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Henry de Bohun, 1st Earl of Hereford, Lord High Constable of England

Henry de Bohun, 1st Earl of Hereford, Lord High Constable of England [1, 2]

Male 1176 - 1220  (44 years)

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  • Name Henry de Bohun 
    Arms of de Bohun
    Arms of de Bohun
    Suffix 1st Earl of Hereford, Lord High Constable of England  
    Born 1176 
    Gender Male 
    Political 1215  Runnymeade, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Surety for the Magna Carta. 
    Magna Carta
    Magna Carta
    The Magna Carta gives early expression to the doctrine that became the Rule of Law. It was occasioned by John's arbitrary and capricious abuse of the English nobility: predatory practices involving inheritances, military service, and hostage taking, as well as confiscatory taxation, fees and fines. With the debacle at Bouvines, England's barons were empowered to move. Broken, John sued for peace but then appealed his concessions to Rome. "As a political tool," writes historian Thomas Asbridge, "it was defunct within three months, and by the end of the year its terms were regarded null and void by all parties." The Greatest Knight, 332. The majority of the Barons declared for Prince Louis of France who, in turn, began deploying an Anglo-French military force. The Royalists, however, were able to prevail, greatly assisted by the death of John and the accession of his nine-year-old heir, Henry III.
    Military 20 May 1217  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1 Jun 1220 
    Buried Llanthony Priory, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BOHUN, HENRY de, first Earl of Hereford (1176-1220), constable of England, was the grandson of Humphrey III de Bohun [q. v.] and Margaret, daughter of Milo of Gloucester, earl of Hereford and constable, through whom the hereditary right to the office of constable passed to the family of de Bohun. He was born in 1176, and on the accession of John was created earl of Hereford by charter 28 April 1199. In 1200 he was sent with other nobles to summon his uncle, William the Lion of Scotland, to appear at Lincoln to do homage. In 1215 he joined the confederate barons who obtained the concession of Magna Charta, and was one of the twenty-five appointed to insure its observance. On John's death he still adhered to the party of Louis of France, and was taken prisoner in the battle of Lincoln 20 May 1217. He died on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land 1 June 1220. His wife was Maud, daughter of Geoffrey Fitz-Piers, earl of Essex, by whom he had a son Humphrey V [q. v.], who succeeded him.

      [Chronicles of Bog. Hoveden, Gervase of Canterbury, and Matt. Paris; Dugdale's Baronage, i. 180.]

    Person ID I1878  Dickinson
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2017 

    Father Humphrey IV de Bohun, Lord High Constable of England,   d. 1180 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Margaret of Huntingdon, Duchess of Brittany, Countess of Hereford,   b. ca. 1144,   d. 1201  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Bef Easter 1171 
    Family ID F574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda de Mandeville, Countess of Essex,   d. 27 Aug 1236 
    +1. Humphrey V de Bohun, 2nd Earl Hereford and 1st Essex, Lord High Constable,   b. Abt 1208,   d. 24 Sep 1275, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years)  [Birth]
     2. Henry de Bohun  [Birth]
     3. Ralph de Bohun  [Birth]
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2014 
    Family ID F447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsPolitical - Surety for the Magna Carta. - 1215 - Runnymeade, Surrey Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - 20 May 1217 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Llanthony Priory, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at, 20XX),

    2. [S336470] Wikipedia, (Online:, "Henry de Bohun, 1st Earl of Hereford,",_1st_Earl_of_Hereford.

    3. [S336351] Dictionary of National Biography, 63 volumes, Sir Sidney Lee, ed., (New York: McMillan and Company, 1885-1900), Public Domain., vol. 5, 307.