Sir Ivo FitzWarin
Died: 6th September 1414 at Wantage, Berkshire
Sir Ivo FitzWarin was the son and heir of William,
Lord FitzWarin of Wantage, and Amicia, daughter and heiress of Sir Henry De
Haddon of Caundle Stourton in Dorset. Ivo's home seems to have been at his
cousin's manor of Wantage in Berkshire, but, like his father, Ivo was abroad on
military service throughout much of his life. In 1380, he was, with his banner
and pennon, in the retinue of Prince Thomas of Woodstock, Earl of Buckingham, at
the Siege of Nantes. Five years later, he attended Prince John of Gaunt, Duke of
Lancaster, in his expedition for the recovery of the inheritance of his, titular
Queen Constance of Castile & Leon. He died 6th September 1414, and was
buried in Wantage Church; there being, against the wall of the north aisle, a
superb brass figure, which represents him, five foot tall in full armour with a
moustache - very unusual in a brass.
By his wife, Maud, daughter and co-heiress of Sir John D'Argentine, Ivo
apparently had a single daughter and heiress, Eleanor, who married Sir John
Chidiock. However, legend tells of a second child, Alice. Ivo, or Hugh as he is
sometimes called, was said to have had considerable mercantile interests in
London, with extensive premises in Leadenhall Street in the centre of the City.
It was here that the celebrated Dick Whittington - three times Lord Mayor of
London - is said to have fallen in love with young Alice. Although they may have
known each other previously since Dick appears to have hailed from the old
family seat of Whittington in Shropshire. The two were eventually married and
Alice became the toast of the city. All three remain characters in Christmas
pantomimes to this day.
Edited from George Frederick Beltz's
"Memorials of the Most Noble Order of the Garter" (1861).
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