Name: Bartholomew De Badlesmere
Suffix: 1st Baron Badlesmere
Birth: ABT 1274 in Chilham, Kent
Death: 14 APR 1332 in Blean, nr Canterbury, Kent
Burial: Grey Friars, Canterbury, Kent 1
Occupation: Steward of the household to Edward II
Cause: Hung for treason
Change Date: 2 MAY 2009
Bartholomew Badlesmere (1275 ? 14 April 1322), English nobleman, was the son and heir of Gunselm de Badlesmere (died 1301), and fought in the English army both in France and Scotland during the later years of the reign of Edward I of England.
In 1307 he became governor of Bristol Castle.
Edward II appointed him steward of his household.
Badlesmere made a compact with some other noblemen to gain supreme influence in the royal council. Although very hostile to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, Badlesmere helped to make peace between the king and the earl in 1318, and was a member of the middle party which detested alike Edward's minions, like the Despensers, and his violent enemies like Lancaster.
The king's conduct, however, drew him to the side of the earl, and he had already joined Edward's enemies when, in October 1321, his wife, Margaret de Clare, Lady Badlesmere refused to admit Queen Isabella to her husband's castle at Leeds in Kent. The king assaulted and captured the castle, seized and imprisoned Lady Badlesmere, and civil war began.
After the defeat of the Earl of Lancaster at the Battle of Boroughbridge, Badlesmere was captured and hanged at Blean near Canterbury on April 14, 1322. His head was displayed on the Burgh Gate at Canterbury.
His son and heir, Giles, died in 1338 leaving four daughters, but no sons.
His daughter Elizabeth de Badlesmere (1313-8 June 1356), was married firstly (27 June 1316) to the Hon. Edmund Mortimer, 1st Baron Mortimer (1302-17 December 1331), Lord Mortimer, eldest son of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March and Joan de Geneville, Baroness Geneville. Both were the parents of Roger Mortimer, 2nd Earl of March.
Father: Guncelin De Badlesmere b: 1244 in Chilham, Kent
Mother: Joan Fitzbernard b: in Kingsdown, Kent
Margaret De Clare b: 1287 in Chilham, Kent
- Margery De Badlesmere b: 1306
- Maud De Badlesmere b: ABT 1310
- Margaret De Badlesmere b: 1315 in Castle Badlesmere, Kent
- Elizabeth De Badlesmere b: 1318 in Leeds Castle, Kent
- Type: Book
Periodical: Victoria County History of Kent