The Death of Hugh Despenser, the Younger

The Lives of my Ancestors

The Death of Hugh Despenser
1286 – 1326
21st Great Grandfather

Hugh Despenser the Younger, who was titled 1st Lord Despenser and born in 1286 was the son and heir of Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester (the elder Despenser), and Isabella daughter of William, 9th Earl of Warwick. He rose to national prominence as royal chamberlain and a favourite of Edward II of England. A series of subsequent controversies eventually led to his being hanged, drawn and quartered.

He is believed to have been the lover of King Edward II (as so too was; Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall).

I descend from Hugh Despenser through my Grandmother Rosie May Janes who was a direct maternal descendant of Hannah Mintern (1774 – 1806). The Minterne family were wealthy landowners and married into some very prominent English families. Hannah’s great-grandmother Hannah Draper (wife of Samuel Mintern 1695 – 1746) was born…

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