Name: Hugh Le Despencer 1 2
Title: Earl of Gloucester
Birth: 1 MAR 1284/85 1 2
Death: 24 NOV 1326 in Hereford, England - Hanged, drawn and quartered 1 2
Change Date: 1 FEB 2002 1 2
1 Took part in Edward I's Scottish campaigns and engaged innegotiatio ns with France. On accessio of Edward II, alienatedthe baronial party by s upport of Piers Gaveston. In 1312 becamechief adviser to the King. Bo th he and his son were banished in1321 but returned in 1322 after the baro ns were defeated atBoroughbridge and were the real rulers of England unt il 1326when they were executed after the invasion of Queen Isabella in132 6. See J.C. Davies, "Baronial Opposition to Edward II" (1918,repr. 1967 ). COLUMBIA ENCYCLOPAEDIA.
BIOGRAPHY: Supposedly the "boyfriend" of King Edward II. Fled with Edwa rd II upon rebellion of Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer. Captured with t he king, then tried and hanged.
Earl of Gloucester. Lord of Glamorgan on Eleanor's brother's death. Grant ed forfeited estates of wife's half sister Joan when Joan declared rebe l. Wealth enormously increased by Eleanor's 1/3 share of the de Clare e states. Said fortune increased enormoously by violence in 1321-6. Est ates & fortune forfeited in 1326, partially restored in 1328. Buri ed in Tewkesbury Abbey. 2nd Lord Despenser.
BIOGRAPHY: Michael Altschul, *A Baronial Family in Medieval England: The C lares, 1217-1314*, Baltimore MD (The Johns Hopkins Press) 1965, concerni ng the partition of the de CLARE estates after the death of the last Gilbe rt, p 170-171: "Hugh Despenser and Eleanor [Gilbert's sister] received t he lordship of Glamorgan, the most important of all the Clare holdings, al ong with Rotherfield in Sussex and scattered manors in Devon and Somerse t. In addition, each heir acquired two-ninths of the liberty of Kilken ny in Ireland, although there is no evidence that any of them every visit ed it. (P) The death of the countess in the summer of 1320 completed the d ivision of the estates among th heirs. Maud probably died on July 2, and t he properties she held in dower must have been partitioned shortly thereaf ter. Each received an equal portion of her third of Kilkenny. More importa ntly, Despenser obtained a substantial share of the honor of Gloucester, i ncluding the manor and town of Tewkesbury, the manor of Bushley and the ca stle and manor of Hanley in Worcester, and other demesne lands in Berkshir e, Oxford, and Buckingham. The partition of the Clare estates has been des cribed as "the most important territorial upheaval of the reign."
[Denham-Young *Vita Edwardi Secundi, pp xii-xiii*]"
Father: Hugh Le Despencer b: 1 MAR 1258/59
Mother: Isabel Beauchamp b: ABT 1252 in Warwick, Warwickshire, England
Eleanor de Clare b: NOV 1292 in ,Gloucestershire, England
in Westminster, England 1 2
- Edward Despencer b: 1312 in Buckland England
- Isabel Le Despencer b: 1312 in Gloucestershire England
- Elizabeth Le Despencer b: 1322 in Stoke, Gloucestershire, England
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