John Bourchier

John Bourchier (abt. 1415 - 1474)

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Sir John "1st Baron Berners" Bourchier
Born about in Little Easton, Essex, Englandmap
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Husband of — married after 10 Oct 1441 in Englandmap
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Died in Surrey, Englandmap
Profile last modified 26 Nov 2019 | Created 19 Oct 2010 | Last significant change: 26 Nov 2019
20:17: Michael Cayley added Michael Cayley as manager for profile of John Bourchier (abt.1415-1474). [Thank Michael for this]
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John Bourchier was a member of aristocracy in England.

John Bourchier was son of William Bourchier and Anne of Gloucester.[1][2][3] His birth date is uncertain.

He was knighted in 1426.[2]

He married Margery Berners, widow of John Ferreby and daughter of Sir Richard Berners of West Horsley, Surrey. They were fined in 1441/2 for marrying without royal licence.[2][3] They had 3 sons and 2 daughters:

On 26 May 1455 he was summoned to Parliament as "Johanni Bourgchier de Berners chivaler", and the summons is regarded as creating the title Baron Berners. He attended Parliaments from then until 1472.[2][3]

He was itinerant justice for Brecon, Wales.[3] From December 1461 to his death he was joint Constable of Windsor Castle, along with Lord Fauconberg.[2][3][4]

He died on 16 or 21 May 1474 and was buried at Chertsey Abbey, Surrey. His will was proved on 21 June 1474.[2][3]

Research Notes

Birth information: about 1415, at Little Eaton [sic], Essex, England[5]

Note: Lewis does not include a citation for the information. The entry for John in Richardson's Royal Ancestry (I:484 BOURCHIER 12.) does not include when or where he was born.

Disputed daughter: A profile was created by GEDCOM import for another child, Anne Bourchier, born 1441, died 1442. There appear to be no reliable sources in the profile, and, unless some come to light, there must be questions about the relationship. I have marked the relationship as uncertain but not detached Anne in case there was a child called Anne who died in infancy. - Michael Cayley, 8 March 2019

Berner/Barnes: "'Berners' is spelt 'Barnes' in some sources, including the 1552 Visitation of Essex.[6] At this date, the 'e' in Barnes would not have been silent, and in some parts of England was pronounced rather like the fill-in word 'er' is today by English speakers who do not roll the letter 'r'.


  1. Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham (Salt Lake City: the author, 2013), volume I, pages 482-484 BOURCHIER 11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 G E Cokayne. Complete Peerage, vol.2, p. 153
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 Douglas Richardson. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 4 vols, ed. Kimball G. Everingham, 2nd edition (Salt Lake City: the author, 2011, volume I pp.283-284 BOURCHIER 10.
  4. Christian Steer. The Death of Achilles: The Funeral Brass of Sir Humphrey Bourchier, Transactions of the Monumental Brass Society vol. XIX/5, 2018, p.430, viewable at
  5. Marlyn Lewis. Entry for Sir John Bourchier (accessed 21 April 2019).
  6. Visitation of Essex 1552, 1558, 1570, 1612, 1634 Page 3


This person was originally created through the import of Acrossthepond.ged on 21 February 2011.

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John Bourchier is on a trail between Gateway Ancestor Mary Bourchier and Magna Carta Surety Baron Henry de Bohun that was reviewed/approved for the Magna Carta Project on 5 July 2019 by Liz Shifflett. The profile was developed in accordance with project standards (by Michael Cayley, 6 April 2019). See Base Camp for more information about Magna Carta trails.
Badged trails through Elizabeth Badlesmere (John's gr-gr-grandmother) go to the de Clares, de Quincy, and Lacy.

Trail from Mary Bourchier to Henry de Bohun

  1. Mary Bourchier is the daughter of John Bourchier
  2. John Bourchier is the son of Ralph Bourchier
  3. Ralph Bourchier is the son of James Bouchier
  4. James Bourchier is the son of John Bourchier
  5. John Bourchier is the son of Humphrey Bourchier
  6. Humphrey Bourchier is the son of John Bourchier
  7. John Bourchier is the son of Anne of Gloucester
  8. Anne of Gloucester is the daughter of Eleanor de Bohun
  9. Eleanor de Bohun is the daughter of Humphrey de Bohun
  10. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of William de Bohun
  11. William de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  12. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  13. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  14. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Humphrey de Bohun
  15. Humphrey de Bohun is the son of Surety Baron Henry de Bohun. Already has MC Badge, other Trail.
  16. Henry de Bohun, Surety Baron.

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On 11 Sep 2019 at 17:38 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

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On 22 Apr 2019 at 01:23 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

edited marriage datafields (married about 1441 conflicted with will date of her first husband - 1 Oct. 1441); her father is "of West Horsley, Surrey" but I couldn't anything that said where they married.

Gibbs, V: Complete Peerage, 2nd edn, Vol. 2 of 14, p. 153, Berners, II. (date of Ferreby's will)

I'll edit the date... Richardson's Royal Ancestry has Ferreby's death date as 10 October 1441. (RA I:484 BOURCHIER 12.)

On 6 Mar 2019 at 14:14 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I intend shortly to do some work on this profile as part of what I am doing on the Magna Carta trail of Mary Bourchier, All help welcomed!

On 13 Feb 2019 at 15:24 GMT C. Mackinnon wrote:

Bowsey-2 and Bourchier-13 appear to represent the same person because: These profiles have been identified as representing the same person. See reasoning at Space:Bryan family possible fabrication. Bourchier should be LNAB as that is the name by which the family is usually known. Bosey should be OLN.

Rejected matches › John Bourchier (abt.1467-1533)

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