Ralph Boteler

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Ralph Boteler, 1st Baron Sudeley, Warden of the Isles 1447

Ralph Boteler (1394-1473) was Captain of Calais and Treasurer of Englandfrom 7 July 1443).

Family

He was the youngest surviving son of Thomas Boteler of Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire and Alice ( -1443), daughter of Sir John Beauchamp of Powick, Worcestershire.

Sudeley married twice. About 1418 he married commercial wealth, in the person of Elizabeth, widow of John Hende ( -1418), late Mayor of London. She died in 1462, and in the following year he married Alice ( -1474), daughter of John, Baron Deyncourt, and widow of William, Baron Lovel of Titchmarsh, Northamptonshire, who survived him.

Sudeley left no surviving male heir from either marriage, for his son Thomas predeceased him, also without a male heir. Thomas' widow Eleanor was the Lady Eleanor Butler, known as the Holy Harlot, whose alleged precontract of marriage to Edward IV was claimed to have invalidated Edward's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, and so legitimized the usurpation of Richard III.

Channel Islands

Baron Sudeley was Warden of the Isles jointly with John, Viscount Beaumont for a few months in 1447 after the death of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, when the three-year-old Anne de Beauchamp inherited the title of Lord of the Isles.

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