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Thomas Camoys
Birth: c. 1351
Death: Mar. 28, 1421

English Nobility, Army and Naval Commander. 1st Baron de Camoys. He fought in the Hundred Years' War and commanded the left flank of Henry V's army at the Battle of Agincourt (October 25, 1415). Camoys was born in Trotton. In 1372 he inherited his family's extensive lands in Sussex and France and in 1383 he was elevated to the peerage as Lord Camoys. By then he already had considerable military experience, having served at sea and in France with William Lord Latimer, and putting down insurgents in his shire during the Peasants' Revolt (1381); later he would join John of Gaunt's expeditions in Scotland and Spain (1385, 1386). For a time he was a favorite of Richard II, who knighted him in 1384, but he was forced to leave court by jealous rivals. After 1399 he transferred his loyalty to the usurper Henry IV. In 1403 he commanded a small fleet bringing Henry from plague-ravaged London to Essex, but they were intercepted by pirates and four supply ships were taken. Parliament accused Camoys of conspiring with the buccaneers and tried him for treason, but he was acquitted and restored to favor. Henry V invested him a Knight of the Garter in 1414, and despite his advanced age (especially for that time) he eagerly joined the 1415 French campaign. The roughly 64 year-old Camoys was the oldest major commander on either side at Agincourt, yet he held his division together through the melee long enough for Sir Thomas Erpingham to most effectively hurl his thousands of archers at the French flanks, ensuring the decisive English victory. He returned to France with Henry in 1517 before ending his military career. Camoys was married twice. His second wife, Elizabeth, was the widow of the rebellious Sir Henry "Hotspur" Percy, who was killed at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. He funded many public works in the West Sussex region. Around 1400 he built St. George's Church in Trotton, and was later interred with Lady Elizabeth in its chancel. Their tomb features one of the finest and best-preserved memorial brasses in England. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Mortimer De Camoys (1371 - 1417)*
 
 Children:
  Alice Phillippa Camoys Hastings (____ - 1455)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
St George Churchyard
Trotton
Chichester District
West Sussex, England
Plot: Tomb in middle of chancel
 
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Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
Record added: May 30, 2009
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- Catherine Shelton
 Added: Jun. 10, 2014
Cofio a chariad gan eich wyres mawr
- Anne Shurtleff Stevens
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014
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