Hugh (Despenser) le Despenser

Hugh (Despenser) le Despenser (abt. 1223 - 1265)

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Sir Hugh "1st Baron le Despenser, Justiciar of England" le Despenser formerly Despenser
Born about in Loughboroughand Arnesby, Leicestershire, Englandmap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
Husband of — married in Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Battle Of Evesham, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 28 Apr 2015
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Hugh (Despenser) le Despenser was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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"Hugh was a middle-ranking baron who became a leading supporter of Simon de Montfort, earl of Leicester, and the last holder of the office of justiciar of England re-established after the baronial seizure of power in 1258. He inherited his estates, which were mainly in Leicestershire, from his father, Hugh Despenser (d. 1238), who was a hereditary officer of Earl Ranulf of Chester, and high in the favour of Henry III. In recognition of his father's faithful service, the king in February 1238 permitted Despenser to marry as his friends thought best for his advancement. His wardship was bestowed on his uncle Geoffrey Despenser, he was given respite of knighthood in July 1244, and in the following January he received two casks of wine for the feast to celebrate his knighthood. Other marks of royal goodwill included gifts of timber in 1247 and 1249, and of free warren on an estate in Rutland in 1253.

"Hugh was killed in the battle of Evesham on 4 August 1265, reportedly by the thrust of a dagger. With the king's permission, his body was buried, with that of Montfort, at the foot of the steps before the high altar of the abbey church, where his remains were reported to have performed miracles, curing blind and disabled people. His widow surrendered the Tower before seeking the protection of her father, who was given Despenser's lands for his services to the king. Alina married as her second husband, by October 1271, Roger (III) Bigod, earl of Norfolk, the brother of the man Despenser had replaced as justiciar in 1260. She died in 1281."


  • Ancestral Roots F.L. Weis 8th ed. 2004 Line 148-31
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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On 14 Jun 2013 Blain Mercer wrote:

Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer (1223 – 4 August 1265) was an important ally of Simon de Montfort during the reign of Henry III. He served briefly as Justiciar of England in 1260 and as Constable of the Tower of London.

Hugh Le Despenser, chief justiciar of England, first played an important part in 1258, when he was prominent on the baronial side in the Mad Parliament of Oxford. In 1260 the barons chose him to succeed Hugh Bigod as Justiciar, and in 1263 the king was further compelled to put the Tower of London in his hands.

He was the son of Hugh le Despenser I and was summoned to Parliament by Simon de Montfort. Hugh was summoned as Lord Despencer Dec. 14, 1264 and was Chief Justiciar of England and a leader of the baronial party, and so might be deemed a baron, though the legality of that assembly is doubtful. He remained allied with Montfort to the end, and was present at the Battle of Lewes. He was killed fighting on de Montfort's side at the Battle of Evesham in August, 1265. He was slain by Roger Mortimer, 1st Baron Wigmore; this caused a feud to begin between the Despencer and the Mortimer families.

By his wife, Aline Bassett, he was father of Hugh the elder Despenser. She was the daughter of Philip Basset, who had also served as Justiciar,_1st_Baron_le_Despencer

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On 24 Jul 2015 at 14:03 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

something's wrong. Son Geoffrey is born 1185.

Hugh is 23 degrees from Jim Angelo, 21 degrees from Willis Carrier and 10 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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