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  • ID: I12340
  • Name: Bernard BROCAS , of Beaurepaire, Sir 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1327 in Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire, England 1
  • Death: 1395 in Beaurepaire Manor, Sherborne St. John, Hampshire, England 1
  • Burial: St. Edmund Chapel, Westminster Abbey, London
  • Note:
    The following information was copied from the Westminster Abbey website:

    People Buried or Commemorated - Sir Bernard Brocas

    In the chapel of St Edmund in Westminster Abbey is the tomb of Sir Bernard Brocas (1330?-1395). His family originally came from Gascony in France, where they fought for the English cause. Brocas was a favourite knight of Edward the "Black Prince", son of Edward III, and was present at the battles of Poitiers and Crecy. He became chamberlain to Richard II's queen, Anne of Bohemia. He married first in about 1354 Agnes daughter of Sir Mauger Vavasour of Yorkshire, from whom he was divorced. Secondly in 1361 he married Mary daughter of Sir John des Roches. Both these ladies were heiresses. Sir Bernard was appointed Master of the Royal Buckhounds, an hereditary office held by his descendants for three centuries. Katharine, widow of Sir Hugh Tyrell, was his third wife in 1382. His son, also Bernard (by his wife Mary), held royal offices but he conspired against King Henry IV and was beheaded on Tower Hill in London in 1400. Sir Bernard senior died in 1395. His son, also Bernard (by his wife Mary), held royal offices but he conspired against King Henry IV and was beheaded at the Tower of London in 1400.

    The recumbent effigy on his tomb, depicting him in full plate armour with a sword, seems to have been a later addition. The shield he carried has now gone. Around the ledge of the tomb on a brass strip is the original inscription, which can be translated: "Here lies Bernard Brocas, soldier, one-time Chamberlain to Queen Anne of England: upon whose soul may God look graciously. Amen". His head rests on a helmet on which is his crest, a Moor's head. At his feet is a lion. The tomb was repaired in the 18th century and a long inscription in English was painted on it.

    The inscription reads:

    Here lies buried Sir Bernard Brocas, third son of Sir John Brocas who had a considerable command of archers at the siege of Calais in 1347, and a lineal descendant from Sir Bernard Brocas younger son of the Earl of Foix in France, who came to England with the Norman King William and in recquital of his services had a grant of lands in Hampshir to the then value of £400 per ann., which he chose near Basingstoke, & thereon built a mansion-house & called it Beaurepaire. This Sir Bernard served in the French wars, and being afterward sent against the Moors, overcame the King of Morocco in battle and was allowed to bear for his crest a Moor's head crowned with an old Eastern crown. His elder brother Sir John being slain in an engagement with the French near Southampton and his second brother Oliver (who was Grand Seneschal of Guyenne and Aquitaine and Governor of Bourdeaux) dying without issue Sir Bernard succeeded to the paternal inheritance both in England and France and having married Mary, daughter and heiress of Sir John de Roches, had a large estate with her, and the hereditary post of master of the Buck-hounds, which was confirmed to him by king Edward the Third, and held by the family till sold in James the Firstís reign. He was chamberlain to King Richard the Secondís queen; and his son, a knight of the same Christian name was carver to his said Majesty. The son was one of the conspirators against king Henry the Fourth at Oxford & was afterwards taken & executed at Cirencester in Gloucestershire, and he himself having raised a considerable force on the same side, advanced to Reading in Berkshire which place refusing him admittance, he burnt a part of it and made the rest his quarters, till on the retreat of the conspirators forces into Oxfordshire, Sir Bernardís dispersing, he, with many of his adherents became an easy prey to the townsmen of Reading, who executed several on the spot, but sent Sir Bernard to London where he was beheaded on Tower hill in January 1400.

    Among the coats of arms at the base of the tomb (repainted in the 1960s) are the arms of Brocas: sable [black] a lion rampant guardant or [gold], and des Roches: sable two lions passant guardant or.

    [http://www.westminster-abbey.org/library/burial/brocas.htm]




    Father: John BROCAS , of Clewer b: ABT 1295 in Clewer, Windsor, Berkshire, England
    Mother: Margaret b: ABT 1295 in England

    Marriage 1 Agnes le VAVASOUR , Heiress of Denton b: 1334 in Denton, Yorkshire West Riding, England
    • Married: BEF 1349 in Divorced in 1360 1

    Marriage 2 Mary de ROCHES , Heiress of Roche Court b: ABT 1335 in Roche Court, Fareham, Hampshire, England
    • Married: 1361 in 2nd wife
    Children
    1. Has Children Bernard BROCAS , of Beaurepaire, Sir b: ABT 1362 in Beaurepaire Manor, Sherborne St. John, Hampshire, England

    Marriage 3 Katherine PLAUNK b: ABT 1315 in England
    • Married: 1382 in 2nd husband 3rd wife 2

    Sources:
    1. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com
      Page: Rosie Bevan, 24 May 2001
    2. Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com
      Page: Rosie Bevan, 24 May 2001
      Text: no date, 3rd wife
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