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Admiral Sir Guy de Bryan
Born 1319
Died 17 August 1390
Place of birth Walwyns Castle, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Place of death Gloucestershire
Buried at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire, England
Allegiance Flag of England.svg Kingdom of England
Service/branch English White Ensign 1620.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1337–1372
Rank Admiral
Commands held Admiral of the West
Battles/wars Battle of Crécy
Battle off Sluys
Sir Guy de Bryan, 1st Baron Bryan, KG

Arms of Sir Guy de Bryan, 1st Baron Bryan, KG: Or, three piles conjoined in point azure

Guy de Bryan, 1st Baron Bryan, KG (born before 1319, died 17 August 1390) was an English military commander and Admiral.


He was the son of Sir Guy de Bryan (d.1349) (alias de Brienne), of Walwyn's Castle in Pembrokeshire and Torbryan in Devon he was sometime before 1319.


He served on the English side in the Second War of Scottish Independence and in France and Flanders during the Hundred Years' War. In 1341 he was made Warden of the Forest of Dean, in Gloucestershire, and Governor of St Briavel's Castle, the seat of the Warden, which offices he held until his death. In 1349 he was temporarily Keeper of the Great Seal of England, and in 1350 was granted an annuity of 200 marks for bearing the King's Standard against the French at Calais. From 25 November 1350 he was summoned to Parliament and may thereby be held to have been created Baron Bryan. On 1 March 1356 he was appointed Admiral of the West a post he held till 18 July 1360 under Edward III of England.[1] In 1361 he was Ambassador to Pope Innocent VI. Following the death of Sir John Chandos on 31 December 1369 he was made a Knight of the Garter. On 3 May 1370 he was once again appointed Admiral of the West until 6 October 1372.[2]

Marriages & progenyEdit

He married twice and left issue by his second wife only:


  • Sir Guy de Bryan (d.1386), who predeceased his father by four years and married a certain Alice (still living 20 May 1409) and had issue
  • Sir William de Bryan (d.22 September 1395), died without issue
  • Philip de Bryan (d. pre-14 February 1388), died without issue


Death & burialEdit

Bryan on 17 August 1390. He was buried with his second wife, who had died in 1359, in Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire.


His executrix was his daughter-in-law Alice and his co-heiresses were his granddaughters Phillipe (age 12) and Elizabeth (age 10). Any right to the Barony of Bryan is presumed to have become extinct on the death of his great-great-granddaughter Avice, Countess of Ormonde, in 1457.

Offices heldEdit


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