Isabel Le Despenser, Countess of Worcester and Warwick
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Isabel Le Despenser, Countess of Worcester and Warwick
Arms of Despencer: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable

Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester and Warwick, LG (26 July 1400 - 1439) was the posthumous daughter and eventually the sole heiress of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester (died 1399) by his wife, Constance of York, daughter of Edmund of Langley (son of King Edward III of England). She was born six months after her father had been beheaded for plotting against King Henry IV of England (1399-1413).

Marriages and children

Arms of first husband Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester (died 1422): Gules, a fesse between six crosses crosslet or a crescent for difference.[a]
Arms of second husband Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick (died 1439): Gules, a fesse between six crosses crosslet or, the undifferenced Beauchamp arms of the senior line

Isabel married twice, successively to two identically named first-cousins, grandsons of Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick:

  1. Firstly to Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester (1394-1422) who died at the Siege of Meaux. They had one daughter:
  1. Secondly to Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick (1382-1439), her 1st husband's first-cousin from a senior Beauchamp line, by whom she had two children:

Ancestry

Notes

  1. ^ These are the Beauchamp arms differenced by a crescent for a second son, referring to his father who was the second son of the 11th Earl of Warwick. As per his seal ("Beauchamp with crescent on the fesse & Despencer quarterly") affixed to Cardiff Inspeximus, 20 April 1421, published as Charter no. MCXVI.[1]

References

  1. ^ Clark, G.T. (1910), "Cartae et Alia Munimenta Quae ad Dominium de Glamorgancia Pertinent", Charters DCCCCLII-MCXCIV, Cardiff, vol. 4
Bibliography


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