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Joan de Dacre, 7th Baroness Dacre (c.1433[1] – 8 March 1486, was a suo jure peeress of England. She was born in Gilsland, the daughter of Sir Thomas de Dacre and Elizabeth Bowett.


Joan de Dacre married Sir Richard Fiennes in June 1446.

Joan de Dacre succeeded to the suo jure title of 7th Baroness Dacre on 5 January 1458.[2]Sir Richard was titled Baron Dacre and awarded the Dacre hereditary lands by right of his wife. Sometime afterwards, a dispute arose between Sir Richard and Humphrey, Joan's uncle, regarding the barony. King Edward IV of England finally decided the matter in 1473, by confirming the title of Baron Dacre to Sir Richard Fiennes and Joan, whereas the manor of Gilsland was adjudged to Humphrey, who was at the same time created Baron Dacre of Gilsland, with right of precedency next after Sir Richard Fiennes, jure uxoris 7th Baron Dacre.

Children of Joan de Dacre and Sir Richard Fiennes:

  • Sir John Fiennes, married Alice FitzHugh, by whom he had issue.
  • Elizabeth Fiennes, married John de Clinton, 6th Lord Clinton.

Joan died at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England on 8 March 1486, and was succeeded by her grandson, Sir Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre.


  1. ^, sourced from Burke's Peerage
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