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MARCH (MORTIMER) EARLDOM

[MORT482] Lord Edmund Mortimer m2. [FIES432] Margaret de Fiennes of Chokes
. [MRCH491] Earl Roger of March m. [GENE492] Joan of Geneville
. . [MRCH502] Joan of March m. [AUD1501] Lord James Audley
. . [MRCH501] Lord Edmund Mortimer m. [NORT512] Elizabeth of Badlesmere
. . . [MRCH511] Earl Roger of March m. [SAL2523] Philippe of Salisbury
. . . . [MRCH522] Margery of March m. [AUD2521] Sir John Audley

[MRCH491] Sir Roger de Mortimer (born 1287, son of [MORT489] Lord Edmund, see WIGMORE (MORTIMER) BARONY). He was Knighted (before 1306), and married (at the age of 14, at Pembridge, September 1301) [GENE492] Joan (born February 1285-86, see GENEVILLE BARONY).

Following this marriage, he took over Ludlow Castle (1308), and he also consolidated his lands in Ireland. Through his wife Joan he had acquired the lordship of Trim, where he fell foul of other members of the Lacy family. In 1315 he defended Trim against the Scots led by Edward Bruce (brother of Robert the Bruce) assisted by the Lacy's. Roger was defeated at Kenlis (December 1315), but narrowly escaped capture. He returned home in haste to fight off a Welsh rebellion (led by Llywelyn Bren, 1316), burdened by Roger's oppressive rule as Justiciar at both Carmarthen and Caernarfon. Roger was back in Ireland the following year, exacting revenge on the Lacy's and forcing Bruce and the Scots to retreat northwards. (Later, Edward Bruce was killed at Dundalk, 1318.) Roger later ran foul of Hugh le Despenser, following which he was arrested for treason and sent to the Tower (1322). Joan was arrested at Ludlow too, and imprisoned at London, Southampton, Skipton and finally Pontefract. Meanwhile, Roger escaped from the Tower after drugging his gaolers (1323), and spent some time in exile in Picardy and Paris.

Queen Isabella went to France (1325) to explore the possibilities of peace between her brother the French King Charles IV and her husband King Edward II, over the war in Gascony. Queen Isabella met Roger and they became lovers. Eventually the forces of Isabella and Roger landed in Suffolk (September 1326) to oppose King Edward II. Roger became 2nd Lord Mortimer (1326).

King Edward II was murdered (1327) at Roger's instigation, and Roger and Isabella ruled England together (1327-30) as the heir King Edward III was a minor. Meanwhile Roger was created 1st Earl of March (1328). However, when Edward became of age, he had Roger executed for treason at The Elms, Tyburn, (29th November 1330). Roger's body was left on the gallows 2 days and 2 nights, and then buried in the Church of the Grey Friars at Shrewsbury. His title was forfeited.

Roger's widow Joan did not do too badly. She was allowed to keep her wardrobe, jewellery and belongings; and the lands she had inherited, at Mansell Lacy and Wolferlow, were restored to her (January 1331). She also held other Lacy property, e.g. Ludlow, Stanton Lacy and Ewyas Lacy. Joan surrendered the liberty of Trim (1332), but this was later restored to her (1337). In 1347 she was styled both Countess of March and Lady of Trim. She died October 1356.

[MRCH502] Joan (daughter of Roger) married [AUD1501] Lord James (see AUDLEY (ALDITHLEY) BARONY).

[MRCH501] Sir Edmund (son of Roger), Lord Mortimer, married (June 1316) [NORT519] Elizabeth (daughter of [NORT501] Lord Bartholomew, see BADLESMERE BARONY). Edmund died 16th December 1331, and afterwards Elizabeth married (1335) [HERE511] Earl William (see HEREFORD (BOHUN) EARLDOM).

[MRCH511] Roger (born at Ludlow, November 1328, son of Edmund). Roger, Lord of Wigmore, was knighted in France (July 1346), and shortly afterwards fought at the Battle of Crecy (26th August 1346), and was invested Knight of the Garter (1348). He succeeded as 2nd Earl of March (1354), after being granted a reversal of the sentence (of 1330) against his grandfather. He married [SAL2523] Philippe (daughter of Earl William, see SALISBURY (MONTAGU) EARLDOM). He died at Rouvray, Cote d'Or, (26th February 1381-82). Philippe died 5th January 1381-82.

[MRCH522] Margery (daughter of Roger) married [AUD2521] Sir John Tuchet (see AUDLEY (TUCHET) BARONY).