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Lord William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu

Lord William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu

Male 1374 - 1420  (45 years)

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  • Name William Bourchier 
    Title Lord 
    Suffix 1st Count of Eu 
    Born 4 Jul 1374  Little Eaton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Constable of the Tower of London 
    Died 28 May 1420  Troyes, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Llanthony Priory, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I337  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2020 

    Father Lord William de Bourchier, Earl of Eu & Louvaine in Normandy,   b. Abt 1 May 1330, Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jul 1375, Little Eaton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Mother Eleanor de Louvaine,   b. 27 Mar 1345,   d. 5 Oct 1397  (Age 52 years) 
    Family ID F216  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lady Anne Plantagenet, of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford and Eu,   b. Apr 1383, Pleshey, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1438, Priory, Llanthony, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1405  Little Eaton, St Alkmund, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Lord Henry Bourchier, 5th Baron Bourchier, 2nd Count of Eu, 1st Viscount Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex,   b. 1406,   d. 4 Apr 1483  (Age 77 years)
    +2. William Bourchier, 9th Baron Fitzwaryn,   b. 1407,   d. 1474  (Age 67 years)
     3. Cardinal Thomas Bourchier, Cardinal of Canterbury Cathedral,   b. 1413,   d. 30 Mar 1486, Knole House, near Sevenoaks, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    +4. John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners,   b. Abt 1415, Little Eaton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1474, Chertsey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    +5. Eleanor Bourchier, Duchess of Norfolk,   b. 1417,   d. Nov 1474  (Age 57 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F203  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    BourchierArms
    BourchierArms
    Caption Note: Canting arms of Bourchier: Argent, a cross engrailed gules between four water bougets sable
    Picture Note: from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bourchier,_1st_Count_of_Eu
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    Lovain from Arms
    Lovain from Arms
    Caption Note: Arms of Louvain of Little Easton: Gules billety or a fess of the last
    Picture Note: from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bourchier,_1st_Count_of_Eu
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    BourchierImpaling_ThomasOfWoodstock_TawstockChurch
    BourchierImpaling_ThomasOfWoodstock_TawstockChurch
    Caption Note: Arms of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu (1374-1420) (Quarterly Bourchier and Lovain, feudal barons of Little Easton, Essex) impaling arms of his father-in-law Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1355-1397), youngest son of King Edward III (Royal Arms of England, a label of three points argent for difference). Stained glass, west window, Tawstock Church, Devon. The Count's son William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin (1407-1470) was the first to be connected with the manor of Tawstock, having married the heiress of that manor
    Picture Note: from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bourchier,_1st_Count_of_Eu
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  • Notes 
    • William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu (1374-28 May 1420), was an English knight created by King Henry V 1st Count of Eu, in Normandy.

      Origins
      He was born in 1374, the son of Sir William Bourchier (d.1375), (the younger son of Robert Bourchier, 1st Baron Bourchier (d.1349), of Halstead, Essex, Lord Chancellor) by his wife Eleanor de Louvain (27 March 1345 – 5 October 1397), daughter and heiress of Sir John de Louvain (d.1347) (alias Lovayne etc.), feudal baron of Little Easton in Essex. The arms of Louvain were: Gules billety or a fess of the last, often shown with varying number of billets and on occasion with a fess argent, for example in stained glass at Hengrave Hall, Suffolk: Gules, a fess argent, between fourteen billets or. Eleanor was descended from Godfrey de Louvain (d.1226), feudal baron of Little Easton, son of Godfrey III, Count of Louvain (1142-1190), by his 2nd marriage, and half-brother of Henry I, Duke of Brabant (1165-1235). His inheritance from his mother's Louvain lands included the Suffolk manors of Bildeston, Hopton, Shelland and "Lovaynes" in Drinkstone, and in Essex Little Easton, Broxted and Aythorpe Roding.

      Career
      He fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. In 1417 he was in the retinue of King Henry V during his second expedition to France, and played a significant role in the capture of Normandy. In 1419 he was appointed Captain of Dieppe and was granted powers to receive the submission of the town and Comté of Eu. The French count of Eu had refused to pay homage to the conquering English king and thus had been held prisoner in England since Agincourt. In June 1419 King Henry V awarded six captured French comtés to certain of his more significant English supporters, and the Comté of Eu was granted to William Bourchier, thus making him 1st Count of Eu.

      Marriage & progeny
      He married Anne of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford, the daughter of the Plantagenet prince, Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1355-1397) (youngest son of King Edward III) by his wife Eleanor de Bohun elder daughter and coheiress of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford (1341-1373), Earl of Essex and Northampton. The Wrey baronets who were the heirs of the Bourchier Earls of Bath quartered the arms of Wrey with those of Bourchier, the Royal Arms of England and Bohun. They had the following progeny:

      Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex (1404 – 4 April 1483), eldest son
      Sir William Bourchier (1407-1470), jure uxoris 9th Baron FitzWarin, 2nd son.
      John Bourchier, 1st Baron Berners (1415 – 16 May 1474), 3rd son
      Thomas Bourchier, (ca. 1404 – 30 March 1486), Archbishop of Canterbury and a cardinal, 4th son
      Eleanor Bourchier, (ca. 1417 – November, 1474), wife of John de Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

      Death & burial
      He died at Troyes, France on 28 May 1420 and was buried at Llanthony Priory, Gloucestershire
      all of the above from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bourchier,_1st_Count_of_Eu