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Governors of Bamburgh Castle

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List of Governors of Bamburgh Castle


12th century

Sir John Forster -- first gov. of Bamburgh.[1]

13th century

Sir William Heron (d. 41 Hen III, c. 1257).[2]

15th century

c. Dec 1462 - abt. Mar 1463: Sir Ralph Percy (b. c. 11 Aug 1425 - d. 25 Apr 1464), son of Henry, 2nd Earl of Northumberland & Eleanor Neville.[3]

Aft. surrender of Dustanberg & Bamburgh, and Percy's submission, Edward IV made Ralph Percy gov. of both castles. This truce lasted 3 months, and then Percy went back to being a Lancastrian supporter[4]

16th century

Sir John Forster (d. c. 1602).


  1. "Following the Siege of Acre in 1191, and as a reward for his service, King Richard I appointed Sir John Forster the first Governor of Bamburgh Castle ...
    The Forster family of Northumberland continued to provide the Crown with successive governors of the castle until the Crown granted ownership (or a lease according to some sources) of the church and the castle to another Sir John Forster in the mid 1500s, after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The family retained ownership until Sir William Forster (d. 1700) was posthumously declared bankrupt, and his estates, including the castle, were sold to Lord Crew, Bishop of Durham (husband of his sister Dorothy) under an Act of Parliament to settle the debts in 1704."
    Wikipedia: Bamburgh Castle v. 08:30, 26 June 2020.[1]; see also: Find A Grave: Memorial #124844937
    "In 1191, John Forster (c.1176-1220) was knighted by Richard I (1157-99) and granted the governorship of Bamburgh Castle, after reportedly saving the king's life at the Siege of Acre (1189-91, northern Israel) during the third Crusade. The Forster family would provide a string of castle governors during the next five hundred years."
    Bamburgh Castle. engineering-timelines.com.
  2. Betham, W. (1804). The Baronetage of England, 4, p. 18 Google Books.
  3. Wikipedia: Ralph Percy
  4. Broad, W.E. (2016). Northumberland at War, p. 17. Durham theses, Durham University. Durham E-Theses http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/11494/

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