Generation 20 – Sir Hugh le Despenser (1339 – 1374)

47 Generations of Family History
Generation 20
Sir Hugh le Despenser
(1339 – 1374)

Facts
Name: Sir Hugh le DESPENCER Knt
Birth: abt 1339
Place of Birth: Colyweston, Northamptonshire, England

Parents:
Father: Sir Edward le Despenser, Knt
Mother: Anne ‘of Groby’ de Ferrers

Spouse: Alice de Hotham
Marriage: about 1358
Place of Marriage: Cranswick, Hotham, & Kennythorpe, Yorkshire, England

Children: They had 2 known child
i. Sir Hugh “Justiciar of South Wales” le DESPENCER Knt
ii. Anne DESPENCER

Death: 2nd March 1374
Place of Death: Padua, Veneto, Italy
Cause of Death: Unknown
Burial: March 1374
Place of Burial: Padua, Veneto, Italy

Titles:
(i) Knight

Heraldry: Arms of Despencer: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable

Arms of Despencer: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable Source: Wikepedia

Arms of Despencer: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable
Source: Wikepedia

My Connection to Sir Hugh Despenser, Knt: 19th great-grandfather.

Short Biography

HUGH LE DESPENSER was born about 1339 in Colyweston, Northamptonshire, England, he was by right of his wife was Knight of Colyweston, Northamptonshire, Bonby, Lincolnshire, Cranswick, Hotham and Kennythorpe, Yorkshire, etc., Hugh was the 2nd son of Sir Edward le Despenser and Anne de Ferrers. He married ALICE DE HOTHAM, daughter and heiress of John de Hotham, Knt., of Bonby, Lincolnshire, Fishide, Essex, Solihill, Warickshire, Hotham, Yorkshire, etc. She was was born abt 1335 (aged 16 in 1351). They had one son, Hugh, Knt., and one daughter, Anne. In 1352 the Chancellor of Ireland was instructed to deliver Kilkenny Castle in Ireland to them. SIR HUGH LE DESPENSER died at Padua in Lombardy 2 March 1374, where he held a residence and where his son Hugh dispenser was educated. In September 1374 his widow, Alice, staying in England, had letters appointing William LLger and another attorneys in Ireland. Alice married (2nd) before 7 November 1374 (as his 1st wife) JOHN TRUSSEL, Knt., of Flore and Gayton, Northamptonshire, Theddingworth, Leicestershire, etc., Knight of the Shire of Norphamptonshire, son and heir of Theobald Trussel, of Flore and Gayton, Northamptonshire, Theddingworth, Leicestershire, etc., by his wife, Katherine, He was born about 1349, They had one son, John. He presented to the church of Solihull, Warickshire in 1375 and again in 1379, in right of his wife. His wife Alice died 6 Oct. 1379.

Alice de HOTHAM is the daughter of Sir John de HOTHAM and Ivetta SCROPE [3]. She was born Abt. 1335 in Bonby, Lincolnshire, England. She died on 06 Oct 1379 in Hotham,
Yorkshire, England.

Sir Hugh le DESPENCER Knt and Alice de HOTHAM. They were married Abt. 1358 in
Cranswick, Hotham, & Kennythorpe, Yorkshire, England [1]. They had 2 children.

i. Sir Hugh “Justiciar of South Wales” le DESPENCER Knt [4, 5, 6, 7]. He was
born Abt. 1359 in Colyweston, Northamptonshire, England. He married Sybil.
They were married Bef. Sep 1388 in England [6]. Will on 01 Jul 1400 in
Hampton, England (will of Hugh le Despenser, son (or grandson) of Edward le
Despenser and Ann: will of Hugh le Despenser, knight, dated at Hampton, 1
July 1400. – The chapel of the Friars Preachers of Stamford, where my uncle
lies… – To my daughter Elizabeth c’li f) [5, 6]. Steward of Macclesfield 1401 in
Macclesfield, Cheshire, England (Steward of Macclesfield and Surveyor,
Keeper and Master of the Forests of Macclesfield and Mara) [6]. Burial Oct
1401 in Friars Preachers at Stamford, Lincolnshire [6]. He died on 14 Oct 1401
in Bonby, Lincolnshire, England [5]. Coat of Arms was Arms of Despencer:
Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable.
Maye of Charterhouse Hidon Upon Mendip – page 49 in Somerset, England [4].

ii. Anne DESPENCER[8, 9, 10]. She was born 1371 in Bonby, Lincolnshire,
England [8, 9]. She died 1409 [8, 9]. Burial in Norbury, Stafford Borough,
Staffordshire, England [8, 9].

Sources

[1] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, Hugh Le Despenser – Page 73. See added Story.

[2] Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=18817.

[3] Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=30481.

[4] edited by Frederic William Weaver., The visitations of the county of Somerset, in the years 1531 and 1573, together with additional pedigrees, chiefly from the visitation of 1591 (Printed for the editor by W. Pollard in Exeter), Maye of Charterhouse Hidon Upon Mendip – page 49. see image for more details.

[5] Alfred Gibbons, Early Lincoln Wills. An Abstract of all the Wills & Administrations recorded in the Episcopal Register of the Old Diocese of Lincoln (290 High Street, Lincoln), The Last Will and Testament of Hugh Le Despenser, Knight. The Last Will and Testament of Hugh Le Despenser, Knight. Dated at Hampton, 1 July 1400 [f0. 46.] In Norman French. The Chapel of the Friars Preachers of Stamford, where my uncle lies, to be made longer, and a marble stone placed there for my father and my mother, and another for my eife and myself. To my daughter Elizabeth cii for her marriage. My feoffees of land in Caldeford, Sulihull, ffencot, and Morecot, which I have by the gift of mt uncle Sir Ralph de Ferrers, to enfeoff my wife for life. My manor of Kyrkelond in Staffordshire. My lands in Rothley to Thos. ffrysby for life. John Horspate. John Burley. Jankyn Brett. The Manor of Esynden, which I had by the gift of Sieur del Spencer. No probate annexed.

[6] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, Hugh Le Despenser – Page 73. See attached Story.

[7] Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=30480

[8] Ancestry.com, UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current (Ancestry.com Operations,Inc.).

[9] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, Hugh Le Despenser – Page 73.

[10] Ancestry Family Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=30894.

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