English Knights at Agincourt

copyright 2004 by Nathaniel Lane Taylor

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Here is a condensed version of the 'Agincourt Roll' printed by Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas. This version, retyped by me from the text printed by Nicolas, retains the original grouping of retinues found in Nicolas, but only lists the names of the retinue leaders, and any *knights* or *esquires* listed among the retinues.

There is one other version of Nicolas' Agincourt participant list on the net. That website presents the text of Nicolas' alphabetical index to the full version of this current document (in pp. 391-400 of his book cited below). The index has more names (i.e., it includes the people who are not knights), but it does not distinguish the knights or esquires from the others, nor does it preserve any retinue groupings. I suspect that it is easier to make positive IDs of the knights, so I have simply extracted the knights' and esquires' names for this list. With the non-knights, it would be harder to argue that the person on the list is the same as any given individual of that name. If there is interest, I may arrange to put the whole list on line with further information.

Source: Sir Nicholas Harris Nicolas, History of the Battle of Agincourt and of the expedition of Henry the Fifth into France in 1415, to which is added the roll of the men at arms in the English army. 2d ed. London, 1832. Pp. 333-363.

Nicolas collated this roll from three manuscripts:

British Library, Harleian MS 782
College of Arms, MS M1
Ashmolean Museum [since 1860 in Bodleian Library], MS Ashmole 825

The Ashmolean copy is in the hand of Robert Glover, Somerset Herald, 1571-1588. In the MS Glover states that he copied the list from a longer original which had contained the names of archers as well as the 900-odd 'lances' (knights and men-at-arms) named.
In the version that follows, the first name in each group is the leader of a retinue. The names that follow are the knights (if any) in that person's retinue, and a tally of the other named people. I have omitted the tallies for the (unnamed) archers that appear in some, but not all, retinues.



"The names of the dukes, erles, barons, knights, esquires, serviteurs, and others that were withe the excellent prince King Henry the Fifte at the Battell of Agincourt..."
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The Duke of Gloucester
Sir Henry Huse [see below: he is listed again]
Sir Robert Roos
Sir William Trussell
99 other named lances [22 of whom are listed again with Huse, q.v.]
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The Earl of March
18 named lances
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The Earl of Huntington
15 named lances
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The Earl Marshall
Sir Thomas Rokesby
Sir Thomas Lyndely
Sir John Hoton
Sir John Geryne
Sir John Hevenyngham
28 other named lances
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The Earl of Suffolk
Sir William Spayne
Sir Thomas Charles
13 other named lances
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The Earl of Cambridge
3 named lances
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The Earl of Oxford
28 named lances
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The Earl of Suffolk
Sir John Calf
17 named lances
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Sir de Harington
Sir Thomas Fitzpayn
Sir Aleyn fit de Penyngton
23 other named lances
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Sir Gerard Ufflett
8 named lances
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Lord Mautravers
Sir Walter Berkeley
8 other named lances
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Lord Camoys
23 named lances
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Lord Roos
8 named lances
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Lord Ferris
5 named lances
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Lord Scrope
6 named lances
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Sir Roland Lenthall
8 named lances
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Lord Talbot
20 named lances
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Lord Fitzhugh
Sir William Fitzhugh
Sir Geoffrey Fitzhugh
Sir William de Evers
Sir Thomas de Routhe
16 other named lances
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Sir Thomas Erpyngham (Steward of the King's House)
Sir Hamond Strange
Sir Walter Goldyngham
14 other named lances
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Sir John Grey
34 named lances
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Sir Robert Babthorpe
5 named lances
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William Kynwalmarche, the King's Cofferer
2 named lances
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John Cheny (Esquire for the Body)
3 named lances
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John Styward (Esquire for the Body)
3 named lances
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Nicholas Perche, Esq.
retinue unspecified
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Louis Robesart, Esq.
retinue unspecified
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[a section of royal functionaries, amounting to 28 named men]
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John Burgh
41 named lances
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[11 named Grooms of the Chamber, w/ unnamed 'servants of the king's household']
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Sir William Talbot
3 named lances
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Sir Walter Hungerford
16 named lances
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Sir Thomas West
13 named lances
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Sir Henry Huse [see above]
22 named lances, but they are also listed, with Huse, in the retinue of the duke of Gloucester [q.v. above]
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Sir Richard Hastings
3 named lances, plus 8 named archers [!], including:
Sir William Buteler
Sir Richard Kyghley
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Sir Thomas Beaumont
3 named lances
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Sir Thomas Percy
2 named lances
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Sir John Osbaldesten
2 named lances
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Sir Henry de Scarisbroke
3 named lances
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Sir Edmund de la Pole
2 named lances
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Sir William Stanley
2 named lances
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Sir Piers de Legh
5 named lances
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Sir Rauf de Bostock
1 named lance
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Sir John Everingham
3 named lances
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Sir Ralf Shirley
3 named lances
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Sir John Savage
4 named lances
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Sir Thomas Rampston
5 named lances
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Sir Richard Radclyf
2 named lances
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Sir William Hudelston
2 named lances
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Sir William Cromwell
1 named lance
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Sir William de Ligh
3 named lances
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Sir Thomas Gresley [?]
[retinue leads off with 'William de Holeyns, lance de monsieur Thomas Gresele': maybe Gresley's retinue was there without him? As a descendant of Sir Thomas Gresley I am curious about this]
17 other named lances
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Sir William Boteler '(who died at Harfleur)'
4 named lances
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Sir Nicholas Longford
3 named lances
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___ Hertanke [no given name listed]
14 named lances
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William Not, captain of the masons
unnamed company of masons
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Thomas Chacer
8 named lances
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Nicholas Merby [or Merbery]
6 named lances
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Sir John Asheton
3 named lances
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William Meryng
retinue unspecified
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Sir John Pilkington
3 named lances
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Sir William Phelipe
7 named lances
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Sir William Bourchier
Sir Roger Aston
Sir Richard Waldegrave
Sir John Suert
21 other named lances
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[miscellaneous others--about 39 named, including several knights, noted as staying at Harfleur or going home sick to England.]
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Sir William Harington
12 named lances
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Sir John de Waterton
7 named lances

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