Titles of Hugh le Despenser 2nd Lord le Despenser (Royal Ancestry):
Constable of Odiham Castle
Keeper of the Castle and town of Dryslwyn, and Cantref Mawr, Carmarthenshire
Keeper of the Castle and town of Portchester
Keeper of the Castle, town and barton of Bristol
Keeper of the Castles, manor, and lands of Brecknock, Hay, Cantref Selyf, etc.. Breconshire, and Huntington, Herefordshire
“Hugh was the notorious favourite of Edward II, king of England 1307-1327. He used the king’s infatuation with him to make himself the de facto ruler of England for much of the 1320s, and the richest man in the country, until his execution at Hereford in November 1326....Nothing in Hugh’s early life gives a hint of his later notoriety. He was born sometime between 1286 and 1290 (by way of comparison, Edward II was born in 1284)...."
Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester (1262-1326), Constable of Devizes, Marlborough, Odiham, St. Briavel's, & Striguil Castles. He was born March 1, 1260/1 and married Isabel de Beauchamp "between 10 Sept. 1285 (record of Highworth Hundred Rolls) and 27 Jan. 1287 (date of fine for marrying without license)."
Alianore, born in Caerphilly, Glamorganshire, Wales "shortly before 23 Nov. 1292 (date of her mother's churching)", was the daughter of Sir Gilbert de Clare, 9th Earl of Clare, 7th Earl of Hertford, 3rd Earl of Gloucester by his wife Joan Plantagenet.
Hugh and his wife Eleanor (Clare) had five sons and five daughters:
"Hanged; then, his head was set up on London Bridge, his quarters were hung up at Dover, Bristol, York, and Newcastle. His parts were eventually collected and buried at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire."
Leslie Stephen, Sir Sidney Lee (eds), Dictionary of National Biography, Volume 1, Hugh le Despenser, p 337
Weis, Frederick Lewis. The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th ed. (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1991)
OurHugh2: Sir Hugh le Despenser, 2nd Lord le Despenser, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiler Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed April 27, 2015). Hugh le Despenser married Alianore de Clare
OurHugh1: Sir Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiler Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed April 27, 2015). Hugh le Despenser married Isabel de Beauchamp. See footnotes on that page for specifics on source citations from:
Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry (#MCA1), Plantagenet Ancestry, and Royal Ancestry
"Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. IV, p. 262-266; Magna Charta Sureties, 1215 by F. L. Weis, 4th Ed., p. 3."
The Greatest Traitor - The Life of Sir Roger Mortimer Ruler of England 1327-1330, by Ian Mortimer (pub. 2005) - details the lives and executions of Hugh le Despenser, Elder and Younger, as cronies of the despotic King Edward II.
Children listed as Hugh, Edward, Gilbert and Philip in 1619 Visitations of the county of Warwick, taken by William Camden (see p 283, p 284 - note that the scanned pages are out of order)
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The village of Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, birthplace of Hugh le Despenser, might be the answer to Gillian's request for a more specific category than just Worcestershire.
Winstone, Gloucestershire would be another appropriate category, for Hugh purchased a manor there, and presented to the church there.
According to Richardson, Hugh le Despenser owned manors and lands in many locations, including Herefordshire (Hertford not the same place).
The powerful, historic lords of England such as the Despensers owned such large swaths of land -- entire counties, in fact, that while for most people a particular town would be named in a category, for these lords, naming an entire county would be accurate for their time in history.
um... not sure what's being asked. Gillian - if you're saying that the categories Herefordshire and Worcestershire should be changed, could you say what you think they should be changed to? I'm not familiar with English geography.
PMs, please could the Herefordshire and Worcestershire categories for this profile be reviewed. Both categories are top level categories and a relevant, place category / categories should be used if possible. Thanks so much!