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  • ID: I37560
  • Name: Richard 7th Baron de WELLES , Sir 1 2
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: BET 1428 AND 1430 in Well, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England 2
  • Death: 12 MAR 1469/70 in Queen's Cross, Stamford, Lincolnshire, England (beheaded) 1 2
  • Note:
    BARONY OF WELLES (VII) 1467

    RICHARD DE WELLES, son and heir, by 1st wife, was born circa 1428-30; knighted shortly before 31 January 1352/3, when he had seisin of his wife's lands; and was a Commissioner of the peace, of array, &c., in Lincolnshire from 1453. In consequence of his marriage he was present in Parliament, 15 March 1453/4, and subsequently was summoned v.p. to Parliament from 26 May 1455 to 10 August 1469, by writs directed Ricardo Welles de Willughby, thus becoming LORD WILLOUGHBY. P.C. on or before 15 March 1453/4. An adherent of the House of Lancaster, he was active in Lincolnshire against the Yorkists in 1459; and for his good service against them he was granted, 21 March 1459/60, 40 yearly from forfeited lands. He was in Queen Margaret's army which advanced on London and won St. Albans, 17 February 1460/1, and fought at Towton, 29 March 1461, where he was wrongly reported killed. On his father's death, 29 March 1461, and as a result of the latter's attainder, 21 December following, he did not at once succeed him in his peerage as Lord Welles; but he obtained a pardon from Edward IV, 5 February 1461/2, was with the King at Dover, 21 August 1463, and was one of the Yorkist leaders who, under John (Neville), Lord Montagu, routed the Lancastrians at Hexham, 15 May 1464. Having been granted, 9 October 1464, all his father's goods forfeited by the attainder, he had seisin of his paternal estates, 11 July 1465, and by Act of Parliament, June 1467, he obtained a full restitution in blood and honours, acquiring thereby the additional title of LORD WELLES. As a result of a private "war" between the Welles family and Sir Thomas Burgh, of Gainsborough, during the winter of 1469-70, he, with his son Sir Robert Welles, became involved in the schemes of Warwick and Clarence against Edward IV. Being summoned to London, he obtained a Royal pardon, 3 March 1469/70, but was kept under restraint while the King marched North against his son, who had meanwhile declared openly for the Earl and the Duke. On Sir Robert's refusal to lay down his arms, Lord Welles was beheaded by the King's order, 12 March 1469/70, at the Queen's Cross, Stamford, Lincs.

    He married, 1stly, 26 September 1435, Joan, de jure suo jure, (according to modern doctrine) BARONESS WILLOUGIIBY, daughter and heir of Robert (WILLOUGHBY), 6th LORD WILLOUGHBY (who died s.p.m. 25 July 1452), by his 1st wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John (DE MONTAGU), 3rd EARL OF SALISBURY. She was living, 11 May 1461, but died shortly before 13 February 1461/2. He married, 2ndly (licence York, 10 August 1468, as Lord Welles and Willoughby, to marry in the chapel within the manor-house at Harlsey), Margery, widow of John INGLEBY, daughter of Sir James STRANGWAYS, of Harlsey Castle, in Osmotherley, co. York, Speaker of the House of Commons, by his 1st wife, Elizabeth, 1st daughter and coheir of Philip (DARCY), 6th LORD DARCY and LORD MEINILL. He died 12 March 1469/70. His lands were to be seized, 25 April 1470, and long after his death he and his son were attainted by Act of Parliament, January-March 1474/5, as from 12 March 1469/70, whereby all his honours were forfeited. This attainder was, however, reversed by Act of Parliament 1485-86. His widow was about to take the veil, 8 May 1475. [Complete Peerage XII/2:445-6, XIV:626, transcribed by Dave Utzinger]




    Father: Lionel 6th Baron de WELLES , KG, Sir b: 1406 in Well, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
    Mother: Joan (Cecily) de WATERTON b: 1407 in Methley, Yorkshire, England

    Marriage 1 Joan 7th Baroness WILLOUGHBY , of Eresby b: ABT 1425 in Eresby Manor, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
    • Married: BEF 1446 in 1st wife 1 2
    Children
    1. Has No Children Robert 8th Baron WELLES & Willoughby, Sir b: ABT 1447 in Well, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England
    2. Has No Children Joan 9th Baroness WELLES & Willoughby b: ABT 1449 in Well, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, England

    Marriage 2 Margery dau. of Sir James STRANGEWAYS b: ABT 1435 in Harlsey Castle, Osmotherley, Yorkshire, England
    • Married: 10 AUG 1468 in 2nd wife 1 2

    Sources:
    1. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII/2:666-7
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII/2:445-6
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