.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 43.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 419.
  • 6.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VII, p. 110.
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Jean de Foix, count of Benauges's Timeline

Bearn, France
Foix, Ariege, , France
Fleix, Vienne, Poitou-Charentes, France
December 5, 1485
Age 71
Bearn, France
Castelnau-de-Médoc, Gironde, Aquitaine, France