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Thomas Berkeley (1472 - 1533)

Thomas "5th Baron Berkeley" Berkeley
Born in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1504 in Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 61 in Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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European Aristocracy
Thomas Berkeley was a member of the aristocracy in England.

Thomas Berkeley, 5th Lord Berkeley was born in 1472 at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England. He was the son of Sir Maurice Berkeley and Isabel Meade. He married, firstly, Eleanor Constable, daughter of Sir Marmaduke Constable and Joyce Stafford, between 1504 and 1505. He married, secondly, Cicely Arnold in 1526.

He also went by the nick-name of Thomas 'the Sheep Master'. He was invested as a Knight on 9 September 1513 from the Earl of Surrey He fought in the Battle of Flodden on 9 September 1513. He held the office of Constable of Berkeley Castle on 15 May 1514. He held the office of Sheriff of Gloucestershire between November 1522 and November 1523. He succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Berkeley [E., 1421] on 12 September 1523, by writ.

Thomas Berkeley had his will drawn up on 11 Jan 1533, describing himself as Thomas Berkeley, Knight, Lord of Berkeley. [1] He made bequests to and named:

  • my late brother Maurice, Lord Berkeley
  • the Lady Cecily, my wife
  • my son and heir Thomas
  • my son Maurice
  • his wife Frances, the niece of Walter Rowdon
  • my brother John Arnold

He died on 22 January 1532/33 at Mangotsfield, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. He was buried at St. Augustine's, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. His will (dated 28 April 1532 to 11 January 1532/3) was probated on 6 June 1533

In his will he made particular note of the burial rites that he wanted; firstly to be buried in the church at Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire between the choir and his chapel; and then, a year after his death, his body to be exhumed and taken to the monastery of St Augustine at Bristol, to be reburied beside his first wife Eleanor.


  1. Will: "England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858"
    The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 25
    Ancestry Sharing Link Ancestry Record 5111 #874615 (accessed 15 August 2021)
  • Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: 2013), Vol. I. page 341.
  • G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume II, page 136
  • Peter Townend, editor, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 105th edition (London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1970), page 2643. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage, 105th ed.
  • Peter Townend, editor, Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 18th edition, 3 volumes (London, England: Burke's Peerage Ltd, 1965-1972), volume 1, page 580. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th ed..

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There is no evidence that Thomas was born in Berkeley Castle. His father had been disinherited by William and Thomas was probably born in the nearby town of Thornbury where his parents had a sizeable estate.
posted by Robert King
I have replaced the place of birth afterlooking at the "The lives of the Berkeleys
posted by Robin Wood
Possibly the best source for Thomas Berkeley is:

Smyth, John, (1567-1640). The Berkeley manuscripts. The lives of the Berkeleys, lords of the honour, castle and manor of Berkeley, in the county of Gloucester, from 1066 to 1618; Vol II. Ed. Sir John McLean. For Bristol & Gloucester Archiological Society. Available online at See Chapter 'The life of Thomas the fifth' from page 220.

John Smyth of Nibley, was employed to write a history of the Berkeley family with full access to original documents in the Berkeley archives.

posted by Robert King
edited by Robert King
Source: Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: 2013), Vol. I. page 341.

Thomas Berkeley, married (1st) Eleanor Constable. The had two sons, and two daughters.

Sir Thomas Berkeley, styled Lord Berkeley, Mowbray, and Segrave, died 22 Jan. 1532/3.

Thank you!

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