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Thomas or Richard Berkeley

Also Known As: "Thomas de Berkeley"
Birthplace: Probably Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Berkeley and Christian Holt
Husband of Elizabeth Berkeley (de Neville)
Father of Anne Brent; Alice Alys Berkeley; Thomas or John Berkeley and Elizabeth Herbert
Brother of Lora Berkeley, Countess of Ormonde; William de Berkeley, of Stoke Gifford and Maurice de Berkeley
Half brother of William Berkeley

Occupation: Sir Knight of Beverstone Castle
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About Sir Thomas Berkeley, Knight of Beverstone Castle

  • Sir Thomas Berkeley1,2,3,4,5,6
  • M, #52827, b. circa 1470, d. 1500
  • Father Sir Edward Berkeley, Sheriff of Hampshire & Gloucestershire, Bailiff of Burley1,7,8 b. c 1431
  • Mother Alice Cockes1,7,8 b. c 1430, d. 1509
  • Sir Thomas Berkeley was born circa 1470 at of Avon, Sopley, Hampshire, England.1 He married Elizabeth Neville, daughter of Sir George Neville, Lord Abergavenny and Margaret Fenne, before 1 July 1491; They had 1 son (John) and 4 daughters (Lora, wife of John Ashburnham & of John Daniel; Anne, wife of John Brent; Elizabeth, wife of Sir George Herbert; & Alice, wife of George Whetenhall, Gent.).1,9,3,5,6 Sir Thomas Berkeley died in 1500; d.v.p.1,3,6
  • Family Elizabeth Neville b. c 1467, d. a 1500
  • Children
    • Alys Berkeley+1 b. c 1490
    • Elizabeth Berkeley+4 b. c 1498
  • Citations
  • 1.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 313.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 74.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 175-176.
  • 4.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 198.
  • 5.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 323.
  • 6.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 594.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 175.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 593.
  • 9.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 168-169.
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  • Thomas BERKELEY
  • Born: ABT 1462/77, Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England
  • Died: 1500
  • Father: Edward BERKELEY
  • Mother: Christian HOLT
  • Married: Elizabeth NEVILLE ABT 1497
  • Children:
    • 1. Alice BERKELEY
    • 2. Lora BERKELEY
    • 3. Anne BERKELEY
    • 4. Elizabeth BERKELEY
    • 5. Thomas (John) BERKELEY
  • From: BERKELEY3


  • Sir Edward Berkeley1
  • M, #1151
  • Last Edited=22 May 2004
  • Sir Edward Berkeley married Elizabeth Neville, daughter of Sir George Neville, 2nd Lord Abergavenny and Margaret Fenne.1
  • Citations
  • [S8] BP1999 volume 1, page 18. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S8]
  • From:


  • George Neville, or Nevill, 4th and de jure 2nd Baron Bergavenny (c.1440 – 20 September 1492) was an English nobleman.
  • George Neville was the son of Edward Neville, 3rd Baron Bergavenny and Elizabeth Beauchamp. He was knighted by Edward IV on 9 May 1471,[1] after fighting for the King at the Battle of Tewkesbury. He succeeded his father in 1476.
  • Neville married firstly, before 1 May 1471, Margaret Fenne (d. 28 September 1485), the daughter and heiress of Hugh Fenne, Treasurer of the Household to King Henry VI, Escheator of Norfolk & Suffolk and Eleanor Fiennes, by whom he had six sons and a daughter:[2][3]
    • George Neville, 5th Baron Bergavenny (c.1469–c.1535).[3]
    • John Neville.[4]
    • William Neville.[4]
    • Sir Edward Neville (1471–1538), who married, before 6 April 1529, Eleanor (née Windsor), widow of Ralph Scrope, 9th Baron Scrope (d. 17 September 1515), and daughter of Andrew Windsor, 1st Baron Windsor.[3] He was the ancestor of George Washington through his granddaughter Catherine.[5]
    • Sir Thomas Neville (c.1484–1542), Speaker of the House of Commons, who married firstly Katherine Dacre, and secondly Elizabeth Bryce.[6]
    • Sir Richard Neville[6] (bef. 1485 – c.1515).
    • Elizabeth Neville, who married firstly Thomas Berkeley, esquire, of Avon, Hampshire, and secondly Richard Covert, esquire, of Slaugham, Sussex.[6]
  • He married secondly a wife named Elizabeth whose surname is unknown. She was the widow successively of Richard Naylor, Sir Robert Bassett, and John Stokker. There were no issue of his second marriage.[2][3]
  • Bergavenny was a captain in the English forces at Calais in 1490, and died in 1492.[1]
  • From:,_4th_Baron_Bergavenny


  • Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition ...
  • Pg.241
  • 13. GEORGE NEVILLE, Knt., Lord Bergavenny, 2nd but 1st surviving son and heir by his father's 1st marriage, born at Raby Castle, Durham, and baptized at Staindrop, Durham about 1440 (aged 36 in 1476). He was co-heiress in 1449 to his cousin, Anne Beauchamp, suo jure Countess of Warwick, by which he inherited a 1/2 share in the barony of Burghersh. He married (1st) before 1 May 1471 (date of enfeoffment) MARGARET AT[TE] FENNE, daughter and heiress of Hugh at[te] Fenne, Esq., of Sculton Burdeleys, Herringby, and Swaffham, Norfolk, and Braintree, Essex, Treasurer of the Household to King Henry VI, Escheator of Norfolk and Suffolk. They had six sons, George, K.G., K.B., [Lord Bergavenny], John, William, Edward, Knt., Thomas Knt. [Speaker of the House of Commons, Secretary of State to King Henry VIII], and Richard, Knt., and one daughter Elizabeth. In 1457 he had license to have seisin of one-half of the entailed Despenser estates held by his late cousin, Anne Beauchamp, which grant was blocked by Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, husband of the other co-heir, Anne Beauchamp. In 1461, after the ascession of King Edward IV, George obtained license to have seisin of all the estates of his cousin, Anne Beauchamp. In 1471 he conveyed his share of the manor of Medmenham, Buckinghamshire to
  • Pg.242
  • Geoffrey Pole, Esq., for annual rent of 10 marks. He was summoned to Parliament from 15 Nov. 1482 to 12 Aug. 1492, by writs directed Georgio Nevyle de Bergevenny ???. He was present at the Coronation of King Richard III of England in 1483. His wife, Margaret, died 28 Sept. 1485. He married (2nd) before 29 Feb. 1488/9 ELIZABETH ____ , widow successively of Richard Naylor (died 1483), Citizen and merchant tailor of London, Master of the Merchant Taylors Company, 1475, Alderman of London; Robert Bassett, Knt. (died 1484), of London, salter, M.P. for London, 1460-1, Alderman of London, 1461-84, Sheriff of London, 1463-4, Lord Mayor of London, 1475-6; and John Stokker (died 1486), of St. George's, Eastcheap, London, Master of the Drapers Company, Alderman of London, 1479-85. SIR GEORGE NEVILLE, Lord Bergavenny, died 20 Sept. 1492, and was buried at Lewes Priory, Sussex. He left a will proved Jan. 1496 (P.C.C. 8 Horne). He bequeathed 200 marks to the Prior of Lewes, to cause daily mass to be sung at the altar, near his place of burial, and to observe the anniversary of his death. His widow, Elizabeth, Lady Bergavenny, left a will dated 14 April 1500, proved 19 June 1500 (P.C.C. 8 Moore), requesting burial in the Lady chapel of St. Martin's Outwich, London where her 1st husband was interred.
  • .... etc.
  • Children of George Neville, Knt., by Margaret at[te] Fenne:
    • i. GEORGE NEVILLE, K.G., K.B., Lord Bergavenny [see next].
    • ii. EDWARD NEVILLE, Knt., of Addington Park, Kent, Esquire of the King's Body, Constable of Leeds Castle, 4th son. He married before 6 April 1529 ELEANOR WINDSOR, widow of Ralph Scrope, Knt., 9th Lord Scrope (of Masham or Upsall) (died 17 Sept. 1515), .... etc.
    • Pg.243
    • ELIZABETH NEVILLE, married (1st) THOMAS BERKELEY, Esq., of Avon (in Sopley), Hampshire [see FISHER 12];117 (2nd) RICHARD COVERT, of Slaugham, Sussex [see FISHER 12].
  • .... etc.



  • HERBERT, George (1494/95-1570), of Swansea, Glam.
  • b. 1494/95, 1st s. of Richard Herbert of Ewyas, Herefs. by Margaret, da. and h. of Sir Matthew Cradock of Swansea; bro. of William Herbert I. m. (1) by 1531, Elizabeth, da. of Sir Thomas Berkeley of The Vyne, Hants, 3s. inc. William Herbert V 3da.; (2) Grace Bewring, wid. of Geoffrey Newton. suc. fa. 1510. Kntd. 12 Mar./18 Apr. 1543.1
  • .... etc.
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  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 02
  • Ashburnham, John by Richard Charles Browne
  • ASHBURNHAM, JOHN (1603–1671), royalist, was the eldest son of Sir John Ashburnham by Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Thomas Beaumont. Sir John died in 1620, having wasted his estate, and leaving his family in penury. But within two years his heir had so far repaired their broken fortune, that (says the epitaph in Ashburnham church, Sussex) 'there were none of them but were in a condition rather to be helpful to others than to want support themselves.'
  • Elizabeth Beaumont was of the same family as Lady Villiers, mother of the Duke of Buckingham, and under Buckingham's patronage began the court career of John Ashburnham. In 1627 he was already well known to the king, who styles him 'Jack Ashburnham' in his letters to the duke. The murder of Buckingham in August 1628 did not injure the fortunes of his protégé, who was, in November of the same year, 'sworn into the place of groom of the bedchamber.' The Calendars of State Papers contain ample evidence that he and his friend, the secretary Nicholas, omitted few of the many opportunities given them by their position at court to enrich themselves by money-lending or by the purchase of land at easy rates. In 1638 the Star-chamber fine of two thousand marks, inflicted on Sir Walter Long and his brother, was assigned to Ashburnham 'in satisfaction of so much due from his majesty to him,' and in December of the next year a warrant under the privy seal enabled him to regain his ancestral estate of Ashburnham, which had become a ruinous burden to its actual possessors .... etc.
  • From:,_John_(DNB00)


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Sir Thomas Berkeley, Knight of Beverstone Castle's Timeline

Probably Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Age 27
Avon, Hampshire, England
Age 28
Beverstone Manor, Gloucestershire, England, UK
Age 35
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Age 38
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, , England
Age 38
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England, (Present UK)
Age 38
Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England