Thomas Beaufort

Thomas Beaufort

Birth
England
Death Oct 1431 (aged 25–26)
France
Burial Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England
Memorial ID 106355535 · View Source
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Earl of Perche, English commander during the Hundred Years' War.

Third son of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset and his wife, Margaret Holland. Grandson of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster and Katherine Swynford, Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent and Alice FitzAlan. Nephew of Cardinal Beaufort.

Thomas joined in King Henry V's 1419 campaigns in France along with his older brother, Henry Beaufort, Earl of Somerset. In 1421, he accompanied the king's younger brother, Thomas of Lancaster, to the fighting in Anjou where Lancaster was killed at the Battle of Baugé and Somerset and Thomas were captured. Thomas was eventually released in a prisoner exchange negotiated by his uncle, Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester and Cardinal Beaufort, the son of John of Gaunt.

Thomas received his title of Count of Perche in December 1427, a title in honor only, for the corresponding lands captured by the English were still held by the French Duke John II of Alençon. Thomas was granted a retinue of 128 soldiers and 460 archers in 1431 by Henry VI. He commanded soldiers at a battle at La Charité-sur-Loire in late 1430 and died 3 October 1431 at the siege of Louviers, three weeks before the city's fall.

Perche died unmarried and childless, buried in the chapel of St Michael in Canterbury Cathedral. Upon his death, his title was extinct.


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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 7 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106355535
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Thomas Beaufort (1405–Oct 1431), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106355535, citing Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .