William Bowes

Male 1394 - 1465  (71 years)

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  1. 1.  William Bowes was born 1389-1394, Streatlam, Durham, England; died 1460-1465, Streatlam, Durham, England.

    Other Events:

    • Occupation: Soldier
    • Residence: France


    Sir William Bowes (13891460?) was a military commander.

    Bowes was the founder of the political importance of his family. He was the son of Sir Robert Bowes, and of Maude, lady of Dalden. He married Jane, daughter of Ralph, Lord Greystoke. His wife died in the first year of her marriage, whereon 'he toke much thoght and passed into France' about the year 1415. He showed much gallantry in the French war, and so commended himself to John, Duke of Bedford, whom he served as chamberlain. He fought at the battle of Verneuil, where he was knighted. While in France he was impressed with the architecture of the country, and sent home plans for rebuilding his manor house at Streatlam, near Barnard Castle. He returned from France after seventeen years' service and superintended his buildings at Streatlam, which unfortunately have been entirely destroyed. After his return he took part in the government of the borders, as warden of the middle marches and governor of Berwick.

    He died at a good old age, and is known in the family records as 'Old Sir William.'


    This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Bowes, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 18851900.

    William married Joan Greystoke 1414, Owesley, Yorkshire, England. Joan (daughter of Ralph de Greystoke, 3rd Baron Greystoke and Catherine Clifford, Baroness of Ravensworth) was born ~1394, Cumbria, England; died ~1415, Durham, England. [Group Sheet]

    1. William Bowes was born ~1415, Streatlam Castle, Durham, England; died 28 Jul 1466, Streatlam, Durham, England.

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