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Lady Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester

Also Known As: "Isabel le Despenser", "Countess of Worcester", "Lady of the Garter", "Countess of Worcester and Warwick"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Elmley,Worcestershier,,England
Death: December 27, 1439 (39)
Friars Minoress, London, England
Place of Burial: Plot: Beauchamp Chapel, Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester and Constance of York, Countess of Gloucester
Wife of Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick and Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester
Mother of Henry de Beauchamp, 14th Earl and 1st Duke of Warwick; Anne de Beauchamp, Countess of Warwick and Elizabeth de Beauchamp, Lady of Abergavenny
Sister of Sir Richard le Despencer, 4th Lord Burghersh; Edward le Despenser, Lord of Gloucester; Elizabeth le Despenser and Hugh le Despencer
Half sister of Eleanor Tuchet (de Holland), Baroness Audley

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About Lady Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester

Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester

Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester and Warwick (26 July 1400 – 1439) was the posthumous daughter and eventually the sole heiress of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester (d.1399) by his wife, Constance of York. She was born six months after her father had been beheaded for plotting against King Henry IV (1399–1413).

Isabel married twice, successively to two identically named first-cousins, grandsons of Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick (d. 1369):

Firstly to Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester (1394–1422) who died at the Siege of Meaux. They had one daughter:

  • Elizabeth de Beauchamp, born 1415, who married Edward Neville, 1st Baron Bergavenny (d. 1476), and had progeny.

Secondly to Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick (1382–1439), her 1st husband's first-cousin from a senior Beauchamp line, by whom she had two children:

  • Henry de Beauchamp (1425–1446), who succeeded his father as 14th Earl of Warwick, and later was created 1st Duke of Warwick. He married Cecille Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, and had by her one daughter who died an infant:
    • Anne Beauchamp, 15th Countess of Warwick.
  • Anne de Beauchamp, who became 16th Countess of Warwick, following the deaths of her brother and his infant daughter. Anne married Richard Neville, the Kingmaker, eldest son of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, and who became jure uxoris 16th Earl of Warwick. Her husband therefore was the brother of her own brother's wife. They had two daughters who married at the highest level:
    • Isabella Neville (1451–1476), married George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449–1478), brother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III, with issue.
    • Anne Neville, married firstly Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales, without issue, and secondly King Richard III (1483–1485), with issue.

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_le_Despenser,_Countess_of_Worcester_and_Warwick

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  • Isabel le Despenser1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
  • F, #22280, b. 27 July 1400, d. 27 December 1439
  • Father Sir Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl Gloucester, 5th Lord Despenser, Constable of Gloucester & St. Briavel's Castle11,2,3,4,12,6,7,8,13,10 b. 22 Sep 1373, d. 16 Jan 1400
  • Mother Constance Plantagenet11,2,3,4,12,7,8,13 b. c 1374, d. 28 Nov 1416
  • Isabel le Despenser was born on 27 July 1400 at Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales; Born posthumously.11,2,3,7,8 She married Sir Richard de Beauchamp, Earl Abergavenny & Winchester, son of Sir William Beauchamp, 1st Baron Abergavenny, Captain of Calais, Constable of the Castle & County of Pembroke and Joan FitzAlan, on 27 July 1411 at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England; They had only 1 daughter (Elizabeth, wife of Sir Edward Neville).2,3,4,5,7,8,9 Isabel le Despenser and Sir Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl Warwick, Earl of Albemarle & Worcester, Lord Abergavenny, Sheriff of Worcestershire obtained a marriage license on 13 September 1423.7,8,10 Isabel le Despenser married Sir Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl Warwick, Earl of Albemarle & Worcester, Lord Abergavenny, Sheriff of Worcestershire, son of Sir Thomas Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick, Admiral of the North Fleet, Sheriff of Worcestershire and Margaret Ferrers, on 26 November 1423 at Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, England; They had 1 son (Henry, Earl & Duke of Warwick) and 1 daughter (Anne, wife of Sir Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick & Salisbury).11,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Isabel le Despenser died on 27 December 1439 at Friars Minoresses, London, Middlesex, England, at age 39; Buried at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire.11,2,3,4,7,8 Her estate was probated on 4 February 1440.3,4,7
  • Family 1 Sir Richard de Beauchamp, Earl Abergavenny & Winchester b. c 1397, d. 18 Mar 1422
  • Child
    • Elizabeth Beauchamp+2,4,8 b. 16 Sep 1415, d. 18 Jun 1448
  • Family 2 Sir Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl Warwick, Earl of Albemarle & Worcester, Lord Abergavenny, Sheriff of Worcestershire b. 25 Jan 1382 or 28 Jan 1382, d. 30 Apr 1439
  • Children
    • Sir Henry Beauchamp, 1st Duke & 14th Earl of Warwick, Count of Aumale, Sheriff of Worcester, Lord of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, & Sark, King of the Isle of Wight14,15,3,7 b. 22 Mar 1425, d. 11 Jun 1446
    • Anne Beauchamp+15,16,6,10 b. c Sep 1426, d. c 20 Sep 1492
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6880] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. II, p. 428; Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 23; Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Gerald Paget.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 93.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 146-147.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 166.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 78.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 164-165.
  • 7.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 297-298.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 319-320.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 455.
  • 10.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 125-127.
  • 11.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 72-75.
  • 12.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 76-77.
  • 13.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 453-454.
  • 14.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. XII/2, p. 383.
  • 15.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 75.
  • 16.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 511-512.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p742.htm#i22280

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  • Isabel le Despenser1
  • F, #107431, b. 26 July 1400, d. 27 December 1439
  • Last Edited=3 Apr 2011
  • Isabel le Despenser was born posthumously on 26 July 1400 at Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales.1 She was also reported to have been born on 26 July 1400 at Elmley, Worcestershire, England.2 She was the daughter of Thomas le Despenser, 1st and last Earl of Gloucester and Constance Langley.3 She married, firstly, Richard Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, son of Sir William Beauchamp, 1st Lord Bergavenny and Joan FitzAlan, on 27 July 1411 at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England.1 She married, secondly, Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, son of Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick and Margaret Ferrers, on 26 November 1423 at Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, England, by Papal dispensation.4 She died on 27 December 1439 at age 39 at Friars Minoress, London, England.4 She was buried on 13 January 1439/40 at Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England.4 Her will was probated on 4 February 1439/40.5
  • From 27 July 1411, her married name became Beauchamp.4 She succeeded to the title of 5th Baroness Burghersh [E., 1330] on 7 October 1414, suo jure.5 Her last will was dated 1 December 1439. In June 1441 at Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, an inquest was held.4
  • Child of Isabel le Despenser and Richard Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester
    • 1.Elizabeth Beauchamp, Lady Bergavenny+4 b. 16 Sep 1415, d. 18 Jun 1448
  • Children of Isabel le Despenser and Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick
    • 1.Henry de Beauchamp, 1st Duke of Beauchamp+ b. 22 Mar 1424/25, d. 11 Jun 1445
    • 2.Lady Anne Beauchamp+6 b. c Sep 1426, d. c 20 Sep 1492
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 26. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.
  • 3.[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 110. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 27.
  • 5.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 427.
  • 6.[S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 16. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
  • From: http://www.thepeerage.com/p10744.htm#i107431

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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 26. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.

[S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 110. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.

[S125] Richard Glanville-Brown, online <e-mail address>, Richard Glanville-Brown (RR 2, Milton, Ontario, Canada), downloaded 17 August 2005.

[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 27.

[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 427.

[S8] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 16. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition.

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 39 Beauchamp of Elmley, chart no. 41 Beachamp, Lord Bergavenny, FHL microfilm 170063.

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 182 Despenser, FHL microfilm 170064.

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 39 Beauchamp of Elmley, chart no. 41 Beauchamp, Lord Bergavenny, FHL microfilm 170063.

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 39 Beauchamp of Elmley, chart no. 41, Lord Bergavenny, FHL microfilm 170063.

[S2] Paget Heraldic Baronage, Paget, Gerald, (Manuscript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), chart no. 41 Beauchamp, Lord Bergavenny, FHL microfilm 170063.

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Lady Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester's Timeline

1400
July 26, 1400
Elmley,Worcestershier,,England
1400
St. Mary, Cardiff (Glamorganshire) Wales
1400
St. Mary, Cardiff (Glamorganshire) Wales
1415
September 16, 1415
Age 15
Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, England
1424
March 22, 1424
Age 23
Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England
1426
July 13, 1426
Age 25
Caversham, Oxfordshire, England
1439
December 27, 1439
Age 39
Friars Minoress, London, England
1440
January 13, 1440
Age 39
Plot: Beauchamp Chapel, Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
1934
May 19, 1934
Age 39