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John Beauchamp

Lord Beauchamp of Warwick
Born: circa 1316
Died: 2nd December 1360


This knight was a younger son of Guy Beauchamp, the 2nd Earl of Warwick of that surname, and brother of Thomas, Earl of Warwick, with whom he became a founder member of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. He attended King Edward III into Flanders in 1338; was, in the following year, in the array at Vironfosse; and, in 1340, shared the glory of the great naval victory off Sluys. At the Battle of Crécy, in 1346, he carried the Royal Standard; and was present at the siege and surrender of Calais, of which town he was appointed captain in 1348. In the same year, at the hastilude at Canterbury, he was, as well as Prince Edward and six other knights, provided, at the King's cost, with a surcoat of Indian silk, adorned with the arms of Sir Stephen De Cossington. About the same time, he was advanced to the degree of banneret, with an allowance of £140 per annum to enable him to sustain the dignity. He filled, afterwards, the high appointments of Admiral of the Fleet, Constable of the Tower of London and Warden of the Cinque Ports. He was summoned to Parliament among the Barons, from 1350 until his death, which happened on the 2nd December 1360.

John, Lord Beauchamp died without issue. His remains were interred, between two pillars, before the image of the Virgin, on the south side of the nave of Old St. Paul's Cathedral, where there was a monument to his memory, commonly, and incorrectly, called "Duke Humphrey's Tomb." He had resided in the parish of St. Andrew, near Baynard's Castle, in a house which his executors sold to the King, who converted it to the use of his great wardrobe.

Edited from George Frederick Beltz's
"Memorials of the Most Noble Order of the Garter" (1861).    Copyright ©2001, LLC