burned to death

On 17 Jul 1537 Janet Douglas 1498-1537 (39) burned to death

On Apr 1687 Thomas Egerton 1679-1687 burned to death in the fire which destroyed Bridgewater House.He was buried at Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

On Apr 1687 Charles Egerton 1675-1687 burned to death in the fire which destroyed Bridgewater House at Bridgwater House, Barbican, City of London.He was buried at Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire

On 25 Jan 1807 Mary Meredith Countess Ferrers -1807 burned to death at Coombe Bank, Sunridge, Sevenoaks, Kent

died of exposure

Battle of Mechain

In 1069 at the Battle of Mechain fought in Radnorshire, Welsh March the brothers Maredudd Cadelling -1069 and Idwal Cadelling -1069 attempted to regain control of Radnorshire, Welsh March from brothers Bleddyn ap Cynfyn King Gwynedd, King Powys -1073 and Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn Mathrafal -1069. Rhiwallon ap Cynfyn Mathrafal -1069 and Idwal Cadelling -1069 were killed. Maredudd Cadelling -1069 died of exposure following the battle.

On 30 Dec 1783 Hamilton Douglas 1763-1783 (20) died of exposure while commanding the barge of HMS Assistance being caught in a snowstorm while looking for deserters and wrecked at Sandy Hook, Middletown Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey

died in a car accident

On 20 May 1912 George William Hanover 1880-1912 died in a car accident

On 03 May 1987 Viola Maud Lyttelton Duchess Westminster 1912-1987 (74) died in a car accident at Dungannon, County Tyrone

died in a carriage accident

On 07 Dec 1847 Mary Lennox 1790-1847 died in a carriage accident in Parramata, Western Sydney.

died in a house fire

On 26 Apr 1831 George Grey 3rd Baron Walsingham 1776-1831 died in a house fire with his wife at Upper Harley Street, Harley Street, Marylebone, Westminster.His brother Thomas Grey 4th Baron Walsingham 1778-1839 succeeded as 4th Baron Walsingham of Walsingham in Norfolk.Elizabeth North Baroness Walsingham 1776-1845 by marriage Baroness Walsingham of Walsingham in Norfolk.

died in a plane crash

On 16 Nov 1937 Georg Donatus Hesse-Darmstadt Grand Duke 1906-1937 (31) died in a plane crash

On 16 Nov 1937 Ludwig Hesse-Darmstadt 1931-1937 (6) died in a plane crash

On 16 Nov 1937 Alexander Hesse-Darmstadt 1933-1937 (4) died in a plane crash

On 16 Nov 1937 Stillborn son Hesse-Darmstadt 1937-1937 died in a plane crash

On 25 Aug 1942 George Windsor 1st Duke Kent 1897-1942 (45) and Michael Strutt 1914-1942 (28) died in a plane crash at Dunbeath.His son Edward Windsor 2nd Duke Kent 1935- succeeded 2nd Duke Kent (2C 1934).

On 26 Jan 1947 Gustaf Adolf Bernadotte 1906-1947 (40) died in a plane crash

On 13 May 1948 William Henry Lawrence Peter Wentworth-Fitzwiliam 8th Earl Fitzwilliam 1910-1948 (37) and Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy 1920-1948 (28) died in a plane crash at the Plateau du Coiron, Saint-Bauzile during the course of their journey from Paris.His titles were inhertited by his second cousin Eric Spencer Wentworth-Fitzwiliam 9th Earl Fitzwilliam 1883-1952 (64).His wealth, estimated at 45 million pounds, including half of the Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, South Yorkshire, Yorkshire estate, the Coolattin estate in County Wicklow, Ireland, and a large part of the Fitzwilliam art collection.

died in an accident

On 24 Oct 1525 Thomas Dacre 2nd Baron Dacre Gilsland 1467-1525 died in an accident

On 20 Jun 1632 Miles Hobart 1595-1632 (37) died in an accident having been fatally injured in a carriage accident on Holborn Hill, Holborn, Middlesex.

On 04 Feb 2002 Sigvard Bernadotte 1907-2002 (94) died in an accident

died from falling down stairs

Death of Amy Robsart wife of Robert Dudley

On 08 Sep 1560 , the day of the Abingdon Fair, Amy Robsart -1560 died from falling down stairs at Cumnor Place, Abingdon, Berkshire.She was wife of Robert Dudley 1st Earl Leicester 1532-1588 (28), favourite of Elizabeth Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1533-1603 (27). Robert Dudley 1st Earl Leicester 1532-1588 (28) was with Elizabeth Tudor I Queen England and Ireland 1533-1603 (27) at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire at the time.Foul play was suspected but not proven.The event was regarded as suspicious by many.The Queen's reputation being tarnished she could not risk a marriage with Dudley.

killed whilst hunting

Before 1075 Richard Normandy 1054-1074 was killed whilst hunting at New Forest, Hampshire.He was buried at Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire.

Death of William Rufus

On 02 Aug 1100 William "Rufus" II King England 1056-1100 (44) was killed whilst hunting, not known whether accidentally or otherwise, in the New Forest, Hampshire.The brothers Robert Beaumont-Roger 1st Earl Leicester, Count Meulan 1040-1118 and Henry Beaumont-Roger 1st Earl Warwick 1050-1119, and Roger Clare 1066-1131 and Gilbert Clare 1066-1117 were present.

died at sea

On 11 Oct 1694 Catherine Grey Baroness North, Baroness Grey Rolleston 1631-1694 died at sea on a voyage from Barbados, Lesser Antilles, Antilles, Caribbean

In 1888 Frederick William Hesse-Kassel 1854-1888 (33) died at sea

In 07 Sep 1820 William Reginald Herbert 1854-1870 died at sea lost aboard HMS Captain.


In 872 Gwgon King Seisyllwg -872 drowned

In 933 Edwin Wessex -933 was drowned at sea. The circumstances of his death are unclear. Some sources say a storm caused the ship to sink, some say his brother Aethelstan I King Anglo-Saxons, I King England 894-939 (39) sent his to sea in a leaky boat.

Sinking of The White Ship

On 25 Nov 1120 the White Ship left Barfleur, Basse Normandie, with a party of young Normans. Henry "Beauclearc" I King England 1068-1135 (52) had left earlier on another ship. A mile out the White Ship foundered on a submerged rock. William Adelin Normandy Duke Normandy 1103-1120 (17), his half-siblings Richard Fitzroy 1100-1120 and Matilda Fitzroy Count Perche -1120, William Bigod -1120, Lucia-Mahaut Blois Countess Chester -1120, brothers Geoffrey Aigle -1120 and Engenulf Aigle -1120, half-brothers Richard Avranches 2nd Earl Chester 1094-1120 (26) and Ottiwel Avranches -1120, brothers Ivo Grandesmil -1120 and William Grandesmil -1120 and Geoffrey Ridel -1120 were all drowned.

Battle of Lewes

On 14 May 1264 the army of Simon Montfort 6th Earl Leicester 1208-1265 including Gilbert "Red Earl" Clare 7th Earl Gloucester, 6th Earl Hertford 1243-1295 (20), Henry Hastings 1235-1269 and Nicholas Segrave 1st Baron Segrave 1238-1295 (26) defeated the army of Henry III King England 1207-1272 (56) during the Battle of Lewes at Lewes, East Sussex, Sussex.Henry III King England 1207-1272 (56), his son the future Edward "Longshanks" I King England 1239-1307 (24), Humphrey Bohun 2nd Earl Hereford, 1st Earl Essex 1204-1275, Richard Cornwall 1st Earl Cornwall 1209-1272 (55), John "Red Comyn" Comyn 1st Lord Baddenoch 1220-1275 (44), Philip Marmion 5th Baron Marmion 1233-1291 (30) and John Giffard 1st Baron Giffard Brimpsfield 1232-1299 (31) were captured.John Warenne 6th Earl Surrey 1231-1304 (33), John Balliol 1207-1268 (56), Robert Bruce 5th Lord Annadale 1215-1295 (49), Roger Leybourne 1215-1271 (49) and William Valence 1st Earl Pembroke -1296 fought for the King.Guy Lusignan -1264 was killed. Fulk IV Fitzwarin 1220-1264 (44) drowned. Walter Cantilupe Bishop Worcester 1191-1266 (71) was present and blessed the Montfort army before the battle.

On Jul 1268 Maurice Fitzgerald 3rd Lord Offaly 1238-1268 (30) drowned in the Irish Sea whilst crossing from England to Ireland.

On 21 Dec 1281 Hartmann Habsburg 1263-1281 (18) drowned

Battle of Moel-y-don

On 12 Nov 1282 the English forces attempted to cross the Menai Straits to invade Gwynedd without waiting for the arrival of Edward's larger force.The battle was a rout. Roger Clifford 1243-1282 drowned.The brothers William Burnell -1282 and Philip Burnell -1282 were killed..

On Jan 1362 Thomas Manny 1357-1362 (4) drowned in a well at Deptford, Kent

On 05 Nov 1376 John Arundell 1336-1376 was drowned on the journey to Brittany

On 16 Dec 1379 Thomas Banastre 1334-1379 (45) drowned

On 16 Dec 1379 John Fitzalan 2nd Baron Maltravers, 1st Baron Arundel 1348-1379 (31) drowned.He was buried at Lewes Priory, Lewes, East Sussex, Sussex. The Chronica Majora reports "... that during the panic of the storm, Sir John murdered those of his men who refused to make for shore for fear of being shipwrecked upon the rocks. Subsequently, after safely arriving on an island off the Irish coast, Sir John and his boat captain were swept back into the sea and drowned".His son John Fitzalan 2nd Baron Maltravers, 2nd Baron Arundel 1364-1390 (15) succeeded 2nd Baron Maltravers (1C 1330), 2nd Baron Arundel (1C 1377).

In Sep 1475 Henry Holland 3rd Duke Exeter 1430-1475 drowned on his return from France having probably been thrown over-board on the orders of Edward IV King England 1442-1483 (33).

Execution of George Duke of Clarence

On 18 Feb 1478 Edward's brother George York 1st Duke Clarence 1449-1478 (28) was executed; drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine (allegedly) in the Bowyer Tower in the Tower of London. William Hussey 1443-1495 conducted the impeachment of the Duke of Clarence for treason.

In 1504 Edmund Knyvet 1461-1504 drowned

Battle of the Solent

On 19 Jul 1545 during the Battle of the Solent the Mary Rose sank. Roger Grenville 1518-1545 (27) and George Carew 1503-1545 (41) drowned.

In 1584 Laurence Oliphant -1584 drowned

On Mar 1585 Robert Douglas -1585 drowned

On May 1592 Thomas "The Navigator" Cavendish 1560-1592 drowned ; lost at sea.

On Aug 1597 Walter St John -1597 drowned at Castle Cornet, Guernsey

On Apr 1599 William Fitzgerald 13th Earl Kildare -1599 drowned

On 15 Dec 1619 Thomas Butler 1594-1619 drowned accidentally at Skerries, Anglesey, North-West Wales having been sent to England to answer charges of having garissoned Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny.

On 28 Oct 1628 Richard Preston 1st Earl Desmond was drowned whilst travelling between Dublin and Holyhead, Anglesey, North-West Wales

On 01 Jan 1629 Frederick Henry Palatinate-Simmern 1614-1629 (15) drowned

On 24 Aug 1648 John Sheffield 1611-1648 (36) drowned

Sinking of HMS Defiance

On Sep 1652 Peyton Carteret -1652 and Maurice Palatinate-Simmern 1621-1652 (31) drowned in the Virgin Islands, Caribbean when HMS Defiance sank.

On 15 Dec 1657 Richard Clifton 1604-1657 (53) drowned

In 1658 Nathaniel Dummer 1652-1658 (6) drowned when playing alone in a canoe.

On 21 Nov 1664 Theophilus Wray 1624-1664 drowned.

On 05 Jun 1669 Robert Brooke 1637-1669 (32) drowned at Avignon

In Dec 1672 Charles Stewart 6th Duke Lennox, 3rd Duke Richmond 1639-1672 (33) drowned at Elsinor

On Sep 1678 Humphrey Ferrers 1652-1678 drowned in the River Trent.

On 06 May 1682 Robert Ker 3rd Earl Roxburghe 1658-1682 (23) drowned during the Sinking of the Gloucester.

Sinking of HMS Gloucester

On 06 May 1682 Richard Hill -1682 drowned off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk during the Sinking of HMS Gloucester when it struck a sandbank.The future James II King England, Scotland and Ireland 1633-1701 (48) and John Churchill 1st Duke Marlborough 1650-1722 (31) were rescued in the ship's boat.
John Hope of Hopetoun 1651-1682 drowned during the sinking of HMS Gloucester.

In 1710 John Foley 1681-1710 drowned.

On 05 Nov 1743 Erasmus Philipps 5th Baronet Philips 1699-1743 (43) drowned in the River Avon after his horse was frightened by pigs.He was unmarried.His brother John Philipps 6th Baronet Philips 1699-1764 (43) succeeded his brother as 6th Baronet Philips of Picton Castle.

In 1744 Archibald Hamilton -1744 drowned

On 04 Oct 1744 William Hamilton 1721-1744 (23) drowned when HMS Victory sank near Alderney

After 1751 George Rodney Brydges -1751 drowned in a stream in his garden.

On 18 Dec 1755 John Hamilton 1714-1755 (41) drowned in Portsmouth Harbour.

On 17 Sep 1783 Richard Eyre Cox -1783 drowned at his home in Dunmanwy, County Cork.During an afternoon boating on a nearby pond.He was accidently knocked out by an aor and subsequently drowned.

In 1788 Gerald Fitzgerald 1766-1788 (22) drowned

In Oct 1793 George Samuel Browne 8th Viscount Montague 1769-1793 was drowned whilst trying to ride the Rhine Falls, Schaffhausen with his friend Charles Sedley Burdett with whom he was travelling.Given the Rhine Falls is 150 feet wide and 75 feet high, attempting to ride the falls in a fishing boat was not one of George's best ideas.

On 29 Jun 1794 George Waldegrave 1784-1794 (9) drowned whilst swimming in the River Thames near Eton, Windsor, Berkshire.

On 14 Sep 1803 Henry Fitzgerald -1803 drowned at sea at Civitavecchia

On 04 Apr 1808 Philip Yorke 1784-1808 (23) drowned in a storm off Memel in a ship called the Agatha of Lübeck.

In 1810 John Ashburnham 1789-1810 (20) was drowned whilst returning from Portugal.

In 1812 Henry Adam Lennox 1797-1812 drowned

On 07 Jul 1815 Son Poyntz -1815 drowned at Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Sussex

On 07 Jul 1815 Son Poyntz -1815 drowned at Bognor Regis, West Sussex, Sussex

In 1828 William Pitt Canning 1802-1828 (25) drowned at Madeira

On 23 Jan 1831 Fanny Georgiana Pitt-Rivers 1777-1831 (53) drowned himself in The Serpentine, Hyde Park, Kensington, Kensington and Chelsea having reneged on a pledge to never play cards again.His son George Pitt-Rivers 4th Baron Rivers 1810-1866 (20) succeeded 4th Baron Rivers (4C 1802)

On Mar 1841 Fitzroy George Charles Gordon-Lennox 1820-1841 drowned when the SS President was lost at sea with all 136 on board drowned.

On 08 Jul 1841 Thomas Peregrine Courtenay 1782-1841 (59) drowned at Torquay, Devon

On 28 Sep 1846 Edward William Waldegrave 1787-1846 (59) drowned at sea.

On 10 Nov 1846 Charlotte Lucy Beatrix Egerton 1824-1846 (22) drowned in Rostherne Mere, Rostherne, Tatton, Cheshire the evening before her wedding day.

On 07 Sep 1870 Lewis Gordon 1848-1870 (22) drowned being lost at sea in HMS Captain.

On 10 Oct 1918 Alexandra Phyllis Hamilton 1876-1918 (41) drowned whilst travelling from Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin to Holyhead, Anglesey, North-West Wales aboard the mailboat RMS Leinster that was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-123.

On 25 Apr 1721 James Herbert MP 1690-1721 drowned having fallen off a footbridge near his home whilst out walking.He is known to have suffered from apoplexy; his mmost recent occurrence being five days prior to his death.

James Hyde drowned

On 25 Nov 1431 Walter Fitzwalter 7th Baron Fitzwalter 1400-1431 drowned at sea in a storm whilst returning from France.

Charles Berkeley drowned

killed racing

On 04 Aug 1936 John Charles William Fitzroy 9th Duke Grafton 1914-1936 (22) was killed racing his Bugatti at Limerick, County Limerick during the Limerick Grand Prix.Charles Alfred Euston Fitzroy 10th Duke Grafton 1892-1970 (44) succeeded 10th Duke Grafton (1C 1675), 10th Earl Euston, 10th Viscount Ipswich, 10th Baron Sudbury.Rita Emily Carr-Elison Duchess Grafton by marriage Duchess Grafton (1C 1675).

shot and killed accidentally

On 24 Dec 1143 Miles Gloucester 1st Earl Hereford -1143 was shot and killed accidentally whilst hunting in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.He was buried in the Chapter House, Llanthony Secunda Priory, Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

In 1578 John Lyon 8th Lord Glamis -1578 was shot and killed accidentally in a street brawl in Stirling between his followers and those of David Lindsay, 11th Earl of Crawford. He was shot through the head.

On 16 Jul 1643 Francis Willoughby 5th Baron Willoughby Parham -1666 launched a night attack on Gainsborough, Lincolnshire and captured it and Robert Pierrepoint 1st Earl Kingston 1584-1643.
On 25 Jul 1643 Robert Pierrepoint 1st Earl Kingston 1584-1643 was shot and killed accidentally while a prisoner on board a vessel bound for Hull.