Sir Stephen Le Scrope - Lord of Bentley in County of Yorks, and of Castle Combe in Wilts, and Oxendon in Gloucestershire
Sir Stephen Le Scrope was the third son of Richard Le Scrope, 1st Lord Scrope of Bolton. He married Millicent, a Tiptoft heiress, and became in her right Lord of Bentley in the County of Yorks. He also obtained by this marriage the manors and lordships of Castle Combe, in the County of Wilts, and Oxendon, in Gloucestershire.
This eminent person appears to have inherited much of the talent, valour, and integrity of his father, and to have almost equally distinguished himself both in a civil and military capacity. By Richard II, he was appointed lord justice of Ireland, and by Henry IV was made governor of Roxburgh Castle in 1400.
Under the Rule of Richard II, Sir Stephen and his brother Sir William Le Scrope were delivered the Earl of Warwick to bring and "safely keep" on the Isle of Man "without departing therefrom". Sir Stephen was later charged with imprisoning the Earl of Warwick on the Isle of Man after King Richard's death.
Sir Stephen Le Scrope returned to Ireland in 1402 as lord deputy to Thomas of Lancaster, the third son of Henry IV (Seneschal of England and Lord of Holdernesse, afterwards Duke of Clarence, then 12 years of age, sent as Viceroy for a term of 21 years), on the deposition and subsequent death of Richard II. They landed at Blowyk, now Bullock, near Dalkey.
It is said that Sir Stephen's wife, Millicent, having heard the complaints made about her husband regarding his improper administration of justice while he was Justice of Munster, Leinster and Uriell, refused to accompany her husband "except that he would make a solemn oath on the Bible, that willingly he would wrong no 'Christian creature' in that land, that truly and duly, see payment made for all expenses". She finally did consent to go with him.
Sir Stephen Le Scrope died in at Tristel Dermot in Ireland in 1408. Millicent, his widow, married Sir John Fastolph (Falstaff in Shakespeare.)
Stephen and Millicent's son:
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