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.
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.
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Thomas de Beauchamp and his wife Katherine had 15 children, 5 sons and 10 daughters.
- Guy de Beauchamp (died 28 April 1360), married Philippa de Ferrers, daughter of Henry de Ferrers, 2nd Lord Ferrers of Groby and Isabel de Verdun, by whom he had two daughters.
- Thomas de Beauchamp, 12th Earl of Warwick (16 March 1339- 1401), married Margaret Ferrers, daughter of William Ferrers, 3rd Lord of Groby and Margaret de Ufford, by whom he had issue, including Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick.
- Reinbrun de Beauchamp
- William de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Bergavenny (c. 1343- 8 May 1411), on 23 July 1392, married Lady Joan FitzAlan, daughter of Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel and Elizabeth de Bohun, by whom he had a son Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, and a daughter, Joan de Beauchamp, 4th Countess of Ormond. Queen consort Anne Boleyn was a notable descendant of the latter.
- Roger de Beauchamp (died 1361)
- Maud de Beauchamp (died 1403), married Roger de Clifford, 5th Baron Clifford, by whom she had issue, including Thomas de Clifford, 6th Baron Clifford.
- Philippa de Beauchamp, married Hugh de Stafford, 2nd Earl of Stafford, by whom she had nine children.
- Alice Beauchamp (died 1383), married firstly John Beauchamp, 3rd Baron Beauchamp of Somerset, and secondly Sir William Gournay. She died childless.
- Joan de Beauchamp, married Ralph Basset, 3rd Baron Basset of Drayton. She died childless.
- Isabella de Beauchamp (died 29 September 1416), married firstly John le Strange, 5th Baron Strange, and secondly, William de Ufford, 2nd Earl of Suffolk. Upon the latter’s death, she became a nun. She died childless.
- Margaret de Beauchamp, married Guy de Montfort, and after his death, she became a nun. She died childless.
- Elizabeth de Beauchamp, married Thomas de Ufford KG,
- Anne de Beauchamp, married Walter de Cokesey.
- Juliana de Beauchamp
- Katherine de Beauchamp, became a nun at Shouldham.