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Ancestors of John William Brearton *

Twenty-fourth Generation

16515404. Baron Thomas "the Rich" Berkeley * was born in 1293 in Berkeley,Gloucestershire,England . He died on 27 Oct 1361 in Berkeley,Gloucestershire,England . He was buried in Church,Berkeley,Glou,England . He married Katharine Clivedon * on 3 Jun 1347 in Charfield,Gloucestershire,England. [Parents]

BIR-MAR-DEA-BUR: Bk, Medieval Knight by Stephen Turnbull.

Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Lord Berkeley, known as "The Rich," was born in 1293. In 1327 he was made joint custodian of the deposed King Edward II, whom he received at Berkeley Castle, but being commanded to deliver over the government to his fellow custodians, Lord Maltravers and Sir Thomas Gournay, he left there to go to Bradley "with heavy cheere perceiving what violence was intended." As an accessory to the murder of the deposed king, he was tried by a jury of 12 knights in the 4th year of King Edward III., but was honorably acquitted. He married about 1320 (1) Margaret Mortimer, daughter of Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, and in 1347, (2) Catherine Clivedon, widow of Peter le Veel, of Tortworth, co. Gloucester, and daughter of John Cliveton, of Charfield.. This lord having adhered to the interests of the Queen, Mortimer, and Prince Edward, afterwards the third of that name, furnished "the only precedent," says Smith, "of a peer being tried by knights, as the peers would have been both judges and jurors." He first assumed a miter for his crest. He was summoned to parliament from June 14, 1329 to November 20, 1360. Vol II File 6: The Paternal Ancestry of Homer Beers James Thomas III. Eigth Lord. 1326 to 1361 THOMAS de Berkeley and his brother Maurice had shared with their father in the rebellion against the Despensers, and when the father was captured and committed to Wallingford Castle, the sons revenged themselves by laying waste the manors of the favourites in Oxon and Berkshire. Thomas was however taken prisoner and committed to the Tower, but made his escape; being again captured he was sent successively to the castles of Berkhampstead and Pevensey, and remained a prisoner nearly five years, until he was set free by the success of the Queen's party in 1326. During the last six years of the reign of Edward II, it is recorded that half the baronage of England were butchered, imprisoned, or banished by the king in the course of the struggle against the king's favourites. The popular party was however now reinforced by the Queen Isabella and the Prince of Wales, who were everywhere welcomed as the deliverers of the kingdom. Their first acts were to liberate those of their friends who were pining in the king's dungeons, one of the first of whom was Thomas de Berkeley. He joined the Queen's army at Oxford, from whence they marched to Gloucester, and thence by way of Berkeley to Bristol. On the plea of preparing to receive the Queen, Thomas, now lord Berkeley, his father having died a few months previously, hurried forward to Berkeley, and proceeded to victual the Castle as if for a siege. This was his first appearance at Berkeley as its lord, and his tenants welcomed him with presents of money, from twenty to forty shillings each, according to their holdings. The Castle and manors having been for several years in the possession of the Crown, lord Berkeley found them well stocked with cattle, hay, corn and implements, of which he took possession, as well as of a quantity of treasure of the Despensers which he found in the Castle. A great number of men at arms had also been levied and armed from the Berkeley manors by order of the King, and these now gladly gave their allegiance to their rightful lord. At Bristol the elder Despenser was taken and executed as a traitor, and his son soon shared a similar fate at Hereford. The unhappy king, now deserted by all his friends, was captured near Neath Abbey in South Wales and sent to Kenilworth Castle, and the Queen and her army marched to London. From Hereford lord Berkeley however returned to Berkeley, halting on the way at Wigmore the seat of his father-in-law the lord Mortimer, where he met his wife the lady Margaret, from whom his long imprisonment and the turbulent events which followed it, had separated him for nearly six years. The king was formally deposed at a parliament which was summoned i

Author: John Burke ESQ of Clearfild Publishing 1834 Title: A Genealogical and Heraldic History of The Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co of Baltimore 1977 Page: Vol I, page 469

16515405. Katharine Clivedon * was born about 1310 in Charfield,Gloucestershire,England . She died on 13 Mar 1385 in Berkeley Church,Gloucestershire,England . She was buried in Berkeley Church,Gloucestershire,England . She had other parents. [Parents]

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16515406. John Betteshorne was born about 1327. He married Goda.

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16515407. Goda was born about 1329.

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16621732. 4th Baron Robert Poynings was born in 1382 in Okeford, Fitzpaine, Dorset, England . He died on 2 Oct 1446 in Orleans,France . He married Elizabeth Grey.

16621733. Elizabeth Grey was born in 1393 in Okeford, Fitzpaine, Dorsetshire, England.


16621734. John De Berkeley * was born on 21 Jan 1351 in Wotton,Gloucestershire,England . He was christened on 23 Jan 1351/1352. He died in 1428 in Beverstone,Glou,England . He married Elizabeth Betteshorne *. [Parents]

16621735. Elizabeth Betteshorne * was born about 1353 in Beverstone,Gloucs.,England . [Parents]

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