- Apparently he had an illegitimate son Henry Percy, as recounted by Todd Whiteside on 12th August 2005:
Subject: Percy Peculiarities
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 17:36:37 +0000 (UTC)
_RootsWeb: GEN-MEDIEVAL-L Percy Peculiarities_
A tentative line that I am working on:
1. Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland, b. 3 Feb. 1392/3, d. 22 May
1455, m. Eleanor Neville (d/o Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland, by his
second wife Joan Beaufort).
2. Ralph Percy, Knt., Constable of Bamburgh Castle & Dunstanburgh Castle.
Surrendered Dunstanburgh Castle to the Yorkists in 1462 after siege & swore
fealty to Edward IV. In 1463 he delivered both Bamburgh Castle and
Dunstanburgh Castle to the Lancastrians, and was slain by the Yorkists on 25 Apr. 1464
at the battle of Hedgley Moor. He is said to have had a daughter Margaret he
was wife to Ralph Harbottle, Knt. In his 27 Jul. 1485 will Henry Percy, 4th
Earl of Northumberland, made a legatee of "my cousin Ralph Harbotell Knt."
Ralph Percy's base-born son was:
3. Henry Percy, Knt., of Bamburgh Castle. In his 27 Jul. 1485 will Henry
Percy, 4th Earl of Northumberland, made provision for "my Cousin Sr Henry
Percys children for their Marriages." Constance, widow of Sir Henry Percy,
re-married by 1492 to Sir William Eure (with dispensation dated 3 Jul. 1497). A
daughter of Henry and Constance:
4. Margery Percy
In Flower's 1563/64 Yorkshire Visitation she is described as "Margery doter
to Sir Henry Percy of Bamborow, basse son." She married Sir Henry
Widdrington (son of Sir Rauffe Widdrington & Felicia Claxton) probably ca. 4 Jan. 1492
when a settlement was made between Sir Rauffe Widdrington and Sir William
Eure & his wife Constance. "Rauff Wedrington Knt." was also a legatee in the 27
Jul. 1485 will of the 4th Earl of Northumberland. Robert, Lord Ogle, made a
grant of premises in Northumberland on 29 Jan. 1526/7 mentioning "Sir Wm
Ellercar, kt., and wife Dame Marjory, widow of Sir Hen Woddryngton, kt."
Margery's daughter by Ellerker:
5. Anne Ellerker
John Shafto of Bavington registered his pedigree in Harvey's Visitation of
1552 and listed his wife as "Anne, dowghter to Sir William Elerkar of
Wythryngton, and by her had yssu..." This was repeated in Flower's 1563-64 Yorkshire
Visitation. In the 6 Sep. 1565 will of Sir Robert Ellerker she is described
as "Wedowe Shafto of Bavington." John Shafto was the eldest son of Cuthbert
Shafto of Bavington by his first wife, Isabell Bertram, co-heiress of
Brenkley. John Shafto and Anne Ellerker had four sons (John, Edward who left male
issue, Luke, & William who had a daughter Margerie) and four daughters (Jane,
Mary, Dorothy, & Grace). The eldest daughter:
6. Jane Shafto
Due to land tenure, onomastics, and chronology, I believe she might be the
wife of John Fenwick, Gent., of Brenkley, who occurred in 1571 & 1573
apparently holding the Shafto third of Brenkley without purchasing it, and who
purchased the Cowdale third of the same estate in 1573 with guaranteed warranty
against the Cowdale and Swynburne heirs (but not mentioning the Shafto heirs as
I believe he already represented their interest at that time). John Fenwick
was deceased by 1590, but his widow lived on being buried in 1613. Due to
the fading of the Church register at Ponteland her given name is unreadable.
7. John Fenwick, Gent., of Brenkley
He married Jennet Pye in 1612 and was alive as late as 1629 when he served
as a grand juror in the Northumberland Quarter Sessions. He is throughout his
life called "....., Gent., of Brenkley." Two of his children:
8. a. Cuthbert Fenwick, Gent. (1614-1655)
b. Jane (Fenwick) Smyth-Taylor-Eltonhead (1618-1659)
- Percy, Sir Ralph 1425-1464
Name: Percy, Sir Ralph
Active Date: 1464
Field of Interest: Military
Death: Hedgely Moor
Sources: Ramsay's Lancaster and York, ii. 302 &c.; De Fonblanque's...
Contributor: W. A. J. A. (William Arthur Jobson Archbold)
Percy, Sir Ralph 1425-1464, soldier, was seventh son of Henry Percy, second Earl of Northumberland (q.v.), by Eleanor, daughter of Ralph, first Earl of Westmorland, and widow of Ralph, lord Spencer. He took the Lancastrian side throughout the wars of the roses, and was the leader of the Percys in their inter-tribal warfare with the Nevilles during the latter part of Henry VI's reign. He was with Queen Margaret in her march south after the battle of Wakefield; and when Edward IV had been proclaimed king, he occupied Bamborough Castle for her, but he surrendered it on 24 Dec. 1462, and swore fealty to Edward. Early in 1463 he changed sides again, and allowed the Scots to retake Bamborough; he held to the Lancastrian cause for the rest of his life, even though the Queen sailed that summer to the Low Countries. He very nearly captured Edward as he marched north to Newcastle early in 1464, and was the captain in the battle of Hedgely Moor on 25 April 1464. Here he was killed fighting, and just before his death was heard to say, Ì have saved the bird in my bosom,' meaning his loyalty to Henry (Oman, Warwick, p. 154). A rudely carved column, called `Percy's Cross,' marks the spot where he fell. He was unmarried.
Ramsay's Lancaster and York, ii. 302 &c.; De Fonblanque's Annals of the House of Percy, i. 283-6; Three Fifteenth-Century Chronicles, pp. 156, 158, 176, 178.
Contributor: W. A. J. A.