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Was killed in a duel is in Duel. See Duelling.

1609 Stewart-Wharton Duel

1685 Battle of Sedgemoor

On 07 Aug 1485 Alexander Stewart 1st Duke Albany (age 31) was killed in a duel with Louis XII King France (age 23), possibly at a tournament. His son John Stewart 2nd Duke Albany (age 1) succeeded 2nd Duke Albany.

On 01 Aug 1603 Matthew Browne (age 40) was killed in a duel with John Townshend (age 35) at Hounslow Heath [Map]. Matthew Browne (age 40) died the following day.

On 20 Apr 1608 John Egerton was killed in a duel by Edward Morgan (age 32).

Stewart-Wharton Duel

On 08 Nov 1609 George Wharton (age 26) and James Stewart (age 24) were both killed in a duel with each other over a game of cards. They were buried together in the same grave in Islington, by the King's command on 10 Nov 1609.

In 1617 Arthur Wingfield was killed in a duel.

On 30 Apr 1636 Thomas Leventhorpe 2nd Baronet (age 43) was killed in a duel with Arthur Capell of Little Hadham (age 50). His son John Leventhorpe 3rd Baronet (age 6) succeeded 3rd Baronet Leventhorpe of Shingey Hall in Hertfordshire.

In 1640 Ralph Eure of Bishop Middleham (age 38) was killed in a duel.

On 13 May 1652 Henry Compton was killed in a duel with George Brydges 6th Baron Chandos (age 31) at Putney, Surrey [Map].

On 22 Aug 1661 Roger Grosvenor (age 33) was killed in a duel by his cousin Hugh Roberts.

Around 30 Jul 1667 Henry Belasyse (age 28) was killed in a duel following a drunken quarrel by his friend Thomas Porter over a trivial matter. The event was described by Samuel Pepys: Here Sir Philip Frowde, who sat next to me, did tell me how Sir H.Belasses is dead, and that the quarrel between him and Tom Porter, who is fled, did arise in the ridiculous fashion that I was first told it, which is a strange thing between two so good friends.

In 1681 William Carnegie (age 19) was killed in a duel with William Tollemache (age 32) at Paris [Map].

Battle of Sedgemoor

On 06 Jul 1685 Sharington Talbot (age 29) was killed in a duel with Captain Love over whose troops fought better at the Battle of Sedgemoor which had been fought earlier the same day.

In 1686 John Talbot (age 21) was killed in a duel by Henry Fitzroy 1st Duke Grafton (age 22).

On 20 Mar 1688 George Killigrew (age 24) was killed in a duel or a tavern brawl.

On 19 Dec 1688 Captain Walter Littleton was killed in a duel by Captain Charles Adderley, a protestant officer of the Royal Horse Guards.

On 06 Oct 1692 Captain Philip Lawson was killed in a duel by his brother-in-law Charles Knollys 4th Earl Banbury (age 30). The House of Lords decided that he was not a Peer (there was doubt over the paternity of his father), and he pleaded in the King's Bench. The second husband his wife Anna Maria Knollys (age 36) had lost to dueling.

On 12 Apr 1696 Henry Bourchier Fane (age 27) was killed in a duel with Elizeus Burges at Leicester Fields Leicester Square.

On 20 Aug 1698 Henry Hobart 4th Baronet (age 41) died from wounds he had received in a duel with Oliver le Neve (age 36) at Cawston Heath, Norfolk. His son John Hobart 1st Earl Buckinghamshire (age 4) succeeded 5th Baronet Hobart of Intwood in Norfolk.

In Aug 1701 John Hamner 3rd Baronet (age 69) was killed in a duel (probably). His nephew Thomas Hanmer 4th Baronet (age 23) succeeded 4th Baronet Hamner of Hamner in Flintshire. Isabella Bennet Duchess Grafton (age 33) by marriage Lady Hamner of Hamner in Flintshire.

On 22 Aug 1701 Ferdinando Forster (age 31) was killed in a duel by John Fenwick. Ferdinando slipped on the cobbles before the duel commenced, and was run through by John Fenwick. As Ferdinando had slipped this was regarded as murder and exactly one month later, Fenwick was hanged on the same spot, the authorities having barred all the city gates to prevent any attempt by supporters, to rescue the condemned man.

In the annals of the line of "Bamburgh Forsters", Ferdinando is known only for his untimely end, and for his armour hanging in the Chancel of St Aidan's church, Bamburgh. It has been suggested that in a brawl at a Newcastle pub, Ferdinando, MP for Berwick, and Fenwick taunted each other with partisan political songs. But there seems to be more to it…

On 09 May 1711 Cholmley Dering 4th Baronet (age 31) was killed in a duel at Tothill Fields [Map]. His son Edward Dering 5th Baronet (age 6) succeeded 5th Baronet Dering of Surrenden Dering in Kent. The duel, unusually with pistols rather than swords, was with Richard Thornhill with whom Dering had argued in a pub near Hampton Court Palace, Richmond [Map] two days previously; Thornhill had afterwards sent Dering a note challenging him to a duel. Both pistols were fired but only Dering was hit. Richard Thornhill was tried for murder but convicted of the lesser offence of manslaughter. Thornhill was murdered three months later.

On 24 Feb 1752 Captain Thomas Grey (age 23) was killed in a duel with George Farmer Lord Lempster at Marylebone Fields. George Farmer Lord Lempster was found guilty of manslaughter but appears to have received no punishment.

On 03 Aug 1769 or 25 Aug 1769 James Agar (age 55) was killed in a duel with Henry Flood (age 37) his political rival. James, who missed with his first shot, reputedly shouted "Fire, you scoundrel!": Flood duly fired. Flood was prosecuted for murder, but was found guilty of manslaughter, and spared a prison sentence, as according to the code of the time he had acted honourably. The case, which aroused huge public interest.

In 1776 Richard Fitzgerald (age 43) was killed in a duel by his daughter's father-in-law Edward King 1st Earl Kingston (age 49).

On 25 Sep 1777 John Tollemache (age 27) was killed in a duel in New York by Lowther Pennington who had written a sonnet derogatory to Tollemache's wife Bridget Henley. Tollemache was run through with a sword. Pennington received seven wounds but survived. His son John Tollemache (age 2) was adopted by Lionel Tollemache 5th Earl Dysart (age 43).

On 26 May 1797 William Brabazon 9th Earl Meath (age 27) was killed in a duel with Mr Gore. It isn't clear what the duel was being fought over. His brother John Brabazon 10th Earl Meath (age 25) succeeded 10th Earl Meath.