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John de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Elmsley 1316-1360

Also known as John Beauchamp

Born: 1307/1316 Warwick, Warwickshire, England


Died: 2 December 1360

Buried: Between two pillars, before the image of the Virgin, on the south side of the nave of Old St. Paul's Cathedral

Parents: Guy De Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, (born 1272, Elmley, Worcestershire, England, died 12 August 1315, Warwick, Warwickshire, England) married (10 August 1305 Warwick, Warwickshire, England) Alice De Toeni Countess of Warwick


Elizabeth De Beauchamp (born about 1305, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, died 1359) married Thomas of Astley 3rd Lord Astley (born before 1308, died after 3 May 1366)

Thomas De Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, (born 14 February 1313/14, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, died 13 November 1369 Calais, Pas-De-Calais, France) married to Catherine (Katherine) De Mortimer Countess of Warwick, (married about 1334 Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Maud de Beauchamp (died 28 July 1369) married Geoffrey de Saye, 2nd Lord Saye (born about 1305, died 26 June 1359)

Emma de Beauchamp married Rowland Oodingsels

Isabel de Beauchamp married John Clinton

Lucia de Beauchamp married Robert/Roger de Napton




Heraldic Coat of Arms: gules, crusily, a fess or, difference mullet sable. Described by George Beltz as Gules, a fess between six cross-crosslets Or, a mullet for difference.

Knight of the Garter 1348, Founder Member, Stall 11

John de Beauchamp was a younger son of Guy Beauchamp, the 2nd Earl of Warwick, and brother of Thomas, Earl of Warwick, with whom he became a founder member of the Order of the Garter. In 1338 John attended King Edward III into Flanders and, in 1339, at the array at Vironfosse. John was in 1340 at the Naval battle of Sluys. At the Battle of Crécy, in 1346, John had the honour of carrying the Royal Standard and was present at the siege and surrender of Calais. John was appointed captain of Calais in 1348 and, at the hastilude at Canterbury, he was, as well as Prince Edward and six other knights, provided, at the King's cost, with a surcoat of Indian silk, adorned with the arms of Sir Stephen De Cossington. In 1348, John was made a Knight Banneret, with an allowance of £140 per annum to enable him to support this title. John was appointed Admiral of the Fleet, Constable of the Tower of London and Warden of the Cinque Ports. John was summoned to Parliament among the Barons, from 1350 until his death.. In 1354 Edward III removed John from the position as Cobstable of the tower on rumours against him, but subsequently reappointed him. John lived primarily in London where he built a large house that was later bought by the crown and used for the kings wardrobe. By the time John died on the 2nd December 1360, he had acquired the Worcestershire manor of Frankley, as well as Brockenhurst in Hampshire, and gained the Wiltshire manors of Stratford Tony and Newton Tony from his elder brother.

John, Lord Beauchamp died without issue. His remains were buried between two pillars, before the image of the Virgin, on the south side of the nave of Old St. Paul's Cathedral, where there was a monument to his memory, commonly, and incorrectly, called "Duke Humphrey's Tomb." He had resided in the parish of St. Andrew, near Baynard's Castle, in a house which his executors sold to the King, who converted it to the use of his great wardrobe.

Memorials Of The Most Noble Order Of The Garter From Its Foundation To The Present Time, George Beltz, 1841

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