Monument on the ground at the location of Owen Tudor's execution in Hereford Market Place after his capture at the Battle of Mortimer's Cross 02 Feb 1461. Somewhat incongruously located at the site of the former market cross now between the children's roundabout and the baked potato stall.
Owen Tudor married Catherine Valois Queen Consort England around 1433. They are believed to have had three children: Edmund, Jasper and David Owen.
Catherine of Valois was the former queen of Henry V; widowed aged twenty-one 31 Aug 1422.
There were rumours that she and Edmund Beaufort 2nd Duke Somerset were engaged in an affair around 1427. Around that time Parliament enacted a law preventing Catherine's marriage without approval from the King.
Both Edmund and Jasper were born in secret from court in manor's belonging to the Bishop of London and the Bishop of Ely respectively.
Curious that Owen and Catherine's first son was named Edmund. Curious also that their second son was named Jasper meaning Keeper of the Treasure; a name unique in English history? Curious that their third son, who became a monk, whereas both Edmund and Jasper were elevated to the peerage, was named David Owen after his father?
Curious that both Edmund and Jasper Tudor used the royal arms of Plantagenet rather than their father's Tudor arms. Edmund and Jasper differenced their arms with a bordure of fleur-de-lys and martlets, and marlets only, respectively. Martlets used previously by William Valence 1st Earl Pembroke who was the son of the dowager Isabella Angouleme Queen Consort England, former wife of King John.
Buried in Greyfriar's Church, Hereford (now destroyed) his son David paid for his tomb. Edmund by this time was already dead. Jasper had also fought at Mortimer's Cross but managed to escape. He travelled to France with the young future Henry VII in 1462 being welcomed by the recently crowned Louis "Father of the People" XI King France
He was rewarded by being appointed the forty fifth Knight of the Garter by Edward III; note the garter on his left leg.
And his two wives and twenty-one children. Five times sheriff of Herefordshire.
Confusingly reported as the husband of Joanna Plugenet below. It isn’t clear which Humphrey Bohun this is?
(Possibly) Joanna married Henry Bohun who was killed by Robert the Bruce at Bannockburn.
Coat of Arms left is Bohun. Coat of Arms right, ermine bend indented gules, Pye formerly Kilpec.
On the death of his father's cousin Humphrey Bohun 7th Earl Hereford, 6th Earl Essex, 2nd Earl Northampton the Earldon should have passed in the male line. However, it was divided between Humphrey's daughter's Eleanor and Mary who had married into the Plantagenet family. Joanna should, therefore, have been Countess of Hereford?
Immediately in front of his tomb may be seen the tomb of his brother John de Aigueblanc (or Aquablanca) who was Dean of Hereford from 1253 to 1262.
Sculpted by James Forsyth. London 1897.
James and his wife are buried in the churchyard.