Sir Ralph Babthorpe, Knt.

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Sir Ralph Babthorpe, Knt., son of Sir Robert Babthorpe, Knt. and Eleanor Waterton, was born about 1398 being age 38 and more at his father's death in 1436.1 He was killed in the first battle of St. Albans, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, 22 May 1455,2 and is buried there where the translated inscription reads:
Behold there were two Raulph Babthorpes, bothe the sonne & father, lie,
Under a stone of marble hard, interr'd in this mould dire:
To Henry Sixth the Father Squire, the Sonne he Sewer was,
Both true to Prince, and for his sake they both their life did passe

The year one thousand and four hundred fifty five,
Grim death, yet not alone, did them of breath deprive,
The last day of their light was the twentieth two of May;
God grant them lifht in heav'n and without end a day!2

Ralph married Katherine Ashley, daughter of Thomas Ashley, before 11 September 1420 when they were named in a settlement on his father.3,4

The First Battle of St. Albans is commonly considered to mark the beginning of the Wars of the Roses. For more information about it, please see this Wikipedia article.


Katherine Ashley d. say 1450
This person was last edited on18 Jun 2024


  1. [S2689] Thomas Burton, The History and Antiquities of the Parish of Hemingbrough in the County of York (York, England: Sampson Brothers, 1888), chart facing 173, further cited as Burton, Hemingbrough.
  2. [S2689] Burton, Hemingbrough, chart facing 173, 178-179.
  3. [S2074] Richard Glover and Joseph Foster, editor, The Visitation of Yorkshire, Made in the Years 1584-85 by Richard Glover, Somerset Herald; to Which is Added the Subsequent Visitation Made in 1612, by Richard St. George, Norry King of Arms: With Several Additional Pedigrees(London, England: s.p., 1875), 599, further cited as Glover, The Visitation of Yorkshire.
  4. [S2689] Burton, Hemingbrough, 184n.
  5. [S2074] Glover, The Visitation of Yorkshire, 253, 599.