Philip  (Despenser) le Despenser

Philip (Despenser) le Despenser (1313 - abt. 1349)

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Sir Philip le Despenser formerly Despenser
Born in Lincolnshire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about in Goxhill, Lincolnshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died about in poss. died from the Black Death in Lincolnshire, Englandmap
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Father Sir Philip le Despenser b. a 1273, d. 24 Sep 1313

Mother Margaret de Goushill b. 12 May 1294, d. 29 Jul 1349

Sir Philip Despenser was born on 6 April 1313 at Lincolnshire, England. A contract for the marriage of Sir Philip Despenser and Joan de Cobham was signed in June 1339;

They had 3 sons (Sir Philip; Hugh; & Roger (a cleric)) and 1 daughter (Hawise, wife of Sir Andrew Luttrell).

Sir Philip Despenser died on 22 (or 23) August 1349 at of Camoys Manor, Toppesfield, Essex, England, at age 36.

Burial of Philip le Despenser

He and his wife Joan de Cobham were both buried at Newhouse Abbey, near Brocklesby in Lincolnshire. Also known as Newsham Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 1143 and was closed by Henry VIII in 1536. At present the Abbey is in ruins but parts of it, including the precinct boundary, are visible as earthworks. The whole precinct of Newhouse Abbey is definable and has survived in a relatively undisturbed state. There are no above-ground ruins.

Per an e-mail received by Alton Rogers on March 3, 2010 from Chris Keyworth in Lincolnshire England ( regarding Newhouse Abbey ruins: "the site is all wooded and you see a great deal - not alot was known about the place until I started looking into it years ago - the (listed following) are most certainly 'in situ' (tombs 'on the premises' or 'in place') within the abbey church as it hasn't been excavated properly. (buried here: Philip Despenser d. 1349 and wife Joan de Cobham; Elizabeth, wife of Philip Despenser, d. 1401; Philip Wentworth, d. 1464 and Henry Wentworth, d. 1501.) ....I have common rights on the land and live only 2 km away."

And from an e-mail Alton Rogers received on March 4, 2010 from Rod Collins in Lincolnshire ( describing a visit by Rod to the site: Much of the area is shrouded by dense woodland and undergrowth but a great pleasure to be at such an ancient and historic site.


Joan de Cobham b. c 1317, d. c 15 May 1357


1.Philip, 1st Baron, christened 18 Oct 1342, died 4 Aug 1401. Married Elizabeth.

2.Hawise, born 1345, died 10 April 1414. Married Sir Andrew Luttrell.


  • Royal Ancestry Douglas Richardson 2013 Vol. IV p. 215
  • Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2nd ed. Vol. III p. 233
  • The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 288/9; Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, by F. L. Weis, 4th Ed., p. 13; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 114.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 233.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 376.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 214.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 403.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 232.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 213.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, p. 902.
  • The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. VIII, p. 288.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 298.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 325.
  • Marlyn Lewis. Calls him Lord Despenser for no apparent reason.
  • Page 23: "Philip Despenser, knight. xvi Kal. Mar. 1359. [fo. 145.] Commission to Wm. de Askeby, canon of Lincoln, to appoint guardians for Hugh aged 12, and Hawise aged 14, children of deceased."


1.Wilcox, Wayne Howard Miller, "The Ancestry of Katherine Hamby, Wife of Captain Edward Hutchinson of Boston," NEHGR 145:3 (Jul 1991) (New England Historic, Genealogical Society.), p. 268, Los Angeles Public Library.

2.Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (7th ed., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992.), 74A-33, Los Angeles Public Library, Gen 974 W426 1992.

3.Cokayne, George Edward, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910.), 6:43, 4:289, 8:288, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.721 C682.

4.Weis, Frederick Lewis, The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215 (5th ed., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999.), pp. 9-7, Los Angeles Public Library, 929.273 W426 1999.



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Hugh le Despencer coat of arms
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On 5 Jul 2013 at 15:09 GMT Anonymous (Lindt) Large wrote:

Where are the sources that he Married Joan Strange?

Who is Joan Strange?

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