Martin de la See

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Sir Martin de la See
Died15 December 1494
  • Margaret Spencer
  • Elizabeth Wentworth
  • Margery
ChildrenChristopher de la See
Margaret de la See
Joan de la See
Elizabeth de la See
Parent(s)Brian de la See
Maud Monceaux

Sir Martin de la See of Barmston, East Riding of Yorkshire[1][2] (1420 – 15 December 1494), was an English nobleman.


Martin de la See was son of Brian de la See and wife Maud Monceaux, daughter and heiress of John Monceaux.[3]

When Edward IV of England landed at Ravenspur in March 1471 he led local resistance. Knighted on 24 July 1482 by Henry Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland following the siege of Edrington Castle, Scotland, he would serve as commissioner of the peace for East Riding of Yorkshire from 1484 to 1494.[4]

Martin died between 20 November and 15 December 1494 and was buried in the choir in All Hallows, Barmston, East Riding of Yorkshire, with effigy.[5][6]

Marriages and issue[edit]

He married, firstly, Margaret Spencer, daughter and heiress of Christopher Spencer, by whom they had one son, Christopher de la See, who died in his father's lifetime, and one daughter, Margaret de la See, who later married Sir Henry Boynton of Acklam, North Riding of Yorkshire.[7]

He married, secondly, Elizabeth Wentworth, daughter of Sir Philip Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk, and wife Mary Clifford, daughter of John Clifford, 7th Baron de Clifford and wife Elizabeth Percy, by whom he had two daughters.[3] The first, Joan de la See, married Sir Peter Hildyard of Winestead, Yorkshire, son of Robert Hildyard and wife Elizabeth Hastings. They are ancestors to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.[8][9] The second daughter, Elizabeth de la See, married Roger Kelke of Barnetby le Wold, Lincolnshire, son of Sir Roger Kelke and wife Eleanor Ingelbert.

He married for the third time, before 20 November 1494, to Margery.


  1. ^ "In the Memory of Sir Martin de la See, Knt who died in the Year 1494". Trustees of the British Museum. 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Full text of "The coats of arms of the nobility and gentry of Yorkshire-"". Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b Harvey 1930, pp. 78–79.
  4. ^ Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry, Baltimore Md., 2004, p. 380. ISBN 0-8063-1750-7
  5. ^ Testamenta Eboracensia 4 (Surtees Soc. 53) (1869): 100–101.
  6. ^ "Warriors wear armor". Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Full text of "An account of the Boynton family and the family seat of Burton Agnes"". 5 September 1912. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  8. ^ Royal Ancestry of Meghan Markle
  9. ^ Belfast Telegraph ‘’Meghan Markle’s royal links to medieval king and 16th century queen of England’’


  • Harvey, W; et al. (1930). Visitations of the North. 3. Surtees Society. 144.