Name: Joan Escures
Death: AFT 1399
Occupation: Defended Pevensey Castle
Change Date: 9 MAY 2013
Collins gives this marriage and also says her son John Pelham married as his 1st wife Joan, dau and coheir of John de Escures, but had no issue by her.
THE EARLY HERALDRY OF PELHAM. BY LF SALZMAN, FSA IN his interesting article ... or Escures, introduced into the Goring quarterings through a Pelham heiress. ...
(Sussex archaeological collections relating to the history and antiquities of ...? 1928. Page 53.)
Pevensey Castle withstood many sieges, the most notable occurred in 1399 when it was besieged by an army in support of Richard II. During the prolonged siege, the constable of the castle, Sir John Pelham, was away fighting alongside Henry Bolingbroke. As a result, defense of the castle was left to his wife, Lady Joan Pelham. She wrote to her husband regarding the siege and begged for his return. He returned to end the siege and rescue both his wife and Pevensey Castle.
The ghost of Lady Pelham is said to still haunt the castle.
Father: John Escures b: ABT 1354
- John Pelham b: ABT 1418
- Title: Collins' Peerage of England