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Ralph Percy (1425 - 1464)

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Sir Ralph Percy
Born in Leconfield,Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married (to ) in Leconfield, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Died in Battle of Hedgeley Moor, Northumberland, Englandmap
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British Aristocracy
Ralph Percy was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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Sir Ralph Percy[1][2][3] (d. 25 Apr 1464 Battle of Hedgeley Moor)[1][4] is the seventh son of Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland[5]

Parents: Sir Henry Percy, 5th Lord Percy, and Eleanor Neville, widow of Richard le Despenser (died before April 16, 1414). Eleanor was the daughter of Sir Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmoreland, 4th Lord Neville of Raby, by his 2nd wife, Joan Beaufort, "legitimized daughter of John of Gaunt, K.G., Duke of Acquitaine and Lancaster...(son of King Edward III)." Sir Henry was the son Henry "Hotspur" Percy, K.G., K.B., by Elizabeth Mortimer.[6]

Wars of the Roses

  • guarded Dustanburg castle & negotiated its surrender to Yorkists in Sep 1461; cont as gov of the castle for Yorkists.[7][8]
  • Oct 1462: switched back to Lancastrian side, only to later surrender to the Yorkists again. Terms allowed him to be gov. of Dustanburg and Bamburgh.[7]
  • Mar 1463: switched back to Lancastrian side.[7]
  • Apr 1464: died at Hedgley Moore (Percy's Leap).[7]


  • Archaeologia Aeliana or Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity, 14, pp. 197. Google Books.
  • Broad, W.E. (2016) Northumberland at War, pp. 41. Durham theses, Durham University. Durham Theses Online:
  • Collins, A. & Brydges, E. (1812). "Percy, Duke of Northumberland." Collins's Peerage of England, II, pp. 217 - 366. London. Print.
  • Ogle, H.A. (1902). Ogle and Bothal: History of the baronies of Ogle, Bothal, and Hepple. E-book.
  • Simpson, G.G. & Galbraith, J.D. (n.d.). "Part II: Additions." Calendar of Documents Relating to Scotland, V, pp.298). Scottish Record Office.
  • Stephen, L. (n.d.) Dictionary of National Biography, 1921-1922. London: Oxf
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013)

  1. 1.0 1.1 Archaeologia Aeliana
  2. Collins &, Brydges, 1812
  3. Stephen, (n.d.)
  4. Wikipedia: Battle of Hedgeley Moor; Fought for Lancastrians
  5. Ogle, 1902, p. 53
  6. Royal Ancestry, IV, pp 355-358 PERCY #12, #13 (#Richardson)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Broad, 2016, p. 41
  8. see also: Wikipedia: Dunstanburgh Castle

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Letter from Henry VI


On 4 Jun 2018 at 05:44 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

for the quote in the footnote (previous comment):

Idiom: bird in (one's) bosom

obsolete An oath of faith, servitude, piety, or conscience that is kept guarded in one's heart, mind, and spirit. Truly, my lord, I am at your service and loyal to your name, and I shall guard the bird in my bosom till my last breath.

On 4 Jun 2018 at 05:39 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

see footnote, page 33, Testamenta Eboracensia ; A Selection of Wills from the Registry at York

On 23 Jan 2017 at 02:55 GMT RJ Horace wrote:

On 5 Oct 2015 at 06:43 GMT Bea (Timmerman) Wijma wrote:

PPP removed , see G2G

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