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John Bourchier

Birthdate: (59)
Birthplace: Little Eaton, Essex, England
Death: May 16, 1474 (59)
Chertsey Abbey, Chertsey, Surrey, England
Place of Burial: Chertsey, Surrey, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu and Anne of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford
Husband of Marjorie Bourchier Berners and Philippe Bourchier
Father of Humphrey Bourchier, Sir; Joan Bourchier; Sir Thomas Bouchier, and Elizabeth Bouchier
Brother of Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex; His Eminence Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury; William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin; Edward Bourchier; Josh Bowsey and 1 other
Half brother of Philippa; Sir Humphrey Stafford; Anne Stafford, Countess of March and Lady Agnes Anne de Fremingham (Stafford)

Occupation: Baron of Berners. Knight of the Garter. Constable of Windsor Castle from 1461 to 1474, Baron Berners, Knight of the Garter (23 Apr 1459), 1rst Baron of Berners, Knighted in 1426, 1461 - 1474, Constable of Windsor Castle, Baron, KG, 2nd Baron of Eu
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About John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners


Sir John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners KG (died May 1474) was an English peer.

Bourchier was the fourth son of William Bourchier, Count of Eu, and his wife Anne of Woodstock, Countess of Buckingham, daughter of Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester. Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex, and William Bourchier, 9th Baron Fitzwarine, were his elder brothers. He was knighted in 1426 and in 1455 he was summoned to the House of Lords as John Bourchier de Berners, which created the title of Baron Berners. In 1459 he was further honoured when he was made a Knight of the Garter. He also served as Constable of Windsor Castle from 1461 to 1474.

Lord Berners married Margery, daughter of Sir Richard Berners. He died in May 1474 and was succeeded in the barony by his grandson John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners, his son Sir Humphrey Bourchier having been killed at the Battle of Barnet in 1471. Margery, Lady Berners, died in 1475. His daughter Joan Bourchier married Sir Henry Neville (d. 26 July 1469), son of George Neville, 1st Baron Latymer and Lady Elizabeth Beauchamp, and had issue which included Richard Nevill, 2nd Baron Latymer, father of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latymer.[1]


  • 1.^ 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 XII/2, page 560.
  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  • Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]

  • 'John BOURCHIER (1° B. Berners)
  • 'Born: ABT 1415, Little Eaton, Essex, England
  • 'Died: 16 May 1474
  • 'Notes: Knight of the Garter. Fought for Henry VI at the first battle of St. Albans. Afterwards changed sides.
  • Father: William BOURCHIER (E. Eu)
  • Mother: Anne PLANTAGENET (C. Stafford and Eu)
  • 'Married: Margery (Margaret) BERNERS (B. Berners) ABT 1441
  • Children:
    • 1. Joan BOURCHIER
    • 2. Humphrey BOURCHIER (Sir Knight)
    • 3. Elizabeth BOURCHIER (B. Welles)
    • 4. Thomas BOURCHIER (Sir Knight)
  • From: BOURCHIER (1° B. Berners)

1st Lord Berners 23 April 1459 ‎(Age 44)‎ Knight, Order of the Garter 17 December 1461 ‎(Age 46)‎ Constable of Windsor Castle

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John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners's Timeline

Little Eaton, Essex, England
Age 20
Halstead, Essex, England
Age 27
Age 31
Halstead, Essex, England
Age 33
Halstead, Essex, England
May 16, 1474
Age 59
Chertsey, Surrey, England
May 25, 1474
Age 59
Chertsey, Surrey, England