Princess Joan ‘of the Tower’ Plantagenet

Royal Descent:

Edward II, King of England m. Isabella of France

Princess JOAN ‘of the Tower’ PLANTAGENET

Birth:      5 Jul 1321      Tower of London

“Edward and Isabella’s second daughter Joan was born at the Tower of London on 5 July 1321. A man named Robert de Staunton was granted a respite of £80 on a debt of £180 he owed the Exchequer for the simple expedient of travelling a couple of miles across London to inform Edward II (CPR 1321-1324, p. 23). Edward arrived at the Tower three days later, and stayed there with his wife and baby daughter for the next six days. The Tower was in a somewhat dilapidated state, and rain came in on Isabella’s bed when she was in labour. A furious Edward dismissed the constable of the Tower, John Cromwell, from his post.”1

Baptism:

Apparently no record survives of Joan’s baptism, but she was named for her maternal grandmother, Joan I, Queen of France and Navarre.

Death:      7 Sep 1362      Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire

“She expired on the 7th of September, in the year 1362, at the age of forty-one (Cotton. Ms., Galba, E. vii. f.188. This chronicler is the only one who gives the day of the death of Joanna, the vigils of the nativity of the Virgin. See Walsing, p. 172). The affectionate Queen Philippa attended her during her last illness, and was with her at the time of her decease (Leland, vol. ii., p. 5)”.2

Burial:      Franciscan (Grey) Friars Church, Newgate, London

“The remains of the Scottish queen were interred with considerable pomp, in the choir of the church of the Greyfriars, London, close by the tomb of her mother, Queen Isabella (Reading’s Chron., Harl. MS., 685, f. 331; Leland’s Collectanea, vol. ii., p. 579; Boethius, p. 327; Stow’s Survey, p. 266). The sum of 24l. was paid to Gilbert Prince, a painter of London, for banners and other ornaments provided by him for the obsequies of Queen Joanna (Devon’s Excerpta, p. 184)”.2

Occupation:      Queen of Scotland 1329-1362

Spouse:

David II Bruce, King of Scotland

Marriage:      17 Jul 1328      Berwick-on-Tweed

“Early in July, the queen-mother, accompanied by Mortimer, her son Prince John, her two daughters, Earl Warren, the Bishops of Lincoln, Ely, and Norwich, and attended by a brilliant suite, set forth towards Berwick. Robert Bruce was represented by two commissioners, the Earls of Douglas and Murray, who had charge of the young bridegroom. The ceremony of betrothal was performed on Sunday, July 17th. The dates assigned to the marriage are various. Gisborne’s Chronicle of Edward III, gives July 12th (Cotton MS. Nero D. ii., fol. 272). Several other writers name St Mary Magdalen’s Day, July 22nd, but four independent, contemporaneous authorities: two French chronicles, written in the time of Edward III (Cotton MSSS., Domitian x., f.85 and Cleop. A. vii., f.84), Chron. Lanercost, p. 261, and the continuation of Paris, p. 2502, name ‘the Sunday before St Margaret’s Day’, which Sunday fell that year on July 17th. Adam of Murimuth and three other sources all name July 17th”.2

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Sources

1. Kathryn Warner, “Queen Isabella’s Pregnancies and Children”, Edward II Blogspot, http://edwardthesecond.blogspot.com/, 29 April 2007.

2. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 3 (London: 1851), pp. 104-105, 159-160.