Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath

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Edward Bourchier

Birthplace: Bath,,Somerset,England
Death: Died in Tawstock,,Devon,England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath and Elizabeth Russell
Husband of Dorothy St. John
Father of William Bourchier; Edward Bezer; Anne Wrey; Elizabeth Bourchier; John Bourchier, Baron FitzWarin and 1 other
Brother of Richard Bourchier and Frances Bourchier

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About Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath


Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath (Baptised 1 March 1590 – 31 March 1636).


He was born on 27 Aug 1575 in Somerset the eldest son and heir of William Bourchier, 3rd Earl of Bath by his wife Elizabeth Russell, daughter of Francis Russell, 2nd Earl of Bedford by Margaret St John.


He was educated at Caius College, Cambridge.

Marriages & progeny

Edward married twice:

Firstly on 14 July 1623 to his second cousin Dorothy St John (d.1632), daughter of Oliver St John, 3rd Baron St John of Bletso by his wife Dorothy Read. They had the following progeny: 

John Bourchier, Baron FitzWarin (21 January 1630 – September, 1631), died young

Lady Elizabeth Bourchier (1626 – 22 September 1670), married Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh, without progeny
Lady Dorothy Bourchier (1631–1659) married firstly Thomas, Lord Grey of Groby and was the mother of Thomas Grey, 2nd Earl of Stamford; secondly Gustavus Mackworth, by whom she had issue.
Lady Anne Bourchier, married firstly James Cranfield, 2nd Earl of Middlesex, the issue of which marriage was soon extinct;]secondly Sir Chichester Wray, 6th Baronet (1652–1679), whose descendants, on the death of the 5th Earl of Bath in 1654, inherited the principal Bourchier seat of Tawstock.

Secondly, in 1633, to Ann Lovett, daughter of Sir Robert Lovett of Liscombe Park Buckinghamshire by his wife, Anne Saunders. Without progeny.


As he died without surviving male issue, the earldom devolved upon his father's first cousin Henry Bourchier, 5th Earl of Bath (d.1654), who died without issue whereupon the title became extinct.

Death & burial

Amongst his possessions at his death was the Illyrian armorial with the arms of the families and surnames of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Dalmatia, Macedonia, Montenengro, Serbia and Slavonia from the Armorial of Stanislas Rubčić, King of Arms to Tsar Stephen Uroš IV Dušan of Serbia.[6]

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Edward Bourchier, 4th Earl of Bath's Timeline

August 27, 1575
Age 19
Bishop Canning, Wiltshire, England
Age 35
Bishop Canning,Rowde,Wiltshire,England
July 14, 1623
Age 47
Age 50
Age 52
January 21, 1630
Age 54
Age 55
March 31, 1636
Age 60