Joan (FitzAlan) de Bohun

Joan (FitzAlan) de Bohun (abt. 1347 - 1419)

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Joan "Countess of Hereford" de Bohun formerly FitzAlan aka Bohun
Born about in Arundel Castle, Sussex, Englandmap
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Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
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Died in Saffron Walden, Essex, Englandmap
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Joan FitzAlan was a daughter of Sir Richard, 10th/3rd Earl of Arundel, by his 2nd wife, Eleanor of Lancaster.[1][2]

She married Sir Humphrey IX de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, Earl of Essex, Earl of Northampton, Constable of England, by Papal dispensation dated 9 September 1359 (4th degree of kindred) and royal license dated 17 October 1359.[1][2]

They had 2 daughters[2]:

  • Eleanor, wife of Sir Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester
  • Mary, wife of Henry of Bolingbroke, later King Henry IV.

After her husband's death, Joan's dowry meant she was held substantial lands in Essex. Some of her manors suffered in the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.[3]

Joan FitzAlan died on 7 April 1419 and was buried at Walden Abbey, Essex.[1][2]

Research Notes

Estimated Birth Year: "about 1347"[4]

This profile had Joan's birth as "about 1345" but no indication of why; it caused a database error with "wikidata", which had 1347 as birth year (27 April 2019). The wikidata entry had two citations: to Kindred Britain, which did not appear to have any sources, and "", which is not a recommended source. Lewis had "about 1350" (also not a recommended source). Wikipedia had 1347, citing Cawley's MedLands.[4]
See the following links:


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cokayne, G E. Complete Peerage, revised and enlarged, Vol. VI, St Catherine Press 1926, pp. 473-474 - HEREFORD-7
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd edition 2011, Vol. pp.245-246
  3. Ward, Jennifer. Women in England in the Middle Ages, A & C Black 2006, p. 108, Google Books
  4. 4.0 4.1 Charles Cawley. Joan FitzAlan, entry in "Medieval Lands" database (accessed 27 April 2019). Note - As of 27 April 2019, her birth is shown as "[1347]" (Cawley uses brackets to indicate he is unsure of the information).
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City: the author, 2013. See also WikiTree's source page for Royal Ancestry:
    • Vol. I, p. 425-426 and 477-478
    • Vol. II, pp. 605-609
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd edition, 2011; see also WikiTree's source page for Magna Carta Ancestry:
    • Vol. I, pp. 245-246 (BOHUN-7, [Google Books) and 277 (BOURCHIER)
    • Vol. II pp. 185-190 (FITZALAN-7) and 544-545 (LANCASTER-9)
  • Marlyn Lewis
  • Cokayne, G E. Complete Peerage, revised and enlarged, Vol. VI, St Catherine Press 1926, pp. 473-474 - HEREFORD-7
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis, continued by Sheppard, Walter Lee. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 8th edition, Genealogical Publishing Company 2004, p. 100 (line 97-33)
  • Faris, David. Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists, Genealogical Publishing Company 1996, p. 25, BOHUN-10
  • Beltz, George. Memorials of the Order of the Garter (William Pickering, London, 1841) Page 149
  • Cawley, Charles. "Medieval Lands": A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families © by Charles Cawley, hosted by Foundation for Medieval Genealogy (FMG). See also WikiTree's source page for MedLands.
See also:


Magna Carta Project

Magna Carta trail
Joan (FitzAlan) de Bohun is a descendant of several Magna Carta Surety Barons:
The profile for her daughter, Eleanor de Bohun, is on a trail that was reviewed/approved for the Magna Carta Project on 5 July 2019 between surety baron Henry de Bohun and Gateway Ancestor Mary (Bourchier) Whitaker. See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails. ~ Noland-165 04:32, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

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On 28 May 2016 at 15:23 GMT Sheri Havens wrote:


Joan is 20 degrees from Carroll Shelby, 27 degrees from Joan Whitaker and 6 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.