On this Day in History ... 09 May

09 May is in May.

1200 Council of Reims

1435 Battle of Gerberoy

1671 Blood Steals the Crown Jewels

On 09 May 1170 King Valdemar II of Denmark was born to Valdemar "Great" I King Denmark (age 39) and Sophia of Minsk (age 30).

Council of Reims

Before 1200. Choir Aisle at Hereford Cathedral [Map] left to right ...

In 1198 Bishop William de Vere died.

On 09 May 1186 Bishop Gilbert Foliot died.

On 16 Apr 1148 Bishop Robert de Bethune died in Reims just after the closure of the Council of Reims. His remains were brought to Hereford Cathedral [Map] where he was buried. See Chronicle of Wigmore.

On 27 Feb 1167 Robert Melun Bishop of Hereford (age 67) died.

Before 09 May 1271 King Edward "Longshanks" I of England (age 31) and Eleanor of Castile Queen Consort England (age 30) sailed from Palermo and travelled to Acre arriving on 09 May 1271. They were later joined by Edmund "Crouchback" Plantagenet 1st Earl of Leicester 1st Earl Lancaster (age 26), John "The Red" Capet I Duke Brittany (age 53) and Teobaldo Visconti Archdeacon of Liège (age 41) (who would become Pope a month later).

On 09 May 1280 King Magnus VI of Norway (age 42) died. His son Eric II King Norway (age 12) succeeded King Norway.

Before 09 May 1310 William Ros 1st Baron Ros Kendal (age 38) died. His son Thomas Ros 2nd Baron Ros Kendal (age 3) succeeded 2nd Baron Ros Kendal.

On 09 May 1432 Fadrique Enríquez Count Melgar Count Rueda (age 42) and Teresa Fernández Countess Melgar and Rueda were married. She by marriage Countess Melgar, Countess Rueda, Señor de Medina de Río Seco.

Battle of Gerberoy

On 09 May 1435 a French force commanded by Étienne Vignolles "La Hire" heavily defeated an English force commanded by John Fitzalan 14th Earl Arundel (age 27) at the Battle of Gerberoy.

On 12 Jun 1435 John Fitzalan 14th Earl Arundel (age 27) was captured and died from wounds received at the battle. His son Humphrey Fitzalan 15th Earl Arundel (age 6) succeeded 15th Earl Arundel Sussex, 5th Baron Maltravers 1C 1330, 5th Baron Arundel 1C 1377.

Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers (age 30) fought.

On 09 May 1471 George Neville 4th and 2nd Baron Bergavenny (age 31) was knighted by King Edward IV of England (age 29).

On 09 May 1546 George Blagge (age 34) was induced to deny the efficacy of the Mass, by trickery he alleged, while walking home after church. He was immediately summoned by Thomas Wriothesley (age 40), the Lord Chancellor, and sent to Newgate Prison [Map]. At his trial at the Guildhall [Map], the main witnesses for the prosecution were Littleton (age 41) and Sir Hugh Calverley (age 42), MP for Cheshire. On their evidence, Blagge (age 34) was sentenced to be burned for heresy the following Wednesday. Fortunately for him, the Lord Privy Seal, John Russell (age 61), appealed on his behalf to the king (age 54), who had not heard of the proceedings to that point. Henry (age 54) immediately pardoned Blagge and ordered Wriothesley to release him.

On 09 May 1628 John Carey 2nd Earl Dover (age 20) and Dorothy St John were married. She died eight weeks later. She the daughter of Oliver St John 1st Earl Bolingbroke (age 48) and Elizabeth Paulet Countess Bolingbroke. He the son of Henry Carey 1st Earl Dover (age 48) and Judith Pelham Countess Dover (age 37).

Before 09 May 1630 Jehan Lord of Heenvliet (age 35) and Katherine Wotton Countess Chesterfield (age 21) were married.


On 09 May 1641 Francis Russell 4th Earl Bedford (age 48) died. His son William Russell 1st Duke Bedford (age 24) succeeded 5th Earl Bedford 3C 1551, 5th Baron Russell 1C 1539. Anne Carr (age 25) by marriage Countess Bedford.

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On 09 May 1643 Charles Kirkoven 1st Earl Bellomont was born to Jehan Lord of Heenvliet (age 48) and Katherine Wotton Countess Chesterfield (age 34) at The Hague.

Blood Steals the Crown Jewels

On 09 May 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood (age 53) attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London [Map]. He was captured whilst trying to escape the Tower of London [Map] with the Crown. Following his capture he refused to to answer to anyone but the King (age 40). He was questioned by the King (age 40) and Prince Rupert Palatinate Simmern 1st Duke Cumberland (age 51). For unknown reasons he was pardoned by the King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland (age 40) and rewarded with land in Ireland worth £500 per year much to the irritation of James Butler 1st Duke Ormonde (age 60), Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whom Blood had attempted to kidnap twice before.

On 09 May 1676 Christopher Vane 1st Baron Barnard (age 22) and Elizabeth Holles Baroness Barnard were married. She the daughter of Gilbert Holles 3rd Earl Clare (age 43) and Grace Pierrepont Countess Clare (age 43).

On 09 May 1701 Robert Bertie 3rd Earl Lindsey (age 70) died. His son Robert Bertie 1st Duke Ancaster and Kesteven (age 40) succeeded 4th Earl Lindsey, 17th Baron Willoughby de Eresby. Albinia Farington Duchess Ancaster and Kesteven by marriage Countess Lindsey.

On 09 May 1703 John Jeffreys 2nd Baron Jeffreys (age 29) died. Baron Jeffreys extinct.

After 09 May 1703 Thomas Windsor 1st Viscount Windsor (age 33) and Charlotte Herbert Viscountess Windsor (age 27) were married. She by marriage Viscountess Windsor. She the daughter of Philip "Infamous Earl" Herbert 7th Earl Pembroke 4th Earl Montgomery and Henrietta Kéroualle Countess Pembroke and Montgomery. He the son of Thomas Hickman Windsor 1st Earl Plymouth and Ursula Widdrington Countess Plymouth (age 55). They were half fourth cousins.

On 09 May 1729 John West 2nd Earl De La Warr was born to John West 1st Earl De La Warr (age 36) and Charlotte Maccarthy Baroness De La Warr.


On 09 May 1736 Cecil Wray 11th Baronet (age 58) died. He was buried at All Saints' Church, Branston [Map] where he has a monument sculpted by Thomas Carter. His first cousin once removed John Wray 12th Baronet (age 46) succeeded 12th Baronet Wray of Glentworth in Lincolnshire. Frances Norcliffe Lady Wray (age 35) by marriage Lady Wray of Glentworth in Lincolnshire.

Cecil Wray 11th Baronet: Around 1678 he was born to Drury Wray 9th Baronet (age 44) and Anne Casey. On 21 Nov 1710 Christopher Wray 10th Baronet (age 38) died. His brother Cecil Wray 11th Baronet (age 32) succeeded 11th Baronet Wray of Glentworth in Lincolnshire. On 30 Nov 1721 Cecil Wray 11th Baronet (age 43) and Joanna Taylor Lady Wray were married at St Martin in the Fields. She by marriage Lady Wray of Glentworth in Lincolnshire. On 21 Jan 1736 Cecil Wray 11th Baronet (age 58) wrote his will in which he left £14,000 and his estates to his illegitimate daughter Ann Casey.

John Wray 12th Baronet: On 24 Oct 1689 he was born to William Wray (age 25) and Isabella Ullithorne (age 24). On 04 Mar 1728 John Wray 12th Baronet (age 38) and Frances Norcliffe Lady Wray (age 27) were married at Ripon. On 23 Jan 1752 John Wray 12th Baronet (age 62) died. He was buried at Ripon Cathedral. His son Cecil Wray 13th Baronet (age 17) succeeded 13th Baronet Wray of Glentworth in Lincolnshire.

Frances Norcliffe Lady Wray: On 16 Sep 1700 she was born to Fairfax Norcliffe of Langton in Yorkshire and Mary Hesketh. On 04 Jul 1770 Frances Norcliffe Lady Wray (age 69) died. She was buried at Ripon Cathedral.

On 09 May 1737 John Savage 5th Earl Rivers (age 72) died unmarried since he was a Catholic priest. Earl Rivers 2C 1626, Viscount Colchester, Viscount Savage, Baron Darcy of Chiche and Baronet Savage of Rocksavage in Cheshire extinct.

On 09 May 1737 Richard Grenville-Temple 2nd Earl Temple (age 25) and Anne Chamber Countess Temple were married. He the son of Richard Granville and Hester Temple 1st Countess Temple (age 47).

On 09 May 1739 George Montagu 1st Earl Halifax (age 55) died. His son George Montagu Dunk 2nd Earl Halifax (age 22) succeeded 2nd Earl Halifax 3C 1715.

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On 09 May 1747 John Dalrymple 2nd Earl of Stair (age 73) died. His nephew James Dalrymple 3rd Earl of Stair (age 48) succeeded 3rd Earl of Stair.

On or before 09 May 1754 Bishop Folliott Cornewall was born. He was baptised on 09 May 1754.

On 09 May 1762 John Howe 2nd Baron Chedworth (age 48) died without issue. His brother Henry Howe 3rd Baron Chedworth (age 46) succeeded 3rd Baron Chedworth.

On 09 May 1767 Henry Francis Roper-Curzon 14th Baronet was born to Francis Roper (age 29) and Mary Lyttelton (age 33).


Archaeologia Volume 5 Section V. Mr. Pegge, on the Rudston Pyramidal Stone [Rudston Monolith [Map]]. Read May 9, 1776.

On 09 May 1777 Heneage Finch 3rd Earl Aylesford (age 61) died. His son Heneage Finch 4th Earl Aylesford (age 25) succeeded 4th Earl Aylesford.

On 09 May 1797 George Thynne 2nd Baron Carteret (age 27) and Harriet Courtenay Baroness Carteret (age 25) were married. Harriet Courtenay Baroness Carteret by marriage Baroness Carteret of Hawnes. She the daughter of William Courtenay 8th Earl Devon and Frances Clack Countess Devon. He the son of Thomas Thynne 1st Marquess of Bath and Elizabeth Bentinck Marchioness Bath (age 61).

On 09 May 1809 John Byng 1st Earl Strafford (age 37) and Marianne James Countess Strafford were married.

After 09 May 1832. Monument to Frederick Irby 2nd Baron Boston and Christian Methuen at St Nicholas Church, Whiston [Map] sculpted by William Pitts (age 42).

Frederick Irby 2nd Baron Boston: On 09 Jun 1749 he was born to William Irby 1st Baron Boston (age 42) and Albania Selwyn Baroness Boston (age 30) On 30 Mar 1775 William Irby 1st Baron Boston (age 68) died. His son Frederick Irby 2nd Baron Boston (age 25) succeeded 2nd Baron Boston, 3rd Baronet Irby of Whaplode and Boston. On 15 May 1775 Frederick Irby 2nd Baron Boston (age 25) and Christian Methuen were married. On 23 Mar 1825 Frederick Irby 2nd Baron Boston (age 75) died at Lower Grosvenor Street Belgravia. His son George Irby 3rd Baron Boston (age 47) succeeded 3rd Baron Boston, 4th Baronet Irby of Whaplode and Boston. Rachel Ives Drake Baroness Boston (age 42) by marriage Baroness Boston.

Christian Methuen: She was born to Paul Methuen. On 09 May 1832 she died.

On 09 May 1833 Henry Fox 4th Baron Holland (age 31) and Mary Augusta Baroness Fox (age 21) were married. She the daughter of George Coventry 8th Earl Coventry (age 48) and Mary Beauclerk Countess Coventry (age 42). He a great x 4 grandson of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland. She a great x 4 granddaughter of King Charles II of England Scotland and Ireland.


On 09 May 1839 Francis George Hugh Seymour-Conway 5th Marquess Hertford (age 27) and Frances Elizabeth Anson Marchioness Hertford (age 29) were married. He a great x 4 grandson of King James II of England Scotland and Ireland.

On 09 May 1876 Charles William Noel 3rd Earl Gainsborough (age 25) and Augusta Mary Catherine Berkeley were married. He the son of Charles George Noel 2nd Earl Gainsborough (age 57) and Ida Harriet Augusta Hay Countess Gainsborough. He a great grandson of King William IV of the United Kingdom.

On 09 May 1917 Ernest William Becket 2nd Baron Grimthorpe (age 60) died. His son Ralph Beckett 3rd Baron Grimthorpe (age 26) succeeded 3rd Baron Grimthorpe, 7th Baronet Beckett of Leeds. Mary Alice Archdale Baroness Beckett by marriage Baroness Grimthorpe.