On the same day, 316 years later, in the year 1381, Edmund de Mortimer died. He was my 20th great-grandfather.
When Edmund was only an infant, his father passed away. At that time, Edmund became a ward of the crown, which indicated his mother has already died (possibly in childbirth or soon thereafter). Edward III of England (my three-times multi-great-grandfather) placed the child in the care of William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England, and Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel (my 21st great-grandfather).
On 24 August 1369, at the age of 17, Edmund de Mortimer married 14-year-old Philippa, only child of the late Lionel of Antwerp, Duke of Clarence (my 21st great-grandfather), son of Edward III and Maud of Lancaster. Lionel’s late wife, Elizabeth de Burgh, was the only child of William Donn de Burgh, 3rd Earl of Ulster. Lionel had himself been created Earl of Ulster before his marriage; Edmund de Mortimer inherited the title Earl of Ulster on Lionel’s death.
In 1369, Edmund de Mortimer became Marshal of England. As such, he was employed in various diplomatic missions. In 1373, Edmund de Mortimer was a member of the committee appointed by the Peers to confer with the Commons on whether supplies should be provided for the war in France, led by John of Gaunt (my twice-over 19th great-grandfather).
In 1376, Edmund de Mortimer was a part of the Good Parliament. At that time, the royal court was perceived to be corrupt by much of the English population. This particular parliament was so nicknamed because of its sincere efforts to reform the court and the government. They imposed a new set of councilors on the king, one of whom was Edmund de Mortimer.
In 1377, on the accession of Richard II, who was still a minor, Edmund de Mortimer became a member of the standing council of government; however, as his wife Philippa was heir-presumptive to the English crown, he wisely abstained from claiming any administrative office.
In 1379, Edmund de Mortimer accepted the office of Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Although he succeeded in asserting his authority in eastern Ulster, he failed to subdue the dissenting factions farther west. On 27 December 1381, Edmund de Mortimer was killed in Cork. He was buried in Wigmore Abbey, of which he had been a benefactor and where his wife Philippa was also interred.