Princess Elizabeth Plantagenet

Royal Descent:

Edward I, King of England m. 1) Eleanor of Castile


Birth:      7 Aug 1282      Rhuddlan Castle, Flintshire, Wales

“1282. Alienora regina Anglie apud Rothelan filiam peperit quam uocauit Elizabeth [Eleanor, queen of England, gave birth to a daughter at Rhuddlan, whom she named Elizabeth]”1; “A fragment of the roll of daily expenses in Queen Eleanor’s household at Rhuddlan in 10 Edward I shows that she was churched on Sunday, 6 September 1282 (P.R.O. E 101/684/62 m.1). Since it is known that the queen was usually confined for thirty days following the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth’s birth may be dated c. 7 August 1282.”2

Death:      5 May 1316      Quendon, Essex

“Anno Domini Mcccxvj. tertio nonas Maii Elizabetha, comitissa Herefordiae, peperit filium apud Quenden, et eodem tempore obiit puerperio” [Walden Abbey Cartulary]3; “She is usually stated to have died on or very shortly after the birth of her tenth child on 5 May 1316, but her obit is marked on that date in her own psalter (London, British Library Add. 24686, fol. 7r).”2

Burial:      23 May 1316      Walden Abbey, Essex

“Anno Domini mcccxvi…Eodem anno obiit domina Elysabet comitissa Herfordiae, soror regis Edwardi, et sepulta fuit apud Waldene, x kalendas Junii” [Annales Paulini]4; “Horum filiorum tres cum matre in monasterio de Walden simul cum filia de qua mortem suscepit, sepulturam elegerunt. Cujus corpus jacet in capella beatae Mariae ad gradus altaris,l et corpus pueri jacet in pariete in parte australi” [Walden Abbey Cartulary].3

Occupation:      Countess of Hereford & Essex 1302-1316

Spouse 1:

John I, Count of Holland

Marriage:      8 Jan 1297      Ipswich, Suffolk

“The marriage took place in the priory church of Ipswich, on Monday, the 8th of January, 1297 (Foedera, vol. i., p.850. Ward. Book, 25 Edward I, f.6.b. Leland’s Collect. vol. i., p. 180.), and at the close of the ceremony high mass was performed, and offerings made at the great altar of the church. As usual, money was placed upon the missal with the spousal ring, and when the bridal cortege left the church, large sums were squandered among the crowds. The king kept open house in honour of the day, and all the friars of Ipswich, friars preachers, friars minors, and Carmelites, were feasted at his expense.”5

Spouse 2:

Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford and Essex

Marriage:      14 Nov 1302      Westminster Palace

“The nuptials of Earl Humphrey and the princess were celebrated at Westminster on the 14th of November, 1302 (Ward. Roll, 29-32 Edw. I., No. 2,144, Queen’s Rememb. Chron. Lanthony, Cott. MS., Cleop. A.iii., f.315. A contemporary anonymous chronicler says that the marriage took place at Caversham, in Oxfordshire, on the 25th of December, Cott. MS., Vesp. A.ii., f.74).”5


Margaret de Bohun (1303-1306)

Humphrey de Bohun (1304-1304)

John de Bohun (1305-1336)

Humphrey de Bohun (1307-1361)

Edward de Bohun (~1309-1334)

William de Bohun (~1309-1360)

Eleanor de Bohun (~1310-1363)

Margaret de Bohun (1311-1391)

Eneas de Bohun (~1313-1331)

Isabella de Bohun (1316-1316)



1. The Chronicle of Bury St Edmunds, 1212-1301, Antonia Gransden (ed.), Nelson Medieval Texts (London: 1964), p. 77.

2. John Carmi Parsons, “The Year of Eleanor of Castile’s Birth and Her Children by Edward I,” Mediaeval Studies, 46, 1984, p. 265.

3. Sir William Dugdale, Monasticon Anglicanum: a History of the Abbies and other Monasteries, Hospitals, Frieries, and Cathedral and Collegiate Churches, with their Dependencies, in England and Wales, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, Volume 4 (London: 1823), pp. 140-141; Voume 6 Part 1  (London: 1830), p. 135.

4. Chronicles of the Reigns of Edward I and Edward II, Volume 1, William Stubbs (ed.), Longman & Co. (London: 1882), Rolls Series 76 vol. 1, p. 279.

5. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 3 (London: 1851), pp. 13, 27, 37-38, 55-56.