Sir William Blount was the son of Walter Blount (Bl16), 1st Baron Mountjoy and Ellen Byron (By16)
|Born: 1442 Rock, Worcester, England, d:
Died: 14 Apr 1471 at the Battle of Barnet, Hertfordshire
Married: Margaret Eychingham
The Blount Coat of Arms
Bl14 Elizabeth Blount
14th April, 1471
for the House Lancaster
for the House of York
Gloucester (Richard III)
In October of 1470, Warwick (the kingmaker) drove Edward IV out of England and reinstated Henry VI as king.
Edward returned in March 1471, with ships and money supplied by the Duke of Burgundy. He landed in Yorkshire, and soon asembled a small army, and he gathered reinforcements as he marched south. On 12 April he entered London unopposed.
Warwick marched to attack him through St. Albans with a mixed force of about 9,000 men, and took up a position on Hadley Green, just north of Barnet. Edward, with 8,000 men, arrived at Barnet in the evening of 13 April. In spite of the darkness, he marched to within a short distance of Warwick. Throughout the night, Warwick had his cannons bombard where he thought his enemies were encamped, but they had moved to a closer position, so they were not hit.
The battle started early next morning in a thick ground mist. Initially, Edward’s left flank, (under Lord Hastings) was beaten from the field by the Earl of Oxford. Richard of Gloucester (the future Richard III) had some success on Edwards right. The centre ground was firercely fought, with no immediate advantage to either side. Oxford, returning from pursuing Hasting’s men, misjudged his position, and his banners were mistaken for Edward’s by Warwick’s centre. (Oxford’s symbol was a star, Edward’s was the “sunne in spleandor”) Thinking that he was being betrayed, Oxford fled the field with his men.
The overall battle lasted between three and four hours, and ended in a complete victory for Edward. The Earl of Warwick was struck down on the field, and his machinations in the politics of the time ended.
Other Important People
Below are mini-biographies of the major noble participants in the wars. Notice that most families had more than one generation involved in the conflict. Those nobles that allied with the Lancastrian cause are labeled with a . Nobles that supported the Yorkists effort are labeled with a . Nobles that switched allegiances are marked with both in the order of their allegiance.
Bo22 -John de Botetourte b: 1265, d: 25 Nov 1324
Fi22 sp: Maud FitzThomas d: After 28 Apr 1329, m: 1285-1292
Bo21 -Sir Otto de Botetourte d: 1345
Bo20 -Sir John de Botetourt b: About 1333, Mendlesham, Suffolk, d: 1377, Hamerton, Huntingtonshire
We20 sp: Katherine de Weyland b: About 1337, d: After 1377
Bo19 -Joan de Botetourt b: About 1362, Mendlesham, Suffolk, d: After 1428
Kn19 sp: Sir John Knyvet II b: About 1358, d: 4 Dec 1418, Mendlesham, Suffolk
Kn18 -Margaret Knyvet b: 1395, d: After 1467
Ec18 sp: Sir Thomas Eychingham b: About 1401, Etchingham, Sussex, d: 15 Oct 1444, m: 1415
Ec17 -Sir Thomas Eychingham II b: 1423, Echyngham, Sussex, d: 20 Jan 1482-1483<br>
We17 sp: Margaret West b: 1428, Snitterfield, Warwickshire, m: 1448<br>
Ec16 -Margaret Eychingham b: 1443, Echyngham, Sussex, d: After 1482, Middlesex, England<br>
Bl16 sp: Sir William Blount b: 1442, Rock, Worcester, England, d: 14 Apr 1471, Battle of Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, m: 1463<br>
Bl15 -Elizabeth Blount b: About 1471, Rock, Worcester, England, d: 1514, Hounslow, Middlesex, England<br>