Biography of John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley 1400-1487

Paternal Family Tree: Sutton

1422 Death of Henry V

1422 Funeral of Henry V

1455 First Battle of St Albans

1459 Battle of Blore Heath

1461 Battle of Towton

1469 Battle of Edgecote Moor

1483 Funeral of Edward IV

Before 25 Dec 1400 [his father] John Sutton 4th Baron Sutton (age 20) and [his mother] Constance Blount Baroness Sutton Dudley (age 20) were married. She by marriage Baroness Sutton of Dudley.

On 25 Dec 1400 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley was born to John Sutton 4th Baron Sutton (age 20) and Constance Blount Baroness Sutton Dudley (age 20) at Dudley Castle [Map]. He was baptised at Barton under Needlewood, Staffordshire.

After Oct 1405 Edward Charleton 5th Baron Cherleton (age 35) and [his future wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley were married. She by marriage Baroness Cherleton. He a great x 3 grandson of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England. She a great x 5 granddaughter of King John "Lackland" of England.

On 28 Aug 1406 [his father] John Sutton 4th Baron Sutton (age 26) died. Baron Sutton of Dudley extinct. He and the previous three barons were never summoned to Parliament.

After 14 Mar 1420 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 19) and Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley were married at Dudley, Staffordshire. She a great x 5 granddaughter of King John "Lackland" of England.

Around 1421 [his daughter] Catherine Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 20) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Dudley Castle [Map].

Death of Henry V

On 31 Aug 1422 King Henry V of England (age 36) died at Château de Vincennes, Vincennes possibly from dysentery, possibly from heatstroke. John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 21) brought the body back to England. His son King Henry VI of England and II of France succeeded VI King England.

Thomas Beaufort 1st Duke Exeter (age 45) was appointed Governor to King Henry VI of England and II of France.

Funeral of Henry V

On 07 Nov 1422 King Henry V of England was buried at Westminster Abbey [Map]. John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 21) attended as Chief Mourner and Standard Bearer

In 1425 [his son] Bishop William Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 24) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Dudley Castle [Map].

In 1425 [his son] Edmund Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 24) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Dudley, Staffordshire.

Around 1427 [his son] John Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 26) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Atherington Climping.

In 1428 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 27) was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Around 1429 [his daughter] Margaret Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 28) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Dudley Castle [Map].

On 11 Oct 1432 [his mother] Constance Blount Baroness Sutton Dudley (age 52) died.

Around 1434 [his daughter] Jane Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 33) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Dudley Castle [Map].

Around 1439 [his daughter] Eleanor Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 38) and [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley at Dudley Castle [Map].

On 15 Feb 1440 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 39) was created 1st Baron Sutton of Dudley. [his wife] Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley by marriage Baroness Sutton of Dudley.

In 1443 [his son-in-law] Lionel Lowthe and [his daughter] Catherine Dudley (age 22) were married at Dudley Castle [Map].

In 1451 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 50) was appointed 178th Knight of the Garter by King Henry VI of England and II of France (age 29).

First Battle of St Albans

On 22 May 1455 the Wars of the Roses commenced with the First Battle of St Albans. Richard Plantagenet 3rd Duke of York (age 43) commanded with Richard "Kingmaker" Neville Earl Warwick, 6th Earl Salisbury (age 26), Richard Neville Earl Salisbury (age 55), Edward Brooke 6th Baron Cobham (age 40) and Walter Strickland (age 44).

The Lancastrians ...

Edmund Beaufort 1st or 2nd Duke of Somerset (age 49) was killed. His son Henry Beaufort 2nd or 3rd Duke of Somerset (age 19) succeeded 2nd Duke Somerset, 5th Earl Somerset. Note his father is frequently incorrectly referred to as the second Duke and Henry as the third Duke. His father's Dukedom, however, was a new creation.

Henry Percy 2nd Earl of Northumberland (age 62) was killed. His son Henry Percy 3rd Earl of Northumberland (age 33) succeeded 3rd Earl of Northumberland, 6th Baron Percy of Alnwick, 14th Baron Percy of Topcliffe. Eleanor Poynings Countess Northumberland (age 33) by marriage Countess of Northumberland.

Thomas Clifford 8th Baron Clifford (age 41) was killed. His son John "Butcher" Clifford 9th Baron Clifford (age 20) succeeded 9th Baron de Clifford, 9th Lord Skipton. Margaret Bromflete Baroness Clifford (age 21) by marriage Baroness de Clifford.

William Cotton (age 45) and Richard Fortescue (age 41) were killed.

Humphrey Stafford 1st Duke of Buckingham (age 52) was wounded and captured.

King Henry VI of England and II of France (age 33), John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 54) and [his son] Edmund Dudley (age 30) were captured.

Henry Beaufort 2nd or 3rd Duke of Somerset (age 19) was wounded. James Butler 1st Earl Wiltshire 5th Earl Ormonde (age 34) and John Wenlock 1st Baron Wenlock (age 55) fought.

Richard Cotton of Hampstall Ridware (age 51) and his son William Cotton of Connington in Huntingdonshire (age 27) were killed.

In 1457 [his daughter] Margaret Dudley (age 28) died.

Battle of Blore Heath

On 23 Sep 1459 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 58) attempted to ambush John Neville 1st Marquess Montagu (age 28) whilst he was travelling to Ludlow [Map] to join up with the main Yorkist army; the Battle of Blore Heath. Forewarned by scouts he arranged his troops into battle order. The Yorkist army included John Conyers (age 48), Thomas Harrington (age 59), James Harrington (age 29), Richard Neville Earl Salisbury (age 59), William Stanley (age 24), Roger Kynaston of Myddle and Hordley (age 26), John Savile, Walter Strickland (age 48) and John Wenlock 1st Baron Wenlock (age 59).

The Lancastrian army included brothers John Dutton, Thomas Dutton (age 38) and Peter Dutton who were killed.

James Tuchet 5th Baron Audley, 2nd Baron Tuchet (age 61) was killed by Roger Kynaston of Myddle and Hordley (age 26). His son John Tuchet 6th Baron Audley, 3rd Baron Tuchet (age 33) succeeded 6th Baron Audley of Heighley in Staffordshire, 3rd Baron Tuchet. Anne Echingham Baroness Audley Heighley (age 39) by marriage Baroness Audley of Heighley in Staffordshire, Baroness Audley of Heighley in Staffordshire.

John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 58) and [his son] Edmund Dudley (age 34) were captured. Lionel Welles 6th Baron Welles (age 53) fought.

Richard Molyneux of Sefton was killed.

John Egerton (age 55) was killed.

After the battle Margaret of Anjou Queen Consort England (age 29) took refuge at Eccleshall Castle, Staffordshire [Map].

After the battle Thomas Harrington (age 59), John Neville 1st Marquess Montagu (age 28) and Thomas Neville (age 29) were captured at Acton Bridge Tarporley [Map] and imprisoned at Chester Castle [Map] having been detached from the main Yorkist force.

William Troutbeck (age 23) was killed.

In 1460 [his brother-in-law] Maurice Berkeley (age 63) died.

In 1460 [his son] John Dudley (age 33) and [his daughter-in-law] Katherine Neville (age 16) were married. They were half second cousin twice removed. She a great x 2 granddaughter of King Edward III of England.

Around 1460 [his son-in-law] Henry Beaumont (age 25) and [his daughter] Eleanor Dudley (age 21) were married at Dudley Castle [Map].

Battle of Towton

On 29 Mar 1461 the Battle of Towton was a decisive victory for King Edward IV of England (age 18) bringing to an end the first war of the Wars of the Roses. Said to be the bloodiest battle on English soil 28000 were killed mainly during the rout that followed the battle.

The Yorkist army was commanded by King Edward IV of England (age 18) with John Mowbray 3rd Duke of Norfolk (age 45), William Neville 1st Earl Kent (age 56), William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings (age 30) (knighted), Walter Blount 1st Baron Mountjoy (age 45), Henry Bourchier 2nd Count Eu 1st Earl Essex (age 57), John Scrope 5th Baron Scrope of Bolton (age 23) and John Wenlock 1st Baron Wenlock (age 61).

The Lancastrian army suffered significant casualties including Richard Percy (age 35), Ralph Bigod Lord Morley (age 50), John Bigod (age 28), Robert Cromwell (age 71), Ralph Eure (age 49), John Neville 1st Baron Neville of Raby (age 51), John Beaumont (age 33), Thomas Dethick (age 61), Everard Simon Digby, William Plumpton (age 25) and William Welles (age 51) who were killed.

Henry Percy 3rd Earl of Northumberland (age 39) was killed. His son Henry Percy 4th Earl of Northumberland (age 12) succeeded 4th Earl of Northumberland, 7th Baron Percy of Alnwick, 15th Baron Percy of Topcliffe. Maud Herbert Countess Northumberland (age 3) by marriage Countess of Northumberland.

Ralph Dacre 1st Baron Dacre Gilsland (age 49) was killed. He was buried at the nearby Saxton church where his chest tomb is extant. Baron Dacre Gilsland extinct.

Lionel Welles 6th Baron Welles (age 55) was killed. His son Richard Welles 7th Baron Welles, Baron Willoughby (age 33) succeeded 7th Baron Welles.

The Lancastrian army was commanded by Henry Beaufort 2nd or 3rd Duke of Somerset (age 25), Henry Holland 3rd Duke Exeter (age 30), Henry Percy 3rd Earl of Northumberland (age 39) and Andrew Trollope.

Henry Holland 3rd Duke Exeter (age 30) was attainted after the battle; Duke Exeter, Earl Huntingdon forfeit.

Those who fought for the Lancaster included William Tailboys 7th Baron Kyme (age 46), John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 60), William Norreys (age 20), Thomas Grey 1st Baron Grey of Richemont (age 43), Robert Hungerford 3rd Baron Hungerford 1st Baron Moleyns (age 30), John Talbot 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury (age 12), Richard Welles 7th Baron Welles, Baron Willoughby (age 33), Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 56), James Butler 1st Earl Wiltshire 5th Earl Ormonde (age 40), John Butler 6th Earl Ormonde (age 39), William Beaumont 2nd Viscount Beaumont (age 22), Henry Roos and Thomas Tresham (age 41). Cardinal John Morton (age 41) were captured.

In or before 1462 [his son] John Dudley (age 35) and [his daughter-in-law] Elizabeth Bramshott were married at Arundel Castle [Map].

In 1463 [his son] Edmund Dudley (age 38) and [his daughter-in-law] Maud Clifford (age 21) were married. She a great x 4 granddaughter of King Edward III of England.

Before 20 Mar 1468 [his son-in-law] Thomas Mainwaring (age 31) and [his daughter] Jane Dudley (age 34) were married at Dudley Castle [Map].

Battle of Edgecote Moor

On 26 Jul 1469 the Yorkist army suffered a defeat against a Lancastrian army led by Robin of Redesdale at the Battle of Edgecote Moor. The Yorkist army was commanded by John Courtenay 15th Earl Devon (age 34) and William "Black William" Herbert 1st Earl Pembroke (age 46).

Thomas Vaughan (age 69), John Wogan, Henry Neville (age 32), John Conyers (age 36), and brothers [his son] John Dudley (age 42) and [his son] Oliver Dudley were killed.

Humphrey Stafford 1st Earl Devon (age 30), John Conyers (age 58) and William Parr (age 35) fought.

Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 64) and John Woodville (age 24) were captured.

Around 1478 [his daughter] Jane Dudley (age 44) died.

Funeral of Edward IV

On 17 Apr 1483 the coffin of Edward IV (deceased) was carried to Westminster Abbey [Map] by Edward Stanley 1st Baron Monteagle (age 21), John Savage (age 39), Thomas Wortley (age 50), Thomas Molyneux (age 38), probably John Welles 1st Viscount Welles (age 33) who had married Edward's daughter Cecily), John Cheney 1st Baron Cheyne (age 41), Walter Hungerford (age 19), Guy Wolston (age 50), John Sapcote (age 35), Thomas Tyrrell (age 30), John Risley, Thomas Dacre 2nd Baron Dacre Gilsland (age 15), John Norreys, Louis de Bretelles and John Comyn 4th Lord Baddenoch.

Those in the procession included:

Thomas St Leger (age 43), widow of Edward's sister Anne.

William Parr (age 49).

John Astley.

William Stonor (age 33).

Henry Ferrers (age 40).

James Radclyffe (age 43).

George Browne (age 43).

Gilbert Debenham (age 51).

John Howard 1st Duke of Norfolk (age 58) walked in front of the coffin with Edward's personal arms.

John Marlow Abbot Bermondsey followed by:

Bishop Thomas Kempe (age 93).

Bishop John Hales (age 83) (Bishop of Chester?).

Bishop Robert Stillington (age 63).

Bishop Edward Story.

Bishop Richard Bell.

Bishop James Goldwell.

[his son] Bishop William Dudley (age 58).

Bishop John Russell.

Cardinal John Morton (age 63) (as Bishop of Ely).

Bishop Edmund Tuchet (age 40) (as Bishop of Rochester).

Bishop Peter Courtenay, and.

Bishop Lionel Woodville (age 36).

Archbishop Thomas Rotherham (age 59) brought up the rear.

Cardinal Thomas Bourchier (age 65), then Archbishop of Canterbury, took no part due to infirmity.

John de la Pole 1st Earl Lincoln (age 21); the King's nephew,.

William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings (age 52).

Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset (age 28).

William Herbert 2nd Earl Pembroke 1st Earl Huntingdon (age 32) (some sources say Earl of Huntingindon?).

William Berkeley 1st Marquess Berkeley (age 57).

Thomas Stanley 1st Earl of Derby (age 48).

Richard Fiennes 7th Baron Dacre Gilsland (age 68).

John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 82).

George Neville 4th and 2nd Baron Bergavenny (age 43).

John Tuchet 6th Baron Audley, 3rd Baron Tuchet (age 57).

Walter Devereux Baron Ferrers of Chartley (age 51).

Edward Grey 1st Viscount Lisle (age 51).

Henry Lovell 9th Baron Marshal 8th Baron Morley (age 7).

Richard Woodville 3rd Earl Rivers (age 30).

John Brooke 7th Baron Cobham (age 35).

Richard Hastings Baron Willoughby (age 50).

John Bourchier 6th Baron Ferrers of Groby (age 45).

Thomas Bourchier.

Thomas Bourchier.

After 06 Jul 1483 [his son] Edmund Dudley (age 58) died.

On 30 Sep 1487 John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley (age 86) died at Stafford, Staffordshire [Map]. He was buried at Dudley Priory [Map]. His grandson Edward Dudley 2nd Baron Dudley (age 28) succeeded 2nd Baron Sutton of Dudley.

George Stanley and [his daughter] Eleanor Dudley were married.

Hugh Hastings and [his mother] Constance Blount Baroness Sutton Dudley were married. He a great x 4 grandson of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England.

George Longueville and [his daughter] Margaret Dudley were married.

[his son] Edmund Dudley and Joyce Tiptoft were married. She a great x 4 granddaughter of King Edward "Longshanks" I of England.

[his son] Oliver Dudley was born to John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley and Elizabeth Berkeley Baroness Cherleton Baroness Dudley.

Maurice Berkeley and Lora Fitzhugh were married. She the daughter of Henry Fitzhugh 3rd Baron Fitzhugh and Elizabeth Grey Baroness Fitzhugh. He a great x 5 grandson of King John "Lackland" of England.

Royal Ancestors of John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley 1400-1487

Kings Wessex: Great x 13 Grand Son of King Edmund "Ironside" I of England

Kings Gwynedd: Great x 10 Grand Son of Bleddyn ap Cynfyn King Gwynedd King Powys

Kings Seisyllwg: Great x 14 Grand Son of Hywel "Dda aka Good" King Seisyllwg King Deheubarth

Kings Powys: Great x 9 Grand Son of Maredudd ap Bleddyn King Powys

Kings England: Great x 8 Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Kings Scotland: Great x 10 Grand Son of Duncan II King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 19 Grand Son of Louis "Pious" King Aquitaine I King Franks

Kings France: Great x 11 Grand Son of Robert "Pious" II King France

Royal Descendants of John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley 1400-1487

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom x 3

Diana Spencer Princess Wales x 8

Ancestors of John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley 1400-1487

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Sutton

Great x 2 Grandfather: John Sutton 1st Baron Sutton

Great x 4 Grandfather: Roger Somery 3rd Baron Dudley

Great x 3 Grandmother: Margery Somery

Great x 4 Grandmother: Agnes Unknown Baroness Dudley

Great x 1 Grandfather: John Sutton 2nd Baron Sutton

GrandFather: John Sutton 3rd Baron Sutton 6 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Robert Clinton 1st Baron Clinton

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Clinton 2nd Baron Clinton 3 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Ida Odingsells Baroness Clinton 2 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 2 Grandfather: John Clinton 3rd Baron Clinton 4 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Corbet

Great x 3 Grandmother: Margery Corbet

Great x 1 Grandmother: Joan Clinton Baroness Sutton Dudley 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 3 Grandfather: Philip Limbury

Great x 2 Grandmother: Joan Limbury Baroness Clinton

Great x 3 Grandmother: Joan Unknown

Father: John Sutton 4th Baron Sutton 7 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

GrandMother: Joan Unknown Baroness Sutton Dudley

John Dudley 1st Baron Dudley 8 x Great Grand Son of King Henry "Curtmantle" II of England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Robert Blount

Great x 3 Grandfather: William Blount

Great x 4 Grandmother: Isabel Odingsells

Great x 2 Grandfather: Walter Blount

Great x 4 Grandfather: William Beauchamp

Great x 3 Grandmother: Isabel Beauchamp

Great x 4 Grandmother: Isabel Maudit

Great x 1 Grandfather: John Blount

Great x 2 Grandmother: Joanna Sodington

GrandFather: Walter Blount 8 x Great Grand Son of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John Beauchamp 1st Baron Beauchamp

Great x 3 Grandfather: John Beauchamp 1st Baron Beauchamp Somerset 6 x Great Grand Son of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Cicely Vivonne Forz Baroness Beauchamp 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 2 Grandfather: John Beauchamp 2nd Baron Beauchamp Somerset 7 x Great Grand Son of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Joan Cheduit Baroness Beauchamp Somerset

Great x 1 Grandmother: Eleanor Beauchamp 7 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 Grandfather: John St John

Great x 3 Grandfather: John St John 1st Baron St John Basing

Great x 4 Grandmother: Agnes Fitzpiers

Great x 2 Grandmother: Margaret St John Baroness Beauchamp Somerset 6 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 Grandfather: Hugh Courtenay 3rd Baron Okehampton 4 x Great Grand Son of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 3 Grandmother: Isabel Courtenay Baroness St John Basing 5 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 4 Grandmother: Eleanor Despencer Baroness Okehampton 4 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Mother: Constance Blount Baroness Sutton Dudley 9 x Great Grand Daughter of King Henry I "Beauclerc" England

Great x 1 Grandfather: Diego Gómez Toledo

GrandMother: Sancha Toledo