Joan (?)

     Joan was born. Joan married Sir Adam le Despenser, son of Thurstan le Despenser and Lucy (?).1 She petitioned the King for her dower rights in the estate of her husband in Glouchestershire. this petition was resolved in July or August of 1295. She again petitioned the King for her dower rights in Great Rollright. This was resolved by December of 1297.2 Joan's husband, Adam, died before 18 June 1295 in Great Rollright, Oxfordshire, England, leaving her a widow.1,3 Joan married 2nd John Lovel circa 1309. The couple lived at manor of Leckhampton which they acquired from her inheritance of her first husband, Adam le Despenser.4

Family 1

Sir Adam le Despenser b. a 1229, d. b 18 Jun 1295

Family 2

John Lovel


  1. [S1426] , page 196.
  2. [S764] Special Collections: Ancient Petitions: Joan le Despenser, widow of Adam le Despenser requests a writ to the sheriff of Gloucestershire for her dower as her late husband's goods are in the hand of the sheriff and the chancellor does not wish to make a writ except to the escheator. This is resolved between July and August of 1295.

    Joan le Despenser, widow of Adam le Despenser requests that she be assigned a reasonable dower which pertains to her in the manor of Rollright of which she and her husband were seised of in their demesne as by fee at the day of their marriage and long after, and which is now in the king's hand because of the wardship of Burnel.1) . . . The decision in regard to this petition - The petition dates to 1297 as the sheriff was ordered to cause dower to be assigned to the petitioner on 27 November 1297.
  3. [S1430] Famiy Search Community Tree: DEATH: Date> Shortly before 18 Jun 1295. -
  4. [S764] Special Collections: Ancient Petitions:
    8 July 1308-7 - July 1309 - John Luvel of Snorscombe to retain for life the manor of Leckhampton, with the advowson of the church there, acquired by him from Amaury son of Adam le Despenser, while the said John and Joan his wife held the premises in right of Joan of the inheritanceof Amaury. Glouc.