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Illustration by P Page based on the Garter Stall Plate.

Arms: Gules three Lions passant guardant Or a Label Argent.

Crest: On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Lion statant guardant Or crowned Argent.








This was the first duke's second son.  The elder brother, Thomas, succeeded his father as 7th Lord Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, Earl of  Nottingham, and Earl Marshall; but he never received the dukedom of Norfolk.


It was held that the dukedom had been conferred on the first duke during the reign of Richard II, and the parliamentary proceedings were made void by a subsequent Act in the first year of Henry IV's reign. This was a spurious claim, but the effects were deadly.


Thomas joined the archbishop of York in rebellion against Henry IV;  and he was beheaded without trial at York.  Because he was never convicted of treason, there was no attainder;  so his brother inherited.


John served in France with Henry V, having obtained livery of his estates. Henry made him Knight of the Garter in 1421.  He was retained by Henry VI for further service, and in the third year of that king's reign (1425) he obtained the dignity of the title of Duke of Norfolk.


He married Katherine, daughter of Ralph Nevill, Earl of Westmoreland, and had a son and heir, John, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, later to serve as an ambassador in the negotiations for peace in France.


He died in 1432.


Ken Mourin.