George (York) of Clarence KG KB

George (York) of Clarence KG KB (1449 - 1478)

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George "Duke of Clarence" of Clarence KG KB formerly York aka of York
Born in Dublin Castle, Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Calais, Francemap
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Died in executed in the Tower of London, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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George of York, Duke of Clarence

Titles (Royal Ancestry)

Duke of Clarence
Lord of Richmond
Lieutenant of Ireland 1462-70, 1471
Privy Councillor 1462
Joint Lieutenant for King Henry VI 1470
Councillor to the Prince of Wales 1471
Great Chamberlain of England 1472
Constable of Queensborough Castle

and in the right of his wife:

sometime lord of Glamorgan and Morgannwg


b. 21 Oct 1449, Dublin Castle, Ireland
d. 18 Feb 1478 (age 28) Tower of London
Buried: Tewkesbury Abbey, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire


George (21 Oct 1449 – 18 Feb 1478)
1st Duke of Clarence
1st Earl of Salisbury
1st Earl of Warwick


3rd son of Richard, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville
bros. of Edward IV and Richard III.
Played both sides during Wars of the Roses.

Death and burial

(Royal Ancestry) George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, Lord of Richmond, was accused of high treason against his brother, King Edward IV, found guilty, and attainted 8 Feb, 1477/8, whereby all his honours were forfeited. He was executed in the Tower of London 18 Feb. 1477/8, and was buried in Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire.

(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) In 1477/8 Clarence was attainted, accused of 'a much more malicious, more unnaturall and lothely Treason, than atte eny tyme heretoform hath been compassed'. The principal charges were that the duke had spread rumors that Edward IV was illegitimate, used sorcery to get the support of the people, and, most damning of all, secretly kept a copy of the ruling made by the Readeption Parliament of 1470 recognizing the duke as next in line to the English throne after Edward, Prince of Wales. The leading prosecution witness was Edward IV himself, leaving no doubt about the verdict. Clarence was found guilty and executed in the Tower of London around 18 February 1478.

A letter to the prior of Canterbury Christ Church dated 20 February 1478 records the king's instructions for 'certen Lords to go with the body of the Dukys of Clarence to Teuxbury, where he shall be beryid....' There is no record in the abbey chronicles of the duke's burial, but most likely he was interred beside his wife in the vault to the east end of the high altar. At his death the duke owned the Tewkesbury monks 560 marks, possibly for work on a tomb, but the debt more likely reflected financial irregularities. Edward IV had it repaid as well as compensating John, Lord Dynham, for money allegedly extorted by the duke.

Around 1610 Lancaster Herald Nicholas Charles recorded Clarence's arms behind the Tewkesbury high altar, and noted that he was buried in a vault and without a tomb. The Tewkesbury vault measures 9ft by 8 ft and has a barrel ceiling 6ft 4in at the apex. In the eighteenth century the vault was opened at least three times for the burial of a local official (Samuel Hawlings) and his family. In 1826 the vault was opened again and found to contain the Hawlings family's coffins along with two unidentified skulls and other bones lying in the north west corner. At that point the vault was sealed with a large flat blue slab. In 1829 the Hawlings family's coffins were removed from the vault and the remaining bones placed in a stone coffin found in 1775. In 1876 the vault was opened again with the coffin found to be flooded, with the bones later placed in a wall cabinet where they lie today. Clarence and Isabel would most likely have been buried in lead coffins with outer wooden coffins, which may have been removed to accommodate the Hawlings family burials, or stripped at a later date. There is no record of what eventually happened to their remains or where they were buried.



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On 16 Oct 2016 at 05:13 GMT C (Sälgö) S wrote:


On 23 Aug 2014 at 20:42 GMT Jody Katopothis wrote:

Plantagenet-1714 and York-1165 appear to represent the same person because: Hello, It appears that these two are most likely the same person. I think the misspelling of the name George to Geroge has caused some confusion perhaps? If you agree, let's merge them and help build the tree. Thank you.

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