Margaret Beauchamp Duchess of Somerset

Brief Life History of Margaret

When Margaret Beauchamp Duchess of Somerset was christened on 24 January 1405, in Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England, her father, John Beauchamp 3rd Baron Of Bletsoe, was 20 and her mother, Edith Stourton, was 26. She married Sir Oliver St John about 1424, in England. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 6 daughters. She died on 17 August 1482, in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, at the age of 77, and was buried in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England.

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Family Time Line

Sir Oliver St John
Margaret Beauchamp Duchess of Somerset
Marriage: about 1424
Cicely John
Edith St John
Sir John Saint John 5th Lord of Bletsoe
Oliver St John
Elizabeth St John
Mary St John
Margaret St John Abbess of Shaftesbury
Agnes St John

Sources (8)

  • Margaret Beauchamp, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors & Cousins
  • Margaret Beauchamp in The Peerage

World Events (1)

1455 · Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses was a series of English civil wars for control of the throne of England between the royal families House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name of the war was derived as the red rose was the symbol of the Lancastrians and the white rose was the symbol of the Yorks.

Name Meaning

Some characteristic forenames: French Antoine, Jacques, Yves, Andre, Armand, Emile, Fernand, Marcel, Marthe, Remi, Alcide, Camille.

English (of Norman origin) and French: habitational name from any of several places in France, for example in Manche and Somme, that are named with Old French beu, bel ‘fair, lovely’ + champ(s) ‘field, plain’ (from Latin bello campo ‘beautiful field’). In English the surname is generally pronounced Beecham . Compare Bushaw .

English: in some cases, an Anglo-Norman French adaptation of Scottish Campbell , by translation into French of the folk etymology de campo bello ‘from the fair field’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Margaret Beauchamp (c. 1410 – before 3 June 1482) was the daughter of Sir John Beauchamp, de jure 3rd Baron Beauchamp of Bletsoe, and his second wife, Edith Stourton. She was the maternal grandmother …

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