Note: Famous mercenary.
Sir John Hawkwood is one of my favorite ancestors, far more interesting than most of his royal and noble contemporaries.
The DNB says that "Neither the date nor the fact of Hawkwood's first marriage has been established. Before his marriage with Bernab� Visconti's natural daughter, Donnina, Hawkwood had, besides two sons, a daughter, Antiocha, or Mary, who resided in 1379 at Milan with her husband Sir William de Coggeshall, afterwards of Codham Hall, Essex (for the descendants of this union see _Notes and Queries,_ 7th ser. x. 101-2). Corio (_Storia di Milano,_ ed. 1856, ii. 277) mentions another daughter, Fiorentina, married to a Milanese noble, Lancellotto del Mayno, and a third daughter, Beatrice, appears in Berry's "County Genealogies, Sussex,' p. 62, as the wife of John Shelley, M. P. for Rye between 1415 and 1423, an ancestor of the poet Shelley. By Donnina Hawkwood had one son, John, and three daughters, viz Janet, Catherine, and Anne. The first daughter married, on 7 Sept. 1392, Brezaglia, son of
Count Lodovico di Porciglia, commander of the Bolognese forces, podest� of Ferrara, and for a brief period after Hawkwood's death commander of Florentine forces. The second married, in January 1393, Conrad Prospergh, a German _condottero,_ who had served under Hawkwood. The third married after her father's death Ambrogiulolo di Piero della Torre of Milan. In 1395 the republic, at the special request of Richard II, granted Lady Hawkwood the right of transferring her husband's body to England. Whether she did so, or what her subsequent history, is not clear; but her son John came home, was naturalised in 1407, and settled on the ancestral estate of Hedingham Sibil, in the church of which parish a cenotaph, a fragment of which still exists, had already been placed to Hawkwood's memory, and a chantry founded by some friends, and where in all likelihood his bones were laid to rest."
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