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Earl Richard Fitzalan & Eleanor of Lancaster & Baron John de Beaumont & Isabel le Despenser

 2954972. Earl Richard Fitzalan & 2954973. Eleanor of Lancaster & 2955092. Baron John de Beaumont & 30422277. Isabel le Despenser

1306, Richard de Arundel, “Copperhat”, born in England, s/o 5909944. Sir Edmund FitzAlan & 5909945. Alice de Warenne.

7/7/1307, Edward II succeeded Edward I as King of England.

12/1317, John born in England, s/o 5910184. Henry Beaumont & 5910185. Alice Comyn.

9/11/1311, Eleanor of Lancaster born in England, d/o 5909946. Henry Plantagenet & 5909947. Maud Chaworth.

1313, Isabel born in England, d/o 2954874. Hugh le Despenser III & 2954875. Eleanor de Clare.

[–––Richard & Isabel –––]

2/9/1320 at Havering-atte-Bower in the King’s chapel, Richard, age 14, “wed” Isabel, age 6, his 1st cousin. King Edward II was present. (S) A Gen. of the Wives of the Am. Presidents, P98.

2/10/1321, Licence for Edmund, earl of Arundel, to enfeoff … manors of Wenge … with remainder to Richard, son of the said earl, and to Isabella, daughter of Hugh le Despenser, the younger, his wife, … (S) CPRs.

1321, Isabel age 8. [When her father and grandfather were exiled.]

9/1324, Queen Isabella’s youngest daughters, Eleanor and Joan, were placed in the custody of Isabel at Pleshy and Marlborough. [The Despenser’s persuaded Edward II to do this because they were at war with the Queen’s family in France.]

11/17/1326, With the execution of Richard’s father who had supported King Edward II, the families confiscated possessions were taken by the Queen.

11/24/1326, Isabel’s father executed for treason.

1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.

9/1327, All of Richard’s family estates were granted to Roger Mortimer, consort of Queen Isabella.

6/1330, Richard arrested for plotting against Roger Mortimer. [Roger and Queen Isabella deposed 10/1330.] (S) Weir, P347.

4/25/1330, at Beverstone, Quitclaim of John Inge, knight, to Thomas, lord of Berkeley and Margaret, his wife. Manors of Beverstone and Over. Witnesses: John Mantravers jun., Maurice de Berkeley, John de Beaumond, knights, Robert de Aston … (S) UKNA.

[–––John & Eleanor –––]

11/6/1330, John, 2nd Lord Beaumont, married Lady Eleanor. (S) Chaloner’s Treatise of the Isle of Man, App. D.

2/1331, Richard’s titles lost by his father restored by King Edward III: 9th Earl of Arundel, Knight of the Garter and Earl of Surrey.

1334, Edward III made Richard Governor of Chirk Castle.

10/9/1334, John de Stratford enthroned as archbishop at Christ Church, Canterbury. Hugh de Audeley acted as steward and butler for the heiresses of earl Gilbert de Clare. Also attending were John de Warrene, earl of Surrey, and Richard FitzAlan, earl of Arundel. (S) Archbishop John Stratford, Haines, 1986, P53.

11/8/1334, Appointment of Richard, earl of Arundel, to the office of justice of the land of North Wales. (S) CPRs.

1335, Richard with Edward III in Scotland claimed to be “Steward of Scotland” by hereditary right. (S) Caledonia.: Or, a Historical and Topographical Account of North Britain, Chalmers, 1887, P574. [Richard actually had no claim on these titles – they were rightfully the claim of his brother William.]

11/28/1336, Grant to Richard, earl of Arundel, in recompence of the stewardship of Scotland which he has granted to the king in fee, of 1,000 marks … (S) CPRs.

3/18/1337 at Parliament, Richard recommended William de Shalford be awarded for his long service to the crown.

7/9/1337, Appointment of John de Bello Monte and Eleanor, his wife, the king’s kinswoman, to the custody of the manor of Somerton, co. Somerset, … (S) CPRs.

7/24/1337, Licence for Henry de Bello Monte to grant in tail to his son, John de Bello Monte, and Eleanor, wife of the latter, the manors of Edenham and Wellebourn, co. Lincoln, … (S) CPRs.

8/24/1337, Grant to John de Bello Monte and Eleanor, his wife, the king’s kinswoman, of the manor of Cory Malet, co. Somerset, … during the minority of the present or other heir … (S) CPRs.

10/8/1337, Richard de Acton acknowledges that he owes to John de Bello Monte, knight, and Eleanor his wife, £135; to be levied, etc in co. Somerset. (S) CCRs.

5/23/1338, Pardon … to John Durant, … for non-appearance … plea of Richard, earl of Arundel, executor of the will of Alice late the wife of Edmund, earl of Arundel, … (S) CPRs.

7/13/1338, Appointment, on the advice of the council, of William de Clynton, earl of Huntingdon, Richard, earl of Arundel, and Ralph de Nevyll, to attended Edward, duke of Cornwall and earl of Chester, the king’s first-born son, as members of his council. (S) CPRs.

3/10/1339, John de Beaumont’s father died.

4/20/1339, Appointment of the king’s kinswoman, Eleanor de Bello Monte, to the custody of the lands late of John Botetourt, … to hold during the minority of the present or other heir with the marriage … (S) CPRs.

8/28/1339, Commitment to the king's kinswoman, Eleanor de Bello Monte, of the wardship of the lands late of John Botetourt, tenant in chief, until the lawful age of his heir, with the marriage … (S) CFRs.

9/20/1339, King Edward, with a force of 12,000 attacked Cambresis, Tournai, Vermandois and Laon [in what is now far northern France.] John and Eleanor accompanied the King on this excursion. [See 1340].

1340, Richard – Admiral of “all ships of Portsmouth, and from then towards the West …”. (S) The Parliamentary Or Constitutional History of England, Publ. 1751, P231.

1340, John and Eleanor with the king and queen beyond seas in Brabant. [King Edward, unable to provoke a battle with Philip VI of France by his various invasions of France, decided to attack Flanders, which was economically tied to England through the wool market.]

2/1340, Having wintered in Hainault, and the costs of the war, totalling nearly £276,000, King Edward was forced to return to England.

7/12/1340 at parliament, Earls Richard fitz Alan (Arundel, 2954972), William de Clinton (Huntingdon, 3803074), and Hugh de Audley (Gloucester, 60845658) presented an open letter of King Edward III requesting money to fund an impending military campaign.

7/20/1340, Order to the escheator in the counties of Lincoln etc. to deliver to John de Bello Monte, son and heir of Henry de Bello Monte, tenant in chief, the lands late of his said father, he having done homage. (S) CFRs.

12/1/1340, Whereas the king’s kinsfolk, John de Bello Monte and Eleanor de Lancastre, his wife, by the king’s command crossed with him into Brabant, and she having conceived by her husband they proposed to return to England before the birth, that the origin of the child should be known in the place where it was hoped it would succeed, and whereas, the king, because their stay was very grateful and desirable as well on account of their service to him as for the comfort of queen Philippa, caused them to stay … Eleanor … brought forth the first-born son … now named Henry de Bello Monte … reputes Henry to be their true and legitimate son, … he shall succeed … within the realm of England. (S) CPRs.

5/22/1341, John de Bello Monte, knight, son and heir of Henry de Bello Monte, late earl of Boghan, acknowledges that he owes to William Heron £200 ; to be levied etc. in co. Northumberland. (S) CCRs.

2/25/1342, John summoned to parliament.

5/10/1342, Licence for John de Bello Monte, knight, to enfeoff, … now held in dower by Alice, late the wife of Henry de Bello Monte, … to re-grant the same to him and Eleanor, his wife, … (S) CPRs.

5/1342, John de Bello Monte [Beaumont] died in a jousting tournament at Northampton. [Many nobles were injured, and many horses were killed.]

5/25/1342, Order to pay £200 … to William de Burton, knight, for the use of Eleanor de Bello Monte, executrix of the will of John de Bello Monte, for the obsequies [funeral] of John. (S) CCRs.

6/26/1342, IPM of John de Bello Monte. Northumberland: Dycheburn. The manor … Charleton North. The manor … Henry his son, aged 2 years, is his next heir. Oxford: … Berks: Seukeworth. The manor … Lincoln: … Middlesex: … (S) CIsPM.

7/1/1342, Order to escheator in the counties of Lincoln and Rutland, to take into the king's hand the lands late of John de Bello Monte, deceased, tenant in chief. (S) CFRs.


9/10/1342, Pardon to the king’s kinswoman, Eleanor late the wife of John de Bello Monte, for … acquiring in tail from Henry de Bello Monte … (S) CPRs.

7/1342, The Battle of Brest off Brittany, a naval victory over Genoese and Spanish forces.

1342, Richard took part in the seige of Vannes in Brittany.

1/13/1343 at Avignon, Matilda de Lancastria, countess of Ulster. On behalf of Henry earl of Lancaster her father, and Eleanor Beaumont her sister, that their confessor may give them plenary remission at the hour of death.

11/28/1343, Commitment during pleasure to the king's kinswoman, Eleanor late the wife of John de Beaumount, of the keeping of the manor of Birthorp, co. Lincoln, in the king's hand by reason of the minority of Henry, son and heir of the said John. (S) CFRs.

12/18/1343, Order to deliver to Eleanor, late the wife of John de Bello Monte a messuage, 200 acres … he was jointly enfeoffed of the premises with Eleanor … (S) CCRs.

12/20/1343, Order to assign dower to Eleanor, late the wife of John de Bello Monte, tenant in chief, of all the lands which belonged to her husband, upon her taking oath that she will not marry without the king's licence. (S) CCRs. [Multiple records in 1342-43 assigning dower in various counties.]

2/7/1344, Grant, at the request of Richard, earl of Arundel, who will have to come to London very frequently to treat of various matter for the king, that he shall lodge in the priory of St. Mary, Suthewerk, and have the use of suitable houses there for him and his household … (S) CPRs.

3/24/1344, Protection for 1 year for Richard, earl of Arundel, who is going forth-with beyond the seas for the furtherance of urgent business of the king, … (S) CPRs. [Note: 6/22/1344 – Richard “beyond the seas on the king’s service”.]

8/18/1344, Grant to the king's kinswoman, Eleanor de Bello Monte, and Richard de Melbourn, parson … of the keeping of the lands, rents and possessions of the alien abbot of Fecamp in the county of Sussex … Eleanor shall have allowance of £100 a year for life … which sum the king was bound to her as executrix of the will of John de Bello Monte … (S) CFRs.

12/4/1344, Richard’s marriage to Isabel annulled. The Pope authorized the divorce. Richard claimed he had not consented to the wedding. [And she was no longer of importance because of her father’s attainder.]

6/24/1345, … Wolfhampston and Childescanfeld, co. Essex, which Isabella la Despenser holds for her life, … (S) CPRs.

[–––Richard & Eleanor –––]

2/5/1345, Richard married widow and 1st cousin Eleanor at Ditton church, Stoke Poges, Bucks with King Edward III present for the wedding. [John de Bello Monte died in seisin of the manor of Barton on Humbre, and on his death Henry his son and heir, being of full age, entered thereon and granted them with the king’s licence to Richard earl of Arundel and Eleanor his wife for her life, with reversion to himself and his heirs. (S) CIsPM.]

6/24/1345, Isabel la Despenser was named as a tenant of her former husband, Earl Richard, holding for life High Roding, Ovesham, Prittlewell, Margaretting, Woolston, and Little Canfield, Essex. (S) The Well in the Desert, Holt, 1872, P379; (S) CPRs.

7/6/1345, Whereas … which lands the king subsequently committed to his kinswoman, Eleanor de Bello Monte, now the wife of Richard, earl of Arundel, … (S) CPRs.

8/26/1346, Richard commanded the 2nd division at the battle of Crecy north of Paris. Edward III vs. Philip VI, heralded the rise of the longbow as the dominant weapon, and also saw the use of the ribauldequin, an early cannon, by the English. The English longbowmen could fire much more quickly than the Genoese, with a killing range of 250 yards.

9/1346, The English began the year-long siege of the port of Calais. [Ended 8/1347, held by the English until 1558.]

10/20/1346 by Calais, Pardon, for good service in the war in France, to Richard, earl of Arundel, of the king’s suit for all homicides, felonies, robberies, … (S) CPRs.

1347, Richard, Earl of Arundell, v. … this property to remain with his other estates to heirs male of the bodies of the said Earl and Eleanor, with contingent remainders to Richard de Arundell the younger and heirs male of his body or right heirs of the Earl. … Edmund de Aroundell son of Isabel daughter of Hugh son of Hugh le Despenser puts in his claim. (S) Feet of Fines, Sussex, V3, 1916, no.2063.

1347, Richard at the siege of Calais, with 304 men in his contingent. (S) English Historical Doc’s 1327-1485, Myers, 1996, P497.

7/21347, Writ for IPMs of John de Warenna, earl of Surrey and Sussex. Middlesex: Tybourn manor … held as son and heir of William de Warenna and Joan his wife …  after the death of William and Joan, and of John and Alesia their children, ought to descend to Richard, now earl of Arundel, son and heir of the said Alesia, and kinsman of the said John. … Sussex: Held Lewes, the castle and town and manors …  jointly with Joan his wife, of the gift of King Edward II, to them and the heirs male of the body of the said earl, with successive remainders to Edmund, earl of Arundell, and Alesia his wife, and to Richard [son of] the said earl of Arundell and Isabel his wife and the heirs of their bodies, … (S) CIsPM. [Richard had gotten the king to agree to this when “he was on his passage, near Iremuth, in the Isle of Wight”. Richard did not succeed to the title until the countess of Surrey died in 1361]

1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].

1348-56, Isabel daughter of Hugh le Despenser repeatedly brought action against Prior of St. John of Jerusalem in England, concerning a tenurial and prescriptive duty to repair walls in a marsh in Great Wakering, Essex, against the ebb and flow and flooding of seawater; the defendant refused to repair the walls that threatened ruin, whereby the said Isabel, by flooding, lost her profit.. (S) English Law in the Age of the Black Death, Palmer, 1993, P397. [Court dates: 1348, 1349, 1351, 1352, 1354, 1355, 1356.]

6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349.

12/12/1349, … escheator in the county of Hertford … the messuage and land are held of Lady la Despenser (Isabel) by the service of 5s. a year, and that John, her son, is her next heir and of full age … (S) CFRs.

3/24/1350,Grant … Eleanor de Bello Monte, now the wife of Richard, earl of Arundel, … £100. yearly … (S) CPRs.

1351, Richard and Edward, the Black Prince, exchange the justiciarship of North Wales.

6/30/1351, Acknowledgement that the king is held to Richard, earl of Arundel, in 4000 marks, … (S) CPRs.

1351-2, Isabel sent a gift of fish to her aunt, Elizabeth de Burgh, lady of Clare. (S) For Her Good Estate, Underhill, 1999, P90.

10/24/1353, Richard did homage to Edward III for Broomfield and Yale in the presence of and with the consent of Prince Edward. (S) Archaeologia Cambrensis, 1907, P11.

4/28/1354, Richard called to Parliament by Edward III to discuss peace with France. (S) The Parliamentary Or Constitutional History of England, Publ. 1751, P283.

7/26/1354, … manor of Thorpe in Balne during the nonage of the heir of John de Bello Monte, … at the request of his kinswoman Eleanor wife of Richard, earl of Arundel, the mother of said heir, he has granted to such heir the manor aforesaid to hold from Michaelmas next until his full age, without rendering anything. (S) CPRs.

1355, Richard and Eleanor received a papal indult to celebrate mass before daybreak.

7/1/1355, Appointment of the king’s son Thomas, … Richard, earl of Arundel, and Bartholomew de Burgherssh, constable of Dover Castle and wardin of the Cinque Ports, as guardians of the realm and the king’s lieutenants there, during his absence for the expedition of the war with France. (S) CPRs.

[––Isabel died––]

1356, Isabel died, Chapter House of the Austin Friars, London. (S) Academic Dictionaries and Encyclopedias. (S) The Well in the Desert, Holt, 1872, P379. [With her brother Philip.]

1356, Richard, Earl of Arundel and Lord of Chirk, “sends greetings to his subjects …”. (S) The History of the Princes, the Lords Marcher, and the Ancient Nobility of Powys Fadog, Lloyd, 1881, P373.

8/4/1357, Licence, at the asking of Richard, earl of Arundel,  for John Mautravers of Lichet to enfeoff … of the manors of Sharnton and Codeford … and of … the manor of Eliston, co. Wilts, … and for them to grant the same to him and Agnes, his wife, in tail, with remainder to John son of the said earl, and Eleanor daughter of John son of the said John Mautravers and the heirs … (S) CPRs.

1359, Richard made a loan of £2000 to the Black Prince, receiving as security the gold crown and star of the French King.

7/26/1359 at London, Indenture between William de Bohun, earl of Northampton, and Richard earl of Arundel, … William is bound to Richard in 6,000 marks to be paid at Christmas next … if marriages between Humphrey son of the earl of Northampton and Joan daughter of the earl of Arndel, and Richard son of the earl of Arundel and Elizabeth daughter of the earl of Northampton, do not come between now and Christmas … (S) CCRs.

9/28/1359, Grant for Richard, earl of Arundel, to grant to Richard, his son, and Elizabeth daughter of William de Bohun, earl of Northampton, in the manor of Medmenham … (S) CPRs.

6/3/1361, Grant to Richard, earl of Arundel … (S) CFRs.

1361, On the death of Joan of Bar, wife of his uncle John de Warren, Richard became 10th Earl of Surrey.

5/28/1362, Whereas … granted licence for John de Bello Monte, ‘chivaler,’ to enfeoff … of the manors of Folkyngham and Barton on Humbre … for the to grant the same to him and Eleanor, his wife, and his heirs ; and Richard, earl of Arundel, who has now taken the said Eleanor to wife, and Eleanor have made petition … inasmuch as the said John died before the grant was executed … the king has pardoned to them … according to a release to be made to them by Henry de Bello Monte, son and heir of the said John. (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.

1364, 1366, Eleanor received papal indults.

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.

5/12/1370, Grant to Eleanor, wife of Richard, earl of Arundel, and to Richard de Arundell, the younger, and Elizabeth his wife, that after the death of the earl, and after the deaths of the earl and Eleanor, respectively, they may enter into any lands … (S) CPRs.

6/8/1371, Richard de la Bere has lost his sight, as Richard, earl of Arundel, has testified. (S) CFRs.

1371, Eleanor presented to the church at Tackele, Oxford. (S) IPM of Eleanor.

1/11/1372, Eleanor died, buried at Lewes priory, Sussex.


1/16/1372, 1st writ of IsPM of Eleanor Countess of Arundel. Lands &c. which she held in dower or otherwise for life of the inheritance of John son of Henry son and heir of John de Bello Monte, her late husband. … John son and heir of Henry de Bello Monte son and heir of John de Bello Monte, aged 14 years. Lincoln, Berks, Oxford, York. (S) CIsPM. [Very long list of properties tied to both husbands.]

5/6/1375, Commission of peace … Richard, earl of Arundel and Surrey, Thomas de Poynges, Robert Bealknap, Edward de Sancto Johanne, … Sussex. (S)  CPRs.

12/5/1375, Richard wrote his will at Arundel castle, Sussex. … to be buried at Lewes Priory next to his wife 'Alianore de Lancastre.' … son John's (unnamed in the will) eldest daughter 1,000 marks … son John's younger sons Henry, Edward and William were left 500 marks each. Son John 5,000 marks and his house in London called Bermondsey Inn. … Son Thomas, bishop of Ely, 2,000 marks. … son Richard his best coronet … second best coronet to elder daughter Joan … third best coronet to daughter Alice … to his sister 'Dame Alaine Lestrange' [her and her children] a total of 1,500 marks … [Edmund his eldest son of whom he had referred “that certain Edmund who claims himself to be my son’ was left nothing in the will.]

1/24/1376, Richard died; buried in FitzAlan Chapel, Arundel, west Sussex, near his wife Eleanor.

1/26/1376, Order to the executors of the will of Richard, late earl of Arundel … (S) CFRs.

(S) The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th ed. by Weis; Complete Peerage V-I, P242, Complete Peerage V-10, P236 note a (correction of CP Vol 1 p. 244 note b). (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P334.

Children of Richard and Isabel:

i. Edmund de Arundel (15211138), born 1329 in England.

Children of John and Eleanor:

i. Henry de Beaumont (1477546), born 4/4/1340 in France.

Children of Richard and Eleanor:

i. Joan Fitzalan (7605735), born ~1345 in England.

ii. Richard Fitzalan (1477486), born ~1346 in England.

iii. John de Arundel (1477626), born ~1347 in England.

iv. Thomas Arundel, born ? in England.

12/5/1375, Thomas left 2,000 marks in the will of his father.

3/12/1377, Thomas Bishop of Ely. (S) CFRs.

Thomas, Archbishop of York and Lord Chancellor of England.

1/21/1408 Thomas named in the will of King Henry IV. (S) Testamenta Vetusta, V1, 1826, P18.

v. Alice Fitzalan (738715), born 1352 in England.

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