Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford

Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford (c. 1220 1296) was the son and heir of Hugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford, and chamberlain to Queen Eleanor.

Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford
Hedingham Castle, Essex, seat of the Earls of Oxford
Bornc. 1220
Diedbefore 7 September 1296
burial at Earls Colne, Essex; heart burial at Ipswich, Suffolk
Noble familyDe Vere
Spouse(s)Alice de Sanford
Robert de Vere, 6th Earl of Oxford
Sir Hugh de Vere
Sir Alphonse de Vere
Thomas de Vere
Gilbert de Vere
Philip de Vere
Joan de Vere
Hawise de Vere
FatherHugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford
MotherHawise de Quincy

Early life

Robert de Vere was born about 1220, the only son of Hugh de Vere, 4th Earl of Oxford, and Hawise de Quincy, daughter of Saer de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester. He had three sisters, Isabel, Lora and Margaret.[1]


Robert de Vere's marriage brought into his family the role of chamberlain to Henry III's queen Eleanor.[2] He was among the followers of Simon de Montfort during the Second Barons' War, and was with Simon's son, Hugh, when Edward I of England attacked Kenilworth Castle prior to the Battle of Evesham. De Vere's title and property were forfeited, but restored shortly afterwards by the Dictum of Kenilworth.

Marriage and issue

Before 22 February 1252 he married Alice de Sanford, daughter and heiress of Gilbert de Sanford. They had six sons and two daughters:[3]


Robert de Vere died before 7 September 1296. His widow, Alice, died at Canfield, Essex on 7 September 1312. They were both buried at Earls Colne, Essex.[4] The heart of Robert de Vere was buried separately at the Ipswich Greyfriars, which was the burial place of Margaret Mortimer, wife of the 6th Earl.[5]


  1. Richardson IV 2011, p. 262.
  2. Round, John Horace (1911). "Vere" . In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 1020.
  3. Richardson IV 2011, pp. 263-6.
  4. Richardson IV 2011, pp. 263-4.
  5. J. Weever, Ancient Fvnerall Monvments Within The Vnited Monarchie Of Great Britain (Thomas Harper for Laurence Sadler, London 1631), p. 751 (as p. 750) (Google).


  • Richardson, Douglas (2011). Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, ed. Kimball G. Everingham. IV (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1460992709
Political offices
Preceded by
Hugh de Vere
Lord Great Chamberlain
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Hugh de Vere
Earl of Oxford
12631265 (forfeited)
Succeeded by
Robert de Vere
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