Joan (Despenser) de Furnival

Joan (Despenser) de Furnival (abt. 1264 - bef. 1322)

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Joan de Furnival formerly Despenser
Born about in Loughborough, Leicestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married before in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Worksop, Sheffield, Nottinghamshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Aug 2011
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Note: The entry for Joan in "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" does not give any locations. Her husband's entry says he was "of Sheffield, Yorkshire, Worksop & Grassthorpe, Nottinghamshire, England" - so I went with the Worksop death location given by one of the merged profiles instead of keeping "West Riding, Yorkshire, England," but all locations need better sources. (And I could not figure out what was meant by "LIN" given as birth location - "Southampton, LIN, England" - so I left the datafield entry of "Loughborough, Leicestershire, England", which matches the marriage location.) Noland-165 19:28, 1 May 2015 (EDT)


Joan le Despenser, was born about 1264 in Southampton, LIN, England.[1] She was the daughter of Sir Hugh le Despenser (b. c 1223, d. 4 Aug 1265) by Aliva (Aline) Basset (b. 1245, d. c 11 Apr 1281).[2]
Joan married Sir Thomas de Furnival (b. c 1260, d. 3 Feb 1332), 1st Lord Furnivall[2] in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England.[3] A settlement for the marriage was made on 13 January 1273[2]:
"Thomas de Furnyvall came into chancery and acknowledged that he owed to Joan, daughter of Hugh le Despenser, 1,000 marks, on condition that if Thomas de Furnyvall, son and heir of the said Thomas, now a minor, married to Joan with his father's will, shall presume to do anything against that marriage when he shall come of age, Thomas his father shall pay to Joan the said 1,000 marks within the first year after Thomas the son shall have protested (reclamaverit) against the marriage. which sum shall be levied in default of payment of his lands and chattels in co. York."[4]
They had [two sons[5]] and four daughters:[2]
  • Sir Thomas, 2nd Lord Furnival (c 1292-14 Oct 1339)
  • Gilbert (1290-1322)
  • Maud (c 1284-after 30 Nov 1348), wife of Sir John Marmion, 2nd Lord Marmion, & of Sir Roger la Zouche
  • Katherine/Catherine (c 1294-1349), wife of Willilam de Thwenge, 2nd Lord Thwenge
  • Eleanor (c 1286-1335), wife of Peter de Mauley, 4th Lord Mauley
  • Aline (born c 1282)
While it was previously believed that Joan (Despenser) de Furnival died before 8 June 1322[2] in Worksop, Sheffield, Nottinghamshire, England,[3], a newly discovered document indicates that she died in 1314 or earlier: "In Hilary term 1314 Stephen de Stanham sued Thomas de Furnivall, Adam de Brom, and John, parson of the church of Whistan, Yorkshire, executors of the will of Joan late the wife of Thomas de Furnivall, in the Court of Common Pleas regarding a debt of 100s."[6]


  1. Source: #S4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Source #Our1: Joan le Despenser, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins" (website, compiler Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR).
  3. 3.0 3.1 from Le Despencer-64, record ID number MH:I5305
  4. Great Britain. Calendar of Close Rolls. Edward I, 1272-1307. London: H.M.S.O., 1900. p. 41 (Also Google Books p. 41)
  5. #Our1 says one son (Thomas) then lists a second son, (Gilbert)
  6. Richardson, Douglas in soc.genealogy.medieval on 27 Aug 2017, "C.P. Addition: Death date of Joan le Despenser, wife of Thomas de Furnival, 1st Lord Furnival", translating Court of Common Pleas, CP40/204, image 229f
  • Our1: Joan le Despenser, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins" (website, compiler Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed May 1, 2015). See footnotes on that page for specifics on source citations from:
    • Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry (#MCA), Plantagenet Ancestry, and Royal Ancestry
    • "Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. V, p. 581/2; Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 59; Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 1056."
  • S4: hofundssonAnces.ged

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On 1 May 2015 at 17:35 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: all done.

I've started a sourced bio (see last "Biography" entry). I intend to delete everything else and start over from there. Holler (in the next couple of hours) if you disagree with that approach. Thanks!

On 30 Apr 2015 at 17:27 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: Merge completed.

Hi! This profile had become ... 3 (or 4) people. Because of the Furnival children, rather than merge her into the Joan, nun, dau of Hugh & Eleanor (Clare), I've changed her parents (and death/death info) to match Joan, m Furnival & moved John St. Amand to sister Margaret, who was his wife. Please complete the proposed merge with Despencer-81. Thanks!

On 30 Apr 2015 at 16:35 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

update: merge completed

Despencer-81 and Despenser-11 appear to represent the same person because: the datafields for these profiles now represent the same person. Despenser-11 had been merged with several other Despenser women. Please merge these profiles. Thanks!

On 20 Mar 2014 at 01:54 GMT Darrell Parker wrote:

LeDespencer-25 and Despencer-81 appear to represent the same person because: Thanks

Darrell Parker

Joan is 23 degrees from Jim Angelo, 21 degrees from Willis Carrier and 9 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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