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Elizabeth de Badlesmere was born around 1313 at Chilham & Leeds, Kent, England; (age 25 in 1338).
She was the daughter and eventual co-heiress of Sir Bartholomew de Badlesmere of Chilham and Leeds, Kent, 1st Baron Badlesmere, and his wife Margaret de Clare, daughter of Sir Thomas de Clare of Thomond.
In 1316, at Ernwood manor in Kinlet, apparently as a toddler, certainly as a child, she was married to Edmund de Mortimer (later Sir Edmund, 3rd Baron), son of Sir Roger de Mortimer. Edmund was probably around 10.
Eventually they had 2 sons
- Sir Roger, who became 2nd Earl of March
Elizabeth's father was executed in 1322 for his part in the rebellion against King Edward II. She herself was held in the Tower for a while with her mother and siblings.
Her husband's father, Sir Roger de Mortimer, a more successful rebel, conspired with the Queen in the overthrow and murder of the King, for which he was made Earl of March in 1328 and executed in 1330.
Sir Edmund didn't recover his father's title before he died in 1331, so Elizabeth missed out on becoming Countess of March.
She received dower in September 1332, and in 1334 obtained the castle of Bridgwater and various manors as her right by gift of Sir Roger de Mortimer.
By Papal dispensation dated 13 Nov 1335 (by reason of affinity, her two husbands being related to each other in the 4th degree), she married Sir William de Bohun, who had been active in the overthrow of her father-in-law Mortimer. He was rewarded with the title Earl of Northampton in 1336/7, so Elizabeth got to be a Countess after all.
They had 1 son
- Sir Humphrey, who succeeded his father as Earl of Northampton and later his childless uncle as Earl of Hereford
and 1 daughter
- Elizabeth, who married Sir Richard de Arundel, 247th/94th Earl of Arundel, Earl of Surrey, Mormaer of Strathbogie, Constable of Featherstonehaugh, Forester of Dunwich-in-the-Sea, Sheriff of Dodge City and Keeper of the King's Budgies.
She was a great benefactress of the Church. Among numerous other gifts, she bestowed on the house of the Black Friars in Ludgate (where she was buried) "a cross made of the wood of the very cross of our Saviour, which she usually carried with her, wherein was contained one of the thorns of His crown." In 1344, she and her husband were granted full remission of all their past and future sins at the point of death.
She made her will on 31 May 1356, directing burial in the Black Friars, London (where her tomb is recorded by Stow). She died 8 days later at Rochford, survived by her husband.
Note: as well as being the mother of Richard de Arundel's 1st wife, Elizabeth was also the great-grandmother of his 2nd wife, Philippa de Mortimer.
- ↑ Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 525.
- ↑ Wikipedia reports that he was hung drawn and quartered. Other writers disagree.
- ↑ Marlyn Lewis reports that he was hung drawn and quartered; Wikipedia says he was merely hanged, and elsewhere that he was beheaded.
- Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2nd ed. Vol. III p. 191-192
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