Thomas de Berkeley 1st Baron Berkeley 1
- Born: 1245
- Marriage (1): Joan de Ferrers in 1267
- Died: 23 Jul 1321, Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England at age 76
From Wikipedia - Thomas de Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley :
Thomas de Berkeley aka The Wise (1245 - 23 July 1321 ), 1st Baron Berkeley, was an English baron , soldier and diplomat .
Thomas was born in 1245 at Berkeley Castle in the English county of Gloucestershire , the son of Sir Maurice de Berkeley and Isabel FitzRoy . In 1267, he married Joan de Ferrers, the daughter of William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby and Margaret de Quinci, and was succeeded by his son Maurice de Berkeley II .
Berkeley fought in the Battle of Evesham . He inherited the title of Baron de Berkeley [feudal baron] in 1281 and was created 1st Baron Berkeley [England by writ] on 28 June 1283 . He was a commissioner to examine the claims to the crown of Scotland in June 1292.
He was on an embassy to France in January 1296 and held the office of Vice-Constable of England in 1297. He fought in the Battle of Falkirk on 22 July 1298 and fought in the siege of Caerlaverock in July 1300. He was on an embassy to Pope Clement V in July 1307. He fought in the Battle of Bannockburn on 24 June 1314 , where he was taken prisoner, and paid a large sum for his ransom. He died at Berkeley on 23 July 1321 .
Thomas married Joan de Ferrers, daughter of Sir William de Ferrers 5th Earl of Derby and Margaret de Quincy, in 1267. (Joan de Ferrers was born about 1248 in Derbyshire, England, died on 19 Mar 1309 in Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England and was buried in St. Augustine's, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.)