A Great Discovery! – The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll by Hugh Wood

It was a couple of years ago that I first heard about the existence of an old roll of parchment containing the coats of arms of people connected with Ludlow Castle. It was owned by a dealer in the Portobello Road in London who had had it for several years. Heraldic rolls like this are … More A Great Discovery! – The Ludlow Castle Heraldic Roll by Hugh Wood

Richard duke of York & the Mortimers: A guest post by Matthew Lewis

Richard, Duke of York was the patriarch of the Yorkist monarchy that ruled England for just quarter of a century. Before his oldest son became King Edward IV and his youngest became King Richard III, the Duke of York was at odds with the government of his second cousin, once removed, King Henry VI for most … More Richard duke of York & the Mortimers: A guest post by Matthew Lewis

On this day in history: The birth of Roger Mortimer, 4th earl of March

A quick post today to mark the birth of the fourth earl of March, Roger Mortimer. I shall come back and write about him in much more detail at a later date using full sources and citations. On Monday April 11th 1374 eighteen year old Philippa, countess of March gave birth to her second child and … More On this day in history: The birth of Roger Mortimer, 4th earl of March

A Royal Traitor: The Life & Execution of Thomas of Lancaster, a guest post by Stephen Spinks

On this day 695 years ago, Thomas of Lancaster, cousin to Edward II came to a grisly end outside the walls of his castle at Pontefract. Here is his dramatic life story and that all important game changing  execution.  Lancaster’s death, coming after the surrender and imprisonment of the Mortimers and the violent death of Humphrey … More A Royal Traitor: The Life & Execution of Thomas of Lancaster, a guest post by Stephen Spinks

Mortimer History Society: News

RESULTS OF THE 2016 ESSAY COMPETITION  First Prize (£750)  Miraculous Marches: The Cult of Thomas de Cantilupe and the Mortimers by Ian Bass Second Prize (£300) Legal Culture in a medieval Marcher Lordship : a comparative analysis of the Dyffryn Clwyd court rolls By Angharad Jones Commended Heartless, Witless, Graceless, Thriftless: Roger Mortimer and the Scots … More Mortimer History Society: News

The Mortimer marriage of Elizabeth de Badlesmere

Elizabeth de Badlesmere was born circa 1313, one of the daughters of Baron Bartholomew de Badlesmere and his wife Margaret de Clare [1.]  Aged three or four Elizabeth was married to Edmund Mortimer, the son and heir of Roger Mortimer 3rd Baron Wigmore and his wife Joan de Geneville[2.] at Ernwood, Kinlet in Shropshire.[2.] Born circa … More The Mortimer marriage of Elizabeth de Badlesmere

Hugh de Mortimer

Today I am writing -albeit briefly- about Hugh de Mortimer, an earlier member of the Mortimer family who died in 1181.  Hugh is believed to have been born in Normandy in the 1090’s, possibly sooner. He was the grandson of the first Mortimer,  (de Mortimer) Roger who took his name from the castle of Mortemer in … More Hugh de Mortimer

The Poynings wills

I have added these wills as they explain better the family of Agnes Mortimer, Mother of Thomas Bardolf the subject of a previous post. My notes are added in bold italic.    Sir Michael de Poynings, Knt (1st Baron Poynings) Michael de Poynings, Knt. Friday after the Feast of St Matthew the Apostle 1368.[1.] My body … More The Poynings wills