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James Bourchier (1510 - 1554)

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Sir James Bourchier
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Husband of — married 1530 in Hambleton, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Died [location unknown]
Profile last modified 11 Sep 2019 | Created 31 Aug 2014 | Last significant change: 13 Sep 2019
16:06: Michael Cayley edited a message from Michael Cayley on the page for James Bourchier (1510-1554). [Thank Michael for this]
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Sir James was the illegitimate son of Sir John Bourchier, 2nd Lord Berners, by an unidentified mistress.[1][2]

He married Mary Bannaster, daughter of Sir Humphrey Bannaster.[1][2] They had 3 sons and 2 daughters[1]:

  • Sir Ralph
  • Arthur
  • Arthur, again
  • Jane
  • Mary, wife of Nicholas Yetsworth or Ettesworth, clerk of the signet and royal secretary for the French tongue.[2]

In 1540 he was his brother Humphrey's heir, acquiring thereby the manors of Haughton, Offley and Doxey in Staffordshire.[1]

Sir James died in 1554.[1]

Research Notes

The 1510 birth date is an estimate.

Neither Dugdale nor Douglas Richardson give a birth or death place for James. Marlyn Lewis[3] seems to suggest Haughton, Staffordshire, though the wording is a little unclear - "at of Haughton": James did not inherit Haughton until 1540 (see above) though it was held by a brother before that.

There have been suggestions that James’s mother was Elizabeth Bacon, as stated in Tudor Place. These suggestions probably derive from Flower’s Visitation of Yorkshire in 1563 and 1564, which gives Elizabeth Becon as James’s mother.[4] Douglas Richardson’s Magna Carta Ancestry suggests that this is likely to be mistaken, resulting from confusion with Elizabeth Bacon, the wife of James’s brother Humphrey (who was also illegitimate): vol.1, p.287 footnote 165. Dugdale does not name James’s mother.[2]

The date of James’s marriage to Mary Bannaster is uncertain.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 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.289-290 BOURCHIER 13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 J W Clay. Dugdale's Visitation of Yorkshire, with Additions, Vol 1, pub. William Pollard 1899, page 305.
  3. Marlyn Lewis, Our Royal, Titled and Commoner Ancestors (accessed 20 April 2019).
  4. William Flower. The Visitation of Yorkshire in the Years 1563 and 1564, Harleian Society 1881, p.30


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James 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 (Jame's 5x-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 17:39 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

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On 23 Feb 2019 at 19:57 GMT David Douglass wrote:

Added the Magna Carta Project as a Project Manager per WIkiTree policy upon adding MC template to profile under development and review by the Magna Carta Project. No other edits made.

On 18 Feb 2019 at 20:50 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

I have removed Beninbrough, Yorkshire as James’s birth and death place. In James’s lifetime, it was held by the Bannasters, the family of James’s wife. James’s son Ralph inherited it from a Bannaster uncle. See Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, vol.1 pp.289-90. Neither Richardson nor Dugdale give a birth or death place for James. Marlyn Lewis gives Haughton, Staffordshire as birth and death place.

On 17 Feb 2019 at 15:55 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!

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