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John Wentworth of North Elmsall, West Yorks
Agnes Dronsfield
(Abt 1373-)
Philip le Despenser 2nd Baron le Despenser
(Abt 1365-1424)
Elizabeth de Tibetot
(Bef 1370-Bef 1424)
Sir Roger Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk
(Abt 1397-1452)
Margery le Despenser 3rd Baroness le Despenser
(Abt 1397-1478)
Sir Phillip Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk
(Abt 1424-1464)


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1. Mary Clifford

Sir Phillip Wentworth of Nettlestead, Suffolk 1 2

  • Born: Abt 1424 1
  • Marriage (1): Mary Clifford 1
  • Died: 18 May 1464, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8, GB aged about 40 1

   Cause of his death was executed.1

  General Notes:

WENTWORTH, Sir Philip (1424-64); of Nettlestead, King's Serjeant 1446-50; Squire of the Body 1449-52; King's Carver 1452-60. M.P. Suffolk 1447, 1449 (1), 1453-4, 1459. Lancastrian.

S. and h. of Roger Wentworth of North Elmsall, Yorks, (d. 1452), by Margaret, widow of John, lord Roos (1396-1421), and da. and h. of Sir Philip Despencer of Nettlestead, Suffolk; m. Mary, da. of John, lord Clifford (1388-1422) by a da. of "Hotspur".

In 1446, already a King's serjeant, he was granted various moneys seized by him on wool exported without licence. In Feb. 1447, immediately after the Park, at Bury where Gloucester died, Wentworth (usher of the chamber) had a grant of Gloucester's house at Ashingdon, Essex ; also, jointly with Sir Edward Hull q.v.), other forfeited lands, and a yearly grant of wine. In June the King's serjeants, Wentworth and Nicholas Ellis, were made surveyors of customs in Hull ; sheriff, Norf. and Suff., 1447-8 ; squire of the body by Feb. 1449;7 made steward of Feckenham, Worcs., June 1449; J.P. Suffolk, 13 May 1449 to 1461; on all the Lancastrian comns. for Suffolk from 1449 to May 1460; and exempted from
resumption, as squire of the body, 1449-50. Constable of Llanstefan castle, May I450; kntd. 1450/2; on comns. in Lincs., Kent, Bucks., and the Midlands, 1452-3; rallying the Lancastrian cause; he and Richard Tunstall (q.v.) were paid 100 at the Exchq. - reward for services - 2 Nov. 1452;1 King's carver by 1454.2

He bore the royal standard at the first battle of St. Albans, where his bro.-in-law was slain (22 May 1455). The Pastons allege that he cast the standard down, fled the field, and took refuge in Suffolk. But he was pardoned, Oct. 1455, and exempted in the subsequent Parlt. He was sent on an embassy to Scotland in 1457,3 and in Aug. 1457 the earl of Worcester, Fleming the King's chaplain, and Sir Philip Wentworth, "the King's Household servants", were sent as the King's orators and special messengers to offer the King's obedience to the Pope4\emdash sent, too, to the Diet of Mantua when summoned by the Pope, for which he was paid 20s. a day for six months. He sat in the Coventry Parlt., and petitioned there concerning the Fastolf wardship.* On the same occasion sheriff, Norf. and Suff., 1459-60, and steward of the honor of Clare, forfeited by the Duke of York. As late as 17 June 1460 he was receiving grants of custodies.

He survived Northampton, and fought at Towton, 28 Mar. 1461, for which he was attainted; escaped to Scotland, and in Nov. 1462 he was holding Dunstanborough for Queen Margaret, with Sir Richard Tunstall and (Cardinal) Morton. They surrendered, 26 Dec. 1462.6 Again he rejoined Margaret, and was at the battle of Hexham, 14 May 1464) where he was taken. He was beheaded at Middleham castle, 18 May 1464.7

[History of Parliament]


Taken prisoner and beheaded by the Yorkists after the battle of Hexham.

[Burke's Peerage] 1

  Death Notes:



Occupation: Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk, M.P. , Army of King Henry VI.

Phillip married Mary Clifford.1


1 Josiah C. Wedgewood and Anne D. Holt, <i>The History of Parliament: 1439-1509</i>, 3 (London, GB: His Majesty's Staionery Office, 1936), 1: 934-5.

2 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), IV, p. 292.

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