On this day in history, 22nd July 1437 (or 1438), soldier and royal councillor John Scrope, 5th Baron Scrope of Bolton, was born.
During the Wars of the Roses, Scrope was seriously injured at the Battle of Towton fighting on Edward IV’s side and in 1469 he sided with the Earl of Warwick against Edward, but was fortunately forgiven, even though he did that twice.
From at least 1475, he acted as a councillor to Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and was made chamberlain of the Duchy of Lancaster after Richard’s accession as Richard III.
In Henry VII’s reign, Scrope was imprisoned after supporting pretender Lambert Simnel in 1487 and attacking York with his cousin, Thomas, Lord Scrope of Masham. Fortunately, he was pardoned in 1488 and died a natural death in 1498.
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Image: The arms of John Scrope, 5th Baron Scrope of Bolton, by Rs-nourse.