About this image
John of Gaunt (6 March 1340 û 3 February 1399) was the fourth son of King Edward III and Queen Philippa. He born in Ghent (in today's Belgium), then Gaunt in English. In his infancy, he was created Earl of Richmond and, by that title, admitted into the Order of the Garter upon the death of Thomas Holland, Earl of Kent, one of the original knights. In 1359, at Reading Abbey (Berks), he married Blanche, the younger of the two daughters and co-heirs of Henry, Duke of Lancaster, and upon the death of his father-in-law, in 1361, he was advanced to that Dukedom. He held also, in right of his wife, the Earldoms of Derby, Lincoln and Leicester, and the high office of Steward of England.
(Text based on information at www.britannia.com)
The inscription in the image reads "John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, King of Carlisle and Leon." This image was painted on glass in an ancient window in the library of All Souls College, Oxon.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.