Name: Henry De Percy
Suffix: 2nd Baron Percy
Birth: ABT 1299
Change Date: 20 APR 2004
Spent practically the whole of his life in the Scottish wars. He was member of the Regency appointed to govern the kingdom during the minority of Edward III.
Perpetual warfare had reduced the inhabitants of the Border lands to a condition of misery, which induced Edward III in 1326 to resume hostilities, and Henry de Percy was ordered to fortify and provision Alnwick Castle and to guard the north-eastern march. In 1327 Edward III led a large army into the North to drive back a Scottish incursion, but the Scots evaded him and he was compelled to disband his army.
In spite of Percy's almost continuous service on the Borders, he had found time to fight on the Continent. In 1340 he was engaged in the naval Battle of Sluys in Flanders, in 1342 he served in the siege of Nantes and was fighting under the Black Prince in France in 1347.
He continued the restoration of the Castle which his father had begun. The two octagonal towers on either side of the entrance to the Keep are his work, and date from about 1350. It is said that he built these towers with the money obtained by the ransoms of the Scottish prisoners captured at Neville's Cross.
Henry Percy died at Alnwick in 1352 and was succeeded by his son Henry.
Father: Henry De Percy b: 1273 in Petworth, Sussex
Mother: Eleanor Fitzalan
- Henry De Percy b: 1320
- Maude Percy b: ABT 1345 in Alnwick, Northumberland
- Eleanor Percy
- Text: Alnwick Castle website.