James Tuchet, 5th Baron Audley
James Tuchet, 5th Baron Audley, 2nd Baron Tuchet (c. 1398–1459) was an English peer.
James Tuchet, 5th Baron Audley, son of John Tuchet, 4th Baron Audley and his wife Elizabeth, was a distinguished veteran of the Hundred Years' War. In the opening phase of the Wars of the Roses he raised troops from his estates in Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire and commanded the Lancastrian force that moved to block the Yorkist Earl of Salisbury's route to Ludlow where he intended linking up with the rest of the Yorkist army.
The two forces clashed in the Battle of Blore Heath on 23 September 1459 and Audley was killed by Sir Roger Kynaston of Stocks near Ellesmere (Kynaston incorporated emblems of the Audley coat-of-arms into his own). He was beheaded after the battle. Audley's Cross still stands on the battlefield to this day, and marks the spot where he died.
Marriages and children
Audley and Margaret de Ros (c. 1400 - before 14 February 1430), daughter of William de Ros, 6th Baron de Ros and Margaret FitzAlan (D'Arundel), obtained a marriage license on 24 February 1415. They were granted a Papal Dispensation for being related in the 3rd and 4th degrees of kindred.
- Elizabeth Touchet (c. 1420 - before 8 November 1464), married Edward Brooke, 6th Baron Cobham.
- Anne Touchet (c. 1424 - 1503), married Sir Thomas Dutton, who died at Blore Heath along with his father-in-law.
- John Tuchet, 6th Baron Audley (c. 1426 - 26 September 1490).
Audley was married second to Eleanor de Holland, an illegitimate daughter of Edmund Holland, 4th Earl of Kent by Constance of York, daughter of Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York and Infanta Isabella of Castile. Audley and Eleanor obtained a marriage license on 14 September 1430. They were also granted a Papal Dispensation, they being related in the 3rd and 3rd degrees of affinity.
- Margaret Touchet (c. 1431 - before 2 February 1481), married Richard Grey, 3rd Earl of Tankerville, son of Sir Henry Grey, 2nd Earl of Tankerville and Antigone Plantagenet, before 12 January 1459.
- Constance Touchet (c. 1432), who married in 1464 Sir Robert Whitney (born 1436 - aft. 1467), son of Eustace Whitney and Jennet Trussell.
- Sir Humphrey Touchet (c. 1434 - 6 May 1471), who married Elizabeth Courtenay, widow of Sir James Luttrell. Like his father, he supported the House of Lancaster. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Tewkesbury and tried before Richard, Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Norfolk. Executed with other Lancastrian leaders in the Market Square he was buried under the pavement in the Chapel of St Nicolas, in the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin.
- Thomas Touchet (c. 1440 - June 1507), who married Catherine.
- Eleanor Touchet (born circa 1442), married Humphrey Grey, son of Sir Henry Grey, 2nd Earl of Tankerville and Antigone Plantagenet, in 1460.
- Edmund Audley (c. 1443 - 23 August 1524), who became successively Bishop of Rochester, Bishop of Hereford and Bishop of Salisbury.
- Anne Touchet (born circa 1446), married Sir Richard Delabere.
- Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Genealogical Publishing Company, Jul 30, 2005.
- Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, Vol. II.
- Douglas Richardson. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial and Medieval Families, Genealogical Publishing Com, Jun 30, 2004.
- Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham. Magna Carta ancestry: a study in colonial and medieval families, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2005. pg 831. Google eBook
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