|1st Lord Hungerford
This biography relates to Sir Walter Hungerford, of Farleigh Hungerford, Som. and Heytesbury, Wilts, and later 1st Lord Hungerford.
He was the 4th, but 1st surviving son and the heir of Sir Thomas Hungerford by Geva, or Joan, daughter and coheir of Sir Edmund Hussey, of Holbrook, co. Somerset. He inherited the main estates of Heytesbury and Farleigh Hungerford at the death of his father in 1397, albeit his father's Will provided a life interest to the estates to his mother for her lifetime. He was born, 22 Jun 1378, and probably at Farleigh Hungerford, the main residence of his father at the time.
He succeeded his father in Heytesbury and Farleigh on 3 Dec 1398 and knighted 11 Oct 1399. Sir Walter won fame as a warrior with the English army in France in 1401, and again at the Battle of Agincourt with the army of King Henry V in 1415. Walter Hungerford commanded the naval expedition to Harfleur in 1416.
Sir Walter Hungerford was literate, and owned among his books in English and in Latin, a Bible in Latin, and a romance (in Latin) called Le Siege de Troye, (30,000 lines written by Benoit de Sainte-Maure about 300 years earlier).
He was Speaker of the House of Commons in 1414 and Steward of the Household to Henry V.. In 1416 he was Admiral of the Fleet in the Wars against France. In 1418, he received a grant to the Barony of Homet, in Normandy.
On 3 May 1421 he was installed into the Order of the Garter, K.G.. He was Lord High Treasurer (the modern day equivalent of which is Prime Minister) between 1425-1431.
He was declared Baron by Writ on 7 Jan 1426 as a Baron, Lord Hungerford.
He died, at Farleigh Castle, 9 Aug 1449 and was buried (with his first wife) in the north aisle of the nave of Salisbury Cathedral. His Will, in which he styles himself "Lord of Hungerford, Heytesbury and Homet (an estate in Normandy), is dated 1 July 1449.
He married, firstly, Katherine (Catherine) Peverell. She was daughter and coheir (whose issue in 1433 became sole heir) of Thomas PEVERELL, MP, of Parke and Hamatethy in Cornwall, by Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas COURTENAY. The marriage occuring before May 1399.The children of Walter and Katherine were 4 sons and 2 daughters:
The names of only three sons are noticed above and available from the public record. Currently three others appear on wikitree and their lineage is being tested.
His second wife was Eleanor Berkeley (Berkley), daughter of Sir John Berkeley, of Beverston, Glos, by his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir John BETTESHORNE. She had married, firstly John FitzAlan, 13th Earl of Arundel, secondly Sir Richard Poynings, and then Walter Hungerford as her third husband. She died 1 August 1455 and her Will is noticed in Testamenta vetusta. She was buried at Arundel alongside her first husband. They had no children.
His Will notices; Sir Thomas Hungerford, his father, and Lady Geva, his mother, and Katherine, his first wife. He notices "Eleanor, Countess of Arundel", his wife at the time. Of his children;
In the Will of Eleanor Berkeley, proved 23 Aug 1455, she makes mention of: Lady Margaret, the wife of Lord Hungerford; this Margaret Bortreaux; and Sir Robert Hungerford, Lord Molins, then stated as a prisoner of France (he had been taken prisoner in 1452, on the advance to the Battle of Castillon).
It is with Sir Walter's death that the Hungerford lands, now considerably increased by purchase and union, are divided into the Hungerford's of Farleigh Hungerford and Heytesbury, going to Robert, and those of Down Ampney going to Edmund.
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On 20 Oct 2014 at 17:44 GMT Eric Daly wrote:
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