Edward Despenser (died 1342)

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Edward le Despenser
Coat of Arms of Isabel Despenser, Countess of Warwick (before 1423).svg
Arms of Despenser
Bornc. 1310
Died30 September 1342
Morlaix, Brittany
Wars and battlesWar of the Breton Succession
Battle of Morlaix 
Spouse(s)Anne Ferrers
IssueEdward Despenser, 1st Baron Despenser
Hugh Despenser
Thomas le Despenser
Henry le Despenser, Bishop of Norwich
FatherHugh le Despenser the Younger
MotherEleanor de Clare

Edward le Despenser (c. 1310 – 30 September 1342) was a son of Hugh le Despenser the Younger by his wife Eleanor de Clare.[1][2] His father, a favourite of Edward II of England, was executed in 1326. Through his mother, he was a great-grandson of Edward I of England.

Early life[edit]

Although his exact whereabouts before the execution of his father are unknown, it is believed that he was among the children living with their mother Eleanor during her imprisonment in the Tower of London (November 1326 – February 1328).[3] He was clearly too young to be seen as a threat to Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, unlike his older brother, Hugh (who was imprisoned by the two in 1327).

Marriage and children[edit]

After coming into his estates in November 1334, he soon married Anne Ferrers of Groby (sister of Henry, Lord Ferrers). They had four surviving sons:

Later life[edit]

Like a few of his brothers, Edward served in Edward III's military campaigns. In 1342, he accompanied his older brother Hugh to mainland Europe.[3] Although they were originally heading for Gascony, they were diverted to Brest to aid King Edward's ally the Countess of Montfort in the Breton Civil War. On 30 September 1342, they helped achieve a victory against the French army at the Battle of Morlaix,[3] but Edward was killed during the fighting.[4]



  1. ^ Burke 1885, p. 793.
  2. ^ a b Pugh 2004.
  3. ^ a b c Higginbotham, Susan. "Edward le Despenser". Archived from the original on 30 November 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
  4. ^ Poole 1900.

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