1320-1329 Despencer War

Declaration of Arbroath

On 06 Apr 1320 fifty-one Scottish magnates signed a letter to Pope John XXII declaring Scotland to be an independent sovereign state.The signatories included Malcolm Lennox 2nd Earl Lennox -1333.


Siege of Leeds Castle

In Oct 1321 Isabella Capet Queen Consort England 1295-1358 (26) was returning from Canterbury, Kent to London.She sought accommodation at Leeds Castle, Kent which was under the protection of Margaret Clare Baroness Badlesmere 1287-1333 the wife of Bartholomew Badlesmere 1st Baron Badlesmere 1275-1322. Margaret Clare Baroness Badlesmere 1287-1333 refused entry to the Queen killing around six of her retinue when they tried to force entry. Edward II King England 1284-1327 (37) commenced the Siege of Leeds Castle.Once Edward II King England 1284-1327 (37) gained possession of the castle, he had the garrison hanged from the battlements. Margaret Clare Baroness Badlesmere 1287-1333, her five children, and Bartholomew "The Elder" Burghesh 1st Baron Burghesh 1287-1355 (34), her nephew, were imprisoned in the Tower of London, Tower Hill, City of London.


Battle of Boroughbridge

On 16 Mar 1322 the rebel army led by Thomas Plantagenet 2nd Earl Leicester, 2nd Earl Lancaster, 5th Earl Salisbury, 4th Earl Lincoln 1278-1322 (44) attempted to cross the bridge over the River Ure (between Ripon and York) at Boroughbridge, Yorkshire.Their path was blocked by forces loyal to the King led by Andrew Harclay 1st Earl Carlisle 1270-1323. Humphrey Bohun 4th Earl Hereford, 3rd Earl Essex 1276-1322 (46) was killed. Bartholomew Badlesmere 1st Baron Badlesmere 1275-1322, Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330 (34), John Botetort 1st Baron Botetort 1265-1324 (57) and John Maltravers 1st Baron Maltravers 1290-1365 (32) fought for the rebels. Roger Clifford 2nd Baron Clifford 1300-1322, Nicholas Longford 1288-1356 (34), Thomas Plantagenet 2nd Earl Leicester, 2nd Earl Lancaster, 5th Earl Salisbury, 4th Earl Lincoln 1278-1322 (44), John Mowbray 2nd Baron Mowbray 1286-1322 were captured. Warin Lisle 1271-1322 was hanged after the battle..
Following the battle Hugh Audley 1st Earl Gloucester 1291-1347 (31) and his wife Margaret Clare Countess Gloucester -1342 were both imprisoned.He in Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and she in Sempringham Priory, Sempringham, Lincolnshire.
John Clinton 2nd Baron Clinton 1300-1335, Ralph Greystoke 1st Baron Greystoke 1299-1323, William Latimer 2nd Baron Latimer Corby 1276-1327 (46), Robert Lisle 1st Baron Lisle 1288-1344 (34), Domhnall Mar II Earl Mar 1293- and Peter Saltmarsh 1280-1338 (42) fought for the King.
Adam Everingham 1st Baron Laxton 1279-1341 (43) was captured


On 25 Mar 1322 Andrew Harclay 1st Earl Carlisle 1270-1323 was created 1st Earl Carlisle (1C 1322) in reward for his capture of Thomas Plantagenet 2nd Earl Leicester, 2nd Earl Lancaster, 5th Earl Salisbury, 4th Earl Lincoln 1278-1322 at the Battle of Boroughbridge.


Trial and Execution of Lord Badlesmere

On 14 Apr 1322 Bartholomew Badlesmere 1st Baron Badlesmere 1275-1322 was tried by Henry Cobham 1st Baron Cobham 1260-1339 at Canterbury, Kent.
Sentenced to death Bartholomew Badlesmere 1st Baron Badlesmere 1275-1322 was drawn for three miles behind a horse to Blean, Canterbury, Kent, where he held property, where he was beheaded. His head was displayed on the Burgh Gate, Canterbury, Kent at Canterbury and the rest of his body left hanging at Blean, Canterbury, Kent. He was buried at Whitefriars, Canterbury, Kent.


Despencer War Executions

On 22 Mar 1322 Thomas Plantagenet 2nd Earl Leicester, 2nd Earl Lancaster, 5th Earl Salisbury, 4th Earl Lincoln 1278-1322 (44) was beheaded at Pontefract Castle, Pontefract, South Yorkshire, Yorkshire.


On 23 Mar 1322 Roger Clifford 2nd Baron Clifford 1300-1322 and John Mowbray 2nd Baron Mowbray 1286-1322 were hanged at York, Yorkshire.


Return of Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer

In Oct 1326 Isabella Capet Queen Consort England 1295-1358 (31) landed at Orford, Suffolk with Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330 (39), John Maltravers 1st Baron Maltravers 1290-1365 (36) and Nicholas Abrichecourt 1290-.


Coronation of Edward III

On 01 Feb 1327 Edward III King England 1312-1377 (14) was crowned III King England: Plantagenet Angevin at Westminster Abbey by Walter Reynolds, Archbishop Canterbury..


Weardale Campaign and the Battle of Stanhope Park

Before 15 Jun 1327 the Weardale Campaign and the Battle of Stanhope Park commenced with the Scottish army crossed the border into England after truce negotiations had broken down. One army crossed in the west, one in the east.


On 04 Aug 1327 , during the night, James "Black" Douglas 1286-1330 (41) ambushed Edward III's (14) camp at Stanhope Park, Weardale, County Durham. Douglas reached Edward III's (14) collapsed tent nearly capturing the English King.


On 07 Aug 1327 the Scots quietly broke camp and returned to Scotland. The English did not pursue.


After 07 Aug 1327. The Weardale Campaign had been a success for the Scots. The campaign had been ruinously expensive for the English, costing about £70,000, with the cost of the Hainault mercenaries being £41,000.The campaign led to the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton that brought to an end the First Scottish War of Independence.


Death of Edward II

On 21 Sep 1327 Edward II King England 1284-1327 (43) was murdered at Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire.There is speculation as to the manner of his death, and as to whether he died at all.Some believe he may have lived the rest of his life in Europe.


Marriage of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault

On 24 Jan 1328 Edward III King England 1312-1377 (15) and Philippa of Hainault Queen Consort England 1314-1369 (13) were married (he was her second-cousin) at York Minster, York, Yorkshire. Philippa of Hainault Queen Consort England 1314-1369 (13) was appointed as Queen Consort England.


Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton

On 17 Mar 1328 Robert the Bruce (53) signed the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton bringing to an end the First Scottish War of Independence. The English Parliament signed at Northampton, Northamptonshire on 03 May 1328. The terms of the Treaty included:
Scotland to pay England £100,000 sterling,
The Kingdom of Scotland as fully independent,
Robert the Bruce (53), and his heirs and successors, as the rightful rulers of Scotland, and
The border between Scotland and England as that recognised under the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286).
The Treaty lasted four years only being regarded by the English nobility as humiliating; the work of Edward's (15) mother Isabella Capet Queen Consort England 1295-1358 (33) and Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330 (40) rather than King Edward (15). Two years after King Edward (15) commenced his personal reign he commenced the Second War of Scottish Independence in Aug 1332.


Mortimer Double Marriage and Tournament

On 31 May 1328 the Mortimer family leveraged their new status at a lavish ceremony that celebrated two marriages in Hereford, Herefordshire. Edward Plantagenet 1320-1334 and Beatrice Mortimer 1322-1383 were married. Laurence Hastings 1st Earl Pembroke 1319-1348 (9) and Agnes Mortimer 1317-1368 were married. Edward III King England 1312-1377 (15) and his mother Isabella Capet Queen Consort England 1295-1358 (33) attended as well as Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330 (41).


Roger Mortimer created Earl of March

In Oct 1328 Roger Mortimer 1st Earl March 1287-1330 (41) was created 1st Earl March (1C 1328) by his own authority to the surprise, perhaps astonishment, of the nobility who compared his behaviour as similar to the usurped Edward II.