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Thomas Dacre, KG

Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Gillesland, Cumberland, England, (Present UK)
Death: October 24, 1525 (57)
Borders of Scotland, England, (Present UK) (Died from injuries sustained when falling from his horse.)
Place of Burial: Lanercost, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey Dacre, 1st Baron Gillesland and Mabel Dacre
Husband of Elizabeth de Graystoke, Baroness Greystoke
Father of Mabel Scrope (d'Acre); Elizabeth Musgrave; Anne Conyers; William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre of Gillesland; Mary Dacre, Countess of Shrewsbury and 3 others
Brother of Elizabeth Huddleston (Dacre); Henry Dacres, Esq; Catherine Dacre, Baroness Fitzhugh; Chistopher Dacre; Sir Philip Dacre and 2 others

Occupation: Knnight of Bath, 2ND BARON DACRE OF GILLESLAND
Managed by: Stephanie Jeanne Olmstead-Dean
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About Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre of Gillesland

Thomas Dacre

  • 2nd Lord Dacre of Gillesland[1,2,3]
  • Birth 25 Nov 1467
  • Sex Male
  • Lived In England
  • Died 24 Oct 1525
  • Buried Priory Lanercost, Cumberland
  • Person ID I00105112 Leo
  • Last Modified 22 Apr 1996
  • Father Humphrey Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre of Gillesland
  • Mother Mabel Parr
  • Family ID F00045740 Group Sheet

Family 1 Elizabeth Greystoke, b. 10 Jul 1471, Morpeth, Northumberland

  • Married 1488


  • > 1. Mary Dacre
  • > 2. Mabel Dacre
  • > 3. Anne Dacre
  • 4. Philippa Dacre
  • > 5. William Dacre, 3rd Lord Dacre of Gillesland, b. 29 Apr 1500
  • 6. Humphrey Dacre
  • > 7. Joan Dacre
  • Last Modified 30 Apr 1996
  • Family ID F00045732 Group Sheet

Family 2 NN

  • Notes
  • Child by.


  • > 1. Elizabeth Dacre
  • Last Modified 31 Oct 1999
  • Family ID F00045734 Group Sheet


  • 1. [S00120] Cahiers de Saint Louis , Dupont, Jacques and Saillot, Jacques, Reference: 912
  • 2. [S00119] The Lineage and Ancestry of H.R.H. Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Edinburgh, 1977, Paget, Gerald, Reference: P 58195, Q 114 379
  • 3. [S00010] A Genealogical History of the dormant, abeyant, forfeited and extinct peerages of the British Empire, London, 1866, Burke, Sir Bernard, Reference: 152

From the English Wikipedia page on Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre of Gillesland:,_2nd_Baron_Dacre

Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre of Gilsland, KG (25 November 1467 – 24 October 1525) was the son of Humphrey Dacre, 1st Baron Dacre of Gilsland and Mabel Parr; great-aunt of queen consort Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII of England.[1]

Early career

He was born in Cumberland.

His father died of natural causes on 30 May 1485 and Thomas succeeded him as Baron Dacre of Gilsland. He had one sister, Catherine, who married firstly, George FitzHugh, 8th Lord FitzHugh; and secondly Sir Thomas Neville, by whom she had a daughter, Margaret.[2]

Dacre took part in the Battle of Bosworth Field (22 August 1485) against Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. The rival forces of Richard III of England were defeated and Richard himself was killed.

His early support for the House of Tudor earned him some favor with Henry VII who would continue to trust his services for the remainder of his reign. Dacre was named a deputy to the Lord Warden of the Marches in 1485. He would become Warden himself in 1509.


Circa 1488, Dacre eloped with Elizabeth Greystoke, 6th Baroness Greystoke (10 Jul 1471-14 Aug 1516), daughter of Sir Robert de Greystoke by Lady Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent and Lady Katherine Percy. Elizabeth Dacre was the eldest granddaughter and heiress of Ralph de Greystoke, 5th Baron Greystoke. She had only recently succeeded her grandfather in the barony, but their marriage made Dacre the jure uxoris Baron Greystoke. The lands of the Greystokes passed to the Dacre family through this marriage.

Thomas and Elizabeth had seven children:

  • 1. Mabel Dacre (c. 1490–1533), married Henry Scrope, 7th Baron Scrope of Bolton. They were parents of John Scrope, 8th Baron Scrope of Bolton and grandparents of Henry Scrope, 9th Baron Scrope of Bolton. The 9th Baron is better known because he was governor of Carlisle in the time of Elizabeth I of England, and as such took charge of Mary, Queen of Scots, when she crossed the border in 1568. He took her to Bolton Castle, where she remained till January 1569.
  • 2. William Dacre, 3rd Baron Dacre (c. 1493 - 18 November 1563), married Lady Elizabeth Talbot, a daughter of George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury and Lady Anne Hastings, by whom he had issue.
  • 3. Anne Dacre (c. 1500–between 16 Dec 1547 and 21 Apr 1548), married Christopher Conyers, 2nd Baron Conyers. They were the parents of John Conyers, 3rd Baron Conyers.
  • 4. Mary Dacre (c.1502 - 29 March 1538), married her sister-in-law's brother, Francis Talbot, 5th Earl of Shrewsbury, a son of the before mentioned George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury and Lady Anne Hastings. They were parents of George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.
  • 5. Hon. Humphrey Dacre.
  • 6. Jane Dacre.
  • 7. Philippa Dacre.

Later career

Henry VII named him a Knight of the Bath in 1503. He swore loyalty to Henry's son and successor, Henry VIII of England in 1509.

Dacre and his forces served under Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey in the Battle of Flodden Field (9 September 1513) where the invading army of James IV of Scotland was defeated. Dacre commanded the "Border Lancers" at the battle, and their charge saved Edmund Howard, commander of the English right wing. James IV himself was killed and the Kingdom of Scotland ceased its involvement in the wider War of the League of Cambrai. The victory further helped solidify the reputation of Dacre as a soldier.

Henry VIII named him a Knight of the Garter in 1518, alongside William Sandys, 1st Baron Sandys of the Vyne.

By the time of his death in 1525, Dacre held about 70,000 acres (280 km²) of land in Cumberland, 30,000 acres (120 km²) in Yorkshire and 20,000 acres (80 km²) in Northumberland. Much of these lands had been inherited through marriages to the heiresses of the Greystoke, de Multon and de Vaux families as well as grants by both Henry VII and Henry VIII.


His illegitimate son Thomas Dacre, nicknamed "the Bastard", successfully led a few hundred English bordermen against part of the invading force of James V of Scotland on 12 November 1542. His success paved the way for the Battle of Solway Moss (24 November 1542) the final defeat of the invading Scottish forces.

Thomas was rewarded with land grants and from him starts a secondary line of "Dacres of Lanercost".


1.^ Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta ancestry, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2005. pg 253.


3.^ Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta ancestry, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2005. pg 643.

Peerage of England

  • Baron Dacre 1485–1525
  • Preceded by Humphrey Dacre
  • Succeeded by William Dacre,_2nd_Baron_Dacre ___________________________



Sir Thomas de Dacre Memorial

Birth: Nov. 25, 1467 Cumbria, England Death: Oct. 24, 1525 Cumbria, England

Baron Dacre, Knight of Bath, Knight of the Garter, Lord Dacre of the North. Of Gilsland and Greystoke, Cumberland. Lieutenant of the West Marches.

Son and heir to Sir Humphrey Dacre and Mabel Parr, grandson of Sir Thomas Dacre and Philippe de Neville, Sir Thomas Parr and Alice Tunstall.

Thomas married Lady Elizabeth Greystoke, daughter of Sir Robert Greystoke and his second wife, Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Edmund, the Earl of Kent. They were married about 1488 and had at least two sons and six daughters:

  • Sir William, 4th Lord Dacre
  • Humphrey
  • Mary, wife of Francis Talbot, Earl of Shresbury
  • Anne
  • Jane, wife of Lord Tailboys
  • Mabel, wife of Henry Scrope, Lord Scrope
  • Philippe
  • Jane 2nd

Thomas also had an illegitimate son, Sir Thomas.

Thomas was summoned to Parliament 1509 to 1514, fought at the siege of Norham Castle in 1494, and distinguished himself at the head of a horse troop at Flodden Field 1513.

Sir Thomas died in the Borders on 24 Oct 1525 from a fall from a horse.

From Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian: Lord Thomas Dacre was a formidable man in border warfare. At Flodden Field he greatly contributed to the victory of the English. In 1522 he made inroads into Scotland, and burnt down divers villages. In his last year he devised a journey to cast down the tower of Kelso Abbey, to burn the town, and to destroy other towers and towns. He figures conspicuously in Sir Walter Scott's Lay of the Last Minstrel, where Sir Walter, by a daring anachronism, brings him into personal contact with Lord William Howard, who married his great granddaughter. He dies in 1525, and little could those who reared his splendid tomb have anticipated the indignity which has befallen his remains. In a Newcastle newspaper appeared the following advertisement, dated "Naworth, May 9, 1775": - "Whereas some evil disposed person did sometime this spring enter into the ruinous part of Lanercost Church or Priory, and did feloniously take away out of a vault in the said Church a lead coffin containing the remains of Lord William Dacre, Knight of the Garter. A reward of ten guineas on the conviction of the offender." It is odd that an advertisement sent from Naworth should describe the stolen coffin as that or Lord William Dacre, Knight of the Garter, seeing that the only Dacre who was ever a knight of the Garter was Lord Thomas, whose son, Lord William, moreover, is known to have been buried in Carlisle cathedral." The thieves took his wife's coffin, but left bones behind, and the effigies were gone as well.

Family links:

 Humphrey Dacre (1424 - 1485)
 Mabel Parr Dacre (____ - 1508)

 Elizabeth Greystoke Dacre (1471 - 1516)*

 Anne Dacre Conyers (____ - 1547)*
 Thomas Dacre (____ - 1565)*
 William Dacre (1493 - 1564)*
 Mary Dacre Talbot (1502 - 1538)*
 John Dacre (1508 - 1567)*
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Burial: Lanercost Priory Lanercost City of Carlisle Cumbria, England

Maintained by: Connie (Cross) Krueger Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren Record added: Nov 19, 2010 Find A Grave Memorial# 61853278

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Thomas Dacre, 2nd Baron Dacre of Gillesland's Timeline

November 25, 1467
Gillesland, Cumberland, England, (Present UK)
Age 22
Thirlwall, Northumberland, United Kingdom
Age 27
Gilsland, Cumberland
April 29, 1500
Age 32
Gilsland, Northumberland, England
Age 32
Gilsland, Cumberland, England
Age 34
Gillesland, Cumberland, England
October 24, 1525
Age 57
England, (Present UK)
October 24, 1525
Age 57
Lanercost, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom