Thomas Musgrave, Captain of Bewcastle

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Thomas Musgrave

Birthplace: Cumberland, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Simon Musgrave, of Harde Castle, MP and Julianna Musgrave
Husband of Ursula Musgrave
Father of John Musgrave; Simon Musgrave; Nicholas Musgrave and Isabel Musgrave
Brother of Anne Curwen; Richard Musgrave; John Musgrave and Christopher Musgrave, of Hartley Castle, MP

Occupation: Captain of Bewcastle
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About Thomas Musgrave, Captain of Bewcastle

I2. Thomas Musgrave, Captain of Barwick Castle.


  1. Ursula, daughter and co-heir of Sir Richard Carnaby, and widow of Edward Witherington
  2. "to his second wife he married a Scotch woman"

From The Baronetage of England: Or The History of the English Baronets ..., Volume 1. By William Betham. Page 81-82

  • "Concerning this Thomas we have met with an anecdote, which is curious, as it exhibits the form, and manner of proceeding to the ancient trial of battle, viz. "It is agreed between Thomas Musgrave and Lancelot Carleton, for the true trial of such controversies as are betwixt them, to have it openly tried by way of combat, before God and the face of the world, to try it in Canonby Holme, before England and Scotland,' upon Thursday in Easter week, being the 8th day of April next ensuing, A. D. 1602, betwixt nine of the clock and opejof the saraeday; to %ht«B foot; to be armed with jack, steel cap, plaile sleeves, ptaite breeches, plake sock V two swords, the, blades to be one yard and half a quarter of length; two Scotch daggers, or djrjws, rat their girdles •• and either of them to provide armour and weapons for themselves, according to'(his indenture. Two gentlemen appointed in the field^ to view both the parties, to see that they both be equal in arms and weapons, according to this indenture; and being so viewed, the gentlemen to ride to the rest of Vie company, and to leave them but two boys, viewed by the jgen^men, po. be grader 16 years of age, to hold their. horse*. In testimony of this; our agreement, we have both set our hands to this'indenture, of intent all matters shall be made so plain, as there shall be ho question to stick upop1 that day: which indenture, as a witness, shall be delivered to two gentlemen. and that it is convenient the world should be privy to every particular of the grounds of the quarrel, ,we have agreed to set it down in this indenture betwixt us,; that, knowing the quarrel, their eyes may he witness of the trial.
  • * 1. Lancelot Carleton .djd charge Thomas Musgrave before her majesty's privy council, that Lancelot Carleton was told by a gentleman, one of her majesty's swprn servants,' that Thomas Musgrave had offered to deliver her majesty's castle of Bewcastle to the king of Scots; and to which the same Lancelot Carleton had a letter under the gentleman's own hand for his discharge.
  • * 2. He chargeth him, that whereas her majesty doth yearly bestow a great fee upon him as captain of Bewcastle, to aid and defend her majesty's subjects, therein Thomas Musgrave hath neglected his duty; for that her majesty's castle of Bewcastle was, by him, made a den of thieves, and an harbour and receipt for murderers, felons, and all sorts of misdemeanors, & etc.
  • Thomas Musgrave doth deny all this charge, and saith, that he will prove, that Lancelot Carleton doth falsely belie him, and will prove the same by way of combat, according to the indenture. Lancelot Carleton hath entertained the challenge, and, by God's permission, will prove it true, as before; and hath set his hand to the same, Thomas Musgrave. Lancelot Carleton.
  • What the event of the combat was we have not found.


  • Mentioned in the IPM of Simon Musgrave (#11022), 7 Jun 1597.
  • 1607 Reappointed as Captain of Bewcastle for life by King James I.
  • 1614 Bewcastle was leased to the Earl of Cumberland by King James I which ended Musgrave involvement.
  • Mentioned in the IPM of his nephew Richard Musgrave (#11322), 5 Apr 1615.
  • 3rd son had issue


  1. Foster's Visitation of Yorkshire in 1584/5 and 1612. "Musgrave."
  2. Baronetage of England" by Betham. "Musgrave of Eden Hall, Cumberland"
  3. Foster, J. (ed) Pedigrees Recorded at the Heralds' Visitations of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, of 1615 and 1666. London: The Harleian Society.


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Thomas Musgrave, Captain of Bewcastle's Timeline

London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 11
Bewcastle, Cumberland , England
April 6, 1567
Age 13
Penrith, Cumbria, England
August 28, 1569
Age 15
Cumberland, England
Age 27
Age 60
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom