Generation 23 – Joan ‘of Acre’ “Princess of England” PLANTAGENET (1272 – 1307)

47 Generations of Family History
Generation Twenty Three
Joan Plantagenet
Joan of Acre
Princess of England
Countess of Hertford
Countess of Gloucester
(1272 – 1307)

Joan of Acre Princess of England

Joan of Acre
Princess of England

Facts

Name: Joan ‘of Acre’ “Princess of England” PLANTAGENET
Birth: April 1272
Place of Birth: Acre, Hazafon, Palestine, Israel

Parents:
Father: Edward I ‘Atheling’ ‘Longshanks’ “King of England” PLANTAGENET
Mother: Eleanor Fernanda “Comtesse de Ponthieu” de CASTILLE

1st Spouse: Sir Gilbert ‘the Red’ “7th Earl of Hertford” de CLARE
Marriage: 30 April 1290
Place of Marriage: Westminster Abbey, London, England

Children: They had 4 known children
i. Gilbert “Lord of Glamorgan”, “8th Earl of Hertford & Gloucester” de CLARE
ii Eleanor ‘Alianore’ de CLARE
iii. Margaret “Countess of Gloucester” de CLARE
iv. Elizabeth “Baroness d’Amory” de CLARE

2nd Spouse: Amadeo V ‘the Great’ de SAVOIE
Betrothed Only

3rd Spouse: Ralph “1st Baron Monthermer, Earl Gloucester” de MONTHERMER
Marriage: about June 1297
Place of Marriage: England

Children: They had 4 known children.
i. Joan “Nun at Amesbury” de MONTHERMER
ii. Mary de MONTHERMER
iii. Sir Thomas “2nd Baron Monthermer” de MONTHERMER
iv. Edward de MONTHERMER

Death: 23 April 1307
Place of Death: Clare, Risbridge, Suffolk, England
Cause of Death: Possibly Child Birth
Burial: 26 April 1307
Place of Burial: Priory Church of the Austin Friars, Clare, Suffolk, England

Titles:
i Joan of Acre
ii. Princess of England
iii. Countess of Hertford
iv. Countess of Gloucester

Heraldry: Arms of Plantagenet: Gules, three lions passant guardant Or

Plantagenet Coat of Arms Source: Wikipedia

Plantagenet Coat of Arms
Source: Wikipedia

My Family Connection: 22nd great-grandmother

Short Biography

Joan of Acre (April 1272 – 23 April 1307) was an English Princess and a daughter of King Edward I of England and Queen Eleanor of Castile. I descend from Joan several times and four of her children are direct ancestors. Joan was born in the Holy Land whilst her parents were on crusade which is why she was styled as Joan of Acre from a very early age.

She was married twice; her first husband was Gilbert de Clare, 7th Earl of Gloucester, one of the most powerful nobles in her father’s kingdom; her second husband was Ralph de Monthermer, a squire in her household whom she married in secret.
Joan is most notable for the claim that miracles have allegedly taken place at her grave, and for the multiple references to her in literature.

There is a lot of information about Joan online and her life has been well recorded, for that reason I am going to provide a list of links which will assist anyone researching her life, I have used all of these sites myself in my own research.

Joan of Acre – Wikipedia

Joan of Acre – National Biography

Joan of Acre and Ralph de Monthermer: A medieval Love Story

Joan of Acre, Countess of Gloucester & Hertford

www.thepeerage.com

www.tudorplace.com

Marriages and Children

Sir Gilbert ‘the Red’ “7th Earl of Hertford” de CLARE is the son of Sir Richard “6th Earl of Hertford” de CLARE and Matilda ‘Maud’ “Countess of Lincoln” de LACY [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9]. He was born on 02 Sep 1243 in Christchurch, Hampshire, England [1, 2, 3, 4]. Knighted on 14 May 1264. Burial on 22 Dec 1295 in Tewksbury Abbey, Tewksbury, Gloucestershire, England [1, 4]. Titles was 3rd Earl of Gloucester6th or 7th Earl of Hertford, 9th Earl of Clare, Lord of Glamorgan, Lord of Gwynllwg, Lord of Caerleon, Lord of Usk. He died in Monmouth Castle, Monmouthshire, England [1, 2, 3, 4].

Sir Gilbert ‘the Red’ “7th Earl of Hertford” de CLARE and Joan ‘of Acre’ “Princess of England” PLANTAGENET. They were married on 30 Apr 1290 in Westminister Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England [2]. They had 4 children.

  • i. Gilbert “Lord of Glamorgan”, “8th Earl of Hertford & Gloucester” de CLARE [3]. He was born on 10 May 1291 in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, England [3]. He died on 24 Jun 1314 in Battle of Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland [3].
  • ii. Margaret “Countess of Gloucester” de CLARE [1, 2, 10, 11]. She was born Oct 1292 in Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff, Glamorganshire, England [1, 2]. She married Sir Hugh II “1st Earl of Gloucester” de AUDLEY. They were married on 28 Apr 1317 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. She died on 09 Apr 1342 in France [1, 2]. Burial in Tonbridge, Kent, England [1].
  • iii. Eleanor ‘Alianore’ de CLARE [1, 2, 4, 5, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16]. She was born on 03 Oct 1292 in Caerphilly Castle, Caerphilly, Glamorgan, Wales [1, 2, 4, 12, 13]. She married Hugh “1st Lord Despenser” le DESPENSER. They were married 1306 in England [17, 18]. She died on 30 Jun 1337 in Tewkesbury, Gloucester, England [1, 2, 4, 12, 13]. Burial in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England [1, 4, 5, 5, 13].
  • iv. Elizabeth “Baroness d’Amory” de CLARE [1, 2, 3, 4]. She was born on 16 Sep 1295 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England [1, 2, 3, 4]. She died on 04 Nov 1360 in St Mary’s Ware, Hertfordshire, England [1, 2, 3, 4]. Burial in Aldgate, City of London, Greater London, England [1, 4].

Ralph “1st Baron Monthermer, Earl Gloucester” de MONTHERMER [1, 3]. He was born 1262 in Acre, Hazafon, Palestine [1]. He died on 05 Apr 1325 in Grey Friars, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England [1, 3]. Burial in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England [1].

Ralph “1st Baron Monthermer, Earl Gloucester” de MONTHERMER and Joan ‘of Acre’
“Princess of England” PLANTAGENET. They were married Jan 1297. They had 4 children.

  • i. Joan “Nun at Amesbury” de MONTHERMER. She was born Aft. 1297.
  • ii. Mary de MONTHERMER. She was born 1298 in Stoke, Ham, Wiltshire, England. She died Aft. 30 Mar 1371.
  • iii. Sir Thomas “2nd Baron Monthermer” de MONTHERMER. He was born on 04 Oct 1301 in Stoke, Ham, Wiltshire, England. He died on 24 Jun 1340 in Battle of Sluys.
  • iv. Edward de MONTHERMER. He was born 1304.

Amadeo V ‘the Great’ de SAVOIE.

Amadeo V ‘the Great’ de SAVOIE and Joan ‘of Acre’ “Princess of England” PLANTAGENET. Their marriage Bef. 1290 (Betrothed only). They had no children.

 

Sources

[1] Ancestry.com, Web: International, Find A Grave Index (Ancestry.1 com Operations, Inc.).

[2] Heritage Consulting, Millennium File (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data – Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting.Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA).

[3] Ancestry.com, Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.Original data – Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921â\u20ac\u201c1922. London, England: Oxf).

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

[5] Ancestry.com, Gloucestershire, England, Extracted Parish Records (Ancestry.com Operations Inc).

[6] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data – This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived), Source number: 52.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: FAI.

[7] Ancestry.com, Suffolk, England, Extracted Parish Records (Ancestry.com Operations Inc).

[8] Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data – Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Trees.
http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=4632607&pid=7230.

[9] Ancestry.com, Wiltshire, England, Extracted Parish Records (Ancestry.com Operations Inc).

[10] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data – This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived), Source number: 683.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: MNA.

[11] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data – This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived), Source number: 188.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: FAI.

[12] Darryl Lundy, http://www.thepeerage.com/, Lady Eleanor de Clare. Lady Eleanor de Clare1 F, #104849, b. October 1292, d. 30 June 1337 Last Edited=18 Apr 2012 Consanguinity Index=0.06% Lady Eleanor de Clare was born in October 1292.2 She was the daughter of Gilbert de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester and Joan of Acre.1,2 She married, firstly, Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser, son of Hugh le Despenser, 1st and last Earl of Winchester and Isabella de Beauchamp, in 1306.3 She married, secondly, William la Zouche, 1st Lord Zouche of Mortimer, son of Robert de Mortimer and Joyce la Zouche, circa January 1328/29.4 She died on 30 June 1337 at age 44.5,3 Children of Lady Eleanor de Clare and Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser Elizabeth le Despencer+6 d. 13 Jul 1389 Sir Edward le Despenser+3 d. 30 Sep 1342 Eleanor le Despenser+ Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser3 b. c 1308, d. 8 Feb 1348/49 Isabel le Despenser+1 b. c 1313, d. 1375 Citations [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 243. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage. [S106] Royal Genealogies Website (ROYAL92.GED), online ftp://ftp.cac.psu.edu/genealogy/public_html/royal/index.html.
Hereinafter cited as Royal Genealogies Website. [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1385. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37] [S37] BP2003. [S37] [S11] Alison Weir, Britain’s Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 83. Hereinafter cited as Britain’s Royal Families. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 130.

[13] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page, Eleanor de Clare. See Webpage 13 for more details.

[14] Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Online publication – Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Original data – This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived), Source number: 73.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: FAI.

[15] Mosley, Charles, Burke’s Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003 (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A), Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke’s Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke’s Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003.

[16] 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=14468.

[17] Darryl Lundy, http://www.thepeerage.com/, Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser. Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser1 M, #1943, b. circa 1290, d. 29 November 1326 Last Edited=16 Aug 2011 Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser was born circa 1290. He was the son of Hugh le Despenser, 1st and last Earl of Winchester and Isabella de Beauchamp.1 He married Lady Eleanor de Clare, daughter of Gilbert de Clare, 6th Earl of Gloucester and Joan of Acre, in 1306.1 He died on 29 November 1326, by hanging as a
traitor.2 He was buried at Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England.
Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser also went by the nick-name of Hugh ‘the Younger’.1 He was created 1st Lord le Despenser [England by writ] on 29 July 1314.1 He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Bath (K.B.).1 In August 1321 he was disinherited and exiled in perpetuity for his alleged misgovernment and malign influence of King Edward II.1 He was attainted. He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.3Children of Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser and Lady Eleanor de Clare Elizabeth le Despencer+4 d.13 Jul 1389 Sir Edward le Despenser+1 d. 30 Sep 1342 Eleanor le Despenser+ Hugh le Despenser, 1st Lord le Despenser1 b. c 1308, d. 8 Feb 1348/49 Isabel le Despenser+5 b. c 1313, d. 1375 Citations [S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1385. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37] [S11] Alison Weir, Britain’s Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 83. Hereinafter cited as Britain’s Royal Families. [S18] Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995). Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 130. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 243.

[18] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page, Hugh Despenser the Younger. See Web page for more details.

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