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Surname Russel
First name John
Dating 1405
Location Strensham
Life dates 1340 - 31 Jan. 1405
Title Richard II’s master of the horse
Close relatives father - Robert Russell of Strensham (+ c.1376)
mother - Catherine Vampage
wife (1) - (1361) Agnes (d1390)
Children (6 in total)
1. William (1368-1418)
2. Robert (1370)
3 .John (b1374 - died after 1423)
1. Jane / Joan (d1414)
2. Margaret
3. Elizabeth
wife (2) - Margaret (+1397)
wife (3) - (c1399) Elizabeth (1423)
Type of the object brass
Place of manufacturing
(place of burial)
Place of exposition Church of St John the Baptist, Strensham, Worcestershire, UK
Date of manufacturing  

Sir John Russel
Church of St John the Baptist, Strensham, Worcestershire, England

Sir John Russel, Richard II’s master of the horse, 1405, Strensham, Worcestershire

Strensham Church-Worcestershire-Chancel floor (W end)-brass memorial to Sir John Russell (d.1405)

Lower Strensham Worcestershire
In the chancel lies the brass effigy of Sir John Russell 1405 standing under a canopy, with inscription round the edge of the slab . The brass is palimpsest, and has been made from an earlier memorial with the effigy of a praying lady with a dog at her feet www.flickr.com/gp/52219527@N00/29BLn8
Born in 1340 , John was the son of Robert Russell of Strensham c1390 www.flickr.com/gp/52219527@N00/5J2959 by Catherine Vampage
John was Master of the Horse to King Richard ll
He m1 1361 Agnes d1390 in Lavenham, daughter of William de la Planches & Elizabeth Hilary
Children (6 in total)
1. William 1368-1418 m 1406 Agnes co-heiress of Thomas Hodyngton of Huddington, Worcs (parents of Robert who m Elizabeth eldest of the 6 daughters of John Throckmorton of Coughton 1445: grandparents of Robert Russell 1502 www.flickr.com/gp/52219527@N00/44f2zF )
2. Robert 1370
3 .John b1374 - died after 1423
1. Jane / Joan d1414
2. Margaret m Sir Ralph Rochford of Stoke Rochford. (parents of Henry Rochford 1470 flic.kr/p/ZjgvMX )
3. Elizabeth m Sir Robert Wingfield of Letheringham flic.kr/p/o3G6ud (parents of Sir Robert Wingfield 1454 m Elizabeth Gpwse;; / Goushill flic.kr/p/nMHwon )
He m2 Margaret 1397 widow of Sir John de Wyngefeld / Wingfield c1335-1389 of Letheringham flic.kr/p/o3G6s9 beside whom she asked to be buried : She was the daughter of Sir Hugh Hastings of Elsing by Margaret daughter of Adam de Everingham : flic.kr/p/e4sFsJ Margaret was grand daughter of Sir Hugh de Hastings 1369 flic.kr/p/Ev72mS and Margery Foliot of Elsing. www.flickr.com/photos/52219527@N00/14300836377/
He m3 c1399 Elizabeth 1423 daughter and heiress of William Planche / Plaunk of Haversham Bucks : Thrice wealthy widow of (1) Sir John Birmingham, (2) Robert Grey, 4th Baron Grey of Rotherfield, and (3) John Clinton, 3rd Baron Clinton. She was also heiress of her childless elder sister Catherine 1398 widow of Sir Bernard Brocas 1395
Elizabeth was an heiress in her own right, having inherited from her parents the manors of Compton Chamberlain (Wiltshire), Claybrooke (Leicestershire) and ‘Planches’and ‘Bolneys’in Haversham (Buckinghamshire), which were now hers in their entirety, since her sister and coheir Katherine (widow of Sir Bernard Brocas*) had died childless just two months earlier. Furthermore, she brought with her three dowers: from her first marriage (to Sir John Birmingham), the manors of Birmingham (Warks) and Dorton (Bucks) along with a moiety of Kingston Bagpuize (Berks), from her second ( Lord Grey), three manors in Oxfordshire and an advowson in Warwickshire; and from her third ( Lord Clinton), other estates of considerable substance. The Russells encountered the opposition of Clinton’s grandson and heir, William, when they sought to take possession of the last-mentioned properties, but in February 1399 William formally confirmed Elizabeth’s jointure in Maxstoke castle and six other manors in Warwickshire, in Temple Guiting (Gloucestershire) and in premises in Southwark (Surrey), and he promised not to trouble them further. As his side of the marriage agreement, Russell granted Elizabeth a life interest in nearly all of his own estates in Worcestershire and in his property in London, and by entail he ensured the inheritance of their issue (should they have any - they didn't ) in preference to his other children.
In 1388 he received licence to crenellate his mansion-house here and in 1398, for gratuitous good service 'long keeper of the king's great horses.' In 1399 he settled the manor and advowson on his wife Elizabeth.
He died 4th Mary 1409 in Letheringham Suffolk (his second wife’s manor) on 31 Jan. 1405, and his body was brought back to Strensham for burial. His widow Elizabeth styled Lady Clinton, continued to hold the Russell estates until her death in 1423. All of her children predeceased her

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