Sir Thomas de Berkeley

Sir Thomas de Berkeley

Birth
England
Death 27 Oct 1361 (aged 64–65)
Gloucestershire, England
Burial Berkeley, Stroud District, Gloucestershire, England
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Son of Maurice de Berkeley and Eve la Zouche. Grandson of Sir Thomas de Berkeley and Joan de Ferrers, Eudes de la Zouche and Milicent de Cantilowe.

Knight, 3rd Lord Berkeley, Baron of Berkeley, Custodian of Berkeley Castle, Chief Warden of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford, Marshal of the English Army in France, Captain of the Scottish Marches, Warden and Chief Justice in Eyre South of Trent, 1st son and heir by his father's first marriage. Known as "Thomas the Rich."

His first marriage, by contract dated 10 May 1319, and papal dispensation dated 28 Aug 1329 as they were related by 4th degree, was to Margaret de Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger de Mortimer and Joan de Joinville. Margaret's maritagium consisted on £2000 and the manor of Langley-Burrel in Wiltshire. Thomas and Margaret had four sons; Sir Maurice, Thomas, Roger and Alphonse, and well as one daughter, Joan the wife of Sir Reynold Cobham.

Thomas married a second time to Katherine de Clivedon, the daughter of Sir John de Clivedon and the widow of Sir Peter de Veel. Thomas and Katherine had four sons; Thomas, Maurice, Edmund and Sir John.

Thomas fought at the Battle of Boroughbridge where he was taken prisoner March 1322, imprisoned in Pevensey Castle in Sussex and released Oct 16, 1326. In April of 1327, Thomas and his brother in law, John Mautravers, were given the charge of the disposed king, Edward II, and took him from Kenilworth Castle to Berkeley Castle, where it is said, he was murdered.

Thomas was on the expedition to Scotland with Edward III in 1328, and summoned to Parliament 1329 to 1360. In 1331, he was tried by a jury of twelve knights for the murder of the deposed King Edward II, but was acquitted.

Thomas was granted the castle and manor of Beverstone, Gloucestershire, became the Marshall of the English Army in France in 1340, and the Captain of the Scottish Marches in 1342. He was commander of the forces at Crecy in 1346.

After his death, his widow, Katherine, went on pilgrimages beyond the sea, and was buried at Berkeley Church.


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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 30 Nov 2012
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Thomas de Berkeley (1296–27 Oct 1361), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101543384, citing St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Berkeley, Stroud District, Gloucestershire, England ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .