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  • ID: I14888
  • Name: John De Berkeley
  • Suffix: Kt
  • Prefix: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 21 JAN 1351 in Wotton, Glos
  • Death: 1428
  • Residence: Beverstone, Gloucestershire
  • MEM: Mere, Wiltshire: Figure brass (imperfect)
  • Note:

    It was his eldest son by his first marriage, John's half-brother Maurice, who succeeded to the barony when Lord Berkeley died in 1361. John himself was the youngest of the four sons born to Lord Berkeley by his second wife, but the others died young leaving him as heir to a substantial part of his father's estates and as the sole heir to those of his mother. He was born at Wotton-under-Edge, where his mother afterwards founded a grammar school, and one of his godparents was the prior of Bath. Smyth found cause for criticism of ?the great indulgence of this Lord Thomas his father ... and the powerfull working of his mother? who by various settlements made in 1352, when John was no more than a baby, arranged for his inheritance of the Berkeley manors of Beverstone, Tockington, Over, Compton Greenfield, King's Weston, Woodmancote and Syde in Gloucestershire, ?Cernecote?, Chelworth, ?Caldecote? and ?Bere Revell? in Wiltshire, and Barrow Gurney and half of Sock Dennis in Somerset, along with many other lands and advowsons in those counties as well as in Devon and Dorset. Thus, says Smyth, was a ?great morsell cut out from the heirs of this noble family?. It was perhaps for this reason that in 1383 John requested an exemplification from Chancery of certain transactions relating to the Berkeley estates. After his father's death he remained for several years a minor in the King's wardship, and, in any case, certain of his manors were not to pass to him until the death of his mother in March 1386. His inheritance from her included the manor and advowson of Clevelode in Worcestershire and the manors of Low Ham, ?Hamburceys? near Langport and a quarter of that of Exton in Somerset.
  • _UID: 34ECC4DFFAB444DFA511E12259BCDAFE3AEB
  • Change Date: 3 MAY 2011



    Father: Thomas ?The Rich? Berkeley b: BEF 1297
    Mother: Catherine Clivedon b: ABT 1310 in Charfield, Gloucestershire

    Marriage 1 Elizabeth Betteshorne
    • Married:
    Children
    1. Has Children Alianore Berkeley b: 1382 in of Beverston, Glos
    2. Has Children Maurice Berkeley b: ABT 1397 in Beverstone, Gloucestershire
    3. Has Children Elizabeth Berkeley
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