Robert DE HOLAND, K.G., 1st Baron Holand of Upholland
(Abt 1270-1328)
Maud LA ZOUCHE, Heiress of Brackley
(Abt 1290-1349)
Edmund PLANTAGENET, Earl of Kent
Margaret WAKE
Thomas DE HOLAND, K.G., 1st Earl of Kent
(Abt 1319-1360)
Joan PLANTAGENET, Baroness Wake

Thomas DE HOLAND, K.G., 2nd Earl of Kent
(Abt 1352-1397)


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Thomas DE HOLAND, K.G., 2nd Earl of Kent

  • Born: Abt 1352, Upholland, Lancashire, England
  • Married: After 10 Apr 1364, Arundel, Essex, England
  • Died: 25 Apr 1397, Arundel Castle, Arundel, West Sussex, England
  • Buried: Bourne Abbey, Bourne, Lincolnshire, England

  Research Notes:

Named as a beneficiary in his mother's Will (1385)


He succeeded his father in 1360 as Earl of Kent, Lord Woodstock, Holand and Wake. He was appointed Marshal of England 13 Mar 1380, until 30 Jun 1385.... 1


Thomas de Holand, K.G., 2nd Earl of Kent, Lord Holand, 6th Lord Wake, Lord Woodstock, of Kirkby Moorside, Butter Crambe and Cropton, Yorkshire, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Wakes Colne, Essex, Ware, Hertfordshire, Ryhall and Whissendine, Rutland, Bourne, Lincolnshire, etc., Justice of the Forest south of Trent, 1377-97, Marshal of England, 1380-5, Captain of Cherbourg, 1384, Constable of the Tower of London, 1389, Privy Councillor, Constable of Corfe Castle, 1391, Constable of Southampton Castle, 1396, son and heir, born about 1350-1 (aged 9 or 10 in 1360, aged 30 in 1385).

He was appointed Captain of Forces for Aquitaine in 1366. He was knighted by Edward the Black Prince at Vittoria March 1367, and afterwards fought at the Battle of Najera 3 April 1367. In 1367 he and his wife, Alice, received a papal indult for a portal altar, and another indult to have mass and other divine offices celebrated privately in places under an interdict. He accompanied the Duke of Brittany in his expedition to Brittany in March 1374/5. In 1378 he served in the fleet in the Channel during a projected invasion of France. The same year he was appointed Joint Guardian of the truce with Scotland. He was appointed Chief Ambassador to treat with Emperor Wenceslas at Calais in 1380. He was chief captain against the rebels in Kent in 1381. He was summoned to Parliament from 16 July 1381 to 18 July 1397, by writs directed Thome de Holand' comiti Kanc'. In 1385 he accompanied the King on his expedition to Scotland. He presented to the church of Blisworth, Northamptonshire in 1386.

In 1394 he and his son, Thomas, accompanied the King to Ireland. 2


The Will of Thomas Earl of Kent, proved 10 May 1397.

In the name of God, Amen. In the day of resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the year of him a thousand three hundred fourscore and seventeen. I Thomas of Holand, Earl of Kent and Lord Wake, being in whole memory, ordain and make my testament in this wise. First, I "geve and bytake" my soul to our Lord Jesus Christ and to his mercy, and to the help and grace of our Lady his blissfull mother, and the help of all Saints of Heaven, and my body to be buried as soon as it "goodlich" may be in the Abbey of Brune. And I give and devise to Alice my wife, and Thomas my son, all my cattle and goods moveable, praying my wife, for all the love and trust that hath been between us, and also praying and charging my son upon my blessing, that they by good love and one assent govern him in such wise that at her power my debts my be quited, and my old servants "iholpe" in discharge of me. And to execute my will and revise aforesaid, I ordain and make my wife and son aforesaid mine executors. Proved before Thomas Arundel, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Lambeth, 10th May 1397. 3

  Marriage Information:

Thomas married Lady Alice DE ARUNDEL, daughter of Richard "Copped Hat" DE ARUNDEL, 10th Earl of Arundel, and Eleanor PLANTAGENET, after 10 Apr 1364 in Arundel, Essex, England. (Alice DE ARUNDEL was born Est 1350 in Arundel, Essex, England and died on 17 Mar 1415/6 in Powys, Montgomery, Wales.)

  Marriage Notes:

Married shortly after 10 Apr 1364, by dispensation dated 29 Aug 1363, they being related in the 4th degree of kindred.


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Thomas de Holand.

2 Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011, Douglas Richardson, p. 320.

3 Testamenta Vetusta, Vol. I, p. 139. The above is a verbatim copy of this will, but the orthography has been modernized, excepting in the places marked with inverted commas.

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