~1435, Robert Spenser born in Dorset, England, heir & s/o 184676. John Spencer & 184677. Joan ?.
~1436, Eleanor born in England, d/o 184678. Duke Edmund Beaufort & 184679. Eleanor Beauchamp.
8/1453, King Henry VI had a mental breakdown. [Richard, Duke of York, appointed Protector of the Realm.] This would lead to the War of the Roses.
1457, Eleanor married [as his 2nd wife] James Butler, Earl of Ormonde and Wiltshire, Knight of the Garter [No children.]
3/29/1461, The battle of Towton in Yorkshire, a Yorkist victory. This battle was the largest and bloodiest fought on British soil. As many as 28,000 died at the battle between Towton and Saxton in Yorkshire. Yorkist forces, with a wind at their back in a blinding snow storm giving their archers and spearmen a significant advantage.
5/1/1461, James beheaded at Newcastle.
6/28/1461, Edward IV crowned at Westminster, beginning the House of York.
[––Robert & Eleanor––]
~1465, Sir Robert, of Spencercombe, Devon, married Eleanor.
5/6/1471, Eleanor became co-heir of her brother Edmund, Duke of Somerset, killed at the battle of Tewkesbury.
1478, On the attainder of George, Duke of Clarence, Eleanor received the remaining moiety of the Somerton Erleigh, Somerset. (S) Hist. of Somerset, V3, 1974, Somerton.
6/20/1482 at Westminster, “Grant for life to Robert Spencer, knight, and Eleanor his wife, late the wife of James Ormond, … to hold with advowsons, courts, …”. (S) CPRs.
8/22/1485, Henry VII succeeded Richard III as King of England.
1486-93, Plaintiffs: Robert Spenser, knight, son and heir of John Spenser, esquire. Subject: A moiety of the manor of Brompton Ralph and the advowson of the church. Somerset. (S) UKNA.
2/12/1487, Receipt from Robert Spenser, knight, to Thomas, earl of Ormond, for 20 marks. (S) CCRs.
1487-88, Receipt from Robert Spenser, knight, and Eleanor his wife, Countess of Wiltshire, late the wife of James, Earl of Wiltshire, to …, and Thomas Cary, for 40 marcs, received in the church of St. Paul, at the Rood of the north door, … (S) UKNA.
2/20/1489, Thomas Ormond, knight, earl of Ormond, demised the manors [Somerton Erlegh, Somerton Randolf and Kyngesdon, co. Somerset; Haselbere, Tollerporcorum with 2 parts of Pomknoll manor, co. Dorset] to the said Eleanor and to one Robert Spenser, knight, her husband, for term of life of the said Eleanor. (S) CCRs.
6/3/1491, “Receipt of 40 marks by Sir Robert Spencer and Elinor his wife, Countess of Wiltshire, widow of James Earl of Wiltshire, from the Earl of Ormond, … and Thomas Cary in part payment of an annuity of 80 marks payable during Ormond's life.” (S) UKNA. [Another 40 marks paid 11/3/1491. (S) CCRs.]
10/17/1491 at Parliament. ‘… Eleanor (184679), late duchess of Somerset, Robert Spencer, knight, and Eleanor (92339) his wife, countess of Wiltshire, another of the daughters of the said duchess, Mary, Countess Rivers, daughter of Elizabeth, another daughter of the said duchess, Thomas Burgh, knight, and Edward Burgh, knight, son of Margaret, another of the daughters of the said duchess, William Paston esquire, Agnes Paston, Elizabeth Paston (46161), daughters of Anne (92323), another of the daughters of the said duchess, and Richard Frye esquire, and Jane his wife, another daughter of the same duchess, and to the heirs of each of them, … (S) Parliamentary Rolls, 2005.
1493, Robert presented to Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset.
6/3/1496, [Same as 6/3/1491.]
1496, Robert presented to Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset.
6/3/1498, [Same as 6/3/1491.] (S) CCRs.
6/3/1501, [Same as 6/3/1491.]
8/16/1501, Eleanor, Countess of Wiltshire, died.
6/30/1502, Writ for IPM of Eleanor, Countess of Wilts. … She died 16 August last. Katharine, countess of Northumberland, and Margaret, wife of Thomas Carey, aged respectively 24 and 30 and more on the day of the taking of this inquisition, are her daughters and heirs. Dorset: … Somerset: … (S) CIsPM.
Bef. 4/12/1510, Robert died: “Will of Sir Robert Spenser or Spencer Chilton Foliatt, Wiltshire.” (S) UKNA.
(S) The Royal Lineage of Our Noble and Gentle Families, 1883, Foster, P22. (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P761. (S) Hist. of Kent, V3, 1797, Kemsing.
· Robert, Lord of Spencer Combe, captain of the castles of Homet and Thomeline in Normandy.
Children of Robert and Eleanor:
i. Margaret Spencer (46169), born 1472 in Wiltshire, England.
ii. Katherine Spencer, born 1478 in England.
Katherine married Henry Percy, Knight of the Garter, Earl of Northumberland.