Sir John de Beauchamp Baron Kidderminster, Justice of North Wales 1 2
- Born: Abt 1319, Holt Manor, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England
- Marriage (1): Joan FitzWith
- Died: 12 May 1388, London, Middlesex, England about age 69
- Buried: Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Another name for John was Sir John de Beauchamp Lord Beauchamp of Kyderminster.
His parents may have been John De Beauchamp (b. abt 1280) and Eleanor (b. abt 1297).
Notes from RootsWeb http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jerrr744%2D1&id=I32029 :
Holt manor passed to the Beauchamp family when Emeline de Abitot, the daughter and heiress of Urso, married Walter de Beauchamp then owner of Elmley Castle. Holt was then held by successive Beauchamps, Earls of Warwick; one of the most powerful earldoms in the country.
No doubt using his influence with the King (Edward III), Sir John Beauchamp (1319-1388) obtained a grant to hold a fair at 'Le Rode' in Holt. The fair was to be held every 22 July, St. Mary Magdalene's feast day.
Sir John was impeached by the 'Merciless Parliament' on 12 March 1388 and was executed on Tower Hill, London, on 12 May the same year.
At the time of his death Sir John Beauchamp of Holt, Lord of Beauchamp, Baron of Kidderminster, had manors, estates and properties throughout the Midland shires and beyond. Holt was still however his principal manor. It is thought that John Beauchamp built Holt Castle. The only surviving original portion of which is the square tower that dominates the west elevation, with fifteenth and sixteenth century additions behind.
On Sir John's execution parliament expropriated all his lands and possessions, and leased them out to various parties. His distant cousin, Thomas Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, obtained Holt manor. In 1398 Parliament reversed its earlier decision and returning all his fathers lands and title to John (1378-1420), son of John (1319-1388). In 1420 Sir John Beauchamp died without male heir. At that time he held the manors of Holt and Hanley, near Tenbury, four more in Warwickshire, weirs and fisheries in Ombersley and several properties in the city of Worcester. In the absence of a male heir the barony became extinct. His twenty-year-old daughter, Margaret succeeded him, but Holt Manor was split in to three parts, each following a different female line of descent. Margaret married firstly John Pauncefoot and, secondly, John Wyshaw, who in 1428 was holding the manor for her.
The deer park was enclosed following the death of Sir John Beauchamp.
May have been born about 1317 or 1319.
Beheaded for treason.
John married Joan FitzWith, daughter of Robert FitzWith and Unknown. (Joan FitzWith was born on 25 Mar 1322 in Bletsoe Castle, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England and died in 1384 in Holt Castle, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.)