Lady Elizabeth Percy

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Elizabeth Percy
Pennon of Sir Henry (Hotspur) Percy, Battle of Otterburn.jpg
The pennon of Sir Henry Percy
Spouse(s) John Clifford, 7th Baron de Clifford
Ralph Neville, 2nd Earl of Westmorland
Thomas Clifford
Henry Clifford
Mary Clifford
Blanche Clifford
Sir John Neville
Noble family Percy
Father Henry 'Hotspur' Percy
Mother Elizabeth Mortimer
Born c. 1395
Died 26 October 1436

Lady Elizabeth Percy (c. 1395 – 26 October 1436) was the daughter of Sir Henry Percy, known to history as 'Hotspur',[1][2] and Elizabeth Mortimer, the eldest daughter of Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March, and his wife, Philippa, the only child of Lionel, 1st Duke of Clarence, and Elizabeth de Burgh, Countess of Ulster.[3] After the death of Sir Henry Percy, Elizabeth Mortimer married, sometime after 3 June 1406, Thomas de Camoys, 1st Baron Camoys, who later commanded the rearguard of the English army at the Battle of Agincourt.[4][5]

By her mother's first marriage to Sir Henry Percy, Elizabeth Percy had one brother, Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland (3 February 1393 – 22 May 1455), who married Eleanor Neville (died c. 1473), widow of Richard le Despenser, and daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, by his second wife, Joan Beaufort, legitimated daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster. They had nine sons and three daughters. He was slain at the First Battle of St Albans during the Wars of the Roses.[6]

Elizabeth Percy also had a brother of the half blood, Sir Roger Camoys, the son of her mother's second marriage to Thomas de Camoys.[4][7]

Elizabeth Percy died 26 October 1436. She was buried at Staindrop, Durham.[8]

Through her daughter, Mary Clifford, Elizabeth Percy was the great-great-grandmother of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII.

Marriages and issue[edit]

Elizabeth Percy married firstly John Clifford, 7th Baron de Clifford, slain at the Siege of Meaux on 13 March 1422, by whom she had two sons and two daughters:[9][8]

With John Clifford[edit]

Name Lifespan Notes
Thomas Married Joan Dacre, daughter of Thomas Dacre, 6th Baron Dacre by Philippa de Neville, daughter of Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland.[9][10]
Henry [11]
Mary Married Sir Philip Wentworth (c.1424 – 18 May 1464) of Nettlestead, Suffolk, beheaded at Middleham, Yorkshire, after the Battle of Hexham, by whom she had a son and two daughters.[9][12]
Blanche (or Beatrix) Married Sir Robert Waterton (d. 10 December 1475), son of the Lancastrian retainer, Robert Waterton (d. 17 January 1425).[11][13][14]

With Ralph Neville[edit]

She married secondly, in 1426, Ralph Neville, 2nd Earl of Westmorland (d. 3 November 1484), by whom she had a son, Sir John Neville.

Name Lifespan Notes
Sir John married Anne Holland, daughter of John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter.[15][16] Sir John Neville died shortly before 16 March 1450 without issue. His widow, Anne Holand, married another Sir John Neville who was the brother of Elizabeth Percy's second husband, Ralph Neville, 2nd Earl of Westmorland (d. 3 November 1484). They had an only son, Ralph, 3rd Earl of Westmorland.[15]


  1. ^ Cokayne 1936, pp. 713-14.
  2. ^ Walker 2004.
  3. ^ Richardson III 2011, pp. 193-4, 341.
  4. ^ a b Cokayne 1912, p. 508.
  5. ^ Leland 2004.
  6. ^ Richardson III 2011, pp. 343–4.
  7. ^ Richardson I 2011, p. 399.
  8. ^ a b Richardson III 2011, p. 250.
  9. ^ a b c Richardson I 2011, pp. 507-8.
  10. ^ Summerson 2004.
  11. ^ a b Richardson I 2011, p. 507.
  12. ^ Richardson III 2011, p. 236.
  13. ^ Whitehead 2004.
  14. ^ Ellis & Tomlinson 1882, p. 421.
  15. ^ a b Richardson III 2011, pp. 250-1.
  16. ^ Pollard 2004.