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Lady Isabella de Beauchamp, Baroness Despenser, Lady of Kidwelly

Spanish: Isabella Beauchamp, Baroness Despenser, Lady of Kidwelly
Also Known As: "Lady Despencer de Beauchamp"
Birthplace: Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Death: before May 30, 1306
Elmley Castle, Elmley, Worcestershire, England
Place of Burial: St Mary the Virgin Church, Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick and Maud FitzJohn, Countess of Warwick
Wife of Sir Hugh le Despenser, 1st & Last Earl of Winchester and Patrick de Chaworth, 5th Lord of Kidwelly
Mother of Hugh Despenser the Younger; Margaret de Saint-Amand; Isabel le Despenser; Elizabeth Despenser; Eleanor Despencer and 4 others
Sister of Robert de Beauchamp; John de Beauchamp; Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick; Anne de Beauchamp; Amy de Beauchamp and 3 others

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About Lady Isabella, Baroness Despencer

Isabel de Beauchamp, d. by 30 May 1306; m. (1) Sir Patrick de Chaworth, d. by 7 July 1283, Lord of Kempsford, co. Gloucester, and Kidwelley, Cymru, son of Patrick de Chaworth, d. 1258, lord of Kempsford, co. Gloucester, by (1) wife Haiwise, daughter & heir of Thomas of London, lord of Kidwelly; m. (2) by 1286 Sir Hugh le Despenser, b. 1 Mar 1260/1, hanged 27 Oct 1326, Earl of Winchester, son of Hugh le Despenser and Aline Basset.

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most sources mentioned that she died before 30 May 1306

Isabella de Beauchamp, Lady Kidwelly, Lady Despenser (born c. 1263 - died before 30 May 1306), was an English noblewoman and wealthy heiress.


Isabella was born in about 1263 in Warwickshire, England. She was the only daughter of William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick and Maud FitzJohn. She had a brother, Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick who married Alice de Toeni, by whom he had seven children. Her paternal grandparents were William de Beauchamp of Elmley Castle and Isabel Maudit, and her maternal grandparents were Sir John FitzGeoffrey, Lord of Shere, and Isabel Bigod.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Sometime before 1281, she married firstly Sir Patrick de Chaworth, Lord of Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. The marriage produced one daughter: Maud Chaworth (2 February 1282- 1322), married Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, by whom she had seven children.

Following Patrick's death in 1286, Isabella had in her possession four manors in Wiltshire and two manors in Berkshire, assigned to her until her dowry should be set forth along with the livery of Chedworth in Gloucestershire and the Hampshire manor of Hartley Mauditt which had been granted to her and Sir Patrick in frankmarriage by her father.[1]

That same year 1286, she married secondly Sir Hugh le Despenser without the King's licence for which Hugh had to pay a fine of 2000 marks.[1] He was created Lord Despenser by writ of summons to Parliament in 1295, thereby making Isabella Lady Despenser.

Together Hugh and Isabella had four children:[2] Hugh le Depenser, Lord Despenser the Younger (1286- executed 24 November 1326), married Eleanor de Clare, by whom he had issue. Aline le Despenser (died before 28 November 1353), married Edward Burnell, Lord Burnell Isabella le Despenser (died 4/5 December 1334), married firstly as his second wife, John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings, by whom she had three children. Their descendants became the Lords Hastings; she married secondly as his second wife, Sir Ralph de Monthermer, 1st Baron Monthermer.[3] Phillip le Despenser (died 1313), married as his first wife Margaret de Goushill, by whom he had issue.

Isabella died sometime before 30 May 1306. Twenty years later, her husband and eldest son, favourites of King Edward II, were both executed by the orders of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and Queen Isabella. The couple were by that time the de facto rulers of England, and along with most of the people in the kingdom, they had resented the power both Despensers wielded over the King.

As her husband had been made Earl of Winchester in 1322, Isabella was never styled as the Countess of Winchester.

Isabel De Beauchamp Despenser was an English noblewoman and a wealthy heiress. She married twice; firstly to Sir Patrick de Chaworth, Lord of Kidwelly, by whom she had a daughter, Maud Chaworth. Her second husband was Hugh le Despencer, Earl of Winchester, by whom she had four children, including Hugh le Despencer. Her second husband and eldest son were both executed in 1326 by the orders of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, and his mistress, Isabella of France, Queen-consort to King Edward II. The couple were de facto rulers of England at the time. Isabel de Beauchamp had been dead for over twenty years at the time of their executions.

Note: [scary.ged] Lineage Sources:

Hutchin's History of Dorset, Vol. 1, p. 366.
Lewis' Manuscripts, pp. 54, 56, 22, 88, 161, 186, 223
Welles and Allied Families (Am. Hist. Soc. Pub. 1937), pp. 143, 157, 142, 160.
Dugdale's Baronage of England, Vol. 1, p. 68/9.
Burke's Dormant and Extinct Peerage, pp. 111, 261, 399.

Sources: 1.Title: scary.ged Author: Susan (Poliksa) Cary scary @ Publication: RootsWeb World Connect, db=poliksa Repository: Media: Electronic Text: Date of Import: Oct 3, 2001 2.Title: Ancestry of Richard Plantagenet & Cecily de Neville Author: Ernst-Friedrich Kraentzler Publication: Accelerated Indexing Systems, Inc., 1978 Repository: Media: Book Page: 1057 3.Title: Royal Genealogical Data Base Author: Brian C Tompsett Publication: Copyright 1994 - 2002 Note: Department of Computer Science University of Hull Hull, UK, HU6 7RX B.C.Tompsett @ Repository: Note: Media: Electronic

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May 30, 1256
Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Of, Winchester, Hampshire, England
February 2, 1282
Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Barton, Gloucestershire, England
Southampton, Lincolnshire, England
Southhampton, Lincolnshire, England
Barton, Stoke, Gloucestershire , England
Winchester, Hampshire, England