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Eleanore De Clare
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Birth: Oct., 1292
Cardiff, Wales
Death: Jun. 30, 1337
Gloucestershire, England

Daughter of Sir Gilbert de Clare and Joan of Acre, granddaughter of Richard de
Clare and Matilda de Lacy, King Edward I and Eleanor of Castile.

Eleanor married Hugh le Despenser, the younger, son of Hugh le Despenser and
Isabella de Beauchamp. Her grandfather, King Edward I of England, granted
Eleanor a maritagium of 2,000 pounds sterling. Eleanor and Hugh had nine
children:
Hugh le Despencer, 2nd Baron le Despencer
Gilbert le Despenser
Edward le Despenser, killed at the siege of Vannes
John le Despenser
Isabel le Despenser, wife of Richard Fitzalan, 10th Earl of Arundel
Eleanor le Despenser, nun at Sempringham Priory
Joan le Despenser, nun at Shaftesbury Abbey
Margaret le Despenser, nun at Whatton Priory
Elizabeth le Despenser, wife of Maurice de Berkeley

Hugh is famous for the participation on Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella's
takeover of England from her husband, King Edward II, which ended in the violent
and appalling executions of both Hugh the younger and his father in 1326, at
which point Eleanor's life is changed drastically. Three of her daughters were
forced to take the veil as nuns, only the eldest, already married, and the
youngest babe, escaped the nunnery. In November of 1326, Eleanor was confined in
the Tower of London. Her oldest son, Hugh, held Caerphilly Castle until spring
of 1327, and was spared his life to surrender yet remain imprisoned until 1331.
Eleanor was finally released in February 1328 and received possession of her
lands in April of 1328.

Secondly, she was the wife of Sir William de Mortimer la Zouche, one of the men
who captured her husband. He abducted her (often thought of as an elopement)
from her Hanley Castle in 1329, where she had returned following the execution
of her husband and her imprisonment at the Tower of London.

Roger de Mortimer issued orders for their arrest on 05 Feb 1329 for both William
and Eleanor, acting in the King's name, and at the same time, it was believed
that Eleanor had stolen jewels from the Tower. Eleanor was again imprisoned in
the Tower of London, and moved to Devizes Castle. The King ordered to to release
her lordships of Glamorgan and Morgannwg, the manors of Tewkesbury and Hanley
until a ridiculous fine of 50.000 was paid. They received a pardon 22 Feb 1330,
and Eleanor recovered her lands for a reduced fine of only 5000, which was
never paid in full in her life time.
per Anne Shurtleff Stevens 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Gilbert De Clare (1243 - 1295)
  Joan of Acre (1272 - 1307)
 
 Spouses:
  William de Mortimer la Zouche (____ - 1337)*
  Hugh le Despenser (1286 - 1326)*
 
 Children:
  Hugh le Despencer (1308 - 1349)*
  Edward Le Despenser (1310 - 1342)*
  Isabella le Despenser FitzAlan (1312 - 1356)*
  Elizabeth le Despenser Berkeley (1326 - 1389)*
 
 Siblings:
  Gilbert de Clare (1291 - 1314)*
  Eleanore De Clare (1292 - 1337)
  Margaret de Clare (1293 - 1342)*
  Elizabeth de Clare (1295 - 1360)*
  Thomas de Monthermer (1301 - 1340)**
  Edward 3rd baron Monthermer (1303 - 1340)**
  Stillborn de Monthermer (1307 - 1307)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury
Tewkesbury Borough
Gloucestershire, England
 
Created by: Helen L. Smith Hoke
Record added: Nov 03, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16441442
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