Name: Maurice Berkeley
Suffix: 3rd Baron Berkeley
Note: 30 in 1465
Death: SEP 1506
Burial: Church of the Austin Friars, London 2
Residence: Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
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Change Date: 25 SEP 2007
Maurice the younger brother of William 2nd Lord Berkeley. He was disinherited for marrying Isabel Mede but later became the 3rd Lord Berkeley. Philip Mede supported the Berkeley family with his men at the last private battle fought on English soil at Nibley Green in March 1470.
Maurice at his marriage was in his thirtieth year.
The Battle of Nibley Green was the last private battle fought on English soil and one of the lesser known battles of the Wars of the Roses. It was a clash between the private armies of Viscount Lisle and William, Lord Berkeley, fuelled by a long-running feud and legal dispute.
(Book: Gloucestershire's Forgotten Battle: Nibley Green 1470 by Peter Fleming and Michael Wood)
The late lord's brother, now stripped of the ancient honours and possessions of his forefathers, (though he continued through his life to be styled by courtesy lord Berkeley), resided, as has been stated, at Thornbury, where, of his own and his wife's, he had a fair estate. As soon as the inquisitions after his brother's death were returned into Chancery, Maurice commenced proceedings to recover from the Crown some of the manors which the Marquess had given away, being advised that such alienations were illegal, and contrary to some old settlements and entails. In these litigations he was generally successful, the late Marquess, in his anxiety to barter his lands for honours and patronage, having often overlooked the nature of the titles by which he held them. Maurice's first success was the recovery of the manor of Sages in Slimbridge, consisting of seven tenements and 290 acres of land, and he entered into possession and held his first court there in 1499. Many other similar suits followed, with the like success, and while these were going on the manor and borough of Tetbury, and several others. descended to him as one of the heirs of the lord Breouse. In 1505 he claimed and recovered the advowson of the Church of Wotton-under-Edge, but immediately made it over to the Abbey of Tewkesbury. He also commenced a suit to recover the advowson of Slimbridge, held by Magdalen College, Oxford, which was settled by a compromise. The College retaining the advowson but paying him a sum of money, and undertaking to remember him in their prayers. In his journeys to and from London, and when visiting his manor of Callowden, near Coventry, finding that he and his suite were not received at the Monastery of Combe, in Warwickshire, with the honour and respect due to him as descendant from one of its founders, Maurice exhibited a bill in Chancery against the Abbot and Monks, claiming his rights in respect of his descent from Thomas Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, their founder, and obtained an acknowledgement of his claim. Maurice died in 1506, and was buried in the Church of the Augustine Friars, in London. His eldest son, Maurice, succeeded him.
Father: James ?The Just? Berkeley b: ABT 1394 in Raglan, Monmouthshire
Mother: Isabel De Mowbray b: ABT 1396 in Bristol, Glos
Isabel Meade b: ABT 1445 in Meade's Place, Wraxall, Somerset
- Thomas ?the Sheep Master? Berkeley b: 1472
- Ann de Berkeley
- Type: Web Site
- Text: Dave Berkeley 2004
- Type: Web Site
Author: Jorge H. Castelli
- Type: Web Site
Title: LDS Ancestral file