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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Earl Humphrey de Bohun & Countess Joan Fitzalan

7605734. Earl Humphrey de Bohun & 7605735. Countess Joan Fitzalan

3/25/1341, Humphrey born in England, heir & s/o 2954974. Earl William de Bohun & 2954975. Elizabeth de Badlesmere.

~1345, Joan born in England, d/o 2954972. Earl Richard Fitzalan & 2954973. Lady Eleanor of Lancaster.

10/17/1359, Humphrey married Joan by papal dispensation.

1360, Humphrey, age 19 at the death of his father, under the guardianship of Richard, Earl of Arundel, and had license from King Edward III to travel.

7/12/1361, Grant to the king's kinsman Humphrey de Bohun, son and heir of William de Bohun, late earl of Northampton, who held in chief, of the wardship of the manors of Staunford … (S) CFRs.

10/15/1361, Humphrey succeeded his uncle Humphrey de Bohun as 7th earl of Hereford and Essex, and as constable of England.

12/2/1362, Signification … now in the king’s hands by reason of the nonage of Humphrey, kinsman and heir  of Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex, … (S) CPRs.

2/1/1363, Confirmation, in the presence of John, duke of Lancaster, and Edmund, earl of Cambridge, the king’s sons, … [multiple bishops] Richard, earl of Arundel, Humphrey, earl of Hereford, William, earl of Salisbury, Robert, earl of Suffolk, and Thomas, earl of Oxford, the chamberlain, of the treaty between the king and Peter, king of Castile and Leon. (S) CPRs.

5/6/1363, Whereas the king lately granted to William de Bohun (2954974), late earl of Northampton, £1000 yearly … and whereas Humphrey (7605734), son and heir of the said earl of Northampton, and kinsman and heir of Humphrey de Bohun (5909948) the late earl of Essex and Hereford, has shewn the king that he has obtained the inheritance aforesaid [Humphrey, s/o 5909948, died 10/15/1361 without heirs] … and also the castle and manor of Okham and the shrievalty of Rutland by the death of his father, who was seised thereof in his lifetime by the death of Hugh de Audele (60845658) the late earl of Gloucester and the said Margaret [de Clare], but that the castle and manor of Foderyngeye are in the hands of the countess [of Pembroke], who still survives, … by which he is short of the £500 yearly granted to his late father, as above ; the king grants that the said earl of Northampton, whose homage he took on 5 May last and to whom he has restored the lands late of his father, … since the Annunciation last, on which day he came of full age, … (S) CFRs.

1363, Humphrey sent to conduct the King of Cyprus from Dover.

3/8/1364, Commission of the peace … Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford, … county of Rutland. (S) CPRs.

1365, Humphrey made Knight of the Garter on the death of Sir Miles Stapleton.

1/14/1366, Licence, at the request of Joan, lady of Mohun, for the prior and convent of Christ Church, Canterbury, to acquire … (S) CPRs.

4/12/1366, Whereas the king … lately granted licence for Richard, earl of Arundel and Surrey, to enfeoff the king’s son John, duke of Lancaster, … licence for the feoffees to grant to the said earl and Eleanor , his wife, daughter of Henry, late earl of Lancaster, … remainder to Richard de Arundell, the younger, and Elizabeth his wife, … successive remainder … to John brother of the said Richard, and to Eleanor his wife, … to Thomas, brother of the said John, … to Joan, countess of Hereford, sister of the said Thomas, … to Alesia, sister of the said Joan, … (S) CPRs.

7/20/1366, Humphrey in the embassy to Galeazzo, lord of Milan, to treat for the marriage between Prince Lionel, Duke of Clarence, and Galeas’ daughter Violanta. (S) CPRs.

7/13/1366, Whereas the king’s kinsman Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford, granted … the king, at the request of the earl, ratifies the estate … notwithstanding … to which the advowson pertains … to Humphrey, late earl of Herefor, and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter of Edward I, in tail … (S) CPRs.

1/16/1367, John de Munstreworth, going by the king’s licence beyond seas to stay in the company of the king’s kinsman, Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex … (S) CPRs.

3/1369, Due to an outbreak of the plague in London, the royal court was moved to Windsor.

7/26/1369, Humphrey had command of an expedition in France under John of Gaunt, landing at Calais. This was in response to Charles V of France rejecting the Treaty of Bretigny, know as the Carloline War. They advanced on Tourneham, then fought the battle of Balingham Hill. Bad weather and dwindling supplies forced a return to England.

11/5/1370, Humphrey present at Westminster, as one of the witnesses to the King's public letters touching the complaints of the people of Aquitaine.

1371, Humphrey, Ambassador to the Duke of Brittany.

6/4/1371, Protection … [3 knights, 4 squires] going to sea on the king’s service in the company of Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford. (S) CPRs.

1371, Humphrey as part of an English flotilla commanded by Sir Guy De Bryan encountered, in a small bay on the Breton coast, a number of vessels under the then hostile Flemish colours. The conflict lasted 3 hours and, the ships being lashed together with iron chains, the loss of men on both sides was considerable. The English prevailed taking many prisoners and 25 vessels.

12/12/1372, Humphrey made his will.

1/16/1373, Humphrey, earl of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, age 31, died at Plessiz [France]; buried at Walden Abbey, Essex. [Humphrey rumored to have been secretly hanged; possibly because while in France he had been involved in the supposed poisoning of the 3rd Earl of Warwick.] (S) CPRs, 6/15/1373.


4/2/1373, Grant to Joan late the wife of Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford, last deceased, … of all the issues and profits … assigned to her dower, … (S) CPRs.

9/2/1373, Gift to the king’s kinswoman, Joan late the wife of Humphrey de Bohun, late earl of Hereford, … all the profits … (S) CPRs.

12/5/1375, Joan left her father’s “second best coronet” in her father’s will.

7/13/1377, Richard II, age 10, crowned king of England.

1377, Joan, the dowager Countess of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton, living at Pleshy castle.

3/10/1380, Grant … to the king’s kinswoman, Joan late the wife of Humphrey de Bohun, late earl of Hereford, of 100 makrs yearly … for the mainteance of Mary, one of the said earl’s daughters and heirs, a minor in the king’s custody, … (S) CPRs.

8/1380-3/1381, Joan hosted the wedding of her daughter Mary to Henry de Derby at her home, Rochford Hall in Essex. [Mary remained with her mother until she was 14.]

1382, Katherine Swynford, mistress of the Duke of Lancaster, visited Joan at Rochford Hall.

12/31/1388, Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford and Essex. (S) CPRs, 1/18/1390.

12/12/1390, Grant to Edward, eldest son of the king’s uncle the duke of York, … with the following payments, viz. to Joan, countess of Hereford, £96 13s 1d for her dower … (S) CPRs.

11/27/1395, Grant, for life, all the year round, to the king’s kinswoman Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, of the game, venison and deer which belong to the king within the parks of … Rocheford, co. Essex. (S) CPRs.

2/6/1397, Sp. Ass. William Rikhill, … Joan de Bohun countess of Hereford, Henry Perce le Fitz chivaler, … empower andy 4, 3 or 2 of them to act … (S) CPRs.

7/4/1397, Licence … to found a chantry … for the good estate of Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford, … while living, … (S) CPRs.

3/12/1406, Commitment to … with the assent of Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford, … (S) CFRs.

8/11/1409, Commitment to Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford, … (S) CFRs.

4/23/1410, Commitment to Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford … (S) CFRs.

12/1412, Robert Spencer of Rocheford stole a silver salt-cellar from Joan de Bohun. (S) CPRs., 6/12/1395.

2/18/1415, Commitment to Joan de Bohun, countess of Hereford, … (S) CFRs.

7/22/1416, … with remainder to Eleanor daughter of Henry de Lancastre (5909946), the elder, late earl of Lancaster … remainder over to the heirs male of the said Richard (2954972) by Eleanor (2954973), … Richard had 3 sons by Eleanor, lawfully begotten, … Richard (1477486), John (1477626, male heir) and Thomas ; … and the said then earl of Arundell was seised of the aforesaid castles, … and had issue by Eleanor, lawfully begotten … Joan (7605735) now countess of Hereford, Richard, Alice (738715) late countess of Kent, John, and Thomas late archbishop of Canterbury, and afterwards died so seised … to Richard (1477486) the son … to Thomas (his son, no children) … (S) CFRs.

4/8/1419, Joan died; buried with Humphrey. (S) 3/12/1432 petition of granddaughter, Countess Anne of Woodstock.

5/28/1419, Writ for IPM of Joan de Bohun, late the countess of Hereford. (S) CFRs.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P105. (S) Mistress of the Monarchy, Weir, 2007.

Children of Humphrey and Joan:

i. Eleanor de Bohun (3802867), born ~1362 in England.

ii. Mary de Bohun, born ~1368 in England.

Mary married Henry of Derby, s/o John of Gaunt, mother of future King Henry IV.

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