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List of knights banneret of England

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This is a list of men dubbed a knight banneret in England. It was an honour usually bestowed by a king after a battle, but the honour was occasionally bestowed at other times and by other men.


Edward III

Battle of Crecy

  • 26 August 1346, Sir John de lisle, of Rougemont – by a writ of this date
  • 1348–1349, Sir Henry de Braylesford, of Brailsford, Derbyshire. He was allocated under Stafford and served under William de Clinton, 1st Earl of Huntingdon until he returned home with the King's permission because he was invalided out of the King's division and had letters of protection. He was exonerated from assessment for lands in Derby and Stafford on 10 October.
  • Battle of Poitiers

  • Sir Ellis Hicks was knighted by Edward, the Black Prince (Eldest son of Edward III and father to Richard II), 1356.
  • Henry V

    [Battle of Agincourt] William ap Thomas, a Welch company leader, was made a knight banneret by Henry V in 1415 at the battle of Agincourt. In 1426 he was knighted by Henry VI. He became Baron Herbert of Raglan and was the first Earl of Pembroke.

    Edward IV

    Knights banneret made by Edward IV on that voyage and late journey; whose pennons and standards (in the difference of pennons) were rent by the King's commandment.

    Knights banneret made in Scotland by the Richard, Duke of Gloucester [probably on the conclusion of Treaty of Fotheringhay (11 June 1482) between the Duke of Gloucester, Alexander, Duke of Albany and the Scottish nobles near Edinburgh]

    Knights banneret made by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, in Scotland at Hoton Field beside Berwick [probably at the surrendering of Berwick to the English, which took place on the 24 August 1482].

  • 22 August 1482, Thomas Pilkington.
  • 22 August 1482, Robert Ryder.
  • Henry VII

    Knights banneret made by Henry VII at the Battle of Stoke Field the first three were made before the battle and the other eleven after:

    Knights banneret made by Henry VII after the Battle of Deptford Bridge (also called the Battle of Blackheath) which took place during the Cornish Rebellion of 1497.

    Knights banneret made in Scotland by Thomas, Earl of Surrey, the King Henry VII's lieutenant in the north, on or before 30 September 1497:

    Henry VIII

    Knights banneret, made by King Henry VIII possibly at the Battle of the Spurs in France (16 August 1513) but they may have been made the followin year.

    Knight banneret made at Leith in Scotland on Sunday 11 May 1544, by Edward, Earl of Hertford, the King's lieutenant, at the burning of Edinburgh, Leith and others.

  • 11 May 1544, Edward(?) Clinton, Lord Clinton – Uncertain.
  • Knight banneret made in Scotland by the Earl of Hertford, the King's lieutenant, being then encamped by our Lady Church by Norham Castle on his coming home after he had been in Scotland 15 days.

  • 23 September 1545, John (Nevill), 4th lord Latimer – Uncertain.
  • Edward VI

    Knights banneret were made in the camp beside Roxburgh (18–25 September 1547), in Scotland, in the first year of the reign of Edward VI. by the "hands of the high and mighty Prince Edward, Duke of Somerset, Lieutenant General of all the King's armies by land and sea, and Governor of his Royal person and Protector of all his realms, dominions and subjects".

  • 18–25 September 1547, Francys Bryan.
  • 18–25 September 1547, Ralph Sadler.
  • 18–25 September 1547, Raufe Vane.
  • 18–25 September 1547, William (Grey), 13th lord Grey of Wilton – Uncertain.
  • Charles I

    King Charles I created several knights banneret after the Battle of Edgehill (1642) including:

  • Thomas Strickland of Sizergh for gallantry
  • John Smith for rescuing the royal standard from the enemy.
  • Great Britain and the United Kingdom

    Whether any bannerets were granted after the Act of Union 1707 is debated by historians and there is no general agreement.

    George II

    George Cokayne notes in The Complete Peerage (1913) that King George II revived the order when he created sixteen knights banneret on the field of the Battle of Dettingen on 27 June 1743:

    Although Cokayne's source for this, a diary entry by Miss Gertrude Savile, states "This honour had been laid aside since James I, when Baronets were instituted", which contradicts other sources, a news magazine published in the same year as the battle recorded the honours.

    George III

    Several sources, including Edward Brenton (1828) and William James (1827), record that captains Trollope and Fairfax and were honoured with bannerets by King George III for their actions during the Battle of Camperdown (1797). However, these awards were never recorded in The London Gazette and is much more likely that these knighthoods, which first appear in formal records in December 1797 without their nature being specified, were as knights bachelor.


    On 19 August 1843 James Bombrain, inspector general of Coast Guard in Ireland (knighted by the lord lieutenant of Ireland, on board a cruiser in Kingstown Harbour, after an inspection of the Irish squadron of revenue cruisers at Kingstown, Dublin, is erroneously supposed to have been a knight banneret in consequence of having been knighted under the Royal Standard).


    List of knights banneret of England Wikipedia

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