|Birth: ||May 1, 1286|
|Death: ||Nov. 24, 1326|
Hugh Despenser, 1st Lord Despenser , also referred to as "the younger Despenser" was the son and heir of Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester (the elder Despenser), and Isabella daughter of William, 9th Earl of Warwick.
In May 1306 Hugh Despenser the younger was knighted, and that summer he married Eleanor de Clare.
Eleanor's grandfather, Edward I, owed the elder Despenser 2,000 marks, and the marriage settled this debt, and was a reward for the elder Hugh's loyal service.
When Eleanor's brother, Gilbert, was killed in 1314, she unexpectedly became one of the three co-heiresses to the rich of his, and in her right Hugh inherited Glamorgan and other properties. In just a few short years Hugh went from a landless knight to one of the wealthiest magnates in the kingdom.
Eleanor and Hugh had nine children:
* Hugh le Despencer 1308–1349
* Gilbert le Despenser 1309–1381
* Edward le Despenser 1310–1342
* Isabel le Despenser 1312–1356
* John le Despenser 1311 – June 1366
* Eleanor le Despenser c 1315–1351, nun at Sempringham Priory
* Joan le Despenser c 1317–1384, nun at Shaftesbury Abbey
* Margaret le Despenser c 1319–1337, nun at Whatton Priory
* Elizabeth le Despenser born 1325, died 13 July 1389
He was one of the principles in the King Edward 11 reign, as one of the Kings favorites, and was brought to trial on 24 November 1326, in Hereford. He was judged a traitor and a thief, and sentenced to public execution. He was stripped naked, and Biblical verses denouncing arrogance and evil were written on his skin was horribly and brutally executed, and his remains put on public display around the city
In December 1330 Hugh's widow, Eleanor, and a few of his friends were given permission to collect his remains and give him a Christian burial. His tomb is in Tewksbury Abbey. Where his remains are is not known. (See note below)
(bio by Audrey DeCamp Hoffman)
Possibly buried at Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire. Bones were uncovered during the 1970s. The body was drawn and quartered, and a few skeletal remains are still missing. The abbey is on the estate of Hugh The Younger's brother-in-law, Hugh Audley.
Hugh Despenser (1260 - 1326)
Isabel De Beauchamp Despencer (1256 - 1306)
Eleanor de Clare (1292 - 1337)
Hugh le Despencer (1308 - 1349)*
Isabella le Despenser FitzAlan (1312 - 1356)*
Elizabeth le Despenser Berkeley (1326 - 1389)*
Isabel le Despenser de Monthermer (____ - 1334)*
Matilda de Chaworth Plantagenet (1282 - 1322)**
Hugh le Despenser (1286 - 1326)
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Audrey DeCamp Hoffman
Record added: Jan 30, 2012
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