Wednesday, June 30, 2010

2498708 Berkeley-Ferrers

2498708. Baron Thomas de Berkeley & 2498709. Joan de Ferrers


1251, Thomas born in England, heir & s/o 4997416. Maurice de Berkeley & 4997417. Isabel de Dover.

~1255, Joan born in England, d/o 9994752. William de Ferrers & 9994753. Margaret de Quincy.

Thomas educated at the Abbot and Prior of St. Augustine’s, and the Master of St. Catharine’s Hospital.

8/4/1265, Thomas fought at the battle of Evesham with Prince Edward.

7/1266, Thomas with Prince Edward at the siege of Kenilworth.

1266, Thomas granted 30 marks for the loss of his horse at Kenilworth.

1267, Thomas married Joan. Joan brought a dower of the manor and advowson of Corton, Leicester [conveyed by her brother Robert], and the manor of Eynesbury, Huntingdon [given by her grandfather Roger de Quincey in fee simple before her marriage.]

8/19/1274 at Westminster abbey, Edward I crowned king of England.

1275-6, “Thomas de Berkele owes £20 for hunting offences, pardoned.” (S) UKNA.

1277, Thomas and Joan recovered the advowson of Coston, Leicestershire.

1277, Thomas served in the 1st expedition against Llywelyn, Prince of Wales.

1279, Thomas’ older brother Maurice killed at a joust at Kenilworth; Thomas becoming the heir.

4/18/1281, Thomas, age 30, performed homage and took livery of his lands.

1282, Thomas served in the King’s expedition into Wales.

6/28/1283, Thomas summoned to Shrewsbury by writ from Rhuddlan to the king to hold a colloquium to ordain what should be done with David, brother of Llewellyn, formerly prince of Wales. (S) The Titular Barony of Clavering, 1891, P16.

1284, Thomas under constraint orders of the Bishop of Worcester.

1287, Thomas recorded as having 2 fairs at Berkeley. (S) Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516.

4/3/1290, “Amicia widow of Odo le Ercedekene and Sir Thomas de Berkeley … Whereas Lady Joan de Berkeley enfeoffed William de Berkeley, her son … and Sir William died without issue, and Thomas succeeded as next heir of Joan …” (S) UKNA.

1290, Thomas took ill and was sent to Canonbury, a grange of the Abbot of St. Augustine’s , Canterbury until he recovered.

1292, Thomas on the commission into claims to the Scottish crown.

6/24/1295, “Thomas de Berkelegh” summoned to parliament by writ.

1296, Thomas participated in the siege of Berwick. [After the siege the town was sacked and thousands of the inhabitants killed.]

1296, Thomas an ambassador to France.

1307, Thomas an ambassador to Pope Clement V.

7/22/1298, Thomas fought at the battle of Falkirk, the defeat of William Wallace.

1299, Thomas bought all the lands of Henry de Middleton, lord of a part of the manor of Portbury, for 240 marks.

4/1/1300, … ordered … to cause all and singular of … knights, esquires or others having 40£ yearly of land … to provide themselves with horses and arms … be with the king at Carlisle at Midsummer next, ready to set out with him at his wages against the Scots … Gloucester, with Thomas de Berkeleye. (S) Calendar of Close Rolls.

1300, Thomas at the siege of Caerlaverock castle.

2/12/1301, Thomas joined in the baron’s letter to the Pope.

1301, Thomas made a deed settling his estated in case he died in the upcoming battles, included giving 5 marks to each of 5 poor scholars.

1303, Thomas and his son Maurice with the King in Scotland.

2/25/1308, Thomas attended the coronation of King Edward II.

3/19/1309, Joan died; buried at St. Augustine’s, Bristol. Thomas gave the poor bondsmen tenants 10 quarters of wheat and beans to pray for her. [It is said Joan never traveled far from their homes in Gloucester and Somerset.]

6/24/1314, Thomas taken prisoner at the battle of Bannockburn, but released after paying a ransom of 24£.13s.4d. [It would take him 3 years to redeem all his knights and squires.]

4/24/1318, Thomas de Berkeley, lord of Berkeley, and Maurice de Berkeley, son of Maurice, his [Thomas's] son …” (S) UKNA.

6/12/1318, “Thomas de Berkeley, lord of Berkeley; and Thomas de Berkeley, his son, and Isabel his [the son's] wife … Witnesses: Maurice, the grantor’s son, …” (S) UKNA.

7/23/1321, Thomas died.

(S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P69. (S) Berkeley Manuscripts: Abstracts and Extracts, Fosbroke, 1821.

Family notes:
• Thomas’ son Maurice would pay Sir John Veel £100 to travel to the Holy Lands to absolve Thomas’ vow.
• Thomas kept an open house each Christmas for all visitors.
• During Lent Thomas went to Arlingham where he had a fisherman. Thomas spent 30£ annually for fish.

Children of Thomas and Joan: [2 daughters]

i. Maurice de Berkeley (1249354), born 1277 in England.

ii. Thomas de Berkeley, born ? in England.
Ancestor of the Berkeleys of Wymondham.

iii. James de Berkeley, born ? in England.
James a Bishop under the Abbot of Kingswood.

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