John of Lancaster
Tenure 12 February 1414 – 14 September 1455
Predecessor New creation
Successor Andrew, 2nd Duke of Bedford
Tenure 16 August 1429 – 14 September 1455
Predecessor New creation
Successor John, 2nd Duke of Valois
Personal details
Born 20 June 1389
Died 14 September 1455 (aged 66)
Spouse
Issue Andrew, 2nd Duke of Bedford
Joan, Countess of Foix
John, 2nd Duke of Valois
William Brou, 1st Viscount Quillan
Alice Brou
Charles the Wanderer
Noble family House of Lancaster
Father Henry IV
Mother Mary of Bohun
Religion Roman Catholicism

John, 1st Duke of Bedford

John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, 1st Duke of Valois KG (20 June 1389 – 14 September 1455) was an Angevin nobleman, magnate, soldier, and statesman, the third surviving son of Henry IV of England, and brother to King Henry II. He is rememberd fondly for his ferocity and loyalty to the Lancastrian family.

John of Lancaster
Tenure 12 February 1414 – 14 September 1455
Predecessor New creation
Successor Andrew, 2nd Duke of Bedford
Tenure 16 August 1429 – 14 September 1455
Predecessor New creation
Successor John, 2nd Duke of Valois
Personal details
Born 20 June 1389
Died 14 September 1455 (aged 66)
Spouse
Issue Andrew, 2nd Duke of Bedford
Joan, Countess of Foix
John, 2nd Duke of Valois
William Brou, 1st Viscount Quillan
Alice Brou
Charles the Wanderer
Noble family House of Lancaster
Father Henry IV
Mother Mary of Bohun
Religion Roman Catholicism

Early life


After his father's accession to the throne of England as Henry IV in 1399, John of Lancaster began to accumulate lands and lucrative offices. He was knighted on 12 October 1399 at his father's coronation and made a Knight of the Garter by 1402. Between 1403 and 1405 grants of the forfeited lands from the House of Percy and of the alien priory of Ogbourne, Wiltshire, considerably increased his income. He was appointed master of the mews and falcons in 1402, Constable of England in 1403 and Warden of the East March from 1403 to 1414. He was created Earl of Kendal, Earl of Richmond and Duke of Bedford in 1414 by his brother, King Henry V.

John of Lancaster
Cadet branch of the House of Anjou
Born: 20 June 1389 Died: 14 September 1455
Peerage of England
New creation Duke of Bedford
Earl of Richmond
1414–1455
Succeeded by
Andrew of Bedford
Peerage of France
New creation Duke of Valois
1429–1455
Succeeded by
John of Valois