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  • ID: I30078
  • Name: Thomas FITZALAN , KB,KG, Earl of Arundel & Surrey 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: 17th\12th\5th Earl of /Arundel/, Thomas FitzAlan
  • Name: 11th Earl of SURREY , Thomas FitzAlan 2
  • Birth: 13 OCT 1381 in Arundel Castle, Sussex, England 1
  • Death: 13 OCT 1415 in Arundel Castle, Sussex, England (of dysentery) 1
  • Burial: Arundel Chapel, Sussex, England
  • Note:

    EARLDOM of ARUNDEL (XVII, 12 or 5) 1400

    THOMAS FITZ ALAN. 2nd but only surviving son of Richard [XV, 11th or 4th Earl], by his 1st wife, born 13 October 1381, Earl of Arundel. Was for sometime in ward to John de Holand, Duke of Exeter, by whom he was very harshly treated, but managed to escape to the Continent, and joined his uncle, Thomas, the deposed Archbishop, at Utrecht, with whom he lived in great poverty. About 4 July 1399 he landed in England, with Henry, Duke of Lancaster [afterwards Henry IV], who is said to have delivered the captive King into his custody [though under 18], making him Governor of the Tower of London. Made K.B. 12 October 1399, and at Henry's coronation, 13 October officiated as Pincerna. Early in 1400 he defeated the insurgent nobles, when his former guardian, John de Holand, was captured and beheaded. In October 1400 his father's attainder was reversed, and he was restored in blood and in honours as Earl of Arundel and Surrey, taking his seat, though still a minor. He also had livery of all his father's estates. K.G. 1400. He fought with moderate success against the Welsh 1401-05, and was victorious against the rebels under Archbishop Scrope in 1405, and against the French in 1411. By Henry V he was made High Treasurer 21 March 1412/3, and Warden of the Cinque Ports. He was at the taking of Harfleur, 1415. On his death, the estates and representation of the family of Warenne [Earls of Surrey] devolved on his three sisters and coheirs (d).

    He married, 26 November 1405, at Lambeth, in the presence of the Court, Beatrice, illegitimate [but probably legitimated] daughter of John I, King of Portugal, by Inez Perez, daughter of Pedro Esteres. She was one of 13 ladies for whom, on the feast of St. George, in 1413, robes of the Order of the Garter were provided. Her right to dower being disputed, she, in 1421, was naturalised. The Earl died 13 October 1415, s.p. legit (the Earl in his will makes detailed provisions for his son John and appoints his wife Beatrice as guardian for the boy, who presumably was illegitimate), of dysentery [contracted shortly before at the siege of Harfleur], on his birthday, aged 34, at Arundel, and was buried in the chapel there. His widow married [license 20 January 1432/3] John [HOLAND], 2nd Earl of Huntingdon, who was Lieutenant of Aquitane (1439) and afterwards [1443/4] Duke of Exeter. She died s.p. 23 October 1439 at Bordeaux and was buried at Arundel. M.I (e). [Complete Peerage I:245-6, XIV:38-9, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    (d) Viz.
    (1) Elizabeth, Duchess of Norfolk, whose descendants (as senior heirs general) opposed the claim of the junior branch of the family of Fitz Alan (as heirs male) to the Earldom of Arundel. Her great-grandson John Mowbray (afterwards Duke of Norfolk), was in 1451 created Earl of Warenne and Surrey, being ancestor to the present (1909) Lord Mowbray, who in her right is coher to the ancient Earls of Arundel, of the family of Fitz Alan, prior to 1415; as also is he (by the marriage in 1749, of his paternal ancestor, William, Lord Stourton, with Winifred Howard) to all the succeeding Earls of Arundel, whether of the family of Fitz Alan or of Howard, from 1415 (the above date) to 1777.
    (2) Joan, Baroness Abergavenny, widow, who d. 1434.
    (3) Margaret, wife of Sir Roland Lenthal.
    (4) [Added by XIV:39] Another sister [but probably not an heir because she died before Thomas and without legitimate issue], Alice m. John Cherleton, 4th Lord Cherleton, feudal Lord of Powis, and dsp. legit, presumably before her brother's death in 1415. She was mother of Bishop Henry Beaufort's illegitimate daughter Joan, wife of Sir Edward Stradling.

    (e) She is erroneously stated, in the Visitations of Berkshire and elsewhere, to have m. Gilbert, 5th Lord Talbot, which lord did marry another Portugese lady, also named Beatrice.

    Father: Richard FITZALAN , KG, Earl of Arundel & Surrey b: 1346 in Arundel Castle, Sussex, England
    Mother: Elizabeth de BOHUN b: ABT 1350 in Huntington Castle, Kington, Herefordshire, England

    Marriage 1 Beatrice Princess of PORTUGAL b: ABT 1391 in Portugal
    • Married: 26 NOV 1405 in Lambeth Palace, London (1st husband) 1

    1. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: I:245-6
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: XII/1:512
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