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Ralph Percy, Governor of Bamburgh Castle

Also Known As: "Governor of Bamburgh Castle"
Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, England
Cause of death: killed in battle
Place of Burial: St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland and Eleanor Percy, Countess of Northumberland
Husband of Eleanor Percy and Jane Percy
Father of Ralph Percy, Sir; George Percy, Sir; John Percy; Henry Percy, Sir, Gov. of Bamburgh Castle, Lord Warden of the Marshes; Peter Percy and 3 others
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

Occupation: Govenor of Bamburgh Castle, Governor of Bamburg Castke
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About Sir Ralph Percy, Governor of Bamburgh Castle

Ralph Percy

Sir Ralph Percy (died 1464) was a knight, a Governor of Bamburgh Castle and a supporter of the Lancastrian side in the Wars of the Roses. Percy was the grandson of Sir Harry (Hotspur) Percy.

Percy married, firstly, Eleanor Acton and they had six children:

  • 1.Sir Ralph Percy
  • 2.Peter Percy
  • 3.Sir Henry Percy
  • 4.George Percy
  • 5.John Percy
  • 6.Margaret Percy

Sir Ralph married, secondly Jane Teye. They had a child, Catherine Percy.

During 1462 and 1463, the Lancastrians attempted to destabilise the kingdom, ruled by their Yorkist enemy, Edward IV. These attempts were concentrated in the north of England and directed by the Lancastrian Queen, Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI's queen).

The Earl of Warwick led campaigns to neutralise the Lancastrians in the north in the early 1460s. As a result Sir Ralph Percy surrendered Bamburgh Castle to Edward IV, on Christmas Eve 1462 in return for a free pardon. Sir Ralph swore allegiance to Edward IV and, as part of Edward IV’s policy of conciliation, Percy’s lands were then returned to him. Sir Ralph took control of both Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles, under his surrender agreement with Edward.

Fighting in the north continued, exacerbated by a Scottish invasion. When the Scots sued for peace, Lord Montague was sent to arrange terms. On 25 April 1464, Montague was on his way to Norham. The Duke of Somerset (who had surrendered and sworn allegiance with Percy) and Percy, forswearing their oaths, attacked Montague with 5,000 men. The site of that battle was Hedgeley Moor, seven miles south of Wooler. Percy led Somerset's vanguard and was killed.


  • 1 England families, genealogical and memorial By William Richard Cutter, p. 775



  • HENRY Percy, son of HENRY Percy "Hotspur" Lord Percy & his wife Elizabeth Mortimer (1393-killed in battle St Albans 22 May 1455). He succeeded his grandfather in 1408 as Earl of Northumberland.
  • m (after Oct 1414) as her second husband, ELEANOR Neville, widow of RICHARD Le Despencer Lord Burghersh, daughter of RALPH Neville Earl of Westmoreland & his second wife Joan Beaufort (-1472). A manuscript pedigree dated to [1500] names "Joan, wife firstly of Ferrers Baron of Ousley, and secondly of Ralph Earl of Westmoreland" as daughter of "John Duke of Lancaster" and mother (by her second husband) of "…Eleanor Countess of Northumberland…"[1112].
  • Henry & his wife had twelve children:
  • 9. Sir RALPH (1425-killed in battle Hedgeley Moor 1460). m as her first husband, ELEANOR Acton, daughter of LAWRENCE Acton & his wife ---. Ancestors of a PERCY family, extinct in the male line in 1611.
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  • Sir Ralph Percy, Seneschal at Alnwick1
  • M, #22021, d. 25 April 1464
  • 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 Ralph Percy, Seneschal at Alnwick married Eleanor Acton, daughter of Lawrence III de Acton and Matilda, circa 1451. Sir Ralph Percy, Seneschal at Alnwick died on 25 April 1464 at Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, England.
  • Family Eleanor Acton
  • Children
    • Margaret Percy+ d. a 1505
    • Peter Percy+ b. c 1460
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6715] Unknown author, Europaische Stammtafeln by Isenburg, chart 712, Vol. 3; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 128, 149; Wallop Family, Vol. III.
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  • Ralph PERCY (Sir)
  • Born: AFT 1424/11 Aug 1425, Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
  • Died: 25 Apr 1464, Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, England
  • Father: Henry PERCY (2º E. Northumberland)
  • Mother: Eleanor NEVILLE (C. Northumberland)
  • Married 1: Eleanor ACTON ABT 1455, Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Henry PERCY (Sir)
    • 2. Margaret PERCY
    • 3. Ralph PERCY
    • 4. George PERCY (b. ABT 1460 - d. ABT 1500)
    • 5. John PERCY
  • Married 2: Jane TEYE
  • From: PERCY (Sir)2


  • Pearce genealogy, being the record of the posterity of Richard Pearce, an early inhabitant of Portsmouth, in Rhode Island, who came from England, and whose genealogy is traced back to 972. With an introduction of the male descendants of Josceline de Louvaine .. (1888)
  • From the foregoing historical sketch of the English branch of the Percies it will be seen that Peter17 Percy* was son of Ralph16 Percy; he (Peter17) was born in 1447 and his descent is as follows from the first ancestor: Galfred1, William2, Alan3, William4, William5, Agnes6, Henry7, William8, Henry9, Henry10, Henry11, Henry12, Henry13, Henry14, Henry15, Ralph16.
  • Peter17 Percy had a son Richard18. The father was standard bearer to Richard the Third at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
  • Richard18 founded Pearce Hall in York, England, where he lived and died leaving an eldest son Richard19, Jr.
  • Richard19, Jr. resided on the homestead of his father and had two sons Richard20, Jr., b. 1590, and William20. It was at this time that the spelling of the name in this branch was changed from Percy to Pearce.
  • Richard20 Pearce, Jr. (Richard19) b. 1590 m. in England Martha ---- .
  • He resided in Bristol, England, and came to America in the ship "Lyons" from that place. His brother, Capt. William Pearce, was master of the ship. Children: .... etc.


  • American ancestry: giving name and descent, in the male line, of ..., Volume 4 edited by Thomas Patrick Hughes, Frank Munsell
  • Pg.97
  • PEARCE, WALDO A. of Boston, Mass., b. at Warren, R. I., Mar. 14, 1837 (m. Nov. 29, 1864, Emma C. Webster); son of Abner T. of Santiago, Chile, South America, b. at Llittle Compton, R. I., Oct. 4, 1811, d. at Valparaiso, Chile, Dec. 3, 1864 (m. Sept. 1, 1831, Sarah R. Briggs); son of Thomas of Little Compton, R. I., b. there Sep. 6, 1784, d. there (m. Feb. 26, 1810, Eliphal Tompkins); son of Wright of Little Compton, b. there July 27, 1750, d. there Apr. 8, 1829 (m. 1771 Antrace Sawyer); son of James of Little Compton, b. there Sep. 24, 1719, d. there Sep. 14, 1767 (m. Sep. 14, 1749, Sarah Simmons); son of James of Little Compton, b. there Sep. 4, 1691, d. there Sep. 24, 1755 (m. 1712, Martha Wilbur); son of George of Portsmouth, R. I., b. at Little Compton, July 10, 1662, d. at Portsmouth Aug. 30, 1752 (m. Apr. 7, 1687, Alice Hart); son of Richard of Portsmouth, R. I., b. in England 1615, d. at Portsmouth 1678 (m. 1642, Susannah Wright); son of Richard of Bristol, Eng., who came to America in the ship Lyons commanded by his brother, Capt. William Pearce. At that time the spelling of the name was changed from Percy to Pearce and the record follows back to Peter Percy, b. 1447, son of Ralph.


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August 11, 1425
Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
Age 25
Bursted, Essex, England
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Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
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Leconfield, Yorkshire, England
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Newton by the Sea, Northumberland, England
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North Yorkshire, UK
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Spofforth, Yorkshire, England
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Somerset, , England