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Family Sheet
Name: Hugh De Beauchamp Note Born: 1062 at Normandy, France Married: 1080 at Gloucester, England Died: 1141 at Normandy, France
Name: Adeliza Matilda Taillebois Note Born: Abt 1060 at Normandy, France Died: Aft 1080 at Y Other Spouses: Hughes De Beauchamp Father: Rolf Taillebois Mother: Azeline Taillebois
Name: Stephen De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1083 at Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, England Died:
Name: Walter De Beauchamp Lord Of Emley Born: Abt 1080 at Emley Castle, Gloucester, England Died: Aft 1105 at London, Middlesex County, England Wife: Emmeline D''arbitot
Name: Simon De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1084 at Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, England Died:
Name: Payn De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1085 at Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, England Died: 1156 at London, Middlesex County, England Wife: Rohese De Vere
Name: Milo De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1087 at Elmley Castle, Worcester, Worcestershire, England Died:
Name: Adeline De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1088 at Kirkham, Yorkshire, England Died: Husband: Walter Le Espec
Name: Robert De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1089 at Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, England Died: 1137
Name: Beatrice De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1090 at Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, England Died:
Name: Ellen De Beauchamp Born: Abt 1091 at Herefordshire, Buckinghamshire, England Died:
1). HUGH DE BEAUCHAMP The Conqueror and His Companions by J.R. Planché, Somerset Herald. London Tinsley Brot h e r s , 1874. The name of this great historical, prolific, and widesp r e a d ing family, of which no less than ten branches ar e re co rd e d in the Baronage of England, appears in ever y lis t o f t h e companions of the Conqueror, but is not m ention ed b y a n y of the contemporary writers. Nor do th e old li sts i n wh ic h it occurs give the baptismal name s of the p erson s reco rde d, and we have therefore to sea rch in othe r quar ters fo r ev idence that will enable u s to identif y the par ticula r membe r or members of the f amily who ma y be fairl y presum ed to ha ve been present i n the battl e of Hastings. In this instance, Domesday supplies us with sufficien t i n f o rmation to justify us in admitting the probabilit y o f t h e s tatement of MM. de Magny and Delisle, that i t wa s a H ug h d e Bexuchamp who for his services at the t ime o f th e Con ques t, received four lordships in Bucking hamshi re, a nd for tyth ree, or the greatest portion of t hem, i n Bedfo rdshire , an d was the immediate ancestor o f the Be auchamp s of Bedf ord. Of his own parentage I have found no note, but he w a s m o s t probably descended from the Norman lords of Bea uc ha m p o f Avranches, seated between that city and Granv ill e , a n d a kinsman of the Robert de Beauchamp, Viscoun t o f A rque s , in the reign of Henry I, who is first ment ione d b y Orde ri c under the year 1171, when by the King s ord er h e seize d t he castle of Elias de Saint saens, w ho ha d th e guardian shi p of the young heir of Normandy , Willia m Cli to, with th e ob ject of arresting that prin ce and co nsigni ng him to ca ptivi ty. By his wife, unknown, Hugh de Beauchamp is said to h a v e h a d three sons Simon, who died without issuePag a n o r Pay ne , to whom William Rufus gave the whole baro n y of B edfor d wi th the castle, which was the caput or h ea d of th e baro ny, a nd Milo, the ancestor of the Beauch amp s of Eat on. Thu s Dugd ale and others but there is un doub tedly som e confus ion her e which, though noticed b y the E nglish tra nslator o f Orderi c, has not been clear ed up b y him. The De Beauchamps who so strongly defended Bedford Ca s t l e w ere, according to Orderic, the sons of Robert d e Be au ch amp , and not of Hugh, as above stated and if t his R obe r t be i dentical with the Viscount of Arques w e have j us t he ard of , the whole line of Beauchamp of Be dford i s thr own i nto dis order. Orderic says that King Stephen, against the advic e o f h i s b rother Henry, Bishop of Winchester, laid sieg e t o Bed fo rd , but as it was the season of Christmas, an d th e wint e r ver y rainy, after great exertions he had n o suc cess. I nd eed, t he sons of Robert de Beauchamp defe nded t he plac e wi th grea t resolution, and until the arr ival o f the Bis hop , the King s brother, rejected all te rms o f submissio n t o Stephen. No t that they resolved t o den y the fealty a nd s ervice they ow ed to him as thei r lieg e lord, but havi ng he ard that the Ki ng had give n the dau ghter of Simon d e Beauc hamp to Hugh, su rname d the Poor , with her father s lordshi ps, they feared t h ey should l ose their whole inh eritance . Lib. xiii. cap . x xxvi Now here we have also the information that Simon, w h o i s s a id to have died without issue, left a daughter , f or t ha t sh e could not be the daughter of the secon d Simo n i n th e pedi gree, son of Pagan, first baron of B edford , i s clear , as th at Simon was living in the eight h of Jo hn , 1207. Dugdale, upon no authority that I can see, calls he r t h e s i ster of the defenders of Bedford, whom he descr ibe s a s t h e sons of the second Simon de Beauchamp, stew ar d to K in g St ephen, which is simply impossible, for th e r eason j us t give n. We have therefore three differen t fath ers to c hoo se fro m for the progenitors of the lin e of Ea ton. Let us now turn to the account of the siege of Bedf o r d b y a nother contemporary writer. The anonymous auth o r o f th e Act s of King Stephen, says The King havi n g hel d hi s cour t during Christmas at Dunstable wit h be comin g sple ndour , despatched messengers to Milo d e Beauc hamp , who b y roya l licence had the custody of th e Castl e of B edford , with or ders that he should hold th e castl e of Hug h, an d do servic e to him instead of th e King. I f he readi ly obe yed this com mand he should hav e honour a nd reward , but i f he withstoo d it in any mann er, he wa s to be assu red tha t it would be h is ruin. O n receipt o f the royal me ssage, M ilo replied tha t he wa s willing t o serve the Kin g as his t rue knight and t o o bey his comm ands, unless h e attempted t o deprive hi m o f the possessi ons which belon ged to him an d his heir s by he reditary ri ght but if tha t was the King s inten tion, and h e endeav oured to execut e it by force, h e wou ld bear the Kin g s d ispleasure as be st he could an d a s for the castle, h e w ould never yiel d it unless he w a s driven to the last ex t remity. Findin g how things sto od , the King s indignatio n wa s roused aga inst Milo, an d he r aised an army from al l part s of Englan d to lay si ege to Be dford. Aware of hi s approach , Milo sw ept off a ll the provi sions he could l ay his hand s on, mak ing vio lent seizures b oth from the t ownsmen and th e inhab itant s of the neighbour hood, with w hom before he ha d bee n o n good terms. as belon ging to hi s lordship. These s upp l ies he stored in the cast le, an d securely closing th e g a tes he for this time exclud ed t he King s people wit hout a n y loss on his own side. Th e K ing, however, afte r careful l y reconnoitring the fortifi c ations, placed un der cover b and s of archers at convenie n t posts, with di rections to m ainta in such a constant di sch arge of arrow s against thos e who ma nned the battlemen ts an d towers , as should preven t them kee ping a good loo kout an d hol d them always in a s tate of conf usion. Meanwhile, he exerted all his energies to have engin e s c o n structed for filling the trenches and battering t h e wal l s . All that skill and ingenuity, labour and expe ns e cou l d co mpass was effected. Night watches were post e d at al l t he ca stle gates to prevent any communicatio n b y the be sieg ed wit h their friends without, or the in trod uction o f prov ision s or necessaries within the fort ress . By day e very me ans we re employed to distress an d anno y the enemy . But th e castl e stood on a very hig h mound , surrounded b y a soli d and lof ty wall, and it h ad a str ong and impregn able keep , containi ng a numerou s garriso n of stout and re solute men , so that t he expec tation o f soon taking it pro ved abortiv e, and the K in g having ot her affairs on his ha nds which re quired immed i ate attent ion, withdrew, leavin g the greate r part of h is ar my to c arry on the siege, wit h orders tha t in cas e the engi ne s could not effect the re duction of th e pla ce, a blocka d e should be maintained til l want and hun ge r compelled i ts s urrender. After the King s departure t h e besieging a rmy con tinued their hostiliti es, till th e gar rison, havi ng exhaust ed their provision s and findi ng thei r strengt h failing, con fessed that the y could ho ld the pla ce no l onger, and theref ore surrender ed it t o the King acc ordin g to the laws of war . Now, in this circumstantial account we hear only of M i l o , a nd there is no hint as to his parentage but h e i s sp ok en o f as the holder of Bedford Castle under th e Ki ng, a n d as th e then head of the family defending hi s inh eritan c e for him self and his heirs. If he had brot hers w ith hi m , which Orde ric s language implies, they m ust hav e bee n yo unger sons o f Robert the Viscount and M ilo hi s succes sor in which case , how was he related t o the na meless da ught er of Simon, th e wife of Hugh de M eulent, s urnamed t he Po or, Earl of Bed ford ? A word , by the way , of this s urname , the explanatio n of whic h is clearly g iven by th e autho r of the Acts of K ing S tephen in a su bsequent pa ssage i n his history, thou g h no modern write r appears t o have pai d attention to i t. The reader is told that King Stephen bestowed the ear l d o m o f Bedford on Hugh, surnamed the Pauper, and natur al l y i magi nes that the said Hugh was raised by the muni fic en ce o f hi s sovereign from a state of poverty to ran k an d a fflue nce . The case, however, is exactly the reve rse , fo r thus s ay s the author just quoted Hugh, als o surn ame d The Paup er, who by royal licence possesse d the ea rldo m of Bedford , af ter the expulsion of Milo d e Beaucha mp, c onducted hi s affai rs with so much neglige nce, lik e the ca reless and e ffeminat e man he was, that , willin g or not wi lling, he gav e up th e task to Milo , becomin g by the right eous judgmen t of God , from an ea rl a simpl e knight, and f rom that shor tly a pen niless m an. It wa s not, therefore , Hugh the Poo r, or th e Pa uper who w as made the Ear l of Bedford, bu t Hugh de Me u lent, thir d son of Robert Ea rl of Leicester , by a daug hte r of th e great house of Verm andois, a man o f noble b irth, w ho b eing created Earl of B edford, reduce d himsel f by his o w n folly and effeminacy t o so miserabl e a con dition as t o ac quire the appellatio n which has bee n ass ociated wit h his na me for seven centu ries, and not un na turally misl ed our late r annalists an d annotators. T h e intelligen t English transl ator of Orde ric even obser ve s in a not e vol. iv, p. 195, Nor was i t any wonde r tha t the son s of Roger Robert ? do Beaucha mp shoul d oppos e the all iance of their cousin g erman wit h a per son of suc h mea n substance as this Hugh. A n altog ethe r gratuitous a ssu mption. Still we are unable to affiliate Milo, who, whethe r t h e s o n of Hugh or Robert de Beauchamp, must, if th e abo v e acco un t can be depended upon, have been in 113 7 in po ss essio n o f the patrimonial estates, including t he Castl e o f Bedf ord , for which he was commanded thence forth t o do h omage t o Hu gh de Meulent instead of to th e King. P agan, t o whom t he ba rony of Bedford was give n by Willia m Rufus , must the n hav e been dead but as h e left issu e by his w ife Rohesi a two s ons, Simon and Pa gan, the eld est of who m confirme d the gift s of his moth er, the Count ess Rohesia , to the Pr iory of Chi cksand, a nd to the Abbe y of Newenha m, founded b y his father , an d was sheriff o f Buckinghamsh ire and Bedfo rdshire in t h e reign of Richa rd I, it is i n our present st ate of in forma tion impossib le to accoun t for the positio n of Mil o and th e languag e attributed t o him. He appears t o hav e been livin g in t he reign of Hen ry II, when, with co ns ent of Pagan, hi s h eir not his son , observe , he ga v e a mill at Bedfor d t o the monks of Ber mondsey. But I must hasten to the line of Beauchamp of Elmle y , f r o m which sprang all the most distinguished persona ge s o f t hi s proud and potent family. Here again we ar e me t wit h th e s ame difficulty at starting, for no on e has y et bee n abl e t o show the relationship of Walter , the ear liest k nown o f th is branch, to Hugh, the compa nion of th e Conque ror, o r to R obert the Viscount of Arq ues. We fir st hear o f him a s the h usband of Emmeline, d aughter of U rso d Abet ot, an d sister o f Roger, who, fo r slaying a se rvant of Ki ng Henr y I, was ba nished the r ealm, and all h is estates g iven t o his brotherin law , this Walter de B eauchamp the n calle d of Bedford , wi th the office of Di spensator Regi s, whic h Robert, th e b rother of Urso, ha d formerly held and th e shrievalt y of Wo rcestershire t o hold as freel y as Urso h ad done , confirmin g also to hi m the lands give n him by Ath eliz a, the widow o f Urso. Ma king Elmley Castl e in Worceste r shire his chief re sidence , he and his desce ndants were t h enceforth known as B eauc hamp of Elmley. William, the fourth in descent from Walter, married Is a b e l , sister and heiress of William de Mauduit, Earl o f W ar wi ck , who brought with her the honours and estate s o f tha t n obl e family to swell the fortunes of the alr ead y power fu l an d affluent one of Beauchamp. Henry, th e six th ear l i n desce nt from William, was created Duk e of War wick b y Kin g Henr y VI in 1444, and by the marri age of hi s siste r Ann e with R ichard Neville, Earl of Sa lisbury, h e becam e Ear l of Warwic k in right of his wife , and is we ll know n to ev ery schoolbo y as the King Mak er. From the same William descended the branches of Alces t e r a n d Powick, and the co heiresses of Richard, last L o r d Beau ch amp of Powick, carried the representation in t o th e famil ie s of Willoughby de Broke and Lygon, ances to rs o f the pre sen t Earls of Warwick and Beauchamp. A s i n my pr evious mem oi r of Nevil, I must express my reg re t that I a m debarre d fro m even briefly describing th e in teresting e vents an d gallan t exploits of the most i mport ant member s of this f amily o f Guy Earl of Warwic k no t the legen dary kille r of the Du n Cow, but the v aliant l eader in th e battle o f Falkirk, Th e Black Do g of Arden , as he wa s called b y Piers Gaveston , an in sult whic h cost that unw orthy favou rite his life upo n t he Hill o f Blacklow. Of John, son of that Guy who bore the royal standar d a t C r e ssy, and was one of the founders of the most no bl e Ord e r o f the Garter, or of Richard, an account of w hos e magn if icen t array and knightly prowess in the cele brat ed jous t s at Ca lais would of itself occupy more spa ce th an the l on gest not ice I can afford to give to th e most i mportan t com panion o f the Conqueror, I cannot v enture t o speak . I mus t even apo logise to the general r eader fo r the gen ealogica l details w hich I have been le d into b y the imper fect an d perplexing p edigree of th e early Bar ons of Bedfo rd.
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