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Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March
|Earl of March
Baron Mortimer of Wigmore
|Born||11 November 1328
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
|Died||26 February 1360(1360-02-26) (aged 31)
|Father||Sir Edmund Mortimer|
|Mother||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.
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 knights admitted at the foundation of the Order of the Garter, and was summoned to parliament as a baron both in 1348. He was knighted on 12 July 1346 at La Hogue by Edward the Black Prince.
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 he accompanied an expedition of Edward III 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. He fought in the failed siege of Reims and captured Auxerre. The English forces then moved into Burgundy, where Roger died suddenly at Rouvray, near Avallon.
Marriage and children
- Roger Mortimer, who died young;
- Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March;
- Margery Mortimer.
- Janet Mortimer, who married Andrew Gray, father of Andrew Gray, 1st Lord Gray.
Mortimer also had at least one illegitimate child:
- Sir Thomas Mortimer, who acted as deputy for his nephew Roger Mortimer, 4th Earl of March, 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).
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 inescutcheon argent.
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