Martin Family Tree

Compiled by Fred Martin

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John de Bourchier  (        - 1330)

A judge under Edward II.  A justice of assize for the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.  Justice of the common bench at Westminster, also under Edward III.  More

Helen of Colchester  (        -         )

The daughter and heir of Walter of Colchester of Stanstead Hall, in Halstead, Essex and Joan Monchesey.

Their children were:

Robert Bourchier  See next

Sir John  Was made a Knight of the Garter for his outstanding achievements in the wars with France.

Robert Bourchier  (c.1306 - 1349)

Born after 1306.  1st Baron Bourchier of Halstead, Essex, MP for Essex, judge of the common pleas and the first layman ever to be appointed Lord Chancellor of England (1340-1).   He fought at Crecy, in France, and died of the plague in 1349.  More

Margaret Preyers  (        -         )

The daughter of Sir Thomas Preyers of Sible Hedingham, Essex, and Anne of Essex

Their children were:

William Bourchier  See next

John Bourchier  2nd Lord Bourgchier, was made a Knight of the Garter for his outstanding achievements in the wars with France.

Sir William Bourchier  (1330 - 1375)

Born 1 Jun 1330 in Halstead, Essex. Comte d'Eu.  Died 1375 in Little Easton, Essex

Eleanor de Louvain  (1345 - 1397)

Born 27 Mar 1345 in Little Easton, Essex, the daughter and heiress of Sir John de Louvain / Lovayne (d.1347), feudal baron of Little Easton in Essex, and Margaret Weston.   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.   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.   Eleanor died 5 Oct 1397.

Their children were:

William Bourchier  b. 1374.  See next

Sir William Bourchier  (c.1374 - 1420)

An English knight created by King Henry 1V.  In Normandy, 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 ComtÚ 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 comtÚs to certain of his more significant English supporters, and the ComtÚ of Eu was granted to William Bourchier, thus making him 1st Count of Eu.  He died at Troyes, France on 28 May 1420, and was buried at Llanthony Secunda Priory, Gloucester.  More

Anne Woodstock  (        -         )

Countess of Stafford, the daughter of the Plantagenet prince, Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (1355-1397) (youngest son of King Edward III) and 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.

Their children were:

Henry Bourchier  born 1404.  See next

William Bourchier  born 25 October 1415, jure uxoris 9th Baron FitzWarin.  Married twice, firstly to Thomasine Hankford, their children including Fulk Bourchier, 10th Baron FitzWarin and Blanche Bourchier. His second marriage was in 1448 to Catherine de Affeton.

John Bourchier  Born c.1416. 1st Baron Berners.  Died 16 May 1474.

Thomas Bourchier  born c.1418.  Archbishop of Canterbury from 1454 until his death on 30 March 1486.

Eleanor Bourchier  born c.1417, married of John de Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk.  Died November 1474

Henry Bourchier   (1404 - 1484)

5th Baron Bourchier, 2nd Count of Eu or Ewe, 1st Viscount Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex.  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.  He died 4 April 1483.  More

Isabel of Cambridge   (1409 - 1484)  

Isabel of York, and later Countess of Essex, was born in Coningsburgh Castle, Yorkshire, 21 September 1409. Sometimes referred to as Isobel Plantagenet.   At the age of 3 she was betrothed to Sir Thomas Grey.  They were married 18 February 1413 and had a son, Thomas.   Sir Thomas Grey was an associate of Isabel's father and both lost their lives in the Southampton Plot.  Isabel married Henry Bourchier in Latchingdon in 1427.   She died on October 2, 1484 at Little Easton, Essex.

Their children were:

Elizabeth Bourchier  (1430 - 1469)  Married Thomas Barttelot in 1446, in Sussex

Eleanor Bourchier  (1431-1434)  Born in Grest Totham, Essex.

Isabel Bourchier  Died young

William Bourchier  Viscount Bourchier, born c.1433, 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 who married John Devereux, 9th Baron Ferrers of Chartley.  William died 26 June 1480.

Sir Henry Bourchier  Married Elizabeth de Scales, Baroness Scales.  Died 1462

Sir Humphrey Bourchier  1st and last Lord Bourchier of Cromwell.  Killed in the Battle of Barnet, 14 April 1471.

Fulk Bourchier  Died young

John Bourchier  Married firstly Elizabeth Ferrers and secondly Elizabeth Chichele.  Died 1495.

Laura Bourchier  Born 1440, married John Courtenay (killed at Tewkesbury, 1471)

Edward Bourchier  Killed in the Battle of Wakefield 30 December 1460.

Emme Bourchier  Born in Essex in 1444.  Married Sir Peter Osborne.

(Lady) Constance Bourchier 

(Lady) Rachel Bourchier 

Hugh Bourchier  Died young

Sir Thomas Bourchier  Married Isabella Barre.  Died 1492

Florence Bourchier Died 1525.