Sir Henry Bourchier, KG, 1st Earl of Essex

Sir Henry Bourchier, KG, 1st Earl of Essex

Male 1404 - 1483  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name Henry Bourchier 
    Title Sir 
    Suffix KG, 1st Earl of Essex 
    Born ~ 1404  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As 1st Viscount Bourchier  [2
    Also Known As 2nd Count Eu  [2
    Also Known As 5th Baron Bourchier  [2
    Died 4 Apr 1483  [2, 3
    Buried Little Easton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • at Beeleigh Abbey...
    Person ID I47650  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2017 

    Father William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu,   b. 0___ 1374, Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1420, Troyes, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Anne of Gloucester,   b. 30 Apr 1383,   d. 16 Oct 1438, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married ~ 1405  [4, 5
    Family ID F17231  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Isabel of York, Countess of Essex,   b. 0___ 1409, (Conisborough Castle, Conisborough, Yorkshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Oct 1484  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married Bef 25 Apr 1426  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. William Bourchier, Viscount Bourchier,   b. Great Totham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jun 1480
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F17507  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Elizabeth de Ferrers, Baroness Gerrers of Groby,   b. 0___ 1418, Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1483, Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Last Modified 21 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F17587  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Little Easton, Essex, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Sir Henry Bourchier ~1404 - April 4th, 1483
    Sir Henry Bourchier ~1404 - April 4th, 1483
    Henry Bourchier, 5th Baron Bourchier, 2nd Count of Eu, 1st Viscount Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex, KG, was the eldest son of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu and Anne of Gloucester. On his mother's side, he was a great-grandson of Edward III of England.

  • Notes 
    • Henry Bourchier, 5th Baron Bourchier, 2nd Count of Eu, 1st Viscount Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex, KG (c. 1404/c. 1406 4 April 1483), was the eldest son of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu and Anne of Gloucester. On his mother's side, he was a great-grandson of Edward III of England.

      Titles

      He inherited the title of 5th Baron Bourchier from his cousin Elizabeth Bourchier, 4th Baroness Bourchier on her death in 1433. He became the 1st Viscount Bourchier in 1446, a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1452, and was created 1st Earl of Essex in 1461.

      Career

      He saw considerable military action in France and for his services was created Viscount Bourchier during the parliament of 14456 and elected Knight of the Garter on his third nomination in 1452. He later saw action in 1461 as a Yorkist supporter at the Second Battle of St Albans and the Battle of Towton, soon after which Edward IV created him Earl of Essex.

      He held the post of Lord High Treasurer from 29 May 1455 - 5 October 1456, 28 July 1460 - 14 April 1462, and 22 April 1471 - 4 April 1483. He also became Justice in Eyre south of the Trent in 1461, holding that title until his death.

      He died on 4 April 1483 and was buried at Beeleigh Abbey, although his tomb was subsequently moved to Little Easton church.

      Marriage and issue[edit]
      Prior to 1426, he married Isabel of Cambridge, another descendant of Edward III. She was the elder sister of Richard Plantagenet, which made her the aunt of Richard's two sons, the future Edward IV and Richard III.

      Henry and Isabel were parents to at least eleven children.

      William Bourchier, Viscount Bourchier (d. 1480). Married Anne Woodville, daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. They were parents of Henry Bourchier, 2nd Earl of Essex and Cicely Bourchier, wife of John Devereux, 8th Baron Ferrers of Chartley.[3]
      Henry Bourchier (d. 1462). Married Elizabeth de Scales, Baroness Scales. No known children.[3]
      Humphrey Bourchier, 1st and last Lord Bourchier of Cromwell (d. 14 April 1471). Killed in the Battle of Barnet.[3]
      John Bourchier (d. 1495). Married first Elizabeth Ferrers and secondly Elizabeth Chichele. No known children.[3]
      Edward Bourchier (d. 30 December 1460). Killed in the Battle of Wakefield.[3]
      Thomas Bourchier (d. 1492). Married Isabella Barre. No known children.[3]
      Florence Bourchier (d. 1525).[3]
      Fulk Bourchier. Considered to have died young.[3]
      Hugh Bourchier. Considered to have died young.[3]
      Isabella Bourchier. Considered to have died young.[3]
      Laura Bourchier (1440- ) married John Courtenay (killed at Tewkesbury, 1471)
      On his death she did not remarry and died more than a year later.

      References

      Jump up ^ See garter plate of his grandson the 2nd Earl
      Jump up ^ Vivian, Heralds' Visitations of Devon, 1895, p.106
      ^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h i j Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Family: A Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 111.
      Bibliography[edit]
      Clark, Linda. "Bourchier, Henry". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2987. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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  • Sources 
    1. [S10454] "Isabel of Cambridge, Countess of Essex" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Friday, February 24th.

    2. [S10455] "Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Friday, February 24th, 20.

    3. [S10538] "Ferrers of Groby, Baron (E, 1299 - forfeited 1554)" history, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Thursday, M.

    4. [S10119] "Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester" biography, accessed & downloaded Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by David A.

    5. [S10122] "Anne of Gloucester" biography, accessed & downloaded Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by David A. Hennessee, https://en.wik.