Humphrey de Bohun

Royal Descent:

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

1. Princess Elizabeth Plantagenet (1282-1316) m. 2) Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford (1277-1322)


Birth:      10 Sep 1304      Knaresborough, Yorkshire

“Apud Knaresburgh, Humfridus filius suus primogenitus” [Walden Abbey Cartulary]1; “Edward I. only gave the sum of 40 marks to the valet who brought him the tidings. Prince Edward gave a similar sum”2; “As the time drew near the countess, who had been with her husband in Scotland, moved south and took up her residence at Knaresborough. There they tarried until, on or about 10 September 1304, the countess gave birth to a son and heir.”3


“Who was given the family name of Humphrey. The birth of a grandson to the king and of an heir to the great possessions of the Bohuns was naturally a matter for rejoicing. The semi-royal infant was immediately given a household commensurate with his rank and on 11th October, the day on which the countess gave thanks for her safe delivery, Robert, the king’s minstrel, no doubt by the king’s command, together with his fifteen companion minstrels made ‘minstrelcy’ before the countess and the other ‘magnates’ and were gratified by receiving 6 marks for their efforts (P.R.O. E101/370/20).”3

Death:      28 Oct 1304      Fulham, Middlesex

“On Saturday, 24th October, they reached Leighton Buzzard, where they stayed the week-end, and on the following Tuesday they got to Fulham. And there on Wednesday, 28th October, the child, whose birth had given rise to such high hopes, passed away.”3

Burial:      8 Nov 1304      Westminster Abbey

“On Sunday, 8th November, come the expenses for the funeral which took place in the abbey church of Westminster to the accompaniment of the tolling of the bells ‘pro anima dicti Humfridi’. For a few days members of the household remained at Westminster to settle up outstanding accounts, and then sadly they turned homeward.”3



1. 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, Volume 4, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown (London: 1823), p. 139.

2. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 3 (London: 1851), pp. 41-42.

3. Sir Charles Peers & Lawrence E. Tanner, “On Some Recent Discoveries in Westminster Abbey: I. The Bohun Tomb in St. John the Baptist’s Chapel,” Archaeologia, Volume 93 (1949), pp. 151-152.