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Ralph Butler, Sudeley

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Wem, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: May 2, 1473 (84)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Thomas Boteler, 4th Baron Sudeley and Alice Beauchamp
Husband of Alice Deincourt; Katherine Kilpeck and Elizabeth Hende Butler
Father of Sir Thomas Butler
Brother of Elizabeth Butler, Lady Say; John Boteler, 5th Baron Sudeley; Joan Belknap; Alice (Butler) Leigh Alabaster and Thomas Butler

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About Ralph Butler, Sudeley

From 'Lady Eleanor Talbot's Other Husband: Sir Thomas Butler, Heir of Sudeley, and his Family' (The Ricardian, Volume XIV, 2004, pp. 62-81): by John Ashdown-Hill

"Thomas' mother was Ralph's first wife. Her name has been given by most earlier writers as Elizabeth Hende [footnote: 'Complete Peerage', vol. 12 part 1, London 1953, p. 421.] but, like Alice Lovel, Elizabeth had also had a previous husband, and Hende was not her maiden name, but rather the surname which she had acquired by that previous marriage ... Elizabeth's maiden name was Norbury, which is a toponym. Her family had for several generations held the manor of Norbury in Cheshire, and under the earlier surname of Bulkeley, had been domiciled in that county for even longer ... Sir Thomas's mother was the daughter of the wealthy Sir John Norbury I of Norbury, Cheshire, Treasurer of England. The career of Sir John Norbury I is well documented, although the fact that he was Sir Thomas Butler's grandfather has not previously been


From the Barber article on John Norbury in HER

The proof that Lord Sudeley's wife Elizabeth was daughter of Sir John Norbury seems to be through the coat of arms.

Ashdown-Hill: "Elizabeth's Norbury arms can be clearly seen, impaled by the arms of Butler of Sudeley, on the Sudeley pedigree roll which was made in 1449 to elebrate Sir Thomas Butler's forthcoming marriage to Lady Eleanor Talbot. [footnote: New York City Library, Spencer MS. 193.]"

Complete Peerage 12 Pt. 1 (1953): 419-421

"He married, 1stly, before 6 July 1419, Elizabeth, widow of John Hende; she died 28 August 1462."

Ralph Boteler, 1st Baron Sudeley and 6th Baron Sudeley KG (c. 1394 – 2 May 1473) was an English baron and aristocrat. He was the Captain of Calais and Treasurer of England (from 7 July 1443).

Ralph Boteler was the youngest surviving son of Thomas Boteler of Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire and Alice Beauchamp (d. 1443), daughter of Sir John Beauchamp of Powick, Worcestershire. Sudeley married twice. About 1418 he married commercial wealth, in the person of Elizabeth, widow of John Hende (d. 1418), late Mayor of London. She died in 1462, and in the following year he married Alice (d. 1474), daughter of John, Baron Deyncourt, and widow of William, Baron Lovel of Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, who survived him.

The Boteler's elevation to the aristocracy arose from the marriage of Ralph's grandfather, William le Botiler of Wem to heiress Joan de Sudeley which led to his father succeeding to the title of Lord of Sudeley. The Barony of Sudeley was conferred upon him by Letters Patent. The title passed to both his elder brothers, John who died unmarried and childless in 1410 and William, who despite being married, also died childless seven years later. William's widow, Alice, was appointed governess of Henry VI in 1424.[1]

He is thought to have served with King Henry V of England in France as he was awarded grants of land there in 1420-21. He was captain of Arques and Crotoy in 1423 and took muster in Calais in 1425.[2] He served as Lord High Treasurer of England from 1443 to 1446.

from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Boteler,_1st_Baron_Sudeley

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Wem, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
May 2, 1473
Age 84