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  • ID: I38702
  • Name: Thomas BANASTRE , of Bretherton, KG, Sir 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1332 in Bretherton, Chorley, Lancashire, England
  • Death: 16 DEC 1379 in (lost at sea) 1
  • Note:
    The following items were copied from Grantley Hutchens, World Connect db=grantleydawn, who researched the Banastre family:

    As per “Memorials of the Order of the Garter from its foundation to the present time with Biographical Notices of the Knights in the reigns of Edward III. and Richard II.” by George Frederick Beltz (1841) pages 206 to 210 ;

    "The earnest historical mention which we have seen of our knight, occurs in 1350, when, for his good services performed in the earl of Lancaster's naval engagement with the Spaniards, he obtained a pardon for the death of Ralph de Blackburne, whom he had had the misfortune to kill. {Rymer, vol. vi. p. 691.} According to Froissart, he received knighthood in 1360, from Edward III, when, being with that monarch at Bourg la Reine, within two leagues of Paris, and sir Walter MANNY having been permitted to make a chevauchee as far as the barriers of the capital, he was ordered to accompany him. {Froiss. (Buchon,) tom. iv. p. 47.} In 1366 he attended the Black Prince on his expedition into Spain, and was in the battle of Najara. {Ibid. p. 361.} He followed, in 1369, the earls of Cambridge and Pembroke into Aquitaine, with a reinforcement on occasion of the appeal of the Gascon nobles to the king of France, in the parliament of Paris, against the fouage, or hearth-money, imposed by the prince of Wales. {Ibid. tom. v. p. 44.} Upon the arrival of sir Robert KNOLLES at Angouleme, the prince directed sir Thomas BANASTRE to proceed with that commander against the enemy ; {Ibid. p. 77.} and, in the same year, he accompanied Chandos in his expedition from Poitiers into Anjou. {Ibid p. 112.} In a skirmish before Perigneux, in 1370, he was taken prisoner ; and exchanged for messire Caponnel de Caponnat, who had been imprisoned at Agen for having been the bearer of the summons to Edward upon the appeal of the Gascoigners. {Ibid. p 163. It appears, from this, that the French are unjust to the prince’s memory in asserting that Caponnat was put to death for that action. - Entrevue de l’empereur Charles IV. avec le roi Charles V. p. 96.}

    John duke of Lancaster, by a warrant dated at Higham Ferrers, 20th July 1374, bestowed upon him the office of forester of the chases of Penhitt, Frowden, and Rossyndale. {Register of the duchy, fo. 90.}
    The fidelity and valour of sir Thomas BANASTRE were further rewarded, in 1375, with the Order of the Garter, upon the death of sir Walter PAVELEY, one of the Founders ; and he had robes issued to him against the feasts of St. George, in 1376, 1377, and 1378. {Wardrobe accounts for those years.}

    We have now to relate such circumstances as are known of the melancholy termination of his active life. The duke of Britanny having, during his residence at the court of Richard II, received a deputation from his barons, soliciting his return to the duchy, he embarked at Southampton in 1379, and proceeded to Vannes. About the 6th of December in that year, the king despatched a force of two hundred men-at-arms and four hundred archers, in aid of the duke, under the command of sir John ARUNDELL. In this expedition was sir Thomas BANASTRE. The winds proved unfavourable ; and the little fleet was, after vainly contending with them for several days, driven back upon the Cornish coast, near which it became impracticable to anchor. The gale increasing in violence, the transports were forced into the Irish channel ; where three of them, having on board sir John ARUNDELL, sir Thomas BANASTRE, sir Hugh CALVERLEY, and sir Walter PAULE, and about one hundred soldiers, struck upon the rocks ; and ARUNDELL, BANASTRE, and PAULE, perished on the 16th of that month. CALVERLEY and sir Thomas TRIVETT were saved. {Froiss. tom. vii. p. 281.}

    Amongst the accounts of the duchy of Lancaster there are two several payments for masses and oblations, ordered by John of Gant on occasion of the funeral obsequies solemnized in St Paul's cathedral in January following. {“To Walter DISSE, the duke's confessor. 4l. 3s. 4d. for one thousand masses sung for the souls of Monsr. Guychard d’Angle and Monsr. Thomas BANASTRE, deceased, companions of the Garter. - Warrant dated Kenilworth castle, 15th April 1380, regr, fo. 30b. Offerings and alms made by the duke in St Paul's church, London, on the day “ que nous fismes les obits de Monsr. John d’Arundelle et Monsr. Thomas BANASTRE et autres bacheliers a dieu commandez” by tempest of the sea in the month of December. The obits were made in January following. - Warrant dated Hereford castle, 24th June 1380, regr, fo. 42.}

    Sir Thomas BANASTRE married, before 1355, Agnes {This lady and her sister Sibilla (who married William BANASTRE, the brother of our knight) were descended of the elder line of BANASTRE. Their father, sir Adam, was the son of sir Richard de Houghton, by Sibilla sister of Henry de Lee (who was beheaded with sir Adam BANASTRE in 1323), and daughter of sir William de Lee, by Clementia the daughter of sir Robert BANASTRE of Walton and Newton in Makerfield (the petitioner in 1278), by Alicia his wife, the daughter of Gilbert WOODCOCK. It appears, by an extract from the family muniments in Harl. MS. No. 805, that sir Thomas BANASTRE, on going to sea in 1363, enfeoffed his father-in-law, sir Adam HOUGHTON, in certain of his lands by deed dated at Broughton.} daughter of sir Adam de Houghton. Their son and heir, Edward BANASTRE, {“A diverses Forbeours et Armurers de Londres seize livres et seize deniers pur diverges armures de eux achatez et par nous donez a Edward BANASTRE.” - Warrant to the treasurer of the household of the duke of Lancaster, 3rd Dec. 1380, fo. 40.} was a minor at his father's death, and died shortly afterwards, leaving an only daughter, named Constance, his heir, {The writs for the inquisitions after the deaths of sir Thomas BANASTRE and his son Edward BANASTRE bear date on the 13th Dec. 1384 ; and, in consequence of the returns to those writs, the duke, by precepts to the escheator Robert de Urswyk, dated 12th Sept. 1385, directed him to seise into his hands the lands of sir Thomas, held partly by knight's service and partly in soccage in Etheliswick, Freculton, Claghton in Amoundernes, Billesburgh, Halghton, Parva Singleton, Thornton le Holmes juxta Thornton Sourby, Hamylton, Stalmyn, Croston, Faryngton, Thorp and Brethirton ; and the lands of Edward BANASTRE in Dilworth, Broghton, Preston in Amoundernes, Wodeplumpton cum le Morehall, and Gosenargh. - Warrant to sir Thomas THELWALL, chancellor of the duchy, to make out letters patent granting to Agnes, widow of sir Thomas BANASTRE, knt. deceased, and to Edward his son and heir, a minor, the custody of all the lands which the said Thomas held of the duke in capite, saving to Petronilla TRUSSELL, mother of Thomas, her dower. Dated Savoy, 4th May, 4 Ric. 2, [1381] duchy regr, fo. 45. - Mem. quod Rob’tus de Saureby et Joh’es de Birkheved capellani presentaverunt 26 Martij, ao 11o. [scil. ducis Joh’is, 1388] quod Agnes que fuit uxor Thome BANASTRE militis se debere, &c. et quod Agnes predicta recup. statum in terris que fuerunt Thome BANASTRE et in manu ducis quondam seisit. ratione minoris etatis Constancie filie et heredis Edwardi filii Thome BANASTRE militis. - Duchy regr, fo. 24. Petronilla que fuit uxor Ade BANASTRE militis, obiit ao 11o ducis [1388]. - lbid. fo. 116.} who became the wife of William the son of sir Richard de Balderstone, knt. William de Balderstone died in 1407, leaving issue by Constance BANASTRE (who had died before him), Richard de Balderstone, their heir, who, upon attaining his majority, had livery, 18th March 1422, of the same lands (in addition to his patrimonial inheritance) which had been held by sir Thomas BANASTRE and his son Edward. Richard BALDERSTONE died in 1459, leaving, by Joan his wife (executrix of his will), a son William, and two daughters, Ellen the wife of Thomas RADCLIFF of Wimmersley, and Elizabeth the wife of John OSBALDESTON. The line of William BALDERSTONE became extinct on the death of his great-grandson and heir general, Thomas TALBOT (the infant son of Edmund TALBOT of Bashall in Yorkshire by Jane HARYNGTON his first wife) about 1500. The co-representation of sir Thomas BANASTRE is therefore vested in Edward-Smith Stanley earl of Derby, K.G., as heir general of Ellen RADCLIFF, and in the heir of the body of Alexander OSBALDESTON of Osbaldeston, co. Lanc. esq. who died 9th February 1670. {See pedigrees of OSBALDESTON, C 37, in Coll. Armor, and Baines hist. of Lancashire, vol. iii. p. 343}

    In an inventory of the ornaments, &c. of the chapel of St. George at Windsor, taken ao, 8 Richard II. 1384, mention is made of the sword of our knight, preserved in that college. This relic was extant in the following reign. {Ashmole, p. 635 ; Mon. Angl. vol. iii. p. 86.} His Garter plate is still seen affixed to the stall which he filled, the thirteenth on the Prince's side.

    Arms : Argent, a cross cercelee Sable.
    Crest : A peacock in his pride seiant, proper.

    Father: Adam BANASTRE , of Bretherton & Singleton, Sir b: MAY 1308 in Bretherton, Chorley, Lancashire, England
    Mother: Pernell (Petronilla) b: ABT 1305

    Marriage 1 Agnes de HOGHTON b: ABT 1337 in Hoghton, Chorley, Lancashire, England
    • Married: BEF 1355 3
    1. Has Children Edward BANASTRE , of Bretherton b: ABT 1357 in Bretherton, Chorley, Lancashire, England

    1. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
      Media: Book
      Page: VI:102-8, see notes for Edward Banastre, d. 1382
    2. Title: VCH - Lancashire:. URL:
      Media: Book
      Page: VII:117-24, see notes for Alan Singleton, d. <1292
    3. Title: Memorials of the Order of the Garter, by George Frederick Belz (1841),
      Media: Book
      Page: 206
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