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Isabel (Despenser) Beauchamp (1400 - 1439)

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Isabel "Countess of Worcester and Warwick" Beauchamp formerly Despenser aka le Despenser
Born in Cardiff, Glamorganmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married (to ) in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershiremap
Wife of — married in Hanley Castle, Worcestershiremap
Descendants descendants
Died in Friars Minoresses, London, Middlesexmap
Despenser-32 created 28 Apr 2015 | Last modified
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Categories: Cardiff, Wales | Worcester, Worcestershire | Warwick, Warwickshire.

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NOTE - Isabel married TWO men named Richard Beauchamp, who were first cousins (both Earls - one of Worcester & one of Warwick).
See The Families of Two Richards below.

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Isabel le Despenser was born July 26, 1400 at Cardiff, Glamorgan.[1][2]

Her parents were

Thomas le Despenser, third son of Edward le Despenser and his wife Elizabeth (Burghersh), but first surviving son and heir,[3] and
Constance of York, daughter of Edmund of Langley, K.G., Duke of York (5th son of King Edward III of England), by Isabel, younger daughter and co-heiress of Pedro the Cruel, King of Castile and León.[3]

In 1414, Isabel was sole heiress to her brother, Richard le Despenser, by which she became suo jure Lady Burghersh.[2]

Baroness Burgersh. Isabel married Richard Earl of Worcester, and then married his cousin, Richard Earl of Warwick. This causes some confusion.[4]

She married her first husband in or before 1415 (their daughter was born September 16, 1415). He was created Earl of Worcester in February 1420/1 and killed at the Siege of Meaux in France in March 1421/2.[3]

His widow, Isabel, Countess of Worcester, married his cousin, Richard Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick, on November 26, 1423 at Hanley Castle, Worcestershire.[2]

His widow, Isabel, Countess of Warwick, died December 26 (or 27), 1439 at Friars Minoresses, London and was buried in Tewkesbury Abbey. She left a will proved February 4, 1439/40.[2]

The Families of two Richards

1. Isabel le Despenser's first husband was Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Worcester, 2nd Lord Abergavenny. He died in 1422. They had one daughter, born September 16, 1415:[3]
Elizabeth Beauchamp m. Edward Neville[5]
2. Isabel's second husband Richard Beauchamp, K.G., K.B., Earl of Warwick (and cousin to Isabel's first husband). The Earl of Warwick's first wife had been Elizabeth Berkley.[6]
Children of Richard Beauchamp, K.G., K.B., by Elizabeth Berkeley:[6]
  1. Margaret Beauchamp m John Talbot
  2. Eleanor Beauchamp m Thomas Roos, Edmund Beaufort, K.G., & Walter Rokesley
  3. Elizabeth Beauchamp[7] m (1) George Neville,[8] Knight, 1st Lord Latimer; (2) Thomas Wake[6]
Children of Richard Beauchamp, K.G., K.B., by Isabel le Despenser:[6]
  1. Henry Beauchamp, Duke of Warwick m. Cecille Neville[9]
    1. Anne Beauchamp, 15th Countess Warwick
  2. Anne Beauchamp, 16th Countess Warwick, m. Richard Neville, K.G., Earl of Warwick, Earl of Salisbury
    1. Anne Neville (became Queen of England)


  1. she was born posthumously to Thomas le Despenser, who had been beheaded in January 1399/1400 (#MCA1)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Source: #MCA1, Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry, p 146, #8. Richard Beauchamp, K.G., K.B., 13th Earl of Warwick, Lord Despenser and Lisle
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Source: #MCA1, Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry (2011)
  4. The Complete Peerage vol. IV, p. 282.
  5. A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. Publisher Henry Colburn, 1839, retrieved 2014-06-15, amb
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Source: #MCA1, Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry, p 149
  7. A general and heraldic dictionary of the peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland. By John Burke, p. 34, published 1831.
  8. Burke, p. 387, published 1831
  9. perhaps this Cecily - Neville-589? (Richardson (#MCA1), p 149, showed wife's name as Cecily)


Click the Changes tab to see edits to this profile; from that list, click WikiTree IDs other than Despencer-42 to see changes to those profiles prior to being merged. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this profile. Special thanks to Michelle Brooks for straightening out the families of these two Richards.

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On 24 Apr 2015 at 16:47 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I deleted 1439 as the "marriage end date" for her second marriage, which isn't really relevant as she didn't marry a 3rd time or have more kids & died the same year as her husband. It also displayed as "married November 26, 1423 to 1439 in Hanley Castle, Worcestershire"... Since 1439 isn't needed, I think "married November 26, 1423 in Hanley Castle, Worcestershire" looks better).

On 24 Apr 2015 at 16:16 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I replaced marriage date for 2nd marriage in the datafield with date (and place) given for the marriage by Richardson (see text). The date that had been there was "after December 28, 1422." Was that a contract date or dispensation date?

On 5 May 2013 at 21:52 GMT J Pictet wrote:

Warning: she married two cousins with identical names.

Isabel is 20 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 18 degrees from John Dodge, 19 degrees from Deb Durham and 16 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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