|Roger de Mortimer|
Conte de la Marsche, Roger, illustration from the Bruges Garter Book, c.1450. He displays the arms of Mortimer on his tabard
|Born||11 November 1328|
|Died||26 February 1360
|Title||2nd Earl of March|
|Other titles||4th Baron Mortimer|
|Known for||Military commander during the Hundred Years' War|
|Spouse(s)||Philippe de Montagu|
|Parents||Sir Edmund Mortimer
Elizabeth de Badlesmere
The Mortimer family lands and titles were lost after the first Earl of March's revolt and death by hanging in 1330, which was followed the next year by the death of Roger's father. Roger thus grew up with uncertain prospects, and re-acquired the family honours only gradually.
Heraldic Coat of Arms: Barry Or and azure, on a chief of the first three pallets between two gyronnies based on the second, over all an inescucheon argent.
As a young man he distinguished himself in the wars in France, fighting at Crécy and elsewhere in the campaign of 1347. Afterwards he was given livery of the rest of his lands, was one of the original founders and seventh Knight of the Garter, and was summoned to parliament as a baron both in 1348.
In 1354, the sentence passed against Mortimer's treacherous grandfather, the first earl, was reversed, and the next year he was summoned to parliament as Earl of March. Also in 1355 he received a number of important appointments, including Constable of Dover Castle and Warden of the Cinque Ports, and accompanied Edward III's expedition to France.
On 19 October 1356 his grandmother, Joan de Geneville, 2nd Baroness Geneville, widow of the first earl, died, and Roger inherited her vast estates, including Ludlow Castle, which was thereafter the Mortimer family seat and power base.
In 1359, and continuing into 1360, he was Constable of Edward III's invasion of France, fighting in the failed siege of Reims and capturing Auxerre. The English forces then moved into Burgundy, where Roger died suddenly at Rouvray near Avallon.
- Roger Mortimer, who died young;
- Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March;
- Margery Mortimer.
Mortimer also had at least one illegitimate child:
- Sir Thomas Mortimer, who acted as his nephew's (Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March) deputy in Ireland (1382–1383) and stood trial for the slaying of Richard II's commander, Sir Thomas Molineux after the Battle of Radcot Bridge (1387).
- R. R. Davies, ‘Mortimer, Roger (VI), second earl of March (1328–1360)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008.
Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March
House of MortimerBorn: 11 November 1328 Died: 26 February 1360
|Peerage of England|
(forfeit in 1330)
|Earl of March
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