Thomas de Beauchamp 11th Earl of Warwick

Thomas de Beauchamp 11th Earl of Warwick. KG

(Carolyn Booths – 20th Great Grand Father)

Born in 1313  Thomas was an English nobleman and military commander during the Hundred Years’ War. He was born at Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England to Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick and Alice de Toeni.

He served in Scotland frequently during the 1330s, being captain of the army against the Scots in 1337. He was hereditary High Sheriff of Worcestershire from 1333 until his death (in 1369). In 1344 he was also made High Sheriff of Warwickshire and Leicestershire for life.

Thomas de Beauchamp fought in all the French wars of King Edward III: He commanded at the Battle of Crecy: Fought at Poitiers in 1356 and at the Siege of Calais (1346). He began the rebuilding of the Collegiate Church of Saint Mary, in Warwick out of money received from the ransom of a French Archbishop. He died of plague in Calais on 13 November 1369.

His wife was Katherine de Mortimer the daughter of Roger de Mortimer and Joan de Geneville. Katherine’s father was also the same Roger de Mortimer who was the lover of Isabella of France the wife and consort of the King Edward ll.

Thomas de Beauchamp and his wife Katherine Mortimer -Earl and Countess of Warwick - tomb Effigy - St. Mary's church in the city of Warwick.

Thomas de Beauchamp and his wife Katherine Mortimer -Earl and Countess of Warwick – tomb Effigy – St. Mary’s church in the city of Warwick.

In 1348 he became one of the founders and the Third Knight of the Order of the Garter.  He was not unlike his father the very famous Guy de Beauchamp. He had an illustrious career as a Knight and military commander and was so trusted by his King Edward III, he was made Gaurdian of the Kings  sixteen year old son, Edward – Prince of Wales  – more famously known as The Black Prince who also has a grand story of his own.

Bronze Effigy of Edward Prince of wales - The Black Prince - Canterbury Cathedral Kent UK.

Bronze Effigy of Edward Prince of wales – The Black Prince – Canterbury Cathedral Kent UK.

Thomas De Beauchamp appears in also in Knights of The Garter under the Ancient Ancestors – Menu on this Blog or click the blue link.

Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, KG, third founder knight

Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, KG, third founder knight

Thomas de Beauchamp and his wife Katherine  had 15 children, 5 sons and 10 daughters.

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