Hugh le Despenser, Baron le Despenser (1338)

Arms of Despenser: Quarterly 1st & 4th: Argent; 2nd & 3rd: Gules fretty or, over all a ribbon sable
1338 seal of Hugh le Despenser, 2nd Baron le Despenser, recto and verso, showing on his shield and horse's caparison the arms of Despenser. National Library of Wales. Legend: S(IGILLUM) HUGONIS LE DESPENSER D(OMI)NI GLAMORGANCIE ET MORGANCIE ("Seal of Hugh le Despenser Lord of Glamorgan and Morgan")[1]
Arms of Despenser in stained glass, Tewkesbury Abbey, burial place of Hugh le Despenser, Baron le Despenser

Hugh le Despenser, 2nd Baron le Despenser (1308–1349), Lord of Glamorgan, was the eldest son and heir of Hugh Despenser the Younger and grandson of Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester.[2] His father and grandfather were both executed in 1326. His mother was Eleanor de Clare, suo jure Lord of Glamorgan, daughter of Gilbert de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford and Joan of Acre. Through his mother, Hugh was a great grandson of King Edward I. He married Elizabeth Montague (d.1359), and both are buried in Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, which abbey was founded by Robert Fitzhamon (d.1107), the first Norman feudal baron of Gloucester and Lord of Glamorgan.

Death and inheritanceEdit

Hugh was summoned to Parliament as Baron le Despenser in 1338, while the attainder of his father and grandfather were still in force. He died without issue in 1349. His heir was his nephew, Edward le Despenser, who was created Baron le Despenser of a new creation in 1357.



  1. ^ Text of charter and description of seal see George Thomas Clark, Cartae et Alia Munimenta Quae ad Dominium de Glamorgancia Pertinent, Vol.4, Cardiff, 1910, Charter no. DCCCCLXVIII, pp.1213-18, "INSPEXIMUS BY HUGH LE DESPENSER (son and heir of Hugh le Despenser and Alianora de Clare his wife), OF CERTAIN CHARTERS TO MARGAM ABBEY. [1][2]
  2. ^ Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1888). "Despenser, Hugh le (d.1326)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 14. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
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