John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings

John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings

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John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (6 May 1262 – 28 February 1313) was an English peer and soldier of the Middle Ages.


Hastings was the son of Henry de Hastings, who was summoned to Parliament by Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester as Lord Hastings in 1263. However, this creation was not recognized by the King Henry III of England although John Hastings is sometimes referred to as the second Baron Hastings. His mother was Joanna de Cantelou.

He acquired the castle and honour of Abergavenny as Baron Abergavenny on the death of his uncle George de Cantelou, in 1273, and became the 13th Baron of Bergavenny by tenure.


Hastings fought from the 1290s in the Scottish, Irish and French wars of King Edward I and was later Seneschal of Aquitaine.

In 1290 he had unsuccessfully contested the Scottish crown as grandson of Ada, third daughter of David of Scotland, Earl of Huntingdon, who was a grandson of King David I. The same year he was summoned to the English Parliament as Lord Hastings.

In 1301, he signed a letter to Pope Boniface VIII, protesting against papal interference in Scottish affairs.

Lord Hastings married as his first wife Isabel de Valence, daughter of William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke. His younger son Edmund was summoned to Parliament as Lord Hastings in 1299.


He died in February 1313, aged 50, and was succeeded in the Barony by his eldest son John.


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