Lady Isabella de Bohun

Royal Descent:

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

1. Princess Elizabeth of England (1282-1316) m. 2) Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford (1276-1322)


Birth:      5 May 1316      Quendon, Essex

“Anno Domini Mcccxvj. tertio nonas Maii Elizabetha, comitissa Herefordiae, peperit filium apud Quenden’ [Walden Abbey Cartulary];1 “At this time Elizabeth was anticipating the birth of her tenth child. This event took place at Quenden, in Essex, on the 5th May, 1316, but it proved alike fatal to mother and infant.”2


“Isabella quae juvenis obiit” [Llanthony Abbey Chronicle];1 “The child, which was a girl, was born alive and received the name of Isabella, in compliment to the queen.”2

Death:      May 1316      Quendon, Essex

“Et apud Quenden, quaedam filia de qua praedicta nobilis domina Elizabetha comitissa in puerperio mortua” [Walden Abbey Cartulary];1 “Elizabeth survived the period of its birth only a few days, and her infant died almost at the same time.”2

Burial:      Walden Abbey, Essex1,2

“Cujus corpus jacet in capella beatae Mariae ad gradus altaris, et corpus pueri jacet in pariete in parte australi” [Walden Abbey Cartulary];1 “The place of Elizabeth’s interment was the abbey of Walden, in Essex…She was laid at the foot of the altar in St. Mary’s chapel; and the body of her infant was deposited in the south wall of the chapel.”2



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, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, Volume 4 (London: 1823), pp. 140-141; Volume 6 Part 1 (London: 1830), p. 135.

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