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The Camoys Family and the Battles of Crecy and Agincourt

In West Sussex not far from the Hampshire border beside the A272 lies the Parish Church of St. George's, Trotton and with it the graves of the earliest members of the Camoys family.

Sir Ralph Camoys was captured at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1315 and subsequently raised a large ransom to ensure his return home. In later life he twice embarked on successful pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela before becoming the Governor of Winsor Castle.

Three of the next generation of the family fought at the Battle of Crecy in 1346.

Subsequently at Agincourt in 1415 the Lord Camoys of the day, who had a distinguished career as a soldier and diplomat, commanded the left wing of the victorious English Army at Henry V's famous victory in northern France. He was a Knight of the Garter and had married Lady Elizabeth Mortimer, great granddaughter of Edward III. Her first husband was Henry Percy (Hotspur) who was killed at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. He died three and a half years after Agincourt in 1419 with their son Lord Roger Camoys inheriting the title. He lived to the age of 70 dying in 1476.

The picture of the tomb shows Lord Camoys in full armour laying by his wife with the picture of a small boy appearing almost hidden by Elizabeth's robe, thought to be their son, Roger.

Michael Wren
12th November 2013

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