Name: Maurice ?The Magmanimous? De Berkeley
Suffix: 2nd Baron Berkeley
Birth: APR 1261 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire
Death: 31 MAY 1326 in Wallingford Castle, Berkshire
Burial: St. Augustine's, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Occupation: Governor of Berwick on Tweed 1314
Cause: Died while imprisoned by Edward II.
MEM: Bristol Cathedral, Glos, South Chancel Aisle
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Change Date: 11 APR 2008
Maurice was given around half the inheritance by his father in 1301 when he was about thirty and started his career as a military commander in the Scottish campaigns of the end of Edward I's reign. From 1308 he was summoned to parliament along with his father, and he was appointed to a series of important positions, warden of Berwick-upon-Tweed 1315-16, justiciar of Wales 1316-17 and seneschal of Gascony in Feb. 1320 (an office which he appears not to have taken up). He was a leader of the rebels in the Despenser war of 1321 and, having succeeded his father in Nov. 1321, surrendered to the king in Feb. 1322 and spent the rest of his life imprisoned in Wallingford Castle. He died in May 1326, a few months before the coup led by Isabella and Mortimer. The period 1281-1321 was one of intense activity in the estate, the 'high farming' era which generated an astonishing number of charters that now survive in the archive. The wives of Thomas (II), Maurice (III) and Thomas (III) brought lands to their husbands which expanded their interests outside Gloucestershire and northern Somerset, but the lords themselves were actively engaged in developing and increasing the estate by purchase, both of small holdings within the patrimony manors and of new manors.
His supposed effigy has staight legs and the carved heraldry on the shield; both fairly unusual.
The designation is unconfirmed.
Father: Thomas ?The Wise? De Berkeley b: 1245 in Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
Mother: Joan or Margaret De Ferrers b: ABT 1248 in Derbyshire
Eva La Zouche
- Isabel De Berkeley
- Millicent or Eva De Berkeley
- Thomas ?The Rich? Berkeley b: BEF 1297
- Robert Berkeley b: ABT 1294
- Maurice de Berkeley b: 1295 in Berkeley, Glos, England
Isobel de Clare
- Text: Berkeley Castle Muniments
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