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Beatrice de Beauchamp, heiress of Houghton Conquest

Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Death: after 1153
Burgh-by-Sands, Cumberland, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Robert de Beauchamp, of Bedford and NN NN
Wife of Hugh de Moreville, Lord of Cumberland
Mother of Roger de Morville; Hugh de Morville, Knt.; Malcolm Morville; Richard de Moreville, Constable of Scotland; Maud de Morville de Vipont and 1 other
Sister of Muriel de Beauchamp; Miles de Beauchamp; Oliver de Beauchamp and Payne de Beauchamp, Lord of Bedford

Occupation: heiress of Houghton Conquest
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About Beatrice de Beauchamp, heiress of Houghton Conquest

Beatrice de Beauchamp married Hugo de Morville, Constable of Scotland, son of Simon de Moreville and Ada de Engaine. Beatrice died after 1162.

Sir Hugh de Morville (d. 1173/4), one of the murderers of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1170, was the son of an elder Hugh de Morville (d. 1162) and Beatrice de Beauchamp.


Hugh de Morville married Beatrice de Beauchamp, the heiress of the manor of Houghton Conquest in Bedfordshire.[14] She is presumed[15] to be a daughter of Robert de Beauchamp (died pre-1130) (son of Hugh de Beauchamp).[16]

By Beatrice he had at least two sons and two daughters, including:[5]

  1. Hugh de Morville, Lord of Westmorland (died c. 1202), who inherited his father's estates in the north of England. He was a principal player in the 1170 murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.[5] He subsequently fell out of favour with King Henry II who in 1174 confiscated his Lordship of Westmorland (which he had inherited from his father who had received it from David I) and re-granted it to his sister, Maud de Morville, wife of William de Vieuxpont.[5]
  2. Richard de Morville, possibly the second son, who inherited his father's Scottish estates and lands in the Honour of Huntingdon. He also succeeded to the hereditary office of Constable of Scotland.[5]
  3. Simon de Moreville (d. 1167), another possible son.[17] He was seated at Kirkoswald, Cumbria, ward of Leath, Cumberland, and married Ada de Engaine, heiress of the Feudal barony of Burgh by Sands, Cumberland.
  4. Ada de Morville, who at some time before 1157, married Roger Bertram, lord of Mitford, Northumberland.[5]
  5. Grace de Morville, another possible daughter,[citation needed] wife of the Cumbrian magnate Sir Hubert de Vaux, of Gilsland.

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Hugh de Morville married Beatrice, one of the Beauchamps of Bedford, who figures in a famous anecdote by William of Canterbury. It tells how Beatrice succumbed to an illicit passion for a youth named Lithulf, and how, finding her advances rejected, she revenged herself by persuading Lithulf to come into her husband's presence with his sword drawn, in consequence of which he was condemned to be boiled alive. Little confidence can be placed in the historicity of this story.

Beatrice de Beauchamp, d.after 1150, was heiress of the manor of Houghton Conquest in Bedfordshire. Refer: Liber S. Marie de Dryburgh: Registrum Cartarum Abbacie Premonstratensis de Dryburgh, Bannatyne Club, Edinburgh, 1847, 14, p. 9.; "HUGH de Morville (-[1162]). ... m BEATRICE de Beauchamp, daughter of --- (-after 1162). "Hugo de Moravilla…et Beatrix de Bello-campo sponsa eius" donated property to Dryburgh monastery by undated charter. Domesday Descendants states that the wife of Hugh de Morville was Beatrice de Beauchamp, but does not identify her parents (no primary source cited). "Beatrix de Bello campo" donated "decimam molendini de Rogesburgh" to Dryburgh monastery, naming "Rogero [error for Richardo?] de Morevilla filio suo", by undated charter. Hugh & his wife had five children:

  • a) HUGH de Morville (-after 1153)
  • b) RICHARD de Morville (-1189). ...
  • c) MALCOLM de Morville
  • d) ADA de Morville (-after 20 Feb 1227). ...
  • e) JOAN de Morville."


  • 1. Roger MORVILLE b: Abt 1127 in Burgh By Sands, Cumberland, England
  • 2. Richard MORVILLE b: Abt 1143 in Burgh-By-Sands, Cumberland, England
  • 3. Maud MOREVILLE
  • 4. Hugh MOREVILLE b: Abt 1155 in Burgh-By-Sands, Cumberland, England
  • 5. Malcolm MORVILLE b: Abt 1129 in Burgh By Sands, Cumberland, England
  • 6. Ada MORVILLE b: Abt 1131 in Burgh By Sands, Cumberland, England


Beatrice de Beauchamp is cited in a post by Kathleen Much on (the source given The Anglo-Norman Era in Scottish History, by G. W. S. Barrow, 1980) to be a granddaughter of Hugh de Beauchamp; she also states that she has seen Beatrice's father named as Robert de Beauchamp. Some sources show her as the daughter of Pagan/Payn de Beauchamp, others as daughter of Robert and sister to Payn.


  • b) Hugh & his wife had two children ....ROBERT de Beauchamp (-before 1130). Orderic Vitalis records that Bedford castle had been granted to "Rodberti de Bello Campo…frater eius" (the latter referring to Simon de Beauchamp)[438]. He presumably died before the 1129/30 Pipe Roll in which his son is named. m ---. The name of Robert’s wife is not known. Robert & his wife had two children: i) MILES [I] de Beauchamp (-after [1141/42]) ii) PAYN de Beauchamp (-1156).
  • Publications of the Bedfordshire historical record society. “Beauchamp of Bedford.” Page 8 Archive.Org Beatrice de Beauchamp, who married Hugh de Morville, may have been a sister of Miles and Payn. ...
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Beatrice de Beauchamp, heiress of Houghton Conquest's Timeline

Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Burgh by Sands, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
Of, Burgh-By-Sands, Cumberland, England
Kirkoswald, Cumberland, England
Burgh-By-Sands, Cumberland, England (United Kingdom)
Age 46
Burgh-by-Sands, Cumberland, England
Age 46
December 7, 1932
Age 46