John de Welles, 5th Baron Welles

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John de Welles, 5th Baron Welles (1352–1421) was an English soldier and noble. He married Eleanor de Mowbray, daughter of John de Mowbray, 4th Baron Mowbray, and Elizabeth de Segrave, 5th Baroness Segrave.[1]

He was summoned to parliament between 20 January 1376 and 26 February 1421.[2]

At a banquet in Edinburgh and presumably after too much alcohol he issued, as Champion of England, the following challenge to David Lindsay (later 1st Earl of Crawford): “Let words have no place; if ye know not the Chivalry and Valiant deeds of Englishmen; appoint me a day and a place where ye list, and ye shall have experience.”[1] As a result of the challenge, on St George’s Day, 23 April 1390,[3] he fought David Lindsay in mock combat on horseback on London Bridge, losing the match by falling from his horse in their third charge against each other.

He was the father of:

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
John de Welles
Baron Welles
Succeeded by
Lionel de Welles