Name: Lawrence Berkerolles
Death: DEC 1411
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Change Date: 20 APR 2011
Gained Coity Castle by his marriage.
After his death Coity passed (after some legal wrangling) to the Gamage family.
Sir John's de la Bere?s eldest son, also John, was in line to inherit his mother's ancestral home of Coyty Castle. This finally happened upon the death of his cousin Sir Lawrence Berkerolles in 1411. He may not have taken up residence however, for there was much controversy over who should inherit, and his cousin Joan (Stackpole) and her husband Richard Vernon were living at the castle in 1412. They were under siege by another cousin and claimant, William Gamage. Joan's claims were initially upheld by the King, but William later won his property through the courts. This John De la Bere died in his centenary year of 1414. Thomas, his son, apparently predeceased him.
In the year 1412, the family received the great good fortune of the accession to the Berkerolles estates, mentioned in the notice of the marriage of the grandfather of the present Sir Edward with the daughter of the house of Berkerolles - for it was in this year that Sir Lawrence Berkerolles died. New Castle (East Orchard), St Athans fell without dispute to Sir Edward, but with regard to the claims made by him to a fourth part of the lands and hereditaments of Turbeville, the Lord of Coity, a lawsuit ensued in the king's bench, when that fourth part was adjudged to the Lord Gamage "because Sir Lawrence Berkerolles had not a male heir of his own body when he died".
Father: William Berkerolles
Ismania de Hanham
- Text: De La Bere
by David Nash Ford
- Type: Book
Periodical: The History of the Stradlings of St Donats, Together with that of the Parish, Manor and Castle.
Location: Cardiff central Library Manuscript No. 3.166