Margaret De Mortimer: Birth: 1308. Death: 5 MAY 1337
Note: [ralphroberts.ged] [chaas2.ged] 1. WFT Volume 5, Tree #3016, Volume 10, Tree #313, Volume 8, Tree #2688 2. 1st Earl of March, Oct. 1328 3. "Magna Carta Sureties, 1215", pg. 15, 117: 8th Baron Mortimer of Wigmore 4. He was a paramour of Isabella of France and was hanged by her son, Edward III. (From Microsoft 95) 5. "Ancestors of Homer Beers James" (Internet) Mortimer Line: Roger Mortimer, 2nd Baron Mortimer, born in 1287, was summoned to parliament from February 22, 1306, to December 3, 1326 (from the accession of Edward II., with addition of "De Wigmore"). This nobleman, so notorious in the histories as the paramour of Isabel, Queen Consort of the unfortunate Edward II., was in his sixteenth year at the time of his father's death, and was placed by the king (Edward I.) in ward with Piers Gaveston, so that to redeem himself, and for permission to marry whom he pleased, he was obliged to pay Gaveston 2,500 marks, and thereupon married Joane Geneville, born in 1285, died in 1356, daughter of Peter de Geneville and his wife, Joane Lusignan. Peter was the son of Geoffrey de Geneville, Lord of Trim, in Ireland and conveyed eventually the whole inheritance of the Genevilles, and half the land of the Lacys, into that family. See Burke, pg. 228. In the 34th year of Edward I., he received the honor of knighthood, and the same year attended the king into Scotland, where we find him again in the 3rd year of Edward II., and the same year he was constituted Governor of the castle of Buelt, in Brecknockshire. In the 7th, 8th, and 9th years he was likewise in Scotland, and then appointed lord-lieutenant of Ireland. During the remainder of the unhappy Edward's reign he attached himself to the interests of the queen, and at length fled with her and Prince Edward into France. Returning, however, and his party triumphing, he was advanced to the dignity of Earl of March soon after the accession of King Edward III., and he held a round table the same year at Bedford. But hereupon becoming proud beyond measure (so that his own son, Geoffrey, called him the King of Folly), he kept a round table of knights in Wales, in imitation of King Arthur. "Other particulars," says Dugdale, "of his haughtiness and insolence were these, viz., that with Queen Isabel, he caused parliament to be held at Northampton, where an unworthy agreement was made with the Scots, and Ragman's Roll of Homage of Scotland was traitorously delivered as also the black cross, which King Edward I. brought into England, out of the abbey of Scone, and then accounted a precious relic. That (with the queen) he caused the young king to ride twenty-four miles in one night, towards Bedford, to destroy the Earl of Lancaster and his adherents, saying that they imagined the king's death. That he followed Queen Isabel to Nottingham, and lodged in one house with her. That he commanded the treasure of the realm, and assumed the authority, which by common consent in parliament was conferred upon Henry, Earl of Lancaster, at the king's coronation." His career was not however of long continuance, for, the king becoming sensible of his folly and vices, had him suddenly seized in the castle of Nottingham, and conveyed prisoner to London, where, being impeached before parliament, he was convicted under various charges, the first of which was privity to the murder of King Edward II. in Berkeley Castle; and receiving sentence of death was hanged in 1330, at the summons gallows, called Elmes, near Smithfield, where his body was permitted to hang for two days and three nights naked, before it was interred in the Grey Friars; whence in some years afterwards it was removed to Wigmore. The Earl of March left issue four sons and seven daughters as follows: 1. Edmund Mortimer. 2. Roger Mortimer, married in 1321 Joane Butler. 3. Geoffrey Mortimer, Lord of Towyth. 4. John Mortimer, slain in a tournament at Shrewsbury. 5. Katherine Mortimer, died 1371, married in 1337 Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, an original Knight of the Garter. 6. Joane Mortimer, who died before 1351, married some years before June 13 1330, as his first wife, James Audley, (her 2nd marriage). 7. Agnes Mortimer, married Laurence Hastings, Earl of Pembroke, died 1348, a descendant of Surety Roger Bigod. 8. Margaret Mortimer, married (1) Robert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford, who died without issue; and (2) Thomas de Berkeley, Lord Berkeley, son and heir of Maurice de Berkeley, a descendant of the Surety, Saire de Quincy. 9. Maud (Matilda) Mortimer, married John de Cherlton, son and heir of John, Lord Powys. 10. Blanche Mortimer, married Peter de Grandison, died 1358, son of William de Garndison and his wife Sibilla Tregoz. They had no issue. 11. Beatrix (Beatrice) Mortimer, married (1) Edward, son and heir of Thomas of Brotherton, Earl Marshal of England, and (2) Thomas de Braose, son of Peter de Braose (half brother of William de Braose, Lord Braose of Gower). The issue of none of their three sons survived. Their daughter Joane also died without issue. But their daughter Beatrice Braose, married William Saye, Lord Saye, and they had a daughter Elizabeth Saye, who married (1) John de Falvesley, who died without issue about 1392, and married (2) William Heron, Knight of Applynden, who died without issue in 1404. Upon the execution and attainder of the earl all the honors of Roger Mortimer became forfeited. 5. "Ancestors of Homer Beers James" (Internet) Winithar, King of the Ostrogoths to Berengaria: Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, married Joane Geneville.
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