Robert Lord Hungerford - Salisbury Cathedral
This monument of an alabaster knight wearing Milanese armour is dedicated to Robert Lord Hungerford (d1464).
Robert was a commissioner of oyer and terminer in the aftermath of the Jack Cade Rebellion, and one of the council opposed to Richard Duke of York's rebellion in 1452. Later in the year he went to Aquitaine with the Earl of Shrewsbury. Captured by the French whilst attempting to relieve the seige of Châtillon in 1453, he remained a prisoner until 1459.
He was a strong supporter of Henry VI during the Wars of the Roses, his effigy shows him wearing the Collar of Esses of the Lancastrian party. He held the garrison at the Tower of London against the Yorkist besiegers, until the Lancastrian defeat at the Battle of Northampton 1460, after which he was allowed to leave with Lord Scales. Shortley afterwards he left England to travel in Italy but returned in early 1461 where he took part in the Battle of Townton, and subsequently fled to Scotland with Henry VI and Queen Marguerite of Anjou. He was captured following the Lancastrian defeat at the Battle of Hexham in 1464 and was executed at Newcastle on the 18th of May 1464.