- John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset
John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset, 3rd Earl of Somerset (baptised
March 25, 1404– May 27, 1444), was an English noble and military commander.
He was the second son of
John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset, and succeeded his elder brother Henry to become the 3rd Earl of Somerset in 1418.
The young earl fought in Henry V's 1419 campaigns in France. In 1421 he accompanied the king's younger brother Thomas of Lancaster to the fighting in
Anjou. Thomas was killed at the Battle of Baugéand Somerset was captured.
He remained imprisoned for 17 years, and after being ransomed became one of the leading English commanders in France.
In 1443 he was created
Duke of Somersetand Earl of Kendal, made a Knight of the Garter, and appointed Captain-General of Guyenne. However he proved a poor commander. He married Margaret Beauchamp of Bletsoin 1439. His death in 1444 may have been due to suicide.
Illegitimate children of John Beaufort:
# Jacinda (also called Thomasine) (c. 1434 – after 1469). Married
Reginald Grey, 7th Baron Grey de Wilton.
Thomasine Beaufort(before 1444 – c. 1494)
# John of Somerset (c. 1444 – 1453)
Child of John Beaufort and
Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso:
Lady Margaret Beaufort( May 31, 1443– June 29, 1509), mother of Henry VII of England
* A page in his memory including a picture of his grave:http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=18690
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