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About Thomas Banastre
Sir Thomas Banastre KG (c. 1334 - 16 December 1379) was a Knight of the Garter from England. He was the son of Sir Adam Banastre (of Bretherton) and his wife Joan Petronilla (of Claughton) and was born at Bank Hall, Bretherton, Lancashire in 1334 and was the eldest of five children.
In 1360, he was fighting in France in the campaign led by Edward III, who also knighted at Bourg-la-Reine. Thomas was in Prince Edward's Spanish campaign in 1366 and fought at the battle of Najera on 3 April 1367. During 1369, he was in Anjou and was captured by the French and was exchanged for Sire Caponnel de Caponnat, who was held by the English. During the same year, the Hamlet of Thorp was sold by the heirs of Thorp to Thomas, which became completely merged in his moiety of Bretherton, and ceased to be noticed. This added to his estate, which consisted of farms and land which provided him with his riches. He became Knight of the Garter in 1375, and became a member of the order of the garter after the death of Walter Paveley.
On 16 December 1379 Thomas Banastre was on board a fleet led by Sir John Arundel which encountered a storm in the Irish Sea, and his ship struck a rock; Thomas was drowned.
Thomas Banastre 1334-1379
Also known as Banaster, Banester
Born: about 1334/1335, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England
Died: 16 December 1379, Irish Sea
Parents: Sir Adam Banastre (born 1310, Bretherton, Croston, Lancashire, England) married (about 1333 Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England) Joan Petronilla (born about 1310) of Claughton
Thurston Banastre (born about 1337, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England)
Adam Banastre (born aboout 1340, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England)
William Banastre (born abouit 1341, Bretherton, Croston, Lancashire, England) married (about 1362): Sybil de Houghton (born about 1345)
John Banastre (born about 1343, Bank Hall, Croston, Lancashire, England)