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 Humphrey de Bohun

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Humphrey de Bohun

  • Birth c.1276 Pleshey, Chelmsford Borough, Essex, England
  • Death 16 Mar 1322 Boroughbridge, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England
  • Burial York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
  • Memorial ID 8865

4th Earl of Hereford. Born the son of Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford and Maud de Fiennes at Pleshy Castle in Essex. In November 1302 he married King Edward I's daughter, Elizabeth Plantagenet, with whom he had at least eleven children. He held the office of Lord High Constable. He took part in the king's Scottish campaigns in the early 1300s. After the flight of Robert Bruce, de Bohun received many of Bruce's confiscated properties. At the battle of Bannockburn in 1314, he charged the Bruce, and his nephew Henry de Bohun was killed, but he was taken and held for ransom. He was eventually exchanged for Bruce's wife and daughter. He numbered among the peers who opposed Edward II's excesses and banished the royal favorite, Piers Gaveston. In 1316 he successfully led the suppression of the revolt of Llywelyn Bren. By 1322, however, he fell in with Lancaster's rebellion against Edward II, and as the rebels approached Boroughbridge in Yorkshire, de Bohun led an attempt to storm the bridge held by royal pike men. The Earl, however, was run through by pike men secreted beneath the bridge and died in the field, his gruesome death breaking the advance, and spelling failure for the rebels.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 14 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8865
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Humphrey de Bohun (c.1276–16 Mar 1322), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8865, citing Blackfriars Abbey Church (Defunct), York, York Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .