John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury

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Arms of Sir John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury, KG

John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury, 2nd Earl of Waterford, 8th Baron Talbot, KG (c. 1417 – 10 July 1460) was an English nobleman and soldier. He was the son of John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury and Maud Nevill, the 6th Baroness Furnivall.

John Talbot also held the subsidiary titles of 11th Baron Strange of Blackmere and 7th Baron Furnivall. He was knighted in 1426 at Leicester alongside King Henry VI. During his father's lifetime, he served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland. He was a Lancastrian, and served as Lord High Treasurer from 1456 to 1458, besides being created a Knight of the Garter in 1457. He was killed at the Battle of Northampton.[1]

Marriage and children

He married Elizabeth Butler, a daughter of James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde and Joan de Beauchamp. Her maternal grandparents were William Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny and Joan Fitzalan. Joan was a daughter of Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel and Elizabeth de Bohun. Elizabeth was a daughter of William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton.

The marriage between John and Elizabeth seems to have been an attempt to heal the old feud between Talbot and Butler families, which had dominated Irish politics for many years and greatly weakened the authority of the English Crown in Ireland.

They had seven children:

  • Lady Ann Talbot (c. 1445 - 17 May 1494). Married firstly Sir Henry Vernon and secondly Ralph Shirley.
  • John Talbot, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury (12 December 1448 – 28 June 1473).
  • Sir James Talbot (c. 1450 - 2 September 1471).
  • Sir Gilbert Talbot, KG (1452 - 16 August 1517 or 19 September 1518). Married first Elizabeth Greystoke, daughter of Ralph de Greystoke, the 5th Baron Greystoke/7th Baron Boteler of Wem; and secondly, to Etheldreda, also called Audrey, Cotton, daughter of William Landwade Cotton of Landwade, Cambridgeshire.
  • Rev. Christopher Talbot (c. 1454 - aft. 1474). Rector at Christchurch, Shropshire.
  • Sir George Talbot (born c. 1456).
  • Margaret Talbot (born c. 1460). Married Thomas Chaworth (died a lunatic 1482-1483), son of Sir William Chaworth and Elizabeth Bowett, without issue.

See also


  1. Alison Weir Lancaster and York- the Wars of the Roses' Arrow edition 1996 p.244'
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Political offices
Preceded by Lord High Steward of Ireland
Succeeded by
The Earl of Shrewsbury
Preceded by Lord High Treasurer
Succeeded by
The Earl of Wiltshire
Peerage of England
Preceded by Earl of Shrewsbury
Succeeded by
John Talbot
Baron Talbot
Baron Strange of Blackmere
Baron Furnivall
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by Earl of Waterford
Succeeded by
John Talbot

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