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Lady Elizabeth Lancaster

Lady Elizabeth Lancaster

Birth
Burford, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
Death 24 Nov 1425 (aged 62)
England
Burial Burford, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
Memorial ID 86167748 · View Source
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Elizabeth was the daughter and third child of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and Blanche Plantagenet of Lancaster, Countess of Derby. She was born in January or February, and was raised in her father's royal household under Katherine Swynford. Elizabeth was considered to be very independent and spirited. She was vested as a Lady of the Garter in 1378.

Her first husband was John de Hastings, the 3rd Earl of Pembroke, married 24 June 1380 at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, England. She was seventeen years old and her husband eight. The marriage was annulled as she became pregnant by the infamous seducer, John de Holand, in 1386.

Elizabeth and John de Holand were married the same year on 24 June 1386 in Plymouth, Devon. The marriage produced six children:
* Constance Holland 1387–1437 wife of Thomas Mowbray, 4th Earl of Norfolk and Sir John Grey, had children
* Richard Holland c 1389 – 3 September 1400, no children
* Alice Holland c 1392 – c 1406, wife of Richard de Vere, 11th Earl of Oxford, no children
* John Holland, 2nd Duke of Exeter 1395–1447, had children
* Sir Edward Holland 1399–1413, no children,
Sir John Holland was executed for his part in the Epiphany Rising in 1400.

Thirdly, Elizabeth married Sir John Cornwall, 1st Baron Fanhope and Milbroke in 1400. This marriage caused a scandal as Sir John failed to ask her brother for permission to marry Elizabeth, which resulted in his being arrested. However the marriage is said to have been a happy and loving one and they went on to have two children, Constance who married John d'Arundel, and Sir John, who was killed in the 100 Year War.

Elizabeth died in 1426 and was buried at Burford Church, Burford, Shropshire.

Frederick Lewis Weis lists her death location as Ampthill, Bedfordshire.


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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 3 Mar 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 86167748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lady Elizabeth Lancaster (21 Feb 1363–24 Nov 1425), Find A Grave Memorial no. 86167748, citing St Mary's Churchyard, Burford, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .