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  • ID: I7622
  • Name: Ralph Hastings
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Death: 1495
  • Note: Died before his mother in law 1
  • Burial: St. Bridget, Syon, Middlesex
  • Note: If will wishes performed
  • Residence: Harrowden, Northants, & Kirby, Leics
  • Occupation: Keeper of the lions in the Tower of London 2
  • Note: 3 2

    Also given as Sir Ralph Hastings of Wanstead (1440-1495).
    He would have gained Wanstead from his wife.
    Governor of Calais.
    Will dated 17 September, proved 1 December, 1495
    ((A)) Florence Hastings m. Sir Edmund Grey, 9th Lord of Wilton (d 1511)
    ((B)) Anne Hastings m. Sir Humphrey Elton
    ((C)) Catherine Hastings m. Sir John Norwich
    ((D)) Isabel Hastings m. Sir John Dyve 
    ((E)) Elizabeth Hastings m. John Longueville
    ((F)) Emma Hastings m. John Gresly
    ((G)) Cecilia Hastings m. Sir John Harcourt
    ((H)) other issue - Alice, Edmund, Leonard.
    Sir Ralph de Hastings, third son, was keeper of the lions in the Tower of London, A. D. 1461, joint constable of Rockingham Castle with his eldest brother William, captain of Guisnes, and esquire of the body of the King.
    In 2005 a lion skull found at the Tower of London was radiocarbon dated to 1420-1480 (another one was dated 1280 and 1385).
    From various orders during the reigns of Edward the First, Second, and Third, we learn that the allowance for each lion or leopard was six pence a day, and the wages of their keeper three halfpence. At later periods the office of keeper of the lions was held by some person of quality about the king, with a fee of six pence a day for himself, and the same for every lion or leopard under his charge. On these terms it was granted by King Henry the Sixth, first to Robert Mansfield, Esq. marshal of his hall, and afterwards to Thomas Rookes, his dapifer. It was not unfrequently held by the lieutenant or constable of the Tower himself, on the condition of his providing a sufficient deputy. There was also another office in the royal household somewhat resembling this in name, that of master, guider, and ruler of the king's bears and apes; but the latter animals appear to have been kept solely for the royal "game and pleasure."
  • _UID: 2CA2D1201CD0443EADAC4478CFAFD70CA371
  • Change Date: 18 DEC 2008

    Father: Leonard Hastings
    Mother: Alice or Phillipa Camoys

    Marriage 1 Anne or Amy Tattershall
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Florence Hastings b: 1473 in Harrowdon, Northamptonshire
    2. Has Children Catherine Hastings b: in Of York Castle, Yorkshire

    1. Type: Book
      Periodical: Royal Arsenal: Its Background, Origin, and Subsequent History
      Author: Oliver Frederick Gillilan Hogg
      Date: 1963
    2. Title: Collins' Peerage of England
      Author: Brydges
      Date: 1812
    3. Type: Web Site
      Title: Stirnet Genealogy
      Author: Patrick Barns-Graham
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