History of Leith, Edinburgh

February 29, 2012

John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster

John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster (second creation), KG (6 March 1340 – 3 February 1399) was a member of the House of Plantagenet, the third surviving son of King Edward III of England and Philippa of Hainault. He was called “John of Gaunt” because he was born in Ghent, rendered in English as Gaunt. Perhaps because Edward III was not present at the birth, when in later life John became unpopular scurrilous rumours and lampoons circulated that he was actually the son of a Ghent butcher. This story always drove him to fury. for more click here

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