On this Day in History ... 15 December

15 Dec is in December.

34th Parliament Edward III

1455 Battle of Clyst Heath

1664 Comet

1666 Paper Bill

On 15 Dec 1291 Aymon "Peaceful" Savoy Count Savoy was born to Amadeus V "Great" Savoy (age 42) and Sybille Bagé.

Archaeologia Volume 35 1853 XXXIII. On the 15th of December [1357] the Queen (age 62) was visited by the Countess of Pembroke (age 40), who passed the entire day with her; and, from the frequency of her subsequent visits, it would appear that she was one of Isabella's closest friends. And, again, what can we infer but a clinging on her part to the memory of her lover, when we find that this lady, widow of Lawrence Hastings, Earl of Pembroke, was none other than Agnes, daughter of Mortimer himself; and that we thus have recorded visits received by Isabella of a daughter, the grandson, and grandson's brother-in law of her favourite, within the space of one month?

34th Parliament Edward III

Before 15 Dec 1376 Stephen Scrope 2nd Baron Scrope Masham (age 31) and Margery Welles Baroness Scrope Masham (age 26) were married. She by marriage Baroness Scrope Masham. They were third cousin once removed.

On 15 Dec 1447 Albert Wittelsbach IV Duke Bavaria was born to Albert Wittelsbach III Duke Bavaria (age 46) and Anna Brunswick Grubenhagen Duchess Bavaria (age 33).

Battle of Clyst Heath

On 15 Dec 1455 the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon since 1355, and Bonville family resolved their differences at the Battle of Clyst Heath. Thomas Courtenay 13th Earl Devon (age 41) defeated William Bonville 1st Baron Bonville (age 63). Battle something of an over-statement; the number of dead reported by one chronicler as being twelve. Following the battle the victorious Courtenay's attacked Bonville's Shute Manor.

On 15 Dec 1470 John Valois Anjou II Duke Lorraine (age 46) died at Barcelona.

Around 15 Dec 1486 Giles Daubeney 1st Baron Daubeney (age 35) was appointed 231st Knight of the Garter by King Henry VII of England and Ireland (age 29).

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On 20 May 1561 John Eyre died. On 15 Dec 1558 Margaret Blennerhasset died. They were buried in All Saints Church Narborough [Map]. Brass. The inscription on the brass says "Here do lye John Eyer Esquire late Receyvor Generale to Elizabeth the Quenes Majestie, in the counties of Norf., Suff., Cantabridge, and Huntyngton, and one of the Masters of her High Court of Chancerye and Margaret his wyfe, one of the daughters of Sir Thomas Blenerhaiset of Frens Knight late Wyfe of John, Spelman Esquire, son and heyre apparent of Sir John Spelman, Knyght." Armorials top left and middle Quartered Eyre Arms and Townshend Arms with a crescent difference, top right Quartered Eyre Arms and Townshend Arms impaled with 1&6 Blennerhassett Arms, 2, Argent, three Escutcheons Sable: LOWDHAM 3 Gules a Pall reversed Ermine: KELVEDON or KELDON 4 Azure a Lion rampant Argent crowned Or: ORTON: 5 Azure a Fess between three Fleurs-de-lis Or: SKELTON.

John Eyre: After 27 Dec 1545 he and Margaret Blennerhasset were married. Her second husband.

Margaret Blennerhasset: She was born to Thomas Blennerhassett of Frens. Before 27 Dec 1545 John Spelman of and she were married.

On 15 Dec 1578 William Bourchier 3rd Earl Bath (age 21) and Mary Cornwallis Countess Bath were married. The marriage, apparently, taking place secretly at night. She by marriage Countess Bath.


On 15 Dec 1603 Christopher Plunkett 8th Baron Dunsany died. His son Patrick Plunkett 9th Baron Dunsany (age 8) succeeded 9th Baron Dunsany.

1664 Comet

Pepy's Diary. 15 Dec 1664. So to the Coffeehouse, where great talke of the Comet seen in several places; and among our men at sea, and by my Lord Sandwich (age 39), to whom I intend to write about it to-night.

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Paper Bill

Pepy's Diary. 15 Dec 1666. Good news to-day upon the Exchange [Map], that our Hamburgh fleete is got in; and good hopes that we may soon have the like of our Gottenburgh, and then we shall be well for this winter. Very merry at dinner. And by and by comes in Matt. Wren (age 37) from the Parliament-house; and tells us that he and all his party of the House, which is the Court party, are fools, and have been made so this day by the wise men of the other side; for, after the Court party had carried it yesterday so powerfully for the Paper-Bill1, yet now it is laid aside wholly, and to be supplied by a land-tax; which it is true will do well, and will be the sooner finished, which was the great argument for the doing of it. But then it shews them fools, that they would not permit this to have been done six weeks ago, which they might have had. And next, they have parted with the Paper Bill, which, when once begun, might have proved a very good flower in the Crowne, as any there. So do really say that they are truly outwitted by the other side.

Note 1. It was called "A Bill for raising part of the supply for his Majesty by an imposition on Sealed Paper and Parchment" B.

On 15 Dec 1680 George Coventry 3rd Baron Coventry (age 52) died. On 15 Dec 1680 His son John Coventry 4th Baron Coventry (age 26) succeeded 4th Baron Coventry.

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On 15 Dec 1711 George Granville 1st Baron Lansdowne (age 45) and Mary Villiers Baroness Lansdowne were married at St Martin in the Fields [Map]. She the daughter of Edward Villiers 1st Earl Jersey and Barbara Chiffinch Countess Jersey (age 48).

On 15 Dec 1713 Welbore Ellis 1st Baron Mendip was born to Bishop Welbore Ellis (age 62) and Diana Briscoe.

On 15 Dec 1750 William Legge 1st Earl Dartmouth (age 78) died. His grandson William Legge 2nd Earl Dartmouth (age 19) succeeded 2nd Earl Dartmouth.


On 15 Dec 1762 Henry Charles Hatton 3rd Viscount (age 62) died. Viscount Hatton and Baron Hatton extinct.

On 15 Dec 1763 Richard Boyle 2nd Earl Shannon (age 36) and Catherine Ponsonby Countess Shannon were married. He the son of Henry Boyle 1st Earl Shannon (age 81) and Henrietta Boyle.


On 15 Dec 1768 George Devereux 13th Viscount Hereford (age 24) and Marianna Devereux Viscountess Hereford were married. They were third cousins?

On 15 Dec 1769 Webb Seymour 10th Duke Somerset (age 51) and Anne Maria Bonnell Duchess Somerset were married. She by marriage Duchess Somerset. He the son of Edward Seymour 8th Duke Somerset and Mary Webb Duchess Somerset.

On 15 Dec 1785 King George IV of Great Britain and Ireland (age 23) and Maria Anne Smythe aka "Mrs Fitzherbert" (age 29) were married. The marriage was invalid under English civil law because his father had not given his consent. Her uncle Henry Errington and her brother John Smythe were witnesses. The ceremony was performed by one of the prince's Chaplains in Ordinary, the Reverend Robert Burt, whose debts of £500 were paid by the prince to release him from Fleet Prison [Map]. He the son of King George III of Great Britain and Ireland (age 47) and Charlotte Mecklenburg Strelitz Queen Consort England (age 41).


On 15 Dec 1828 John Crichton 1st Earl Erne (age 97) died. His son Abraham Crichton 2nd Earl Erne (age 63) succeeded 2nd Earl Erne of Crom Castle in County Fermanagh.


On 15 Dec 1849 William Henry Holland 1st Baron Rotherham was born.

On 15 Dec 1881 Yvo Vesey 5th Viscount Vesey was born to Eustace Vesey (age 30) and Constance Mary Lawley (age 27).

On 15 Dec 1886 William Charles Evans 8th Baron Carbery (age 74) and Victoria Cecil Baroness Carbery (age 43) were married. The difference in their ages was 31 years. She the daughter of Brownlow Cecil 2nd Marquess Exeter and Frances Isabella Selina Poyntz Marchioness of Exeter.

On 15 Dec 1898 William John Legh 1st Baron Newton (age 69) died.


On 15 Dec 1908 Lt Colonel Hugh Annesley 5th Earl Annesley (age 77) died.

On 15 Dec 1917 Anne King-Noel 15th Baroness Wentworth (age 80) died. Her daughter Judith Blunt-Lytton 16th Baroness Wentworth (age 44) succeeded 16th Baroness Wentworth.

Salisbury Cathedral [Map]. On 15 Dec 1922 Lieutenant General Sir George Montague Harper (age 57) died in a car accident when his car skidded and overturned fracturing his skull. Memorial in Salisbury Cathedral [Map] sculpted by Allan Gairdner Wyon (age 40).

Lieutenant General Sir George Montague Harper: On 11 Jan 1865 he was born.

Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Willoughby-Drummond: On 18 May 1870 he was born to Gilbert Henry Heathcote Drummond Willoughby 1st Earl Ancaster (age 39) and Evelyn Elizabeth Gordon Countess Ancaster (age 24). On 09 Jan 1907 Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Willoughby-Drummond (age 36) and Muriel Agnes Stuart Erskine were married. She the daughter of Shipley Gordon Stuart Erskine 14th Earl Buchan (age 57). He the son of Gilbert Henry Heathcote Drummond Willoughby 1st Earl Ancaster (age 76) and Evelyn Elizabeth Gordon Countess Ancaster (age 60). On 15 Dec 1949 Charles Strathavon Heathcote-Willoughby-Drummond (age 79) died.

On 15 Dec 1952 Herbert Hervey 5th Marquess Bristol (age 82) and Dora Frances Emblin Marchioness Bristol were married. She by marriage Marchioness Bristol.