Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick


Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick

Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick KG (14 February, 1313? – November 13, 1369) was an English nobleman and military commander during the Hundred Years' War.

Birth

He was born at Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England to Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick and Alice de Toeni.

Victor at Crécy and Poitiers

Warwick was Marshall of England from 1343/4 until 1369, and was one of the commanders at the great English victories at Crécy and Poitiers.

Thomas Beauchamp fought in all the French wars of King Edward III: commanded at the Battle of Crecy: was guardian of the sixteen-year-old Black Prince: fought at Poitiers in 1356 and at the Siege of Calais where he died of plague. It was he who began to rebuild the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary, in Warwick out of money received from the ransom of a French Archbishop.

Marriage and Children

He married Katherine Mortimer, daughter of the 1st Earl of March. They had five sons and six daughters:

* Guy (d. 28 April 1360). He had two daughters who by entail were excluded from their grandfather's inheritance: Elizabeth (d. c.1369), and Katherine, who became a nun
* Thomas (1337x9–1401) who succeeded his father as earl and inherited most of his property
* Reinbrun, (d. 1361); he was named for a character in "Guy of Warwick"
* William (c.1343–1411), who inherited the honour of Abergavenny. Married Joan FitzAlan.
* Roger (d. 1361)

* Maud (d. 1403), who married Roger de Clifford, 5th Baron Clifford
* Philippa de Beauchamp who married Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford
* Alice (d. 1383), who married first John Beauchamp of Hatch and then Sir Matthew Gournay
* Joan, who married Ralph Basset, 4th Baron Basset de Drayton
* Isabell (d. 1416) who married first John le Strange, 5th Baron Strange, and then William de Ufford, 2nd Earl of Suffolk. After the latter's death she became a nun.
* Margaret, who married Guy de Montfort and after his death became a nun.

Catherine Montacute, Countess of Salisbury was not his daughter, although she is presented as such in William Painter's "Palace of Pleasure" and in the Elizabethan play, "Edward III" that may be by William Shakespeare.

References

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External links

* [http://www.thepeerage.com/p93.htm#i922 Peerage.com on Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick]
* [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mgholler/Caden/a28.htm rootsweb.com]


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