Sir Guncelin de Badlesmere of Badlesmere, Kent
Joan Fitz Bernard
(Abt 1235-1310)
Thomas de Clare Lord of Inchiquin and Yougal
(Abt 1245-1287)
Juliana FitzGerald of Offaly
(Abt 1263-1300)
Bartholomew de Badlesmere of Badlesmere & Chilham Castle, Kent
(Abt 1275-1322)
Margaret de Clare
(Abt 1287-Between 1333/1334)
Elizabeth de Badlesmere
(Abt 1313-1356)


Family Links

1. Edmund de Mortimer of Wigmore
2. Sir William de Bohun K.G., 1st Earl of Northampton

Elizabeth de Badlesmere 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1313, Castle Badlesmere, Kent, England
  • Marriage (1): Edmund de Mortimer of Wigmore
  • Marriage (2): Sir William de Bohun K.G., 1st Earl of Northampton
  • Died: 8 Jun 1356 about age 43
  • Buried: Walden Abbey, Essex, England

   Another name for Elizabeth was Elizabeth de Badelsmer.

  Research Notes:

From Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry, pp. 49-50:

"II WILLIAM DE BOHUN, Earl of Northampton and Knight of the Garter, who died 1360. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Bartholomew de Badelsmer--Lord Badelsmer, of Leeds Castle, County Kent, who was beheaded at Canterbury, 1322. The will of this Elizabeth is dated 1356, being executed prior to her husband's decease, but she did not die until 1378, as appears by the following inscription on a tablet erected to her memory in Black Friars, London:

"'Here lieth the body of Lady Elizabeth, the daughter of Sir Bartholomew Balitismer, wife of William Bohun, Earl of Northampton, and mother of the Earles of March and Northampton, and of Elizabeth, Countess of Arundell. She died 5id of June, anno Christi, 1378.' She was interred before the high altar..
--Weever's Funeral Monuments, page 77].

"Her will was as follows:
'I, Elizabeth de Bohun, Countess of Northampton, on the last day of May 1356, with the leave of my husband to make this my will. My body to be buried in the choir of the Church of the Friar preachers, London: to that church C. Marks sterling, and also the cross made of the very wood of our Saviour's Cross, which I was wont to carry about me, and wherein is contained one of the thorns of his crown; also I bequeath to the said Church two fine acton clothes of one suit, two of cloth of gold, one chalice, one missal, one graile, and one silver bell, likewise thirty-one ells of linen cloth for making of abes, on pulpitary, one portfory, and an holy water pot of silver; to the Friars Preachers of Oxford one hundred marks, two cloths of gold of one suit and one chalice; to the Friars Preachers of Cambridge, fifty pounds; to those of Chelmsford, twenty pounds; to those of Exeter, twenty pounds; also I will that one hundred and fifty marks be distributed to several other convents of Friar Preachers, in such manner as Friar David de Stirington shall think best, for my soul's health; to the Grey Friars in London, five marks; to the Augustines, five marks; to the Churches of Rochford, one pair of vestments which I used on holidays in my own Chapel; to the Earl of Hereford, my lord, a tablet of gold with the form of a crucifix thereon; to Humphrey, my son, a cup of silver, gilt with two basons and one ewer of silver; to Elizabeth, my daughter, a bed of Red Worsted embroided; to my sister, the Countess of Oxford, a black horse and a nonche; to my sister, Roos, a set of beads of gold and jet, with a firmaile.' [Testamenta Vetusta, Nichol. Page 60: et Dugdale, Vol. I., page 180.] William de Bohun and Elizabeth, his wife, had issue: [Lady Elizabeth de Bohun]"
From Wikipedia - Elizabeth de Badlesmere :

Elizabeth de Badlesmere, Countess of Northampton (1313- 8 June 1356) was the wife of two English noblemen, Sir Edmund Mortimer and William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton . She was a co-heiress of her brother Giles de Badlesmere, 2nd Baron Badlesmere .

Elizabeth was born at Castle Badlesmere , Kent , England in 1313 to Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere and Margaret de Clare . She was the third of four daughters. She had one younger brother Giles de Badlesmere, 2nd Baron Badlesmere (18 October 1314- 7 June 1338) who married Elizabeth Montagu, by whom he had four daughters.
Her paternal grandparents were Guncelin de Badlesmere and Joan FitzBernard. Her maternal grandparents were Thomas de Clare, Lord of Thomond and Juliana FitzGerald of Offaly .

Elizabeth's father was hanged on 14 April 1322 for treason against King Edward II of England , and her mother imprisoned in the Tower of London until 3 November 1322. She had been arrested the previous October for refusing Queen Isabella admittance to Leeds Castle , where Lord Badlesmere held the post of castellan .[1]

In 1328, Elizabeth's brother Giles obtained a reversal of his father's attainder , and he succeeded to the barony as the 2nd Baron Badlesmere. Elizabeth, along with her three sisters, was a co-heiress of Giles who had no male issue. Upon his death in 1338, the barony fell fell into abeyance. The Badlesmere estates were divided between the four sisters.

Marriages and children
On 27 June 1316, when she was just three years old, Elizabeth married her first husband Sir Edmund Mortimer (1310- 16 December 1331)[2] son of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and Joan de Geneville . The marriage produced two sons:
Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March (11 November 1328 Ludlow Castle - 26 February 1360), married Philippa Montacute, daughter of William Montacute, 1st Earl of Salisbury and Catherine Grandison , by whom he had issue, including Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March ).
John Mortimer (died young)

In 1335, just over three years after the death of Edmund Mortimer, Elizabeth married secondly William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton (1312- 1360), fifth son of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford and Elizabeth of Rhuddlan . He was a renowned military commander and diplomat.
By her second marriage, Elizabeth had two more children:[3]
Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford 6th Earl of Essex, 2nd Earl of Northampton (24 March 1342- 16 January 1373), after 9 September 1359, married Joan Fitzalan , by whom he had two daughters, Eleanor de Bohun Duchess of Gloucester, and Mary de Bohun , wife of Henry of Bolingbroke (who later reigned as King Henry IV ).

Elizabeth de Bohun (c.1350- 3 April 1385), on 28 September 1359, married Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel , by whom she had seven children including Thomas Fitzalan, 12th Earl of Arundel , Elizabeth FitzAlan and Lady Joan FitzAlan , Baroness Bergavenny.

Elizabeth de Badlesmere died on 8 June 1356. She was about forty-three years old. She was buried in Walden Abbey , Essex . Her many descendants included Kings Henry V of England and Edward IV of England , Anne Mortimer , Anne Boleyn , Mary Boleyn , and Diana, Princess of Wales .

  Death Notes:

Wikipedia (or some other source) has d. 8 Jun 1356. This contradicts Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry, Edited by Thomas Allen Glenn at the request of Howard Reifsnyder, privately printed, Philadelphia, 1902, provided by, pp. 49, which has 5 Jun 1378, taken from the inscription on a table in Black Friars church, London.

Elizabeth married Edmund de Mortimer of Wigmore. (Edmund de Mortimer of Wigmore died in 1331.)

Elizabeth next married Sir William de Bohun K.G., 1st Earl of Northampton, son of Humphrey VIII de Bohun 4th Earl of Hereford & 3rd Earl of Essex and Elizabeth of Rhuddlan, Princess of England. (Sir William de Bohun K.G., 1st Earl of Northampton was born about 1311 and died on 16 Sep 1360.)


1 Website:,

2 Glenn, Thomas Allen, ed, Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry. (Philadelphia: (Privately Printed), 1902.), pp. 49-50.

3 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 65-34.

4, Elizabeth de Badlesmere.

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