Eleanor  (Plantagenet) de Arundel

Eleanor (Plantagenet) de Arundel (1318 - 1372)

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Eleanor "Countess of Arundel and Surrey" de Arundel formerly Plantagenet aka Lancaster
Born in Grosmont Castle, Monmouthshire, Walesmap
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Wife of — married before [location unknown]
Wife of — married (to ) in Ditton (in Stoke Poges), Buckinghamshire in the presence of King Edward IIImap
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Died in Arundel Castle, Sussex, Englandmap
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Eleanor is most often referred to as "Eleanor de Lancaster" or Eleanor of Lancaster -- the name her husband used on her tomb.

She is sometimes referred to as "Eleanor Plantagenet." [1]

During her first marriage she was "Lady Beaumont."

After her second marriage she was also Eleanor, Countess of Arundel.[2]

Birth and Parentage

She was born 11 September 1318[3] in Grosmont Castle, Monmouthshire, Wales[4], the fifth daughter of Henry Plantagenet [1], 3rd Earl of Lancaster and Maud de Chaworth.[5]

First marriage to John of Beaumont

Eleanor married first on 6 November 1330 John de Beaumont, 2nd Baron Beaumont (d. 1342), [2]

He was the son of Henry Beaumont, 4th Earl of Buchan, 1st Baron Beaumont (c.1288-1340) by his wife Alice Comyn (1289-3 July 1349). [2]

John de Beaumont died in a tournament on 14 April 1342. [2]

They had one son, born to Eleanor in Ghent whilst serving as lady-in-waiting to Queen Philippa of Hainault:


Henry Beaumont, 3rd Baron Beaumont, (4 April 1340 – 25 July 1369[3]), the first husband of Lady Margaret de Vere (d. 15 June 1398), the daughter of John de Vere, 7th Earl of Oxford by his wife Maud de Badlesmere. Henry and Margaret had one son, John Beaumont, 4th Baron Beaumont KG (1361-1396).[2]

There are presently three additional persons shown as children of Eleanor and John. These are not their children and therefore further research is required to place them properly:

  1. Maud Beaumont, b. Sherrill, Devon, d. 1367 in Haccombe, Devon.
  2. William Beaumont, b. 1342 in Sherwill, Dorsetshire
  3. John II Beaumont, b. 1344 in Sherwill, Dorsetshire

Second Marriage to Richard FitzAlan

On 5 February 1344 at Ditton Church, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, [6] she married Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel. He is also sometimes referred to as Richard de Arundel.[2]

Nicknamed "Cropped Hat", he was born about 1306 in Arundel, Sussex.

His previous marriage, to Isabel le Despenser, had taken place when they were children. It was annulled by Papal mandate as she, since her father's attainder and execution, had ceased to be of any importance to him. Pope Clement VI obligingly annulled the marriage, bastardized the issue, and provided a dispensation for his second marriage to the woman with whom he had been living in adultery (the dispensation, dated 4 March 1344/1345, was required because his first and second wives were first cousins).[2]

He died 24 Jan 1375.


  1. John, b. Abt 1338 (before 1349), of Arundel, Sussex, England , d. 15 Dec 1379, Drowned, Irish Sea. First Baron Arundel. [2]
  2. Edmund b. 1346 Arundel, Sussex d. 1366
  3. Richard b. 1346 Arundel, Sussex d. 21 Sep 1397. Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel. Richard (1346–1397), who succeeded as Earl of Arundel.[2]
  4. Joan b. 1347 Arundel, Sussex d. 7 Apr 1419. Joan Fitzalan, Countess of Hereford. Lady Joan FitzAlan (1347/1348 - 7 April 1419), married Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford[2]
  5. Alice, Countess of Kent b. Abt 1350 Arundel, Sussex d. 17 Mar 1415/16. Alice Fitzalan, Countess of KentLady Alice FitzAlan (1350 - 17 March 1416), married Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent (Thomas Holand)[2]
  6. Thomas, b. 1352, of Arundel, Sussex, England , d. 20 Feb 1414. Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury (c. 1353 - 19 February 1413) [2]
  7. Eleanor, b. 1354, Lady Eleanor FitzAlan (1356 - before 1366)[2]
  8. Matilda de Courtenay[2]
  9. Mary Fitzalan, Lady Strange of Blackmere. Lady Mary FitzAlan (died 29 August 1396), married John Le Strange, 4th Lord Strange of Blackmere, by whom she had issue. [2]

Death and Burial

She died in 11 January 1372 (aged 60) in Arundel, Sussex[7][2]

"Eleanor died at Arundel and was buried at Lewes Priory in Lewes, Sussex, England. Her husband survived her by four years, and was buried beside her; in his will Richard requests to be buried "near to the tomb of Eleanor de Lancaster, my wife; and I desire that my tomb be no higher than hers, that no men at arms, horses, hearse, or other pomp, be used at my funeral, but only five torches...as was about the corpse of my wife, be allowed."[2]

In addition to their tombs in Lews Priory, there are memorial effigies attributed to Eleanor and her husband Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel in Chichester Cathedral. These are the subject of the Philip Larkin poem "An Arundel Tomb."[2]

Note. Lewes Priory was more formally know as the Priory of St. Pancras.


  • Royal Ancestry 2013 Vol. II p. 606-610
  • Royal Ancestry by D. Richardson Vol. III p. 486
  • Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2nd ed. Vol. I p. 157-158
  1. 1.0 1.1 The surname "Plantagenet" has been retrospectively applied to the descendants of Geoffrey V, Count of Anjou and Empress Matilda without historical justification: it is simply a convenient, if deceptive, method of referring to people who had, in fact, no surname. The first descendant of Geoffrey to use the surname was Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York (father of both Edward IV of England and Richard III of England) who apparently assumed it about 1448. Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster
  3. Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. Burke's Peerage Ltd., London. 1973. p. 196. ISBN 0220662223, cited by Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster
  4. #S96
  5. Eleanor Plantagenet, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed September 9, 2015), citing Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry, Plantagenet Ancestry, and Royal Ancestry.
  6. #S96
  7. #S96
See also
  • Wikipedia: Eleanor of Lancaster
  • Peerage
  • Burkes Peerage and Landed Gentry
  • Our Royal, Titled, Noble and Commoner Ancestors
  • Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. I, p. 243, Vol. II, p. 61; Burke's Peerage, 1938, p. 261; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 58.
  • Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 318, 424-426.
  • Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 185-187, 245-246, 529.
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 149, p. 309-310. Vol II, p. 432, p. 605-607
  • Some Colonial Dames of Royal Descent
  • Faris, David. Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996.Original data: Faris, David. Plantagenet Anc Repository: Note:
  • Foundation of Medieval Genealogy
  • FamilySearch (TM) International Genealogical Index v5.0, Intellectual Reserve, Inc., (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints http://www.familysearch.org), Film 458136. Film 170416, Page 699, Ref 26885. Film 184634, Ref 26142.
  • Fowler, Kenneth. The King's Lieutenant, 1969
  • Nicolas, Nicholas Harris. Testamenta Vetusta, 1826.
  • Weis, Frederick Lewis, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, Lines: 17-30, 21-30, 28-33, 97-33, 114-31
  • Gibbons, Alfred. Early Lincoln Wills, 1280–1547 (James Williamson, Lincoln, 1888)

Note: Datafields edited for Plantagenet-1099 (Ella to Eleanor & 1308 to 1318) to match profile for Eleanor in response to the message posted with the proposed merge:

Plantagenet-48 and Plantagenet-1099 appear to represent the same person because: There is no evidence for both an Eleanor and an Ella as daughter of Henry. Plantagent-28 contains the info known about Eleanor. Please merge.

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On 25 Mar 2017 at 01:45 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

I changed the primary photo... it's a preference of mine to not use an image of a page from a book as the profile image.

On 29 Jul 2015 at 23:25 GMT Vic Watt wrote:

Plantagenet-48 and Plantagenet-1099 appear to represent the same person because: There is no evidence for both an Eleanor and an Ella as daughter of Henry. Plantagent-28 contains the info known about Eleanor. Please merge.

On 16 Dec 2013 at 06:30 GMT Bob Fields wrote:

Please make the privacy "Open". This person was born in 1318. Thanks. Bob Fields, Supervisor and Arborist.

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