Henry Percy, 2nd Baron Percy

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Henry Percy, 9th Baron Percy of Topcliffe, 2nd Baron Percy of Alnwick (6 February 1301 – 26 February 1352) was the son of Henry de Percy, 1st Baron Percy of Alnwick, and Eleanor Fitzalan, daughter of Sir Richard FitzAlan, 8th Earl of Arundel, and sister of Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel.


Henry was thirteen when his father died, so the barony was placed in the custody of John de Felton.[1]

In 1316 he was granted the lands of Patrick IV, Earl of March, in Northumberland, by King Edward II of England.[2] In 1322, was made governor of Pickering Castle and of the town and castle of Scarborough and was later knighted at York.[3] Henry joined with other barons to remove the Despensers, who were favourites of Edward II.

Following a disastrous war with the Scots, Henry was empowered along with William Zouche to negotiate the Treaty of Edinburgh–Northampton.[4] This was an unpopular treaty with the English, and peace between England and Scotland lasted only five years.

He was appointed to Edward III's council in 1327 and was given the manor and castle of Skipton. Was granted, by Edward III, the castle and barony of Warkworth in 1328. He was at the siege of Dunbar, the siege of Berwick and the Battle of Halidon Hill and was subsequently appointed constable of Berwick-upon-Tweed.[5] In 1346, Henry commanded the right wing of the English, at the Battle of Neville's Cross.[6]

In 1329, he founded a chantry, to celebrate divine service for his soul.[7]

Marriage and issue[edit]

He married Idonia, daughter of Robert Clifford, 1st Baron Clifford,[8] and had the following children;


  1. ^ Tate, George, The History of the Borough, Castle, and Barony of Alnwick, Vol.1, (Henry Hunter Blair, 1866), 118.
  2. ^ Tate, 118.
  3. ^ Tate, 119.
  4. ^ Tate, 121.
  5. ^ Lanercost Chronicle, p.282
  6. ^ Tate, 124.
  7. ^ Tate, 128.
  8. ^ Tate, 130.
  9. ^ Richardson II 2011, p. 210.
  10. ^ Douglas Richardson, Kimball G. Everingham (2011-03-28). Magna Carta ancestry : a study in colonial and medieval families, Volume II (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City, UT.: Douglas Richardson. pp. 125–126. ISBN 9781449966386.
  11. ^ G. E. Cokayne (Vicary Gibbs, ed.), The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910-1959) vol. V, p. 349


  • Brenan, Gerald, A History of the House of Percy IIvols. London 1902.
  • Lanercost Chronicle, trans. & ed. Maxwell, Sir Herbert. Glasgow 1913.[1]
  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Vol. II (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1449966381
  • Tate, George, The History of the Borough, Castle, and Barony of Alnwick, Vol.1, Henry Hunter Blair, 1866.
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