10/18/1342, Philip born and baptized in Gedney, Lincolnshire, England, heir & s/o 15210568. Philip le Despenser & 15210569. Joan de Cobham.
~1345, Elizabeth born in England. (S) Philip’s will, 8/1/1401.
8/22/1349, Philip’s father died. The lands and marriage of Philip in his minority were granted to the custody of Queen Philippa. (S) CPRs.
7/8/1350, Comfirmation of the sale by Queen Philippa to Joan, late the wife of Philip le Despenser, knight, of the custody of 2 parts of the lands late of the same Philip during nonage of the heir, with the marriage of the heir, … (S) CPRs.
1357, Philip’s mother died, wardship given to Ralph de Nevill for the remaining 6 years of Philip’s minority for 200 marks a year. (S) CPRs, 6/19/1357.
5/3/1358, Writ to the escheator to enquire as to the lands and heir of the said Philip le Despenser, and who has had possession of his lands in Lobethorp and Northwythum since his death. Lincoln: He died on 22 August, 23 Edward III. Philip his son, aged 16 years, is his heir. Robert Ray of Lobethorp has been in possession of the premises since the death of the deceased and has received the issues. (S) CIsPM.
10/30/1363, Writ for proof of age of Philip son and heir of Philip le Despenser. Lincoln: William de Olmedewe of Holbech, aged 50 years and more, and Thomas de Wygtoft of the same, aged 47 years and more, say that the said Philip was 21 years of age and more on Thursday the feast of St. Luke the Evangelist, 37 Edward III, having been born at Gedeneye on St. Luke’s day, 16 Edward III, and baptized in the church there at the hour of vespers, and this they know because his name and the day of his birth are written (intitulantur) in the portas (portiforio) of the church of Holbech by John de Holbech, then chaplain, who dwelt with Philip the father, which writing they have often seen. (S) CIsPM.
12/1/1363, To escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to cause Philip, son and heir of Philip le Despenser tenant in chief, to have seisin of the lands of his said father … as the said Philip the son has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his fealty, and has respited his homage. (S) CCRs.
[––Philip & Elizabeth––]
By 1364, Philip married Elizabeth. (S) Will of Philip, 8/1/1401.
4/14/1364, To escheator in Lincolnshire. Order not to distrain Philip son and heir of Philip le Despenser tenant in chief as the said Philip has done homage to the king. (S) CCRs.
11/8/1364, Commission of oyer … on complaint of Philip le Despenser that … assaulted his servant Alan de Narburgh at Holbeche, co. Lincoln, … (S) CPRs.
8/20/1366, Philip le Despenser, going beyond seas by the king’s licence, has letters nominating William de Haulay, the younger, and Richard Franceys as his attorneys in England for 1 year. (S) CPRs.
11/5/1366, Acquittance to William de Skippewith, knight, Philip le Despenser, knight … of Lincoln and of other counties … for 2,000 marks paid … in part payment of 4,000 marks in which they are bound to the king by 2 recognizances. (S) CPRs.
6/26/1373, Philip le Despenser, knight, Robert Haulay, knight, …, querents, and William de Gypthorp', knight, and Cecily, his wife, deforciants. (S) Feet of Fines, Lincolnshire.
7/13/1377, Richard II, age 10, crowned king of England.
1378, Philip going to France. John, duke of Lancaster, commanded an unsuccessful naval siege on St. Malo, Brittany. Philip was in the retinue of the duke. (S) Syllabus (in English) of the Doc’s Relating to England, 1873, P487.
7/19/1380, Philip accompanied Thomas, Earl of Buckingham, into France as Constable of the host. Thomas, named the king’s Lt. in France, landed at Calais with 5000 men, about half archers, from where he advanced on Burgundy and cut a path through northern France in minor skirmishes. Thomas besieged Nantes, but failed to take the town. (S) Chronicles of England, France, Spain … Froissart, P263.
3/1381, Philip with the army returned to England.
4/23/1382, Robert de Willoughby bound to Lady Aline le Strange and Philip le Despenser to enfeoff the said William [de Wylughby] and Lucy [le Strange] and their heirs with the manors of Wheatacre, Edgefield, and Walcott in co. Norfolk, or with land of equivalent value. … if the said Lucy, wife of William, Robert's eldest son, and daughter of Aline, should die within 5 years …, Robert and his heirs are to pay to Aline or Philip 400 marks within the 2 years after Lucy's death.
1382, Richard, earl of Arundel, sold the wardship of John de Sutton, a minor, to Philip for 350 marks. (S) Peerages of England, Burke, 1831, P504.
4/3/1383, Robert de Wylughby lord of Eresby to Alina Lestraunge lady of Knokyn and Philip le Despenser knight. Recognisance for 800 marks, to be levied etc. in Lincolnshire. (S) CCRs.
6/3/1383, Henry de Beamys, knight, held … the manor of Great Limber, … granted it by licence of Richard II to Philip le Despenser, senior, Philip le Despenser his son, and James de Roos, knights, by his charter. (S) IPM of Philip (7605284).
7/12/1383, Commission of oyer and terminer to Robert de Wylughby, knight, Philip le Despenser, Ralph de Croumbwell, … Goushull, co. Lincoln .. (S) CPRs.
8/26/1384, Licence, for 10 marks, … for Andrew Loterell, knight, the elder to enfeoff Philip le Despenser the elder, knight, … of his manor of Irnham, co. Lincoln, held in chief, … to grant the same to him and Hawise, his wife, … (S) CPRs.
4/26/1385, Commission, in view of imminent invasion by the French … to array all men-at-arms … to lead to the sea coast and other places where danger threatens, … ‘Bekyns’ are to be placed in the accustomed spots to warn the people of the coming of the enemy. … Robert de Wylughby, Philip le Despenser and Robert de Leek, knights, … parts of Holand, co. Lincoln. (S) CPRs.
12/10/1385, Philip le Despenser the father and Philip le Despenser the son knights to Richard Lescrope knight. Recognisance for £1000 to be levied etc. in Lincolnshire. (S) CCRs.
7/27/1386, Commission de walliis , fossatis, etc. to Robert de Wylughby, Philip le Despenser, William de Skipwith, John Rocheford, James de Roos, Philip de Tylney, Robert de Leke, knights, … parts of Holand, co. Lincoln. (S) CPRs.
12/7/1387, Philip 1st summoned to parliament.
3/8/1390, Commission of oyer and terminer to Robert de Wylughby, Ralph Cromwell, Philip le Despenser, knights … on complaint by John, duke of Lancaster, earl of Lincoln, … castle of Lincoln … (S) CPRs.
1391, Philip licensed to travel in Prussia with 50 persons in his retinue.
9/1391, Philip on a crusade to Prussia, in the Baltic region, with Henry Bolingbroke, earl of Derby [Henry’s 2nd trip, future ‘Henry IV’.] There were no major operations, so Henry decided on a pilgrimage to the Holy lands.
1395, Philip a feoffee of his uncle Sir John de Cobham, 3rd Lord Cobham.
1395-6, “Philip le Despenser, knight, …, to grant land in Paghill to John Herdeby, vicar of the church there, and his successors, retaining land in Paghill. York.” (S) UKNA.
2/3/1397, William son of Robert de Wylughby knight to Philip le Despenser knight, … Recognisance for £1000, to be levied etc. in Lincolnshire. (S) CCRs.
[Philip, having gone with Henry Bolingbroke on crusade, likely participated in the following events.]
1398, Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford, and Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, to undergo a duel of honor. Richard II stopped the duel, and banished both men. He also disinherited Henry.
7/4/1399, Henry Bolingbroke [1st cousin of Richard II] landed at Ravenspur; then proceeded through the Lancastrian lands in the north and took York. [Henry IV invaded while Richard II was in Ireland.]
9/29/1399, Richard II, a prisoner in the Tower, abdicated his crown to Henry.
9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England. [Richard II died a prisoner in the Tower.]
12/1399–8/1400, “Lord of the Manor Philip le Despenser & his fellows. V.F.P. (S) 10 courts.” (S) UKNA.
Elizabeth died before Philip, buried in Grey Friars, at Norwich [with 3 of her children.]
10/3/1400, Philip summoned to parliament.
4/17/1401, Philip le Despenser, knight, James de Roos, knight …, querents, and John de la Launde of Pynchebek', deforciant. The manor of Halle, …, to hold of the chief lords for ever. (S) Feet of Fines, Lincolnshire.
8/1/1401, Philip wrote his will: to be buried in the church of St. Martin, Newhouse, between the lady his mother, and Elizabeth his wife; to Philip his son, a new chausyble of red velvet, a missal, a principal chalice, and girdle, a book called Calas, a book of Romance, and a book of Evangelists; to his sister, Lady Luterell, a gilt bowl and cover, to his son John his great cup of silver [and named supervisor of his will]; to son Robert 2 parts of his goods not bequeathed and lands in Holderness for life. (S) Histories and Antiquities of Suffolk, Gage, 1838, P4.
8/4/1401, Philip, knt. of Goxhill, Lincolnshire, and Camoys in Toppesfield, Essex died at Goxhill; buried at Newhouse Abbey, Lincolnshire [with Elizabeth.] (S) CIsPM.
9/3/1401, IPM of Philip le Despenser, knight. York: Cowden in Holderness, 7 messuages, 10 tofts, 24 bovates, … He died on 4 Aug. last. Philip his son and heir is aged 36 years and more. Essex: … the manor of Camoys in Toppesfield … Lincoln: Henry de Beamys, knight, once held … the manor of Great Limber, … granted it by licence of Richard II to Philip le Despenser, senior, Philip le Despenser his son, and James de Roos, knights, by his charter dated at Limber on 3 June 1383. … (S) CIsPM.
(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P612. (S) Baronia Anglica Concentrata, V1, Banks, 1844, PP433-34.
Child of Philip and Elizabeth:
i. Philip le Despenser (3802642), born 1365 in England. [Heir]
9/14/1401, Order to escheator in the county of York, to cause Philip, son and heir of Philip le Despenser, ‘chivaler,’ to have full seisin of all the lands which his father held. (S) CFRs.