Lord Hyslop Earl Of Blackburneshire KG
Lord of Clermont
Banneret to Edward Plantagenet's 1st Division
1320 - 1382
"Concordia Parva Crescunt"
Believed to be of Scottish decent Lord Hyslop (sometimes known as The knight Of The White Hart) was born in the year of our Lord 1320 in Blackburnshire.At the tender age of 7 he was sent by his father for squire training to the notable Thomas De Hatfield the then Bishop of Durham here he learnt the arts of war, chivalry, hunting, jousting, dancing and courtly behaviour.
From here Lord Hyslop inherited the lands titles and obligations from his father. These extensive lands in Lancashire included the 6 forests of Clitheroe, Accrington, Pendle, Trawden, Bowland and Rossendale.
During participating in Tournee's
in France (1343) he was presented to
Lady Colette of Clermont and in the
same year they married. This was declared
a great union.The marriage provided Lord
Hyslop with substantial lands,the castle
Cheateau Des Guilhem in Clermont (France)
and the title "Lord of Clermont.
During the 100 years war (1337-1453) Lord Hyslop saw service in the campaigns of Crecy and Poitiers and at these battles served in the first division of the English army. Also in 1349 he was awarded the Order of the Garter a prestigious order of chivalry where only 25 knights can be admitted at any one time.
Now at the age of 36 he continued in military service until the age of 39 and then retired back to his estates in England and France.Still a staunch supporter of the king Lord Hyslop still continued to exert his influence at court and continued his love of participating in the Joust and at tournaments to which a moderate success was achieved. He also held court for law breakers and disputes where his sentences and findings were reportedly lenient for the time and it was said the accused ate better under his guard than when free!.
In 1382 at an amazing age of 62 Lord Hyslop was mortally injured whilst jousting and consequently died. His eldest son Sir Godfrey took over his lands and titles to become Lord Godfrey. Lord Hyslops body body now lies in the church of St Mary's Whalley Lancashire.