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John Botetourt

Male - 1324


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  • Name John Botetourt 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Nov 1324  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Person ID I5996  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2018 

    Father Guy Botetourt,   b. of Little Ellingham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1316 
    Mother Ada 
    Family ID F4060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maud fitz Thomas,   b. 1269,   d. Bef 27 Nov 1328  (Age < 59 years) 
    Married Bef Jun 1282  [2, 8
    Children 
    +1. Thomas Botetourt,   b. of Upton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 28 Jul 1322
    +2. Otes Botetourt,   b. of Mendlesham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1345
    +3. Ada Botetourt,   d. Bef 31 May 1349
    +4. Elizabeth Botetourt,   d. 11 Apr 1384
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F4079  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Or Buteturte; Boutecourte; Botecourt; Butecourt.

      "In 1294 when the king faced the threat of French galleys raiding the south coast of England, he appointed two household knights, William de Leybourne and John Botetourt, as captain and sub-captain of the fleet. In the following year they were described as admirals--the first use of the term in England. In 1296 he commanded 94 ships taken from ports between Harwich and King's Lynn, the great majority from Yarmouth." [Royal Ancestry]

      "He was summoned to Parliament from 13 July 1305 to 13 Sep. 1324, by writs directed Johanni Botetourt, whereby he may be held to have become Lord Botetourt." [Royal Ancestry]

      "A distinguished soldier; Gov. of St. Briavel's Castle, co. Gloucester, 1291; Adm. for the Northern Seas 1294-97, and again 1315. He was one of the Barons who signed the letter to the Pope in 1301, and was sum. to Parl. from 13 July (1305) 33 Edw. I to 13 Sep. (1324) 18 Edw. II, by writs directed Johanni Botetourt, whereby he may be held to have become Lord Botetourt. Gov. of Framlingham Castle, 1314. He joined in the rebellion of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and fought at Boroughbridge, 16 Mar. 1321/2, for which he was fined £1,000, and was pardoned 8 Oct. 1322. He m., probably soon after 1 July 1285, when she was a minor, certainly before June 1292, Maud, sister and h. of Otes Fitz Thomas, being da. of Thomas Fitz Otes, of Mendelsham, Suffolk, by Betarice, 3rd da. and coh. of William de Beauchamp, feudal Lord of Bedford. He d. 25 Nov 1324. His widow was living 28 May 1329." [Complete Peerage II: 233-35]

      He has been claimed by some (including CP volume XIV) as an illegitimate son of Edward I. William Addams Reitwiesner comments here. A useful overview of diverse opinions is here. If you have an NEHGS membership, F. N. Craig's "The Parentage of John Boutetourt (died 1324)" (The American Genealogist 63:3, July 1988, p. 145), which established the prevailing modern view that John Botetourt was a son of Guy Botetourt, can be read here.

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    3. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    4. [S523] F. N. Craig, "The Parentage of John Boutetourt (died 1324)." The American Genealogist 63:3, July 1988, p. 145.

    5. [S524] F. N. Craig, "Descent from a Domesday Goldsmith." The American Genealogist 65:24, Jan 1990., year only.

    6. [S1331] The Ancestry of Nicholas Davis, 1753-1832, of Limington, Maine by Walter Goodwin Davis. Portland, Maine: Anthoensen Press, 1956.

    7. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.

    8. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., "probably soon after 1 July 1285".