NameHugh le Despencer Sir Knight
Birth1223, Ryhall, Rutlandshire, England
Death4 Aug 1256, battle of Evesham, Worcestershire, England
BurialEvesham Abbey, Evesham, Worcestersire, England
FatherHugh le Despencer (~1197-1238)
Misc. Notes
Hugh was summoned as Lord Despencer Dec. 14, 1264 and was Chief Justiciar of England and a leader of the baronial party - and was killed at Evesham in August, 1265{- he had a grandfather of the same name who was sherrif of Salop and Staffordshire under King Henry III, and he had both a son and grandson named Hugh who figured largely in the struggles of Kings Edward II & III - see Burke's "Dormant Peerages" (London, 1883,
pp. 165-66.)} The second Sir Hugh was Earl of
Winchester (1322-26) and was executed by
Mortimer's party 10-27-1326 at Bristol at age 64.
The third Sir Hugh married the eldest of the Clare
heiresses (and thereby received part of the
Gloucester holdings); he was executed late in
November, 1336 at Hereford for assisting Edward
II to elude the Marcher barons. See "Edward II,"
Harold F. Hutchison (N.Y.: Stein and Day, 1972).
Carr P. Collins, Jr., "Royal Ancestors of Magna
Charta Barons" (Dallas: 1959), p. 78, identifies
him as son of Thomas le Despencer and states that
Sir Hugh is of Loughborough, Burton, Freely,
Arnesby, Parlington, Hillam, Ryhall,
Belmesthorp, Rutland, Sibsey and Aukborough,
was a Knight, Constable of Horston, Devizes,
Oxford, Orford, Nottingham Castles and the
Tower of London, Justiciar of England; was born
about 1223 and slain at the Battle of Evesham on
08-04-1265; married about 1260 Aline Basset,
heiress of Wycombe, Compton-Basset and
Woolton-Basset. Aline Basset m. (2) Roger
Bigod; she is dau. of Sir Philip Basset of
Wycombe, Bucks, Justiciar, and Hawise, dau. of
Sir Matthew de Louvaine of Little Easton, Essex.
NOTE: It appears that his father is a son of
Thomas named Hugh le Despencer, b. ca. 1197 at
Ryhall, Rutlandshire, died Feb. 23, 1238, wife
Birth1245, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England
Deathbef 11 Apr 1281
FatherPhilip Basset (~1184-1271)
ChildrenHugh (1260-1326)
 Eleanor (~1252-1328)
 Joan (~1256-1340)
 Philip (~1264-1313)
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