Killed by Richard III
He is married to Elizabeth BRUYN.
They got married in the year 1474 at Wangford Brandon, Suffolk, he was 28 years old.
Lancastrian William was son of a senior Sir William Brandon of Wangford, Suffolk, and Soham, Cambridgeshire, Knight Marshal of Marshalsea (1425 - 4 March 1491) and wife (married 1462) Elizabeth Wingfield (died 28 April 1496/1497). He had numerous siblings, including Sir Thomas Brandon, who fought with him at the Battle of Bosworth and later became a leading courtier and Master of the Horse of Henry VII. In 1478 Sir John Paston wrote that "yonge William Brandon is in warde and arestyd ffor thatt he scholde have fforce ravysshyd and swyvyd an olde jentylwoman ..." By that time he was already married to Elizabeth Bruyn, a widow with two sons, and according to Paston there were rumours he would be hanged for his offence. Brandon apparently escaped prosecution however because a few years later he was one of the key London connections behind the Buckingham Revolt of 1483, along with his brother Thomas and brother-in-law, Wingfield. Pardoned in March 1484, he boarded a ship at Mersea in November and sailed for France, where he was supposedly joined by his wife, who gave birth to their eldest son in Paris. He joined his brother Thomas in the relief of the Hammes fortress. According to popular myth both were knighted by Henry Tudor when he landed at Milford in 1485, however Thomas was only knighted after the Battle of Blackheath in 1497 and William was presumably only called Sir out of courtesy after his death or out of confusion with his father, the elder Sir William. After Richard III unhorsed Sir John Cheney, a well-known jousting champion, Brandon was one of the few notable fatalities in Henry's army at Bosworth, having been killed by King Richard III while carrying Henry's royal standard. As such he appears in stanzas 155 and 156 in The Ballad of Bosworth Field: amongst all other Knights, remember which were hardy, & therto wight; Sir william Brandon was one of those, King Heneryes Standard he kept on height, & vanted itt with manhood & might vntill with dints hee was dr(i)uen downe, & dyed like an ancyent Knight, with HENERY of England that ware the crowne. -Bosworth Ffeilde, anonymous author Before 4 November 1475 Brandon married Elizabeth Bruyn, daughter and co-heiress of Sir Henry Bruyn of South Ockendon, Essex, himself the son of Sir Maurice Bruyn. She was the widow of Thomas Tyrrell of Heron, Essex, whom she had married before 17 February 1462, and who died after 3 July 1471. After Sir William Brandon's death at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22 August 1485, she married William Mallory, whom she survived. She died 7 March 1494. By Elizabeth Bruyn, Sir William Brandon had two sons and a daughter (the actual order of birth is not known): William Brandon (d. before 1500). Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (ca. 1484 - 24 August 1545). Anne Brandon, married firstly Sir John Shilston, and secondly Sir Gawain Carew. Brandon also had two illegitimate daughters named Elizabeth and Katherine. SOURCE: Wikipedia
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