Sir William de Greystoke, 2nd Baron Greystoke

Male 1321 - 1359  (38 years)


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  • Name William de Greystoke 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix 2nd Baron Greystoke 
    Born 6 Jan 1321  Grimthorpe, Cumbria, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Jul 1359  Brancepeth Castle, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried St. Andrews Church, Greystoke, Cumbria, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I50194  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 26 Nov 2017 

    Father Ralph de Greystoke, 1st Baron Audley,   b. 15 Aug 1299,   d. 14 Jul 1323, Gateshead, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years) 
    Mother Alice de Audley,   b. 1302-1304, Hadley, Lambourne, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jan 1374, Greystoke Manor, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Family ID F18600  Group Sheet

    Family Joane FitzHugh 
    Married Y  [1
    Children 
     1. Ralph de Greystoke, 3rd Baron Greystoke,   b. 18 Oct 1353, Ravensworth Castle, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1418, Kirkby Ravensworth, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F18599  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Jul 1359 - Brancepeth Castle, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - St. Andrews Church, Greystoke, Cumbria, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • William de Greystoke, 2nd Baron Greystoke, (6 January 1321 10 July 1359) of Greystoke in Cumbria, was an English peer and landowner.

      Origins

      Greystoke was the son of Ralph de Greystoke, 1st Baron Greystoke, and his wife Alice, daughter of Hugh, Lord Audley.[1]

      Career

      He was born at the family home in Grimthorpe, on 6 January 1321.[1] Greystoke's father died while he was still a child and he became a ward of his mother's second husband, Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby,[2] until he reached his majority in 1342.[1] During the next ten years he was involved, on the English side, in the Hundred Years' War between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France and was present at the Siege of Calais in 1346.[1] He served under Edward, the Black Prince, in France.[3] He participated in the Northern Crusades of Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster to Prussia in 13512.[1] In the early 1350s he was involved in the negotiations to secure the release of King David II of Scotland, who had been taken prisoner at the Battle of Neville's Cross on 17 October 1346.[1] Greystoke was made a captain of Berwick-upon-Tweed, but due to his service in France, he was not present when the town fell to the Scots in August 1355.[1] In October 1353 Greystoke received a royal licence to crenellate "his dwelling place", later known as Greystoke Castle.[4] He was also responsible for renovations on Morpeth Castle which he also owned.[4]

      Marriages and children

      He married twice and had children by his second wife only:

      Firstly to Lucy de Lucie,[3] daughter of Thomas de Lucy, 2nd Baron Lucy (died 1365),[5] but the marriage was childless,[2] and they divorced.[3] During this time, his stepfather, Ralph Neville, unsuccessfully proposed that Greystoke should name his half-brothers, Ralph, Robert, and William Neville, as his heirs.[2]
      Secondly he married Joane FitzHugh, daughter of Baron Fitzhugh, by whom he had four children:
      Ralph de Greystoke, 3rd Baron Greystoke, eldest son and heir.
      Robert de Greystoke;
      William de Greystoke;
      Alice de Greystoke,[3] the first wife of Robert Harington, 3rd Baron Harington (13561406)[6] of Gleaston Castle in the manor of Aldingham in Furness, Lancashire.
      Death and burial[edit]
      Greystoke died on 10 July 1359, at Brancepeth Castle, the seat of his step-father Ralph Neville, 2nd Baron Neville de Raby,[5] and was buried in the parish church of St. Andrew's in Greystoke, Cumbria,[1] with a mass conducted by Gilbert de Welton, Bishop of Carlisle.[5] His funeral took place with "great pomp and solemnity", and was attended by great personages including: Roger de Clifford, 5th Baron de Clifford,[7] Henry Scrope, 1st Baron Scrope of Masham, Thomas, Baron Musgrave, the Abbot of Holmcultram Abbey and the Abbot of Shap Abbey.[5]

      end of biography [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S11893] "Ralph de Greystoke, 3rd Baron Greystoke, (18 October 1353 - 6 April 1418)" biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ral.

    2. [S11894] "William de Greystoke, 2nd Baron Greystoke, (6 January 1321 - 10 July 1359)", Biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W.