Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester
However, he supported Henry Bolingbroke on his return to England to become King Henry IV, only to be attainted (deprived of his Earldom because of a capital crime) for his role in the death of Thomas of Woodstock.
He then took part in the Epiphany Rising, a rebellion led by a number of Barons aimed at restoring Richard to the throne by assassinating King Henry IV; this quickly failed when the conspirators were betrayed by Edward of Norwich, 2nd Duke of York to Henry. After fleeing to the western counties, a number of the Epiphany Rising conspirators were captured and killed by mobs of townspeople loyal to the king; Despenser was captured by a mob and beheaded at Bristol on 13 January 1400.
- Elizabeth le Despenser (died young c. 1398)
- Richard le Despenser, 4th Baron Burghersh (1396–1414)
- Edward le Despenser (b. bef. 1400), died young
- Hugh le Despenser (c. 1400–1401)
- Isabel le Despenser (1400–1439), she married first Richard Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, she married second his cousin Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick
Ancestry and succession
|Ancestors of Thomas le Despenser, 1st Earl of Gloucester|
|Peerage of England|
Edward le Despenser
|Baron le Despencer
|Earl of Gloucester