John of Gloucester was an illegitimate son of Richard III of England. John is so called because his father was Duke of Gloucester at the time of his birth. He was also known as "John of Pontefract"
The identity of his mother is not known. Katherine Haute, a woman mentioned in household records of the Richard, Duke of Gloucester, has been suggested as his mistress and mother of John. Katharine, an illegitimate daughter of Richard III who married William Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, was his sister. They were both half-siblings of Edward of Middleham , Prince of Wales.
He was one of two persons knighted on September 8, 1483 in York during the celebrations which invested his half-brother Edward of Middleham as Prince of Wales.
John is known to have been in Calais by November, 1484 and was officially appointed Captain of Calais by his father on March 11, 1485. His letter of appointment has Richard referring to him as "our dear bastard son". John was not yet an adult and did not exercise the full authority of his position. Robert Brackenbury was entrusted with his safety.
The previous Captain Robert Dynham, 1st Baron Dynham had been an early supporter of Richard III. He had recently recaptured the fortress of Hammes from a garrison which had defected to the side of Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond but had let the defectors go unharmed, placing his loyalties under suspicion. Dynham was however allowed to serve under Gloucester.
After Richard was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field (August 22, 1485), Henry VII removed John from the position of Captain of Calais position but did not further persecute him and, in 1486, granted him an annual income of 20 pounds sterling. In 1491, an illegitimate son of Richard III is known to have been executed. This was probably John, then in his early twenties, rather than an unknown sibling.
John of Gloucester had no known descendants.
King Richard (1452 - 1485)
Katherine Plantagenet Herbert (1468 - 1487)*
John of Gloucester (1470 - 1491)
Edward of Middleham (1473 - 1484)*
Body lost or destroyed
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Record added: Nov 15, 2012
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