John de Southeray

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John de Southeray (1364 - 1383) was an illegitimate son of King Edward III of England by his mistress Alice Perrers. He was the oldest of Perrers' three acknowledged illegitimate children by her royal lover.[1] He was knighted in April 1377, alongside the future King Richard II.[2] That same year, he was married to a daughter of Henry de Percy, 3rd Baron Percy; she divorced him in 1380, claiming she had not consented to the marriage.

During the abortive Castilian campaign led by his half-brother the Earl of Cambridge in 1381, John led a contingent of English soldiers.[3] After his troops went unpaid, John led them in a mutiny; he may have been only a figurehead for the mutineers, though, as he (unlike the other conspirators) went unpunished afterwards.[4]


  1. ^ Hamilton, J.S. "The Plantagenets: History of a Dynasty" pg. 181
  2. ^ Bertelli, Sergio "The King's Body: Sacred Rituals of Power in Medieval and Early Modern England" pg. 174
  3. ^ Robertson, Ian "A Traveller's History of Portugal" pg. 56
  4. ^ Harriss, G.L., Archer, Rowena E., and Walker, Simon "Rulers and Ruled in Late Medieval England" pp. 40 - 41