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Richard de Welles (Welles), 7th Baron Welles

Birthdate: (39)
Birthplace: Welle, Lincolnshire, , England
Death: March 12, 1470 (39)
Queen, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Enland (beheaded in 1470)
Immediate Family:

Son of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles and Joan Welles
Husband of Margery Strangeways and Joane Welles (Willoughby)
Father of Joanne Welles, Baroness of Welles and Eresby and Robert de Welles, 8th Baron Welles
Brother of William de Welles; Lady Margaret Dymoke; Cecily Willoughby; Catherine (Welles) de Welles and Eleanor Welles
Half brother of John Welles, Sir, 1st Viscount Welles

Occupation: on good terms with the Yorkist King Edward IV, but was executed after then being associated with plotting against him.
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Richard de Welles, 7th Baron Welles

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Richard Welles, 7th Baron Welles (1431–1470) was an English nobleman and soldier. From a Lancastrian family, he came to be on good terms with the Yorkist King Edward IV, but was executed after then being associated with plotting against him.

Richard was son of Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles, by his first wife. Having married Joane, daughter of Robert Willoughby, 6th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, Richard was summoned in her right to Parliament as Lord Willoughby from 26 May 1455 to 28 February 1466. His first wife died before 1460, and he married secondly Margaret, daughter of Sir James Strangways and widow of John Ingleby, who took the veil in 1475.

He was a Lancastrian supporter as was his father, and was present at the second battle of St Albans (7 February 1461); but soon managed to make his peace with Edward IV, who pardoned him at Gloucester in the first year of his reign. In this way Richard recovered his family property, and in 1468 his honours. A family connection with the Nevilles may have helped him.

Richard's son Robert, however, took part in Warwick's plots, and in March 1470 attacked the house of Sir Thomas Borough, a knight of the king's body, wrecking it, and driving its owner away. Edward now summoned Richard Welles (the father), and his brother-in-law, Sir Thomas Dymock, to London. At first Welles pleaded illness; but afterwards went, and took sanctuary at Westminster.

Richard left sanctuary on promise of a pardon. Edward made him write to his son, telling him to give up Warwick's cause, and then took him down to Lincolnshire. Angry at the obstinacy of the son, the king beheaded Lord Welles and Dymock at Huntingdon.


Robert Welles then challenged the king to battle near Stamford, but was defeated at the Battle of Losecoat Field. Robert was taken, and executed on 19 March 1470. Both father and son were attainted in the parliament of 1475; the attainders were later reversed in the first parliament of Henry VII.


Richard Welles left a daughter Joane or Joan, who married, first, Richard Piggot of London, and, secondly, before 1470, Sir Richard Hastings. Hastings was subsequently summoned to parliament as Baron Welles, on 15 November 1482; he died in 1503, and his widow in 1505, both without issue, and the barony of Welles fell into abeyance between the descendants of Lionel Welles's four daughters.

Sir Robert Welles had married Elizabeth, daughter of John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners. She died a year after his execution, and was buried by his side in the church of Our Lady of Doncaster. Her will is printed in Testamenta Vetusta by Nicholas Harris Nicolas.


"Welles, Lionel de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Welles, Lionel de". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

The historic peerage of England: exhibiting, under alphabetical arrangement ... By Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, William Courthope Pg.511


ID: I16369 Name: Sir Richard Welles 7th Lord Willoughby of Eresby 7th Lord Welles 1 Sex: M Residence: of Bore Place Death: 1469 Note:

   Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Commoners of Great Britain And Ireland Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank: But Uninvested With Heritable Honours. Alterations and Additions. Catherine Hart , who espoused Thomas Willoughby , (Thomas Willoughby was son of Robert Willoughby of Bore Place , grandson of Thomas Willoughby , Lord Chief Justice temp. Henry VIII. and great grandson of Sir Christopher Willoughby , who was second son of Sir Christopher Willoughby , by Cecelis his wife, sister and heir of Richard Lord Welles .) esq. of Bore Place , and left a son and successor.

Father: Sir Lionel de Welles 6th Lord Welles Lieutenant of Ireland b: 1406 in Gainsby, England Mother: Joan Waterton

Marriage 1 Joan Willoughby Baroness of Eresby b: ABT 1446


   Has No Children Joane Welles Baroness Of Welles and Eresby b: BEF MAR 1474/75

Marriage 2 Margaret Strangeways

   Married: 10 AUG 1468


   Author: Peter Charles Barns-Graham, Founder & Chief Executive
   Publication: Name: Stirnet, Limited.,; Location: Abbeydore; Date: April, 2002-present;
   Page: Welles01, Willoughby01, Strangeways01, Hastings02 
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Richard de Welles, 7th Baron Welles's Timeline

Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom
Welle, Lincolnshire, , England
Age 15
Lincolnshire, England
March 12, 1470
Age 39
Queen, Stamford, Lincolnshire, Enland