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Lady Elizabeth de Berkeley (de Betteshorne)

Also Known As: "de Berkeley"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Beverston, Gloucestershire, England
Death: between 1411 and June 8, 1427 (54-78)
Beverstone Castle, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England
Place of Burial: England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John de Betteshore, MP and Gouda de Cormeilles, Lady
Wife of Sir John de Berkeley, of Beverston, MP
Mother of Eleanor Poynings, Countess of Arundel; Sir Maurice Berkeley; Elizabeth Elianore Sutton and Joan Stowell

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About Lady Elizabeth de Berkeley

  • Elizabeth Betteshorne1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14
  • F, #11186, b. between 1359 and 1369, d. between 1411 and 8 June 1427
  • Father Sir John Betteshorne, Sheriff of Hampshire15,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13,14 b. c 1325
  • Mother Gouda de Cormeilles15,4,11 b. c 1329
  • Elizabeth Betteshorne was born between 1359 and 1369 at of Bisterne in Ringwood, Exbury, & Minstead, Hampshire, England; Age 30+ in 1399.4,11 A settlement for the marriage Elizabeth Betteshorne and Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire was made on 13 October 1374; They allegedly had 14 sons (including Sir Maurice) and 3 daughters (Eleanor, wife of Sir John, Lord Arundel & Mautravers, of Sir Richard Poynings, & of Sir Walter, 1st Lord Hungerford; Elizabeth, wife of Sir Edward, 5th Lord Cherleton, & of Sir John, 1st Lord Dudley; & Joan, wife of Sir Thomas Stawell).16,15,2,17,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14 Elizabeth Betteshorne died between 1411 and 8 June 1427.15,4,11
  • Family Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire b. 23 Jan 1352, d. 5 Mar 1428
  • Children
    • Joan Berkeley4,11 b. c 1380, d. b Apr 1396
    • Alianore Berkeley+18,15,19,20,2,4,5,6,8,11,12,13 b. c 1384, d. 1 Aug 1455
    • Sir Maurice Berkeley, Sheriff of Gloucestershire+15,4,11 b. c 1386, d. 5 May 1460
    • Thomas Berkeley, Esq.+21 b. c 1390, d. 20 Apr 1443
    • Elizabeth Berkeley+22,23,3,4,7,24,10,11,14 b. c 1400, d. c 8 Dec 1478
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2949] Unknown author, Lineage and Ancestry of HRH Prince Charles by Paget, Vol. II, p. 424; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 57.
  • 2.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 33.
  • 3.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 427.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 171.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 427-428.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 394-395.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 153-154.
  • 8.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 152-153.
  • 9.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 334.
  • 10.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 142-143.
  • 11.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 589-590.
  • 12.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 358.
  • 13.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 422-423.
  • 14.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 102.
  • 15.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 312.
  • 16.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 98-99.
  • 17.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 178.
  • 18.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 42.
  • 19.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 407.
  • 20.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 594.
  • 21.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vo. I, p. 175.
  • 22.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 198-199.
  • 23.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 278.
  • 24.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 668-669.
  • From:


  • Elizabeth Betteshorne1
  • F, #215869, b. circa 1353
  • Elizabeth Betteshorne was born circa 1353 at Beverstone Castle, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England.2 She is the daughter of Sir John Betteshorne.1 She married Sir John Berkeley.3
  • Her married name became Berkeley.3
  • Children of Elizabeth Betteshorne and Sir John Berkeley
    • Eleanor Berkeley+3 d. 1 Aug 1455
    • Sir John Berkeley+2
  • Citations
  • [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 III, page 162. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S2064] Susan Franz, "re: Bonville Family," e-mail message from <e-mail address> (unknown address) to Darryl Roger Lundy, 7 January 2007. Hereinafter cited as "re: Bonville Family."
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume X, page 664.
  • From:


  • BETTESTHORNE, John (c.1329-1399), of Bisterne, Hants and Chaddenwick in Mere, Wilts.
  • b.c.1329, s. and h. of Roger Bettesthorne of Ashley, Hants, by his w. Margaret. m. by 1366, Gouda, da. and coh. of John Cormailles, 1da.
  • Bettesthorne’s father held the manor of Ashley and the reversion of that of Chaddenwick, both of which properties later passed to him. His mother (possibly the heir of John Mere, whose lands Bettesthorne also later possessed) died in July 1349 when he was 20, and it was not until the following spring that he obtained seisin of her dower lands in Bisterne ....
  • This involved grants of property at Clopton (Somerset) as well as at Mere and Gillingham, and the foundations were not completed before Bettesthorne’s death; it fell to his daughter and heir, Elizabeth, and her husband Sir John Berkeley I* of Beverstone (a younger son of Thomas, Lord Berkeley) to bring his plans to fruition. Bettesthorne died on 6 Feb. 1399 and was buried at Mere. A monumental brass ....
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  • BERKELEY, Sir John I (1352-1428), of Beverstone castle, Glos.
  • b. Wotton-under-Edge, Glos. 21 Jan. 1352, 4th but o. surv. s. of Thomas, 8th Lord Berkeley (1293-1361) of Berkeley castle, Glos. by his 2nd w. Katherine, da. of Sir John Clevedon† of Charfield, Glos. and wid. of Sir Peter Veel† of Tortworth, Glos.1 m. (1) bef. Jan. 1368, Eleanor (d. bef. 1377), da. of Sir Robert Assheton of Pitney and Ashton, Som.; (2) bet. 1377, Elizabeth, da. and h. of John Bettesthorne* of Bisterne, Hants, 14s. inc. Sir Maurice†, 3da.; (3) bef. June 1427, Margaret (d. 20 Aug. 1444), wid. of Sir Thomas Brewes* and Sir William Burcester*. Kntd. bef. 1383.
  • For a cadet, even of such a family as the Berkeleys, Sir John had a successful and active career, stretching over 50 years. Yet he appears to have taken little part in the political upheavals or military conflicts of his time. There is no hint that he was ever anything more than a comfortably established landowner and a hard working local officer of the Crown.
  • John’s father, nicknamed ‘Thomas the Ritch’ by the Berkeley’s biographer John Smyth, had the unhappy distinction of being the custodian of the deposed Edward II at Berkeley castle. It was his eldest son by his first marriage, John’s half-brother Maurice, who succeeded to the barony when Lord Berkeley died in 1361. John himself was the youngest of the four sons born to Lord Berkeley by his second wife, but the others died young leaving him as heir to a substantial part of his father’s estates and as the sole heir to those of his mother. He was born at Wotton-under-Edge, where his mother afterwards founded a grammar school, and one of his godparents was the prior of Bath. Smyth found cause for criticism of ‘the great indulgence of this Lord Thomas his father ... and the powerfull working of his mother’ who by various settlements made in 1352, when John was no more than a baby, arranged for his inheritance of the Berkeley manors of Beverstone, Tockington, Over, Compton Greenfield, King’s Weston, Woodmancote and Syde in Gloucestershire, ‘Cernecote’, Chelworth, ‘Caldecote’ and ‘Bere Revell’ in Wiltshire, and Barrow Gurney and half of Sock Dennis in Somerset, along with many other lands and advowsons in those counties as well as in Devon and Dorset. Thus, says Smyth, was a ‘great morsell cut out from the heirs of this noble family’. It was perhaps for this reason that in 1383 John requested an exemplification from Chancery of certain transactions relating to the Berkeley estates. After his father’s death he remained for several years a minor in the King’s wardship, and, in any case, certain of his manors were not to pass to him until the death of his mother in March 1386. His inheritance from her included the manor and advowson of Clevelode in Worcestershire and the manors of Low Ham, ‘Hamburceys’ near Langport and a quarter of that of Exton in Somerset.2
  • Berkeley’s first marriage, to the daughter of Sir Robert Assheton (treasurer of England 1375-7), resulted in no permanent material advantage, even though his father-in-law had arranged that Berkeley and his wife Eleanor and their children should have three Somerset manors after his death, for Eleanor predeceased her father and the marriage was apparently childless. It was his second marriage that most handsomely increased his fortune. On the death of John Bettesthorne in February 1399 Berkeley acquired in right of his wife Elizabeth, Bettesthorne’s only daughter, a considerable amount of land in Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, centred on an estate in the New Forest. When the subsidy of 1404 was collected Berkeley was said to be able to spend more than 500 marks a year (£333 6s.8d.). The estimates of 1412 were similarly high: Berkeley’s Gloucestershire lands were then said to be worth £157 a year, those in Somerset £68 a year, those in Wiltshire £67 13s.8d. a year and those in Hampshire £40 13s.4d. a year. An income of over £333 from his estates — and this does not include his properties in Dorset and Worcestershire — indicates a man of considerable wealth. Indeed, as John Smyth pointed out, the Berkeleys of Beverstone and Bisterne, of whom John was the ‘stock-father ... long flourished in great eminency with opulent possessions, little inferior to this noble family of the Berkeleys of Berkeley castle’.3
  • Certainly, John and Elizabeth were quick to express their gratitude for the Bettesthorne inheritance: in November 1399 they obtained a royal licence to augment a chantry of one chaplain in the parish church of Mere, Wiltshire, of which they were now patrons, by establishing two other chaplains who were to pray for them and for the soul of Elizabeth’s father who was buried there. Lands in Mere and in Clapton (Somerset) were given for the chaplains’ support, and the Berkeleys also granted lands in Gillingham and Milton in Dorset to the chantry of St. Katherine in Gillingham parish church. Further, in February 1410, they and John Prophet, rector of their local church at Ringwood and at that time keeper of the privy seal, obtained a licence to found a chantry in St. Mary’s chapel on their manor of Bisterne, and land in that manor and in Poulner nearby was made over to the chaplain, who was not only to pray for the founders and John Bettesthorne but also to administer to the people of the hamlet.4
  • There is no positive evidence that Berkeley ever served abroad in a military capacity.5 He began sitting on royal commissions at home in 1377, soon after attaining his majority, and for several years this activity was confined to Gloucestershire. Two matters of interest from this period of his life are his pardon in October 1387 for hunting in the forest of Dean without royal licence, and a pardon which he saw fit to procure in June 1398 for any offences committed before the last day of the Parliament at Shrewsbury. What, if anything, the latter reveals of Berkeley’s political sympathies is unclear. After the death of his father-in-law in the following year, and as a consequence of his new position as a landowner of importance in Hampshire and Wiltshire, Berkeley became involved in local administration in those two counties as well as in Gloucestershire; and at Southampton, where he held property, he was commissioned to supervise the fortifications and, in July 1412, to see to the muster of the duke of Clarence’s army. He was again at Southampton at the time of the embarkation of Henry V’s first expedition to France. In the meantime in 1402 he had been required to appear before the Council and Parliament to help straighten out the matter of the wrongs done to John and Alice atte Wood by James Clifford* and Anselm Guise, a subject which as a commissioner in Gloucestershire he had already examined. He was not necessarily always an efficient administrator, however; despite his experience of four terms as a sheriff in Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire, in 1403 he was amerced £2 for an insufficient return as sheriff of Hampshire. But three subsequent shrievalties passed apparently without similar failings.6
  • Berkeley, having made his will on 21 Feb. 1428, died on 5 Mar. following, at the age of 76. He wished to be buried in St. Mary’s chapel at Mere and left to the chapel vestments embroidered with gold leopards and swans, an ivory tablet, an ‘Apokalipse’ and vessels to contain the Holy Sacrament. He left bequests totalling £14 10s. to the cathedrals of Canterbury, Worcester, Wells, Exeter, Winchester and Salisbury, to Kingswood abbey, to various churches on his estates and to the friars of Bristol and Gloucester. A missal and vestments were left to the priories of Christchurch (Twynham) and Minchen Buckland. His servants were to share £15, and his poor tenants 20 marks. Berkeley’s widow Margaret, his third wife whom he had married only a short while before, was to have his movable goods and £20, and his son and heir, Sir Maurice Berkeley, was to have a further £20. Altogether the monetary bequests in the will amounted to £110 10s. Berkeley’s executors included Master Oliver Dingley, a canon of Salisbury, and the supervisors of the will were the prior of Christchurch and the husband of Berkeley’s daughter Eleanor, Sir Richard Poynings, son and heir-apparent of Robert, Lord Poynings. Berkeley’s children had all married well: before her marriage to Poynings Eleanor had been the wife of John Arundel, Lord Mautravers (de jure earl of Arundel), and after her father’s death she was to marry Sir Walter (by then Lord) Hungerford*; the heir, Maurice, had married Laura, daughter of Henry, Lord Fitzhugh; Elizabeth had married, first, Edward, Lord Charleton of Powis and then John Sutton, Lord Dudley; and Joan had married a substantial Somerset landowner, Sir Thomas Stawell*. Berkeley’s widow survived him by 16 years.7
  • From:


  • Born: ABT 21 Jan 1350/1, Wotton, Gloucestershire, England
  • Died: ABT 1428, Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England
  • Father: Thomas "The Rich" BERKELEY (3° B. Berkeley)
  • Mother: Catherine CLIVEDON
  • Married: Elizabeth BETTESHORNE (b. ABT 1353)
  • Children:
    • 1. Eleanor BERKELEY (C. Arundel)
    • 2. Elizabeth BERKELEY (B. Powis/B. Dudley)
    • 3. John BERKELEY
    • 4. Maurice BERKELEY
  • From: BERKELEY4

_______________________ .... In the 13th century the Foliot family were holders of the Exbury in chief of the Crown.[3] At the end of the century the estate was divided into two, but by the end of the 14th century both parts were in the hands of John de Bettesthorne.[3] On the death of John de Bettesthorne in 1399, his inheritance passed to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Sir John de Berkeley.[3] It remained in the hands of the Berkeley family for most of the 15th century. At the end of that century the manor had passed to Katherine Berkeley, who had married John Brewerton, ....


Elizabeth married Sir John Berkeley about 1353. Sir John was born on 21 Jan 1351 in Wotton, Gloucestershire, England. He was the son of Thomas "The Rich" de Berkeley and Catherine Clivedon. He died in 1428 in Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England .


  • Elizabeth Betteshorne

born about 1353 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England


  • John Betteshorne

born <1327 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England

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  • Goda wife of John Betteshorne

born <1329 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England

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  • John de Berkeley

born 21 January 1351 Wotton, Gloucestershire, England

christened 23 January 1351/52

died 1428 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England

married 1399 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England


  • Elizabeth Berkeley born about 1400 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England

died 8 December 1478 buried St. James Priory, Dudley, Staffordshire, England

  • Eleanor (Alianore) Berkeley born about 1385 Beverston, Gloucestershire, England

died August 1455 buried Arundel, Sussex, England

Maurice de Berkeley born 1398 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England died 1460

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Birth: Abt 1353, Beverstone,Gloucs.,,England

Identification Number: 20402


Family 1: John De BERKELEY (b. 21 JAN 1350/1351, Wotton,Gloucestershire,England; d. 1428, Of,Beverstone,Gloucestershire,England)

Children of Elizabeth BETTESHORNE and John De BERKELEY

Issue: Sex Born Died Married Date

Maurice M 1398 1460

Alianore F c 1400 AUG 1455 Richard POYNINGS Aft APR 1421

Elizabeth F c 1400 8 DEC 1478 John, 1st Lord Dudley SUTTON 14 MAR 1420/1421



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Beverston, Gloucestershire, England
Age 29
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England
Age 44
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, Eng.
Age 48
Beverston, Gloucestershire, England
Age 58
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England
Heir. 1st wife. She had 14 s. and 2 daus.
England, United Kingdom