Thursday, May 08, 2008

Sir William de Beauchamp

On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of May . . . in the year 1411 . . . Sir William de Beauchamp dies while "seized of the Castle" Abergavenny . . . this Knight of the Garter is a 16th great-grandpa to our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Excerpta Historica Or, Illustrations of English History By Samuel Bentley: "grounds on which he considered himself entitled to it The Castle of Abergavenny was possessed by the House of Hastings Earls of Pembroke for upwards of a century and on the demise of the last Earl without issue in 1439 it passed to Sir William Beauchamp fourth son of Thomas Earl of Warwick but in what manner he obtained it whether by entail or by purchase has never been clearly ascertained He was summoned to Parliament by the title of William de Beauchamp de Bergavenny and died seized of the Castle in May 12 Hen IV 1411 leaving Richard his son and heir then fourteen years of age It would appear from the reference to the inquisition on the death of Joan widow of William Beauchamp Lord Abergavenny in the Printed Calendar in the 14 Hen Vl 1435 6 that she then held the Castle probably in dower Her"

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