Guy de Bryan, 1st Baron Bryan

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Admiral Sir Guy de Bryan
Walwyns Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Died17 August 1390
Allegiance England
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1337–1372
Commands heldAdmiral of the West
Battles/warsBattle of Crécy
Battle off Sluys
Arms of Sir Guy de Bryan, 1st Baron Bryan, KG: Or, three piles conjoined in point azure
Arms of Guy de Bryan on a chest made to hold the Treaty of Calais, signed in 1360 between Edward III of England and John II of France

Guy de Bryan, 1st Baron Bryan, KG (born before 1319, died 17 August 1390) was an English military commander and Admiral.


He was the son of Sir Guy de Bryan (d.1349) (alias de Brienne), of Walwyn's Castle in Pembrokeshire and Torbryan in Devon he was sometime before 1319.


He served on the English side in the Second War of Scottish Independence and in France and Flanders during the Hundred Years' War. In 1341, he was made Warden of the Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, and Governor of St Briavel's Castle, the seat of the Warden, which offices he held until his death.

On August 26, 1346, he was named a Knights Bachelor.[1]

In 1349, he was temporarily Keeper of the Great Seal of England, and in 1350 was granted an annuity of 200 marks for bearing the King's Standard against the French at Calais. From 25 November 1350, he was summoned to Parliament and may thereby be held to have been created Baron Bryan. On 1 March 1356 he was appointed Admiral of the West a post he held till 18 July 1360 under Edward III of England [2]. In 1361, he was Ambassador to Pope Innocent VI. Following the death of Sir John Chandos on 31 December 1369, he was made a Knight of the Garter. On 3 May 1370, he was once again appointed Admiral of the West until 6 October 1372.[3]

Marriages and progeny[edit]

He married twice and left issue by his second wife only:



Death & burial[edit]

Bryan on 17 August 1390. Although he had a tomb in Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, he was buried at Slapton Parish Church, Devon.[7]


His executrix was his daughter-in-law Alice and his co-heiresses were his granddaughters Phillipe (age 12) and Elizabeth (age 10). Any barony that may be held to have been created by the writ of 1350 fell (according to modern doctrine) into abeyance between these granddaughters.[8] Sir Thomas Bryan assumed his arms at a later date.

Offices held[edit]


  1. ^ Shaw, Wm. A. (1971). The Knights of England: A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of All the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of the Knights Bachelors. 2. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company. p. 5. OCLC 247620448.
  2. ^ Connors, Michael (2008). John Hawley, merchant, mayor, and privateer : Chaucer's shipman of Dartmouth. Richard Webb. p. 67. ISBN 9780953636181.
  3. ^ Beatson, Robert (1788). A Political Index to the Histories of Great Britain and Ireland: Or, A Complete Register of the Hereditary Honours, Public Offices, and Persons in Office, from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time. G. G. J. & J. Robinson. pp. 260–262.
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2015-08-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Sir Guy De Bryan (1309-1390) - Find A Grave Memorial".
  8. ^ Complete Peerage, 2nd edition, Volume 2, PP 361-2