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Richard Percy, Knight

Birthdate: (35)
Birthplace: Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: March 29, 1461 (31-39)
Battle of Towton, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, England (Killed in action)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland and Eleanor Percy, Countess of Northumberland
Husband of Catherine Percy, of Thornton-Bridge
Brother of Joan Percy, Nun; John Percy; Henry Percy, 3rd Earl of Northumberland; Thomas Percy, 1st Baron Egremont; Lady Catherine Grey, Countess of Kent and 5 others

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About Richard Percy, Knight

Sir Richard Percy (1426/7–29 March 1461, Battle of Towton)


  1. "The Extinct and Dormant Peerages of the Northern Counties of England" by J.W. Clay. "Percy, Lords Percy, Earls of Northumberland."


The Battle of Towton was fought during the English Wars of the Roses on 29 March 1461, near the village of the same name in Yorkshire. It was "probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil".[2] According to chroniclers, more than 50,000 soldiers from the Houses of York and Lancaster fought for hours amidst a snowstorm on that day, which was Palm Sunday. A newsletter circulated a week after the battle reported that 28,000 died on the battlefield. The engagement brought about a monarchical change in England—Edward IV displaced Henry VI as King of England, driving the head of the Lancastrians and his key supporters out of the country.



  • Sir Richard Percy
  • M, #46029, b. circa 1427, d. 29 March 1461
  • Father Sir Henry Percy, 5th Lord Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, Constable of England b. 3 Feb 1393, d. 22 May 1455
  • Mother Eleanor Neville b. 1398, d. c 1473
  • Sir Richard Percy was born circa 1427 at of Leckonfield, Yorkshire, England. He married Katherine Neville, daughter of Sir Alexander Neville and Katharine Eure, circa 1453 at of Towton, Yorkshire, England. Sir Richard Percy died on 29 March 1461.
  • Family Katherine Neville
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  • Sir Richard Percy1,2
  • M, #663341, b. circa 1426, d. 29 March 1461
  • Last Edited=4 Jun 2015
  • Sir Richard Percy was born circa 1426.1,2 He was the son of Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland and Lady Eleanor de Neville.1 He married Katherine Neville, daughter of Humphrey Neville.2 He died on 29 March 1461, killed in action.2
  • He fought in the Battle of Towton on 29 March 1461.2
  • Citations
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2940. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S3268] Hans Harmsen, "re: Chester Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 21 August 2008. Hereinafter cited as "re: Chester Family."
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  • Richard PERCY
  • Born: ABT 1426/27, Leckonfield, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: 29 Mar 1461, England
  • Father: Henry PERCY (2º E. Northumberland)
  • Mother: Eleanor NEVILLE (C. Northumberland)
  • Married: Catherine NEVILLE ABT 1453, Towton, Yorkshire, England
  • From: PERCY0


  • Sir Richard Percy
  • Birth: 1426 Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
  • Death: Mar. 29, 1461 Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, England
  • Knighted
  • Killed in action
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Henry de Percy (1391 - 1455)
  • Eleanor de Neville de Percy (1398 - 1472)
  • Spouse:
  • Catherine Percy Fairfax (1428 - 1463)
  • Siblings:
  • Henry Percy (1421 - 1461)*
  • Thomas Percy (1422 - 1460)*
  • George Percy (1424 - 1474)*
  • Richard Percy (1426 - 1461)
  • Ann Percy Raynsford Vaughan (1428 - 1522)*
  • Anne Percy Vaughan (1436 - 1522)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 145234274
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 44
  • Percy, Henry (1394-1455) by William Hunt
  • PERCY, HENRY, second Earl of Northumberland (1394–1455), son and heir of Sir Henry Percy [q. v.], called Hotspur, was born on 3 Feb. 1394. His father fell at Shrewsbury on 21 July 1403, and Henry was presented to Henry IV by his grandfather, Henry de Percy, first earl of Northumberland [q. v.], at York in the following August. When the earl fled to Scotland in 1405, young Percy also took shelter there, arriving shortly before his grandfather (Scotichronicon, p. 1166), and after the earl's death was detained by the Scots as though a prisoner of war, but was treated with honour by them (ib. p. 1184). Henry V pitying him, and being solicited on his behalf by Joan, countess of Westmorland, the king's aunt, whose daughter Eleanor Percy married at Berwick in that year, restored him in blood, and on 11 Nov. 1414 assented to a petition from him, presented in parliament, for the restoration of his dignities and estates (Rolls of Parliament, iv. 36–7; Walsingham, ii. 300; Collins, Peerage, iii. 273; this marriage is celebrated in Bishop Percy's ballad ‘The Hermit of Warkworth’). The king desired that he should be exchanged for Murdoch Stewart, eldest son of the Duke of Albany. Some delay took place, and the Earl of Cambridge, who made a conspiracy against the king, plotted to bring Percy into England with an army of Scots (Fœdera, ix. 260). It is evident that Percy had nothing to do with this scheme, and his exchange, which was arranged for on 1 July 1415, took place soon after (Proceedings of the Privy Council, ii. 162–4, 188–90). His hereditary possessions were restored, and on 16 March 1416 he did homage in parliament for his earldom, receiving a new patent of creation (Rot. Parl. iv. 71–2). In April 1417 he was appointed warden of the east marches towards Scotland, and captain of Berwick. He commanded a contingent of the army mustered in July for the king's second invasion of France, but, if he actually sailed, must have shortly afterwards returned, for the Scots under Archibald, fourth earl of Douglas [q. v.], and the Duke of Albany, having invaded England in October, and made attempts on Berwick and Roxburgh, he, with other lords and with Henry Bowet [q. v.], archbishop of York, raised a force which mustered on Barmoor, near Wooler in Northumberland. The Scots retreated, and the English ravaged the southern border of Scotland (Gesta Henrici V, pp. 121, 272; Otterbourne, p. 279; Scotichronicon, p. 1186). The earl did some service in the French war, and on 24 Feb. 1421 officiated as a steward at the coronation of Queen Catherine [see Catherine of Valois]. In June he was reappointed warden of the east marches with a salary of 5,000l. in time of war and 2,500l. in peace (Fœdera, x. 126).
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  • The old feud between the Percys and the Nevilles again broke out, was heightened by political dissension, and caused serious disorder in the north. In July 1453 the king in council wrote to the Earls of Northumberland and Westmorland, charging them to see that the peace was kept (Proceedings of Privy Council, vi. 147). A battle was fought between two of Northumberland's sons, Lord Egremont and Sir Richard Percy, and Westmorland's son, the Earl of Salisbury [see Neville, Richard, 1400–1460], and on 8 Oct. another letter was sent to Northumberland urging him to do his duty by preserving order (ib. pp. 159–64). The north remained disturbed, and on 10 May 1454 both the earls were specially bidden to attend the council on 12 June to provide means for preventing the continuance of disorder (ib. p. 178). The Duke of York having taken up arms in May 1455, the earl marched with the royal army against him, and was slain in the battle of St. Albans on the 23rd; his body was buried in the lady-chapel of the abbey. The earl was a benefactor to University College, Oxford (Wood, Colleges and Halls, p. 47), and to Eton College. By his wife Eleanor, daughter of Ralph, first earl of Westmorland [q. v.], previously married, or contracted, to Richard le Despenser, son of Thomas, earl of Gloucester, who died in 1414 at the age of fourteen, he had twelve children: Henry (see below), who succeeded him; Thomas, lord Egremont; George, a prebendary of Beverley, born 1424; Sir Ralph [q. v.]; Sir Richard, slain at Towton on 29 March 1461; William, who was born in 1428, graduated D.D. from Cambridge, where he was chancellor 1451–5, was pro- vided to the see of Carlisle in 1452, called to the privy council (cf. Nicholas, Proceedings, vi. 185 et seq.), and died in 1462 (three other sons died in infancy). Northumberland's three daughters were: Joan, a nun, buried at Whitby Abbey; Catherine, born in 1423, married Edmund Grey, lord Grey of Ruthin [q. v.], created earl of Kent; and Anne, married (1) Sir Thomas Hungerford, (2) Sir Laurence Rainsford, (3) Sir Hugh Vaughan, and died in 1522 (Collins).
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Leconfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
March 29, 1461
Age 35
Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, England