Hugh Le Despencer of Ryhall, Rutlandshire
(Abt 1197-1238)
Philip Basset of Wycombe, Buckshire
(Abt 1185-1271)
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Hugh le Despencer 1st Baron le Despencer
(Bef 1223-1265)
Aline Bassett Countess of Norfolk
(Abt 1241-Bef 1281)
Sir Hugh le Despenser 1st Earl of Winchester


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Sir Hugh le Despenser 1st Earl of Winchester 1 2 3

  • Born: 1 Mar 1260
  • Marriage (1): Isabella de Beauchamp in 1286
  • Died: 27 Oct 1326, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England at age 66

   Another name for Hugh was Hugh "the Elder" le Despenser Sir.

  Research Notes:

3rd husband of Isabella de Beauchamp.

From Wikipedia - Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester :

Hugh le Despenser (1262 - October 27 , 1326 ), sometimes referred to as "the elder Despenser", was for a time the chief adviser to King Edward II of England .
He was the son of Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer (or Despenser), and Aliva Basset, sole daughter and heiress of Philip Basset . His father was killed at Evesham when Hugh was just a boy, but Hugh's patrimony was saved through the influence of his maternal grandfather (who had been loyal to the king).[1]

He married Isabel de Beauchamp, daughter of William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick and Maud FitzJohn.

He was created a baron by writ of summons to Parliament in 1295. He was one of the few barons to remain loyal to Edward during the controversy regarding Piers Gaveston . Despenser became Edward's loyal servant and chief administrator after Gaveston was executed in 1312, but the jealousy of other barons - and, more importantly, his own corruption and unjust behaviour - led to his being exiled along with his son Hugh Despenser the younger in 1321, when Edmund de Woodstoke replaced him as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.

Edward found it difficult to manage without them, and recalled them to England a year later, an action which enraged the queen, Isabella , the more so when Despenser was created Earl of Winchester . When Isabella and her lover, Roger Mortimer , led a rebellion against the king, both Despensers were captured and executed. Queen Isabella interceded for him, but his enemies, notably Roger Mortimer and Henry, Earl of Lancaster, insisted that he should face trial and execution. The elder Despenser was hanged at Bristol on October 27, 1326.

Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Lines: 72-31, 74-31, 74A-31, 93A-29
Fryde, Natalie (1979). The tyranny and fall of Edward II, 1321-1326. ISBN 0521548063 .
Karau, Björn: Günstlinge am Hof Edwards II. von England - Aufstieg und Fall der Despensers, MA-Thesis, Kiel 1999. (Free Download: )
Hunt, William (1888). "Hugh Despenser". Dictionary of National Biography 14.

  Birth Notes:

FamilySearch has Of, Winchester, Hampshire, England Or Louchborough, Leicestershire, England

  Death Notes:


  Noted events in his life were:

• Baron le Despenser, 1265-1326.

• Justice in Eyre: sourth of the Trent, 1296-1307.

• Justice in Eyre: south of the Trent, 1307-1311.

• Justice in Eyre: south of the Trent, 1312-1314.

• Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports, 1320.

• Earl of Winchester, 1322-1326.

• Justice in Eyre: south of the Trent, 1324-1326.

Hugh married Isabella de Beauchamp, daughter of William de Beauchamp 9th Earl of Warwick and Maud FitzGeoffrey, in 1286. (Isabella de Beauchamp was born about 1252 in <Warwick>, Warwickshire, England and died before 30 May 1306 in Elmley Castle, Worchestershire, England.)


1, Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester.

2 Weis, Frederick Lewis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr; William R. Beall and Kaleen E. Beall, eds, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008.), Line 74-31 (Isabel de Beauchamp).


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