Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford

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Robert de Vere
5th Earl of Oxford
The keep, Hedingham Castle in winter.jpg
Hedingham Castle, Essex, seat of the Earls of Oxford
Bornc. 1220
Diedbefore 7 September 1296
burial at Earls Colne, Essex; heart burial at Ipswich, Suffolk
Noble familyDe Vere
Spouse(s)Alice de Sanford
IssueRobert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford
Sir Hugh de Vere
Sir Alphonse de Vere
Thomas de Vere
Gilbert de Vere
Philip de Vere
Joan de Vere
Hawise de Vere
FatherHugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford
MotherHawise de Quincy

Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford (c. 1220 – 1296) was the son and heir of Hugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford, and chamberlain to Queen Eleanor.

Early life[edit]

Robert de Vere was born about 1220, the only son of Hugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford, and Hawise de Quincy, daughter of Saer de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester. He had three sisters, Isabel, Lora and Margaret.[1]


Robert de Vere's marriage brought into his family the role of chamberlain to Henry III's queen Eleanor.[2] He was among the followers of Simon de Montfort during the Second Barons' War, and was with Simon's son, Simon the Younger, when Edward I of England attacked Kenilworth Castle prior to the Battle of Evesham. De Vere's title and property were forfeited, but restored shortly afterwards by the Dictum of Kenilworth.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Before 22 February 1252, he married Alice de Sanford, daughter and heiress of Gilbert de Sanford. They had six sons and two daughters:[3]


Robert de Vere died before 7 September 1296. His widow, Alice, died at Canfield, Essex on 7 September 1312. They were both buried at Earls Colne, Essex.[4] The heart of Robert de Vere was buried separately at the Ipswich Greyfriars, which was the burial place of Margaret Mortimer, wife of the 6th Earl.[5]


  1. ^ Richardson IV 2011, p. 262.
  2. ^ Round, John Horace (1911). "Vere" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1020.
  3. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 263–6.
  4. ^ Richardson IV 2011, pp. 263–4.
  5. ^ J. Weever, Ancient Fvnerall Monvments Within The Vnited Monarchie Of Great Britain (Thomas Harper for Laurence Sadler, London 1631), p. 751 (as p. 750) (Google).


  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Vol. IV (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1460992709

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Political offices
Preceded by Lord Great Chamberlain
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by Earl of Oxford
1263–1265 (forfeited)
Succeeded by