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Mountjoy, Baron (E, 1465 - 1606)

 

Creation: let.pat. 20 Jun 1465

 

Extinct: 3 Apr 1606

 

Family name: Blount

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Garter stall plate of Walter [Blount], 1st Baron Mountjoy, KG

This is a quadrangular plate of copper, paly of silver, red , and translucent green enamel. The arms

are Quarterly: 1. Argent two Wolves passant sable on a Bordure of the first eight Saltires Gules (for

Ayala); 2. Or a Tower Azure (for Mountjoy); 3. Barry undy Or and Sable (for Blount); 4. Vair (for

Gresley). The helm is silver with a fantastic black mantle with gold lining, surmounted by a gold crown

from which rise two gold ibex horns as a crest. The plate is probably of foreign workmanship. Through

decomposition or imperfect fusion the blue enamel of the second and fourth quarters is now a pale

brown colour.

 

(Plate LXXVIII from W H St John Hope: The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter 1348-1485)

 

 

Arms:

Barry nebule of six Or and Argent

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Walter [Blount], 1st Baron Mountjoy, KG

son and heir of Sir Thomas Blount, of Elvaston, co. Derby, Treasurer of Normandy (by his first wife Margaret Gresley, dau. and hrss. of Thomas Gresley), yr. brother and heir of Sir John Blount KG (d. at the Siege of Rouen 1 Sep 1418), and 3rd son of Sir Walter le Blount, Constable of Tutbury Castle, by his wife Doa Sancha de Ayala (a great-great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of King Alfonso IX of Leon), one of the Spanish ladies in attendance on Queen Constance of Castile and dau. of Don Diego Gomez de Toledo, alcalde maior of Toledo, by his wife Doa Inez de Ayala

born

c. 1420

mar. (1)

in or bef. 1442 Ellen Byron (bur. at Elvaston), dau. of Sir John Byron, of Clayton, co. Lancaster

children by first wife

1. Sir William Blount, Knight of the Shire for Derbyshire 1467 (dvp. from wounds received at the Battle of Barnet 14 Apr 1471), mar. Margaret Etchingham (mar. (2) Sir John Elrington; d. 1481; bur. at Shoreditch, co. Middlesex, with her second husband), dau. of Sir Thomas Etchingham, of Etchingham, and had issue:

1a. John Blount (dvp. bef. 1471)

2a. Edward Blount, later 2nd Lord Mountjoy

1a. Elizabeth Blount (d. bef. 30 Mar 1543), mar. Andrews [Windsor], 1st Baron Windsor, and had issue

2a. Anne Blount, mar. (1) Sir Thomas Oxenbridge, and (2) Sir David Owen, of Medhurst

2. John Blount, later 3rd Lord Mountjoy

3. Sir James Blount (d. 1485)

mar. (2)

bef. 25 Nov 1467 Lady Anne Stafford (widow of Humphrey [Stafford], 1st Duke of Buckingham; d. 20 Sep 1480;  bur. at Pleshey, co. Essex), 4th dau. of Ralph [Nevill], 1st Earl of Westmorland, by his second wife Lady Joan Beaufort, legitimated dau. of John "of Gaunt", 1st Duke of Lancaster (by his mistress and later third wife Katherine Swynford, widow of Sir Hugh Swynford, of Kettlethorpe, co. Lincoln, and 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Payn de Roet, Guienne King of Arms), 4th son of King Edward III

died

1 Aug 1474 (bur. in the Chapel of the Apostles in the Church of the Grey Friars, London)

created

20 Jun 1465 Baron Mountjoy, to him and the heirs male of his body, with a fee of 20 marks, part from the town of Thurvaston and part from the profits of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire

suc. by

grandson

note

a Knight of the Shire for Derbyshire 1447 and 1460;  Bailiff of the Wapentakes of Morleston and Litchurch, co. Derby, for life 1449;  Justice of the Peace;  suspected of supporting the Yorkists against King Henry VI, he was pardoned in 1459 bur deprived of his offices;  Treasurer of Calais 1460;  Knight of the Bath before the Coronation of King Edward IV 1461;  laid siege to the castle of Hammes, near Calais, 1461;  part of the embassy to meet the representative of the Duke of Burgundy at St Omer 1464;  Treasurer of England 1464-66;  witnessed the surrender of the Great Seal by the Archbishop of York 1467;  allowed to ship wool free of customs in consideration of a large sum of money due to him by the Crown 1468;  contracted to serve the King in France as Captain of the Army, with 60 men-at-arms and 2,940 archers 1468;  was one of those held prisoner with King Edward by the Earl of Warwick 1469;  his eldest son died of wounds received at the Battle of Barnet 1471;  took the oath of loyalty to the Prince of Wales 1471;  Knight of the Garter 1472

 

Edward [Blount], 2nd Baron Mountjoy

born

c. 1467

mar.

betw. 18 Jun and 1 Dec 1475 as her first husband Anne de Cobham, de jure suo jure Baroness Cobham of Sterborough (mar. (2) 1477 Edward [Burgh], 2nd Baron Burgh; d. 26 Jun 1526), only dau. of Sir Thomas de Cobham, de jure 5th Baron Cobham of Sterborough, by his wife Lady Anne de Vere, widow of Sir Aubrey de Vere, 1st son and heir ap. of John [de Vere], 12th Earl of Oxford, and 1st dau. of Humphrey [Stafford], 1st Duke of Buckingham, by his wife Lady Anne Nevill, 4th dau. of Ralph [Nevill], 1st Earl of Westmorland, by his second wife Lady Joan Beaufort, legitimated dau. of John "of Gaunt", 1st Duke of Lancaster (by his mistress and later third wife Katherine Swynford, widow of Sir Hugh Swynford, of Kettlethorpe, co. Lincoln, and 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Payn de Roet, Guienne King of Arms), 4th son of King Edward III

died

1 Dec 1475 (bur. in the Grey Friars' Church, London)

suc. by

uncle

note

the custody of his lands was granted to his stepfather Sir John Elrington 1475

 

John [Blount], 3rd Baron Mountjoy

born

bef. 1450

mar.

in or before 1477 Lora Berkeley (mar. (2) Sir Thomas Montgomery KG (d. 1495), and (3) bef. Nov 1496 as his second wife Thomas [Butler], 7th Earl of Ormonde; d. bef. 30 Dec 1501; bur. with her second husband in New Abbey), dau. of Sir Edward Berkeley, of Beverton Castle, co. Gloucester, by his first wife Christian Holt, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Richard Holt, of Coldrey in Froyle, co. Hampshire

children

1. William Blount, later 4th Baron Mountjoy

2, Rowland Blount (dsp. 1509)

1. Lora Blount (dvp. 1480)

2. Constantia Blount, mar. Sir Thomas Tyrrell, of Heron, co. Essex

died

12 Oct 1485 (bur. in the Grey Friars' Church, London)

suc. by

son

note

a commissioner resolving differences between Picardy and Burgundy 1472; Lieutenant of Hammes Castle, near Calais 1473; granted the manor of Hallaton, co. Leicester 1474; Justice of the Peace for Derbyshire 1476; Captain of the Castle of Guines, near Calais 1476; knighted at the marriage of Richard, Duke of York 1478; present at the funeral of King Edward IV 1483; a commissioner to treat regarding breaches of the truce with France 1483; his wife was present at the Coronation of King Richard III 1483

 

William [Blount], 4th Baron Mountjoy, KG

born

c. 1478

mar. (1)

about Easter 1497 Elizabeth Say (dspm. bef. 21 Jul 1506; bur. at Essendon, co. Hertford), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Sir William Say, of Essendon, co. Hertford, and Lawford, co. Essex, by his second wife Elizabeth Waldegrave, widow of Sir Thomas Waldegrave, and 1st dau .and cohrss. of Sir John Fray, Chief Baron of the Exchequer

only child by first wife

1. Hon Gertrude Blount, arrested 1538, attainted 1539 and imprisoned for several years, Lady in Waiting to Queen Mary (b. c. 1504; d. 25 Sep 1558; bur. in Wimborne Minster, co. Dorset), mar. 25 Oct 1519 as his second wife Henry [Courtenay], 1st Marquess of Exeter, and had issue

mar. (2)

before 30 Jul 1509 Agnes de Vanegas (dsp.), a Spanish lady in attendance on Catherine of Aragon when Princess of Wales

mar. (3)

before 15 Feb 1514/5 Alice Brown (widow of William Brown, Lord Mayor of London 1513; d. 8 Jun 1521; bur. in the Grey Friars' Church, London), dau. of Henry Keble, Lord Mayor of London 1510-11

children by third wife

1. Hon Charles Blount, later 5th Baron Mountjoy

2. Hon Catherine Blount (d. 25 Feb 1559), mar. (1) John Champernowne, of Modbury, co. Devon, and (2) Sir Maurice Berkeley, of Bruton, co. Somerset, and had issue by both husbands

mar. (4)

before 29 Jul 1523 Lady Dorothy Willoughby (widow of Robert [Willoughby], 2nd Baron Willoughby de Broke; d. betw. 4 Apr 1552 and 17 Nov 1553; bur. at Bere Ferrers, co. Devon), 4th dau. of Thomas [Grey], 1st Marquess of Dorset, by his second wife Cicely Bonville, suo jure Baroness Harington and Baroness Bonville, only child of William [Bonville], 6th Baron Harington, by his wife Lady Catherine Nevill, 5th dau. of Richard [Nevill], jure uxoris Earl of Salisbury

children by fourth wife

2. Hon John Blount (b. c. 1527; dsp.)

3. Hon Dorothy Blount, mar. as his first wife John Bluett, of Holcombe, co. Devon (d. 1585), and had issue

4. Hon Mary Blount, mar. as his first wife Sir Robert Dennis, of Holcombe, co. Devon (d. bef. 22 Sep 1592), and had issue

died

8 Nov 1534 (bur. at Barton Blount)

suc. by

son by third wife

note

 

Charles [Blount], 5th Baron Mountjoy

born

28 Jun 1516

mar.

c. Aug 1530 Hon Anne Willoughby (mar. (2) Richard Broke (d. betw. 24 Nov 1548 and 5 Jan 1548/9; bur. at Westbury, co. Wiltshire); d. 24 Dec 1582), 2nd dau. of Robert [Willoughby], 2nd Baron Willoughby de Broke, by his second wife Lady Dorothy Grey, 4th dau. of Thomas [Grey], 1st Marquess of Dorset, by his second wife Cicely Bonville, suo jure Baroness Harington and Baroness Bonville, only child of William [Bonville], 6th Baron Harington, by his wife Lady Catherine Nevill, 5th dau. of Richard [Nevill], jure uxoris Earl of Salisbury

children

1. Hon James Blount, later 6th Baron Mountjoy

2. Hon John Blount (dsp.)

3. Hon Francis Blount (dsp.), mar. Catherine Carleton, dau. of John Carleton, of Brightwell, co. Oxford

4. Hon William Blount (dsp. 1574 in Spain)

died

10 Oct 1544 (bur. at St Mary Aldermary, London)

suc. by

son

note

 

James [Blount], 6th Baron Mountjoy

born

c. 1533

mar.

17 May 1558 Katherine Leigh (bur. 25 Jun 1576 at St Leonard's, Shoreditch), dau. of Sir Thomas Leigh, of St Oswald's, York, by his wife Joan Cotton

children

1. Hon William Blount, later 7th Baron Mountjoy

2. Hon Charles Blount, later 8th Baron Mountjoy later 1st Earl of Devonshire

3. Hon Sir Christopher Blount MP, Gentleman of the Horse to the Earl of Leicester, took part in the 1601 rebellion of his stepson the 2nd Earl of Essex, for which he was tried and found guilty of high treason (b. c. 1565; executed s.p. 18 Mar 1601/2), mar. bef. Aug 1589 Lettice Dudley (widow of (1) Walter [Devereux], 1st Earl of Essex, and (2) Robert [Dudley], 1st Earl of Leicester; d. 25 Dec 1634; bur. with her second husband in St Mary's Church, Warwick), sister of William [Knollys], 1st Earl of Banbury, and 1st dau. of Sir Francis Knollys KG, of Rotherfield Greys, co. Oxford, and Cholcey, co. Berkshire, by his wife Mary Carey, sister of Henry [Carey], 1st Baron Hunsdon, and dau. of William Carey, Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII (by his wife Lady Mary Boleyn, mistress of King Henry VIII and elder sister of Lady Anne Boleyn, suo jure Marchioness of Pembroke, herself second wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I, 1st dau. and cohrss. in her issue of Thomas [Boleyn], 1st Earl of Wiltshire and 1st Earl of Ormonde), 2nd son of Sir Thomas Carey, of Chilton Foliat, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Margaret Spencer, 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Robert Spencer, of Spencercombe, co. Devon, by his wife Lady Eleanor Butler, widow of James [Butler], 5th Earl of Ormonde, and 1st dau. and cohrss. of Edmund [Beaufort], 1st Duke of Somerset

1. Hon Anne Blount (dsp.)

died

20 Oct 1581

suc. by

son

note

 

William [Blount], 7th Baron Mountjoy

born

c. Oct 1561

died

27 Jun 1594 (bur. in St Mary Aldermary, London)

suc. by

brother

note

 

Charles [Blount], 8th Baron Mountjoy later 1st Earl of Devonshire, KG

created

27 Jul 1603 Earl of Devonshire

 

The Barony of Mountjoy was held by the 1st Earl of Devonshire from 27 Jul 1603 until his death on 3 Apr 1606, when both titles became extinct.

 

 First written 4 Apr 2012

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