John Beaufort KG

John Beaufort KG (abt. 1371 - 1410)

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Sir John "1st Earl of Somerset" Beaufort KG
Born about in Anjou, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married before 28 Sep 1397 in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Royal Hospital of St. Katherine-by-the-Tower, London, Middlesex, Englandmap
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[citation needed] for daughter Jean.



Titles of Sir John Beaufort: (Royal Ancestry)

King's knight
Earl of Somerset 10 Feb. 1396/7
Lieutenant of the Duchy of Aquitaine 1397-1401
Constable of Wallingford Castle 1397
Marquess of Dorset 29 Sept. 1397
Constable of Dover Castle and Warden of the Cinque Ports 1398-9.
Admiral of the Fleet in the West and North 1398-9, 1406-7,
Chamberlain of England 1399
Privy Councillor 1401, 1404, 1406
Captain of Calais 1401
Lieutenant of South Wales 1403
Vice Constable of England 1404.
Constable of Corfe Castle 1407


John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford


  • 1396: K.G.
  • from 1397: Earl of Somerset[1]
  • from 1397: Marquis of Dorset[1]

Death and burial of Sir John Beaufort

(Royal Ancestry) He died in the Royal Hospital of St. Katherine-by-the-Tower, London 16 March 1409/10 and was buried in St. Thomas's Chapel in the Cathedral Church of Canterbury, Kent. After the death of his wife Margaret, the Prior of Christ Church, Canterbury received a royal mandate to exhume the bodies of her former husbands and reinter them beside her in St. Michael's Chapel.

(Royal Tombs of Medieval England) John Beaufort was buried at Canterbury to the north of Becket's shrine. His will of 1410 made on the eve of his death gave no instructions for the place of burial, and it was probably Henry IV who chose his step-brother's burial-place. There is no record that he had a tomb. Prior to her death Margaret Holland had already decided to erect a triple tomb for herself and her two husbands. Margaret herself was interred at Canterbury in St. Michaels' Chapel on 8 January 1440. On 27 January Henry VI instructed the exhumation of the bodies of her two husbands, Somerset and Clarence and their reburial according to the duchess's prior instructions. Their triple-tomb stands in the center of the chapel and features alabaster effigies and Purbeck marble tomb-chest. Margaret Holland's effigy lies in the center of the tomb with John Beaufort's to the left and that of Clarence in the senior position; all are shown with hands clasped in prayer. Margaret's effigy has a ducal coronet and her husband's effigies are both wearing armor.


  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. I p. 498
  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. III p. 498 and 504
  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. IV p. 645-650
  • ROYAL ANCESTRY by Douglas Richardson Vol. V page 200

JOHN BEAUFORT, K.G., 1st Earl of Somerset, married MARGARET HOLAND (desc. King William the Conqueror) [see SOMERSET 11].

  • Burke, B. (1864). The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising & Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time, (pp.63). Harrison and Sons. Google Books.
  1. 1.0 1.1 Burke, 1864
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Weis, F. Ancestral roots of certain American colonists who came to America before 1700. 7th ed., additions and corrections by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. ; asst. by David Faris [Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992], pp. 3, 10 [lines 1-4, 6].

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Nicolas, N. Testamenta vetusta: being illustrations from wills, of manners, customs, &c. as well as of the descents and possessions of many distinguished families. From the reign of Henry the Second to the accession of Queen Elizabeth [London: Nichols & son, 1826], v. 1, pp. 140-45 [John of Gaunt], 230-31 [John Greystoke]; v. 2, pp. 654 [John Lyttelton, Esq.], 695-96 [Gilbert Talbot, Jr.]. [lines 2-7].

Roberts, G. The royal descents of 600 immigrants to the American colonies or the United States : who were themselves notable or left descendants notable in American history [Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 2004], p. 223 [lines 1-12].

Virgo, R., ed. Private life in the fifteenth century: illustrated letters of the Paston family [New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989]

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I Have also the following references mentioned:-

Cockayne, G. The complete peerage [London: St. Catherine Press, 1949], IV, pp. 39-44 [lines 1-3], VII, pp. 410-16 [lines 1-2]; XI, pp. 569, 706 note (a), 717 note (d), 731 chart [line 6], XII/1, pp. 49-53 [line 4], XII/2, p. 552 [lines 4-6].

Dugdale, W. The baronage of England [originally published 1675-76. Hildesheim ; New York: G. Olms, 1977], v. 1, pp. 325 chart, 331 [line 6], 742 [Greystoke, line 6]; v. 2, pp. 114-19, 121-4 [lines 2-5].

Faris, D. Plantagenet ancestry of seventeenth-century colonists, 2nd ed. [Boston: NEHGS, 1999], pp. 109, 162-63, 285-86, 332-33, 350 [lines 1-6].

Jeayes, I. Descriptive catalogue of the charters & muniments of the Lyttelton family [London: Chas. J. Clark, 1893], pp. xv, xvi, 107-08

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My 19th Great Grandfather.
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John Beaufort KG is notable.
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John is 19 degrees from Donald Howard, 16 degrees from Julia Howe and 4 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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