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Sir Robert Harcourt, KG

Sir Robert Harcourt, KG[1]

Male 1410 - 1470  (60 years)

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  • Name Robert Harcourt 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix KG 
    Born 20 Sep 1410  Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Title 1463  [2
    Order of the Garter 
    Died 14 Nov 1470 
    Buried St. Michael's, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Harcourt Chest Tombs
    Harcourt Chest Tombs
    St. Michael's Church
    Sir Robert Harcourt, KG
    Sir Robert Harcourt, KG
    St. Michael's Church
    Sir Robert Harcourt, KG
    Sir Robert Harcourt, KG
    St. Michael's Church
    St. Michael's Church
    St. Michael's Church
    Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire
    Notes 
    • As the Wars of the Roses was breaking, Sir Robert Harcourt's sympathies were decidedly Lancastrian. He was a member of the entourage that escorted Margaret of Anjou to England for her wedding with Henry VI.

      His loyalty to the crown slowly came under scrutiny, however. Almost certainly this was precipitated by the death Richard Stafford, eldest son of Sir Humphrey Stafford of Grafton, on May 22, 1448. While their retinues passed on the road outside Coventry, Richard and Harcourt exchanged words, and then blows, all of which was followed by a general melee between their retainers. Sir Humphrey was unhorsed that day and Sir Robert was indicted for murder the day following. (This launched a near four decade feud between the families. Robert was murdered at the hands of William Stafford's bastard.) Robert's ties to the queen and William de la Pole served him well, as he was absolved of the crime.

      As events unfolded, the Harcourts did indeed take up the standard of York; however, the short but troubled reign of Richard III found the family siding again with the House of Lancaster. Harcourt's grandson, Richard, was Henry VII's standard-bearer at Bosworth Field. Stafford's son, Humphrey, backed Richard, and being unreconciled to events, was hanged at Tyburn. Thus ended the feud. [3]
    Person ID I11470  Dickinson
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2014 

    Father Thomas Harcourt,   b. 1377, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1420, Bosworth, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years) 
    Mother Jane Francis,   b. 1381, Melbourne, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1420, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Family ID F3230  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Byron 
    Children 
     1. John Harcourt,   d. 1485  [Birth]
    +2. Margaret Harcourt,   b. Abt 1444, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1477  (Age ~ 33 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 27 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F3215  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Arms of Harcourt

    Histories
    Order of the Garter
    Order of the Garter
    "The Order of the Garter is the most senior and the oldest British Order of Chivalry and was founded by Edward III in 1348." The official website of the British Monarchy.

  • Sources 
    1. [S40] A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, Bernard Burke, (London: Harrison, 1866), 516.

    2. [S336378] A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank; but Univested with Heritable Honors, Burke, John, (London, U.K.: 1837), vol. 2, 222.

    3. [S11] A Time-Line of Fifteenth Century England - 1398 to 1509, William E. Baumgaertner, (Trafford Publishing, 2009).