Roger de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletso (c.1335 - 1379) MP

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Nicknames: "Lord", "Beauchamp", "Captain", "Chamberlain", "Bletsoe", "Roger Beauchamp"
Birthplace: Paston,,Norfolk,England
Death: Died in Bletsoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
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About Roger de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletso

Roger Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletso

Roger Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe (c.1315 – 3 January 1380)[1][2] was an English soldier and peer who served both Edward III and his wife, Philippa of Hainault. He was an ancestor of Henry VII.

Roger Beauchamp, perhaps born about 1315, was the son and heir of Roger de Beauchamp, a younger son of Sir Walter de Beauchamp and Alice de Tony, daughter of Roger de Tony of Flamstead, Hertfordshire.[3] Clarification of the above relationship is required as it conflicts with the inset information box which shows this Roger as the son of Walter instead of another Roger as the son of Walter. Further, the dates shown for Alice de Tony (Toeni) are shown as b. 26 Apr 1284 - d. 1 Jan 1324 elsewhere with her as being the only daughter of Ralph VII de Toeni and being married to Guy de Beauchamp.

Beauchamp was a yeoman to Edward III by 24 April 1337, and is described as a bachelor to Philippa of Hainault on 26 October 1340, when she granted him the keepership of Devizes Castle. He served in the wars in France from as early as 1346, and in 1372 was appointed Captain of Calais. He was summoned to Parliament from 1 June 1363 to 20 October 1379 by writs directed Rogero de Bello Campo, whereby he 'may be held to have become Lord Beauchamp'. He was appointed Lord Chamberlain of the Household to Edward III in 1376-77.[2][4]

He died 3 January 1380. In his will, dated 19 December 1379 and proved 26 February 1380, he requested burial at the Blackfriars, London, beside his first wife.[2][1]

Beauchamp married firstly, before 15 March 1337, Sibyl de Patteshull (d. before 1375), daughter and one of the four co-heirs of Sir John de Pateshull and Mabel de Grandison, daughter of William de Grandison, 1st Baron Grandison, by whom he had two sons and a daughter:[2][1]

  • Sir Roger de Beauchamp (d. before 15 May 1374), who married Joan de Clopton, widow of Sir Walter de Walcote, and daughter of Walter de Clopton, by whom he had a son, Sir Roger de Beauchamp (d. 3 May 1406), and a daughter, Margaret Beauchamp, who married Robert Mautby, esquire. Sir Roger de Beauchamp (d. 3 May 1406) was the grandfather of Margaret Beauchamp of Bletso, grandmother of Henry VII.[2][5]
  • Philip de Beauchamp (born c.1338), Archdeacon of Exeter. He was a godson of Philippa of Hainault.[5]
  • Margaret de Beauchamp, who married firstly Sir John de Blancheminster of Wighill, Yorkshire, and secondly Sir Gilbert Talbot of Wadley, Berkshire.

He married secondly Margaret de Carew (died c. 2 October 1394), sister of William de Carew, and widow of Thomas de Grandison, 4th Baron Grandison (d.1375), by whom he had no issue.[1]


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  • Roger Beauchamp, 1st Lord Beauchamp (of Bletsoe)1
  • M, #118562, d. 3 January 1379/80
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  • Roger Beauchamp, 1st Lord Beauchamp (of Bletsoe) was the son of Giles Beauchamp and Catherine de Bures.1,2,3 He married, firstly, Sibyl Patshull, daughter of Sir John Patshull and Mabel de Grandson, before 1336/37.1 He married, secondly, Margaret (?).1 He died on 3 January 1379/80.1
  • He held the office of Keeper of Devizes Castle on 26 October 1340.1 On 6 January 1348/49 the manor of Lydiard Tregoz was confirmed to him and his wife.1 He was created 1st Lord Beauchamp, of Bletsoe [England by writ] on 1 June 1363.1 He lived at Bletso, Bedfordshire, England.1 He lived at Lydiard Tregoze, Wiltshire, England.1 He held the office of Captain of Calais in 1372.1 He held the office of Lord Chamberlain of the Household from 1376 to 1377.1 His last will was dated 19 December 1379.4
  • Child of Roger Beauchamp, 1st Lord Beauchamp (of Bletsoe)
    • 1.Roger Beauchamp+1 d. 1373/74
  • Citations
  • 1.[S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 44. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S108] Medieval Genealogy, corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage, online, although this reference argues strongly against Giles being the father of Roger. Hereinafter cited as Medieval Genealogy.
  • 3.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 46.
  • 4.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 45.
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  • Sir Roger de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, Captain of Calais1,2,3,4,5
  • M, #15664, b. circa 1315, d. 3 January 1380
  • Father Roger de Beauchamp6,7,3,8 b. b 1285, d. b 1320
  • Sir Roger de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, Captain of Calais was born circa 1315 at of Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, Lydiard Tregoz, Wiltshire, England.6,2 He married Sibyl de Pateshulle, daughter of Sir John de Pateshulle and Mabel Grandison, before 15 March 1337; They had 2 sons (Sir Roger; & Philip, Archdeacon of Exeter) and 1 daughter (Margaret, wife of Sir John de Blanchminster, & of Sir Gilbert Talbot).9,6,2,10,4,5 Sir Roger de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, Captain of Calais married Margaret de Carew between 1 November 1375 and 1379; No issue.6,2,3,5 Sir Roger de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, Captain of Calais left a will on 19 December 1379; Requested burial at Blackfriars, London.6,2,3,5 He died on 3 January 1380.6,2,3,5 His estate was probated on 26 February 1380.2,3,5
  • Family 1 Sibyl de Pateshulle b. c 1319, d. bt 1368 - 1375
  • Children
    • Sir Roger de Beauchamp+11,2,5 b. c 1335, d. c 15 May 1374
    • Margaret de Beauchamp12,2,4,5 b. c 1340, d. bt 1379 - 18 Nov 1383
  • Family 2 Margaret de Carew d. c 2 Oct 1394
  • Citations
  • 1.[S4337] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. II, p. 44; Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th Ed., by F. L. Weis, p. 64; Some Early English Pedigrees, by Vernon M. Norr, p. 22; OFHS Newsletter, December 1995, p. 95/6.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 470-471.
  • 3.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 100.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 470-471.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 521-522.
  • 6.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 625.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 470.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 521.
  • 9.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 568.
  • 10.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 313.
  • 11.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 625-626.
  • 12.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 433.
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  • Roger Beauchamp, of Bletsoe[1, 2]
  • Father Sir Giles de Beauchamp, Knight, of, Powick, Worcestershire, England , d. 12 Oct 1361, of, Powick, Worcestershire, England
  • Mother Katherine de Bures, b. Cal 1316, d. Aft 1355
  • Sources
  • 1.[S77] #33 An Official Genealogical and Heraldic Baronage of England (filmed 1957), Paget, Gerald, (Typescript, filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1957), FHL microfilm 170,063-170,067., No. 43: Beauchamp, of Alcester and Powick.
  • 2.[S54] #21 The complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant, Cokayne, George Edward, (Gloucester [England] : Alan Sutton Pub. Ltd., 1987), 942 D22cok., vol. 2 p. 44.
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  • BEAUCHAMP, Sir Roger (1362-1406), of Bletsoe, Beds. and Bloxham, Oxon.
  • b. Bletsoe, 14 Sept. 1362, s. of Sir Roger Beauchamp (d.v.p. 1373/4), prob. by his w. Joan, da. and h. of William Clopton, wid. of Sir Walter Walcot† of Gunton, Norf.; gds. and h. of Roger, Lord Beauchamp of Bletsoe (d.1380), governor of Calais and chamberlain of Edward III’s household. m. Mary, at least 1s. suc. gdfa. 3 Jan. 1380; kntd. by 18 Feb. 1393.1
  • The subject of this biography was the grandson and namesake of one of Edward III’s leading courtiers who had, from 1363 onwards, been summoned to Parliament as Lord Beauchamp of Bletsoe. Having set out in life as a younger son with little to hope for in the way of inheritance, the latter proved himself to be outstandingly able both as a soldier and an administrator, and by the end of King Edward’s reign he had occupied an impressive series of posts, culminating in that of chamberlain of the royal household. This appointment, no less than his nomination as a member of the newly constituted royal council demanded by the Good Parliament of 1376, reflects the high regard in which he was generally held, and from which his immediate successors derived considerable personal benefit. On the early death of his son and heir presumptive, Sir Roger, who may well have been killed in 1373 while fighting in France as a retainer of John of Gaunt, Lord Beauchamp took personal charge of his young grandson, the future MP. Roger’s well-being was clearly a matter of some concern to him, since in January 1380 he added a codicil to his will appointing two new guardians to succeed him. His executors, Andrew Waweton and the influential London merchant, (Sir) John Philipot†, were chosen to supervise the boy’s affairs ‘till he be come to his full age, helping (him) according to their power in all matters that belong to him or for him’. In anticipation of his ‘good work’ in this respect, Philipot was promised a bequest of 100 marks as well as a gold goblet which had been presented to Beauchamp by the king of Navarre, but he none the less found it impossible to comply with his friend’s wishes. Instead, in May 1380, not long after Beauchamp’s death, his grandson’s marriage was given by the Crown to the celebrated captain, Sir Hugh Calveley, while the family estates were farmed out at an annual rent of 250 marks to Reynold, Lord Grey of Ruthin, who exercised rights of wardship over them and the heir himself until the latter obtained livery four years later.2
  • Among Lord Beauchamp’s many achievements was that of marrying a wife who was coheiress not only to the estate of her father, Sir John Patishull of Bletsoe, but also to those of her mother, Mabel Grandison. Although, as we shall see, Mabel’s title to part of the Grandison inheritance was only held in reversion, Beauchamp did take possession of the Wiltshire manors of Poulton, Lydiard Tregoze and Lydiard Tyes at the time of his marriage, and these properties together with land and rents in the Gloucestershire village of Dymock, the manors of Bletsoe and Keysoe in Bedfordshire and of Bloxham and Spelsbury in Oxfordshire, which also belonged to his wife, passed, on his death, to his young grandson. We do not know how he acquired the land in Ilsley, Berkshire, which also descended to Roger at this time, but it too may have once been owned by the Grandisons. Despite the fact that the manor of Bloxham was charged with an annual rent of £20 payable to the King, the above-mentioned estates were clearly very valuable, and from the date of his first entry, in April 1384, Roger Beauchamp stands out as one of the richest landowners to represent Bedfordshire during our period. In addition to his landed inheritance, he also received from his grandfather bequests of livestock, horses and armour. A further legacy of 200 marks was, however, made conditional upon his readiness .... etc.
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Roger de Beauchamp, d. 3 Jan 1379/80, 1st Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, Chamberlain to the Household of King Edward III; MP 1364-1380; m. (1) bef 1336/7, Sybil de Pateshull, living 26 Oct 1351, daughter of Sir John de Pateshull and Mabel de Grandison. [Ancestral Roots]

Baron Beauchamp of Bletso

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Baron Beauchamp of Bletso was a title in the Peerage of England , created by writ when Roger de Beauchamp (died 1380 ), was summoned to Parliament as Baron Beauchamp of Bletso from 1363 to 1379.

His son, another Roger Beauchamp (died 1373/74) was not summoned to parliament. He married, secondly, Joan Clopton, daughter of Sir Walter Clopton. He was the father of Sir Roger Beauchamp (baptised 14 August 1362 at Bletso, died on 13 May 1406), who owned manors in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, Spelsbury, Oxfordshire and Lydiard Tregoz, Wiltshire, and was knighted before 18 February 1393. He was Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire in 1399.

The son of Sir Roger Beauchamp (1362–1406) and his wife Mary was John Beauchamp, of Bletso, born before 1396, who died in April 1412. He married, firstly, in January 1405/06, Margaret Holand, daughter of Sir John Holand, and secondly, after 1406, Edith Stourton, daughter of Sir John Stourton.

With Edith Stourton, John Beauchamp had two children, another John Beauchamp (born about 1410, died in childhood) and Margaret Beauchamp, the family's ultimate heiress, who was born before 1412 and died on 8 August 1482. After the death of her first husband, Sir Oliver St John (died 1437), she married John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset (1404–1444).[3] Margaret Beauchamp's great-great-great-grandson by her first marriage was created Baron St John of Bletso in 1582.

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Baron Roger de Beauchamp's Timeline

October 25, 1340
- present
Age 5
Keeper of Devizes Castle
June 1, 1363
- present
Age 28
Lord Beauchamp
Age 28
Bedford, UK
- present
Age 37
Captain of Calais
- 1377
Age 41
Lord Chamberlain of the Household
January 3, 1379
Age 44
Bletsoe, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England