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Sir John de Berkeley, MP

Also Known As: "Sir John Berkeley"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England
Death: March 5, 1428 (76)
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England
Place of Burial: Mere, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley and Katherine de Berkeley, Baroness de Clyvedon
Husband of Eleanor Ashton; Lady Elizabeth de Berkeley and Margaret NN
Father of Eleanor Poynings, Countess of Arundel; Sir Maurice Berkeley; Elizabeth Elianore Sutton and Joan Stowell
Brother of Mabel Berkeley; Thomas de Berkeley, Jr.; Nicholas de Berkeley; Walter de Berkeley; Edmond de Berkeley and 4 others
Half brother of Joan de Berkeley; Maurice de Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley; Roger de Berkeley; Alphonsus de Berkeley; Joan Vele and 2 others

Occupation: Knight, Sheriff of Gloucester, M.P.
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About Sir John de Berkeley, of Beverston, MP

  • BERKELEY, Sir John I (1352-1428), of Beverstone castle, Glos.
  • Family and Education
  • 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.
  • Offices Held
  • Commr. of array, Glos. Apr., July 1377, Mar. 1380, Apr. 1385, Mar. 1392, Dec. 1399, Sept., Nov. 1403, Hants July 1405, May 1406, Glos. Apr. 1418, arrest, Bristol Feb. 1381, Wilts., Dorset June 1402; to put down rebellion, Glos. Mar., Dec. 1382; of sewers Nov. 1384, Nov. 1385, Feb., May 1390; inquiry June 1385 (alienations), Bristol, Glos., Som., Devon May 1389 (concealments), Glos. May 1393 (disseisin), Dec. 1393 (wastes), Som. May 1399 (disputes, Bristol), Glos. May 1400 (trespasses), July 1401, July 1403, May 1404 (oppressions), Hants, Surr. June 1406 (concealments), Glos. Feb. 1406 (Holland estates), Southampton July 1407 (fortifications), Glos. Sept. 1412 (murder), Southampton Jan. 1415 (dues to the castle), Glos. Oct. 1421 (piracy); oyer and terminer, Som. May 1390, Glos. May 1400; to determine an appeal before the admiral’s ct. July 1391, before the constable’s ct. Feb. 1394; of weirs, Som. Mar. 1401; to raise royal loans, Hants Sept. 1405, Hants, Surr. June 1406, Glos. Jan. 1420; take musters July 1412.
  • Sheriff, Som. and Dorset 7 Nov. 1390-21 Oct. 1391, 11 Nov. 1394-9 Nov. 1395, Glos. 18 Oct. 1392-7 Nov. 1393, 3 Nov. 1397-17 Nov. 1398, 10 Nov. 1414-1 Dec. 1415, Hants 29 Nov. 1402-5 Nov. 1403, 5 Nov. 1406-30 Nov. 1407, Wilts. 29 Nov. 1410-10 Dec. 1411.
  • J.p. Glos. 27 July 1397-1406, Feb. 1407-Nov. 1416, Wilts. 13 Feb. 1407-May 1408.
  • Tax controller, Glos. Mar. 1404.
  • Biography
  • 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
  • Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
  • Notes
  • 1. CP, ii. 129-30.
  • 2. J. Smyth, Lives of the Berkeleys ed. Maclean, 348-50; Reg. Wakefield (Worcs. Hist. Soc. n.s. vii), 558-9; VCH Som. iii. 233; CIPM, xi. 11; xiii. 167; xvi. 213-17; CFR, x. 145; CCR, 1360-4, p. 232; 1374-7, p. 227; 1385-9, p. 62.
  • 3. VCH Som. iii. 122; CIPM, xv. 912; xvi. 170; CPR, 1367-70, p. 76; C136/102/6; E179/169/61; Feudal Aids, ii. 298; vi. 450, 503, 530; VCH Hants, iii. 291; iv. 520, 543, 580, 609, 636; v. 114; C115/K2/6682, ff. 37d-39.
  • 4. CFR, xi. 295; CPR, 1399-1401, p. 126; 1408-13, p. 168; C143/441/5.
  • 5. Although it is just feasible that he was the ‘Sir’ John Berkeley held to ransom in France in May 1372 (Trans. Bristol and Glos. Arch. Soc. lxxxviii. 213-14). Smyth discounted the possibility that he was the Sir John Berkeley who served under Thomas of Woodstock in Brittany in 1380-1: Lives of the Berkeleys, 376; C76/65 m. 27.
  • 6. PPC, ii. 33; CPR, 1385-9, p. 358; 1399-1401, pp. 552, 554; 1401-5, pp. 284, 362; CCR, 1399-1402, p. 417; RP, iii. 513; CFR, xii. 198; C67/30 m. 13.
  • 7. PCC 9 Luffenham; C139/35/50, 119/24; CCR, 1422-9, pp. 370, 373-4, 377; CP, i. 247; iii. 161-2; iv. 480; x. 664.
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  • Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23
  • M, #11185, b. 23 January 1352, d. 5 March 1428
  • Father Sir Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Lord Berkeley, Marshal of the English Army in France2,3,24,7,25,26 b. c 1296, d. 27 Oct 1361
  • Mother Katharine de Clivedon2,3,24,7,25,26 d. 13 Mar 1385
  • Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire was born on 23 January 1352 at Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershrie, England; Christened there the same day. Age 32 in 1386.27,3,7,18 He married Eleanor Ashton, daughter of Sir Robert Ashton, Justiciar & Chancellor of Ireland, Admiral of the West, & Lord Treasurer and Elizabeth de Gorges, before 16 March 1367; No issue.3,5,7,15,18 A settlement for the marriage Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire and Elizabeth Betteshorne 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).2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13,15,17,18,19,20,21 Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire married Margaret Cheyne, daughter of Sir Ralph de Cheyne, between 14 October 1412 and 8 June 1427; 3rd marriage for him, 4th marriage for her. No issue.27,3,7,12,15,16,18,22 Sir John Berkeley, Sheriff of Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire left a will on 21 February 1428; Requested burial in St. Mary's chapel, Mere, Wiltshire.3,7,18 He died on 5 March 1428 at age 76; Age 76.27,3,7,12,16,18,22
  • Family 1 Eleanor Ashton b. c 1346, d. b 27 Aug 1369
  • Family 2 Elizabeth Betteshorne b. bt 1359 - 1369, d. bt 1411 - 8 Jun 1427
  • Children
    • Joan Berkeley7,18 b. c 1380, d. b Apr 1396
    • Alianore Berkeley+28,3,29,30,4,7,8,9,10,13,18,19,20 b. c 1384, d. 1 Aug 1455
    • Sir Maurice Berkeley, Sheriff of Gloucestershire+3,7,18 b. c 1386, d. 5 May 1460
    • Thomas Berkeley, Esq.+31 b. c 1390, d. 20 Apr 1443
    • Elizabeth Berkeley+32,33,6,7,11,34,14,17,18,21,23 b. c 1400, d. c 8 Dec 1478
  • Family 3 Margaret Cheyne d. 12 Aug 1444 or 20 Aug 1444
  • Citations
  • 1.[S2948] Unknown author, Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th Ed., by F. L. Weis, p. 85; Plantagenet Ancestry of 17th Century Colonists, by David Faris, p. 57, 149.
  • 2.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 98-99.
  • 3.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 312.
  • 4.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 33.
  • 5.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 178.
  • 6.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 427.
  • 7.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 171.
  • 8.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 427-428.
  • 9.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 345.
  • 10.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 394-395.
  • 11.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 153-154.
  • 12.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 181.
  • 13.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 152-153.
  • 14.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 316-317.
  • 15.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 334.
  • 16.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 26-27.
  • 17.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 142-143.
  • 18.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 589-590.
  • 19.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 358.
  • 20.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 422-423.
  • 21.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 102.
  • 22.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 143-144.
  • 23.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 388-389.
  • 24.[S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 176-177.
  • 25.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 332-333.
  • 26.[S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 589.
  • 27.[S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. II, p. 310.
  • 28.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 42.
  • 29.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 407.
  • 30.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 594.
  • 31.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vo. I, p. 175.
  • 32.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 198-199.
  • 33.[S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 278.
  • 34.[S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 668-669.
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  • Sir John Berkeley1
  • M, #7982, b. 21 January 1351/52, d. 5 March 1427/28
  • Last Edited=13 Dec 2012
  • Sir John Berkeley was born on 21 January 1351/52 at Wootton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England.2 He was baptised on 23 January 1351/52.2 He married, firstly, Elizabeth Betteshorne, daughter of Sir John Betteshorne.3 He married, thirdly, Margaret (?) after 22 February 1409/10.2 He died on 5 March 1427/28 at age 76 at Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England.2,4
  • He lived at Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England.5
  • Children of Sir John Berkeley and Elizabeth Betteshorne
    • 1.Eleanor Berkeley+6 d. 1 Aug 1455
    • 2.Sir John Berkeley+4
  • Citations
  • 1.[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 161. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume II, page 310.
  • 3.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume X, page 664.
  • 4.[S2064] Susan Franz, "re: Bonville Family," e-mail message to Darryl Roger Lundy, 7 January 2007. Hereinafter cited as "re: Bonville Family."
  • 5.[S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 1667. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • 6.[S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 247.
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  • 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


  • John FitzAlan, 13th Earl of Arundel, 3rd Baron Maltravers (1 August 1385 – 21 April 1421) was an English nobleman.
  • FitzAlan was the son of John FitzAlan, 2nd Baron Arundel, and Elizabeth le Despenser, and became Baron Arundel on his father's death in 1390 and Baron Maltravers on his grandmother's death in 1405. In 1415 his cousin Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel died, leaving FitzAlan as his closest male heir. The Earldom of Arundel had been entailed to heirs male, and so the next year FitzAlan was summoned to parliament as Earl of Arundel.
  • However the inheritance was challenged by Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, who was married to the late Earl's eldest sister. The dispute was not settled during their lifetimes, and FitzAlan was subsequently summoned to Parliament as Baron Maltravers, not Earl of Arundel.
  • FitzAlan married Eleanor (died 1 August 1455), daughter of Sir John Berkeley (1349–1428) of Beverstone, Gloucestershire and Elizabeth Bettershorne,[1] with whom he had two sons:
    • John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel, who eventually succeeded in his claim to the earldom.
    • William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, married Joan Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury.
  • After his death his widow married successively Sir Richard Poynings (died 10 June 1429), and Lord Hungerford (died 9 August 1449).
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  • .... 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, ....
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Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Secondly, he married Catherine Clivedon (21 January 1351 – 1428) on 30 May 1347 and had four children:

Thomas Berkeley (born 7 June 1348, date of death unknown)

Maurice de Berkeley, aka The Valiant, (27 May 1349 – 3 June 1368)

Edmund de Berkeley (born 10 July 1350, date of death unknown)

Sir John de Berkeley (21 January 1351 – 1428)

  • John de Berkeley

born 21 January 1351 Wotton, Gloucestershire, England

christened 23 January 1351/52

died 1428 Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England


  • Thomas "the Rich" de Berkeley

born 1293 Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England

died 27 October 1361 Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England

buried Church, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England


  • Katharine Clivedon

born about 1310 Charfield, Gloucestershire, England

died 13 March 1385 Berkeley Church, Gloucestershire, England

buried Berkeley Church, Gloucestershire, England

married 3 June 1347 Charfield, Gloucestershire, England


Thomas de Berkeley born July 1348 Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England died 1349

Maurice de Berkeley born 27 May 1349 Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England died as a child

Edmond de Berkeley born 10 July 1350 Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England died as a child


  • Elizabeth Betteshorne

born about 1353 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

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:



John de Berkeley, born at Wooten-under-edge on Jan. 21, 1351, who, after his

mother's death, held the manor of Beverston, mentioned above, Tockington, Over Compton, Greenfield and Kings Weston, his mother's jointure, and became the ancestor of the Berkeleys of Beverston. He married 1st Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir John Betis Horne, seated at Beverton Castle in County Gloucester. He died 1418.


Son of Thomas de Berkeley and his second wife, Katherine de Clivedon.

Husband of Eleanor Ashton, the daughter of Robert de Ashton and Elizabeth Gorges. They had no children.

Secondly, husband of Elizabeth Betteshorne, daughter of Sir John and Gouda de Cormailles. They had one son and three daughters:

  • Sir Maurice
  • Eleanore, wife of Sir John Arundel
  • Elizabeth, wife of Sir John Sutton
  • Joan, wife of Sir Thomas Stawell

Thirdly, husband of Margaret, the widow of Sir Thomas Brewes and Sir William Burcester. They had no children.

John was pardoned in 1387 for hunting without a licence in the Forest of Dean. John died testate, leaving a will dated 21 Feb 1428. His widow, Margaret, would marry for a fourth time to William Breton, Esq.



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Sir John de Berkeley, of Beverston, MP's Timeline

January 23, 1351
- 1352
January 21, 1352
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England
January 23, 1352
Gloucestershire, England
January 23, 1352
Age 29
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England
Age 44
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, Eng.
Age 48
Beverston, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
March 5, 1428
Age 76
Beverstone, Gloucestershire, England
Age 75
Mere, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom