Name: Ralph De Camoys
Change Date: 5 FEB 2010
Sir John's son by his first marriage with the Foliott heiress, Sir Ralph, was a soldier from his earliest years. He had already been in the Scottish and Gascon wars, when, in 1305, he and many others received the honour of knighthood with Prince Edward "by bathing and other sacred ceremonies;" and went with him again to Scotland in the retinue of the elder Hugh Le Despencer. He was summoned to Parliament in 1313: in 1319 was Governor of Windsor Castle and Warden of Windsor Forest, and received in the same year a grant to himself, Elizabeth his wife, and Hugh their son of Westbury in Hampshire*, then forfeited to the Crown. "But," concludes Dugdale, "as he had been of the retinue of Hugh Despencer the elder, so was he an adherent to Hugh the younger; wherefore in 1 Edward III. he procured the king's pardon for that transgression."
His eldest son, Sir Ralph II., who had married Joan Le Despencer, a daughter of the luckless favourite, and served in the French wars in the retinue of Henry Earl of Lancaster, was knighted in 1364 by John of Gaunt's own hand during his Spanish campaign, but never received a writ of summons. He left three children; a son who d.s.p.; a daughter who was Abbess of Ramsey; and another married to Edmund Courtenay.
* Hugh married the daughter of Sir Hugh de Brebeuf of Surrey, and left an only child, Elizabeth, the wife of Sir John Hamelin.
Father: John De Camoys b: 1310
Mother: Margaret Foliot b: 1314 in Trotton, Sussex