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William Beauchamp 1st Baron Bergavenny 1344-1411

Also known as Lord Bervagenny, Lord Abergavenny, Lord Abergavenni

Born: 1344, Warwick, Warwickshire, England


Died: 8 May 1411 (will made 25 April 1408)

Buried: Black Friars, Hereford, Herefordshire, England

Parents: Thomas Beauchamp 3rd Earl of Warwick (born 14 February 1314, died 13 November 1369, Calais, France, of the plague, buried Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick, Warwickshire, England) married Katherine de Mortimer (buried Warwick, Warwickshire, England)


Guy Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, (born about 1337, died 28 April 1360 France, buried Vendôme, France) married (before 1353) Philippa De Ferrers (born about 1337, Groby, Leicestershire, England, died before 10 Aug 1383/1384)

Phillippa Beauchamp Countess of Stafford (born about 1334, Elmley, Worcestershire, England, died before 6 April 1386, Stafford, Staffordshire, England) married (1 March 1350) Hugh Stafford 2nd Earl of Stafford (born 1334, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, died 16 October 1386, Rhodes, Greece)

Maud Beauchamp (born about 1335, Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, died about 1402, buried St Mary's Church, Warwick, Warwickshire, England) married Roger De Clifford, 5th Baron of Clifford

Thomas Beauchamp 4th Earl of Warwick (born 16 March 1338, died 8 April 1401) married (April 1381) Margaret Ferrers (born about 1347, died 22 January 1346)

Joan Beauchamp married (about May 1338) Ralph Bassett 3rd Lord Basset of Drayton (born about 1335, died 10 May 1390)

John Beauchamp (born about 1339, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, died 1361)

Roger Beauchamp (born about 1341, Warwick, Warwickshire, Englandwho died without issue

Jerome/Horom Beauchamp (born about 1343, Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Reyburn/Reynburne Beauchamp (born before 24 April 1344, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, died before 29 July 1361)

Elizabeth Beauchamp (born about 1345 Warwick, Warwickshire, England) married Thomas Ufford

Alice Beauchamp (born about 1345, Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, England, died 26 October 1383, buried St John's Priory, Bridgewater, Somerset, England) married 1: John Beauchamp (born 20 January 1329/30, Stoke Under Hamden, died 8 October 1361) 3rd Lord Beauchamp, married 2: (between 1371 and 1374) Sir William Gournay

Richard Beauchamp (born about 1347, Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Agnes Beauchamp (born about 1348, Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Margaret Beauchamp (born about 1350, Warwick, Warwickshire, England) married Guy de Montford

Juliana Beauchamp (born about 1352, Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Catherine Beauchamp (born about 1354, Warwick, Warwickshire, England)

Isabel Beauchamp (born about 1356, died 29 September 1416) married 1: John le Strange married 2: William Ufford

Married: about 1396 Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, England

Spouse: Joan Fitzalan (born 1372 Arundel, Sussex, England, died 14 November 1435, buried in Black Friars, Herefordshire, England) daughter of Richard Fitzalan Earl of Arundel (born 1346 Arundel, Sussex, England, died 21 September 1397, London, Middlesex, England, buried in Augustine Friars, London, England) married : (28 September 1359Derbyshire, England) Elizabeth De Bohun (born about 1350, Derbyshire, England, died 3 April 1385)


Joan Beauchamp countess of Ormond (born 1396, Abergavenny, England, died 3 August 1340, Shene, buried Saint Thomas Acon, London, Middlesex, England) married (before 28 August 1413) James le Butler 'The White Earl' 4th Earl of Ormond (born 1392, Ormond, Ireland, died 23 August 1452, Ardee, Ireland, buried Saint Marys Abbey, Dublin, Ireland

Richard Beauchamp Earl of Worcester 2nd Baron Bergavenny (born about 1397, Abergavenny, monmouthshire, England, died after 18 March 1421/22 mortally wounded at Siege of Meaux, France, buried Tewksbury Abbey, Tewksbury, Gloucestershire England) married (27 July 1411 Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England) Isabel Despencer (born 26 July 1400 Cardiff, Wales, died 26 december 1439 Friars Minoresses, London, England, buried Tewksbury Abbey, Tewksbury, Gloucestershire, England) later married (26 November 1423 Hanley Castle, Worcestershire, England) Richard Beauchamp 5th Earl of Warwick (born circa 1395, died 30 April 1439, buried St.Mary's, Warwick, Warwickshire, England). Note: Richard Beaucahmp of the same name was a cousin.

Elizabeth Beauchamp (born about 1400 Abergavenny, monmouthshire, England)

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

Knight of the Garter 1376, Stall 23, became a member of the order of the garter after the death of Frank van Halen

William Beauchamp was the 3rd son of Thomas Beauchamp, the 3rd earl of Warwick. In 1367 William was in Spain and was at the Battle of Najera on 3 April 1367 and attended John of Gaunt. In 1371 William was a knight in the retinue of John of Gaunt in France, and again in 1374. During the 1374 William signed an indenture that for payment of 100 marks per year and wages for 6 horses and 4 boys, he would serve for life John of Gaunt. In 1377 William was granted Feckanham forest and park for life. In 1378 Richard II granted William the custody of Pembroke castle and its estates, as John Hastings was a minor, aged 5 on the death of his father John Hastings the 2nd earl of Pembroke.

In 1379 William was made Chamberlin of the kings household under Richard II. In 1379 William was in Spain serving under another son of Edward III, Edmund of Langley Earl of Cambridge, with 200 men at arms and 200 archers. William also served in the navy under John of Gaunt in 1379. In 1380 Richard II granted William an annuity of 200 marks per year. In 1383 William was made a commissioner to treat with Flanders and was appointed the Captain of Calais in 1384, which William held until 1392.

In 1386 an enquiry was appointed to look into the waste of the possessions of John Hastings by William Beauchamp who was the custodian. In 1390 John Hastings was killed in a tournament so his lands came into the ownership of William Beauchamp. In 1393 William became the lord of Bergavenny, this was a title that William received with the estates of John Hastings.

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


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