Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester

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Arms of Despencer: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules, a fret or, over all a ribbon sable

Isabel le Despenser, Countess of Worcester and Warwick, LG (26 July 1400 – 1439) was the posthumous daughter and eventually the sole heiress of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester (d. 1399) by his wife, Constance of York. She was born six months after her father had been beheaded for plotting against King Henry IV (1399–1413).

Marriages and progeny[edit]

Arms of first husband Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester (d. 1422): Gules, a fesse between six crosses crosslet or a crescent for difference.

These are the Beauchamp arms differenced by a crescent for a second son, referring to his father who was the second son of the 11th Earl of Warwick.[a]

Arms of second husband Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick (d. 1439): Gules, a fesse between six crosses crosslet or, the undifferenced Beauchamp arms of the senior line

Isabel married twice, successively to two identically named first-cousins, grandsons of Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick (d. 1369):



  1. ^ As per his seal ("Beauchamp with crescent on the fesse & Despencer quarterly") affixed to Cardiff Inspeximus, 20 April 1421, published as Charter no. MCXVI, in [1]


  1. ^ Clark, G.T. (1910), "Cartae et Alia Munimenta Quae ad Dominium de Glamorgancia Pertinent", Charters DCCCCLII-MCXCIV, Cardiff, vol. 4