Sir Ralph Percy was born 11 August 1425 in Leckonfield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom to Henry Percy, 2nd Earl of Northumberland (c1392-1455) and Eleanor Neville (1398-1472) and died 25 April 1464 Battle of Hedgeley Moor of Combat Injuries. He married Eleanor Acton (1427-1456) . He married Jane Teye (1425-1448) . Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.

War of the Roses

During 1462 and 1463, the Lancastrians attempted to destabilise the kingdom, ruled by their Yorkist enemy, Edward IV. These attempts were concentrated in the north of England and directed by the Lancastrian Queen, Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI's queen).

The Earl of Warwick led campaigns to neutralise the Lancastrians in the north in the early 1460s. As a result Sir Ralph Percy surrendered Bamburgh Castle to Edward IV, on Christmas Eve 1462 in return for a free pardon. Sir Ralph swore allegiance to Edward IV and, as part of Edward IV’s policy of conciliation, Percy’s lands were then returned to him. Sir Ralph took control of both Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh Castles, under his surrender agreement with Edward.

Fighting in the north continued, exacerbated by a Scottish invasion. When the Scots sued for peace, Lord Montague was sent to arrange terms. On 25 April 1464, Montague was on his way to Norham. The Duke of Somerset (who had surrendered and sworn allegiance with Percy) and Percy, forswearing their oaths, attacked Montague with 5,000 men. The site of that battle was Hedgeley Moor, seven miles south of Wooler. Percy led Somerset's vanguard and was killed.

Marriages & Children

Sir Ralph Percy was a knight, a Governor of Bamburgh Castle and a supporter of the Lancastrian side in the Wars of the Roses. Percy was the grandson of Sir Harry (Hotspur) Percy.

Percy married, firstly, Eleanor Acton and they had six children: Ralph, Peter, Henry, George, John & Margaret.

Sir Ralph married, secondly Jane Teye. They had a child, Catherine Percy.


Offspring of Sir Ralph Percy and Eleanor Acton (1427-1456)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Percy (1445-)
George Percy (1446-1500)
Peter Percy (1447-1510) 1447 Yorkshire, England 1510 England Annah Percy (1452-1512)
Henry Percy (1449-1486)
Margaret Percy
Ralph Percy (1451-)

Offspring of Sir Ralph Percy and Jane Teye (1425-1448)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Catherine Percy


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