Thomas Clanvowe

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Arms of Clanvowe: Paly of six or and azure, on a fess gules three mullets or[1]

Thomas Clanvowe (died 1410) was a British landowner, Member of Parliament and Sheriff of Herefordshire.

He was probably the son of Sir John Clanvowe (died 1391) of Hergest, Herefordshire. The surmame is an Anglicised Welsh name, presumably Llanfawr.

In 1391 he entered the service of King Richard II as one of the Kings' esquires. In 1392 he married Perryne, the daughter of Sir Robert Whitney of Whitney-on-Wye, Herefordshire and one of Queen Anne’s ladies-in-waiting. They had no children. He was knighted in 1394/5 after taking part in a military expedition to Ireland and in 1400 took part in an invasion of Scotland under Richard, Lord Grey of Codnor.

He was elected Knight of the Shire (MP) for Herefordshire in 1394 and January and September 1397. He was a Justice of the Peace (JP) for Herefordshire from 1397 to 1399 and appointed High Sheriff of Herefordshire for 1397–1399. In 1401 he accompanied Queen Isabella back to France after the overthrow of Richard II. In 1402 he accompanied Sir Edmund Mortimer on his campaign against the rebel Welsh leader, Owen Glendower, but the English were defeated at the Battle of Bryn Glas near Knighton, Radnorshire, and Clanvowe captured (but later released).

He was a member of a group known as the Lollard knights after their heretical (Lollard) beliefs.

Death & succession[edit]

He died without surviving progeny, when his heir became his aunt Elizabeth Clanvowe, the wife of John Poyntz (d.1366) lord of the manor of Iron Acton in Gloucestershire.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maclean, Sir John & Heane, W.C., (Eds.), The Visitation of the County of Gloucester Taken in the Year 1623 by Henry Chitty and John Phillipot as Deputies to William Camden Clarenceux King of Arms, etc, London, 1885, p.130, pedigree of Poyntz, as quartered by Poyntz (mullets or "according to official record in the Heralds' College" (footmote 1)
  2. ^ History of Parliament
  3. ^ Maclean, Sir John & Heane, W.C., (Eds.), The Visitation of the County of Gloucester Taken in the Year 1623 by Henry Chitty and John Phillipot as Deputies to William Camden Clarenceux King of Arms, etc, London, 1885, p.132, pedigree of Poyntz