(?) de Ferrers

Father*Henry de Ferrers
Mother*Bertha Roberts

Child of (?) de Ferrers

Henry de Ferrers

Father*Walkeline de Ferrers d. c 1040
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationHenry de Ferrers was also known as Henri de Ferrières.
     Henry de Ferrers (also known as Henri de Ferrières) was a Norman soldier from a noble family who took part in the conquest of England and is believed to have fought at the Battle of Hastings of 1066 and, in consequence, was rewarded with much land in the subdued nation.

His elder brother William fell in the battle. William and Henri were both sons of Walkeline de Ferrers (d.c. 1040) Seigneur of Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire, Eure in upper Normandy.[2] The Ferrers family holding at Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire was the caput of their large Norman barony.[3]

Henry became a major land holder and was granted 210 manors throughout England and Wales, but notably in Derbyshire[4][5] and Leicestershire[4], by King William for his conspicuous bravery and support at Hastings.

He first served William I as castellan of Stafford, and in about 1066 or 1067 he was granted the lands in Berkshire and Wiltshire of Goderic, former sheriff of Berkshire, and, by the end of 1068 he also held the lands of Bondi the Staller in present day Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, and Essex. He is thought to have been appointed the first Anglo-Norman High Sheriff of Berkshire.

Following this in 1070 was the Wapentake of Appletree, which covered a large part of south Derbyshire, granted to Henry on the promotion of Hugh d'Avranches to become Earl of Chester. At the centre of this was Tutbury Castle[6] where he rebuilt and founded the priory in 1080.

His major landholdings, however, were those of the Anglo-Saxon Siward Barn,[7] following a revolt in 1071, including more land in Berkshire and Essex and also Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

These included part of the wapentakes of Litchurch and Morleyston, which contained an area later to be known as Duffield Frith. To command an important crossing over the Derwent he built Duffield Castle. In the wapentake of Hamston was the west bank of the River Dove, where he built Pilsbury Castle. Both these were of typical Norman timber motte and bailey construction. The latter history of Pilsbury is unknown, but Duffield was rebuilt as a stone fortress sometime in the Twelfth century.[8]

He was a key administrator in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and among the most powerful Anglo-Norman magnates. In 1086 he was a legatus ('commissioner’) on the West Midland circuit of the Domesday survey.

Henry had by his wife, Bertha, three sons - Enguenulf, William and Robert. A daughter, Amicia, married Nigel d'Aubigny, probably the brother of Henry I's butler. Henry had built Duffield Castle to protect and administer the Frith, and he placed it in the charge of Enguenulf.[9] Meanwhile William inherited the family's Norman estates. He joined Robert Curthose and was captured at Tinchebrai.

The date of Henry de Ferrers' death is uncertain, but it would seem to be between 1093 and 1100. He was buried in Tutbury Priory.

Enguenulf died shortly afterwards and the English estate passed to Robert, who King Stephen later made the first Earl of Derby.

His family tree is well researched and various people are said to be descended from this line.[10]. These include, George the First, Lady Diana, George Washington and Winston Churchill, and likely the actress Mia Farrow, a daughter of the Australian film director John Farrow, a descendant of the Farrows of Norfolk, England.

As a leading Norman magnate, Henry de Ferrers was followed to England by a coterie of lesser lords, or vassals, who were part of the feudal structure of Normandy and who owed their allegiance to their overlord. Among the underlords who followed Henry de Ferrers were three families who were lords of villages within the original Ferrers barony in Normandy: the Curzons (Notre Dame-de-Courson)[11], the Baskervilles (Boscherville)[12] and the Levetts (Livet-en-Ouche).[13]

All three families were from villages close by Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire. In the case of the de Livets, the village under their control was approximately four miles from the caput of the Ferrers family barony at Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire.

His grandson, Earl Robert de Ferrers the younger, produced a charter confirming land grants originally made by Henry de Ferrers to his vassals including: Alfinus de Breleford, Nigellus de Albiniaco, Robert fitz Sarle, William de Rolleston, Robert de Dun, Hugh le Arbalaster, Anscelin de Heginton, Robert de St. Quintin.[14]1

Children of Henry de Ferrers and Bertha Roberts


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_de_Ferrers

Bertha Roberts

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Ferrières.

Children of Bertha Roberts and Henry de Ferrers

William de Ferrières

M, b. before 1062
Father*Henry de Ferrers
Mother*Bertha Roberts

Engenulf de Ferrières

M, b. after 1062
Father*Henry de Ferrers
Mother*Bertha Roberts
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationEngenulf de Ferrières was also known as Enguenulf.

Walkeline de Ferrers

M, d. circa 1040
  • Walkeline de Ferrers died circa 1040.

Children of Walkeline de Ferrers

William de Ferrers

M, d. circa 1066
Father*Walkeline de Ferrers d. c 1040

Amicia de Ferrers

Father*Henry de Ferrers
Mother*Bertha Roberts
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was d'Aubigny.

Isabella de Tregoz

F, d. before 1342
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Bohun.

Child of Isabella de Tregoz and John de Bohun

Joan de Bohun

F, d. after 1349
Father*John de Bohun b. 1301, d. 1367
Mother*Isabella de Tregoz d. b 1342
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Lisle.

Child of Joan de Bohun and John de Lisle of Gatcombe

John de Lisle of Gatcombe


Child of John de Lisle of Gatcombe and Joan de Bohun

Elizabeth de Lisle

F, d. after 1369
Father*John de Lisle of Gatcombe
Mother*Joan de Bohun d. a 1349
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Bramshot.

Child of Elizabeth de Lisle

William de Bramshot

Mother*Elizabeth de Lisle d. a 1369

Elizabeth le Despenser

F, b. circa 1327, d. 13 July 1389
Father*Hugh the Younger le Despenser b. 1286, d. 24 Nov 1326
Mother*Eleanor de Clare b. 1292, d. 30 Jun 1337
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameAugust 1338As of August 1338,her married name was de Berkeley.
     Elizabeth le Despenser (c. 1327 – 13 July 1389) was an English noblewoman. She was the youngest daughter of Hugh le Despenser the younger and his wife Eleanor de Clare.[1] Her father is famous for being the favorite of Edward II of England, and being executed as a result of his position and actions. Through her mother, Elizabeth was a great granddaughter of King Edward I of England.

The exact date of her birth is disputed; it is possible that she (or her brother John) was born in December 1325. She may have been born to her mother sometime after her father's death, as she was not forced to take the veil like three of her older sisters. Not much else is known about her youth until August 1338, when she was sent to the care of her maternal aunt Elizabeth de Clare after her mother Eleanor's death the previous year.[2]

In August 1338, she married Maurice de Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley, who was ironically a grandson of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, the man held mainly responsible for the execution of Elizabeth's father Hugh. She and her husband had seven children.1

Child of Elizabeth le Despenser and Maurice de Berkeley


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_le_Despenser,_Baroness_Berkeley.

Maurice de Berkeley

M, b. circa 1330, d. 8 June 1368
Father*Thomas de Berkeley b. c 1295, d. 27 Oct 1361
Mother*Margaret Mortimer b. 1307, d. 5 May 1337
     Maurice de Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley the Valiant (ca. 1330 – 8 June 1368) was an English peer born in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England to Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley and Lady Margaret Mortimer.

In August of 1338 Lord Berkeley married Elizabeth le Despenser, daughter of Hugh Despenser the younger and Eleanor de Clare. Maurice and Elizabeth had seven children.1

Child of Maurice de Berkeley and Elizabeth le Despenser


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_de_Berkeley,_4th_Baron_Berkeley.

Thomas de Berkeley

M, b. 5 January 1352, d. 13 July 1417
Father*Maurice de Berkeley b. c 1330, d. 8 Jun 1368
Mother*Elizabeth le Despenser b. c 1327, d. 13 Jul 1389
     Thomas de Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley the Magnificent (5 January, 1352/53 – 13 July 1417) was an English peer born in the Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England to Maurice de Berkeley, 4th Baron Berkeley and Elizabeth le Despencer.

In 1367 Lord Thomas married Margaret de Lisle, Baroness Lisle, daughter of Warin de Lisle, 2nd Lord Lisle and Margaret Pipard. Thomas and Margaret had one child:

Elizabeth de Berkeley (born ca.1386 – 28 December 1422), married Richard de Beauchamp, 13th Earl of Warwick.1

Child of Thomas de Berkeley and Margaret de Lisle


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_de_Berkeley,_5th_Baron_Berkeley.

Margaret de Lisle

Father*Warin de Lisle
Mother*Margaret Pipard
Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Berkeley.

Child of Margaret de Lisle and Thomas de Berkeley

Warin de Lisle

     2nd Lord Lisle.

Child of Warin de Lisle and Margaret Pipard

Margaret Pipard

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Lisle.

Child of Margaret Pipard and Warin de Lisle

Thomas Wake


Walter Rokesley


Margaret de Beauchamp

F, b. 1404, d. 14 June 1468
Father*Richard de Beauchamp b. 23 Jan 1382, d. 30 Apr 1439
Mother*Elizabeth de Berkeley b. 1386, d. 28 Dec 1422
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationMargaret de Beauchamp was also known as Beauchamp.
Married Name6 September 1425As of 6 September 1425,her married name was Talbot.

Child of Margaret de Beauchamp and John Talbot

John Talbot

M, b. 1387, d. 17 July 1453

Child of John Talbot and Margaret de Beauchamp

Thomas de Nevill

M, b. 1377, d. 1406
Father*John Neville b. 1328, d. 17 Oct 1388
Mother*Maud Percy d. 1379
Name TypeDateDescription
Name VariationThomas de Nevill was also known as Nevill.
  • Thomas de Nevill was born in 1377.
  • He was the son of John Neville and Maud Percy.
  • Thomas de Nevill died in 1406.

Child of Thomas de Nevill

Maud Nevill

F, d. 31 May 1422
Father*Thomas de Nevill b. 1377, d. 1406
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Namebefore 12 March 1407As of before 12 March 1407,her married name was Talbot.

John Talbot

M, b. 1423, d. 17 July 1453
Father*John Talbot b. 1387, d. 17 Jul 1453
Mother*Margaret de Beauchamp b. 1404, d. 14 Jun 1468
     John Talbot, 1st Viscount Lisle (1423 – 17 July 1453), English nobleman and medieval soldier, was the son of John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, and his second wife Margaret Beauchamp.

In 1444, he was created Baron Lisle (his mother being one of the coheirs to the previous creation of the barony), and in 1451, was made Viscount Lisle. After 1449, his mother was one of three coheirs to her father, and through her he possessed a claim on Berkeley Castle.

In prosecution of the claim against the Baron Berkeley, the heir-male, he stormed Berkeley Castle in 1452 and took the Baron and his sons prisoner.

In the winter of 1452, he led troops into Guyenne to reinforce his father.

Both father and son were killed the next summer at the Battle of Castillon. Some chroniclers assert that when his wounded and unhorsed father begged him to quit the field and save himself, he refused, preferring death to dishonor; a scene memorialized by William Shakespeare in Henry VI, Part I.

He married Joan Cheddar after 1443 and had three children:

Elizabeth Talbot (d. 1487), married Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Lisle
Thomas Talbot, 2nd Viscount Lisle (d. 1470)
Margaret Talbot (d. 1475).1


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Talbot,_1st_Viscount_Lisle.

Eve la Zouche

Name TypeDateDescription
Married NameHer married name was de Berkeley.

Child of Eve la Zouche and Maurice de Berkeley

Maurice de Berkeley

M, b. April 1271, d. 31 May 1326
Father*Thomas de Berkeley b. 1245, d. 23 Jul 1321
Mother*Joan de Ferrers b. 1255, d. 1309
     Maurice Berkeley, 2nd Baron Berkeley (Berkeley, Gloucestershire, April 1271 - Wallingford Castle, 31 May 1326), sometimes termed The Magnanimous, was an English baron and rebel.

Born at Berkeley in the English county of Gloucestershire, he was the son of Thomas de Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley (d. 1321), and Joan de Ferrers (1255-1309). He was involved in the Scottish Wars from about 1295 to 1318. He acceded on 16 August 1308, was Governor of Gloucester 1312, Governor of Berwick-on-Tweed 1314, Steward of the Duchy of Aquitaine 1319 and Justiciar of South Wales 1316. With the Earl of Lancaster, he rebelled against King Edward II, for which he was imprisoned in Wallingford Castle in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), where he died on 31 May 1326 and was eventually buried at St Augustine's Abbey in Bristol.

He married: 1. Eva la Zouche in 1289, with children:

Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley, born c. 1296
Sir Maurice Berkeley, of Uley, Gloucester
Isabel Berkeley
Milicent Berkeley
2. Isabella de Clare, daughter of Gilbert de Clare, 6th Earl of Hertford and Alice de Lusignan, about 1316.

His son, Thomas, succeeded his father as the 3rd Baron Berkeley.1

Child of Maurice de Berkeley and Eve la Zouche


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_de_Berkeley,_2nd_Baron_Berkeley.

Joan de Ferrers

F, b. 1255, d. 1309
Father*William III de Ferrers b. 1193, d. 28 Mar 1254
Mother*Margaret de Quincy b. 1218
Name TypeDateDescription
Married Name1267As of 1267,her married name was de Berkeley.

Child of Joan de Ferrers and Thomas de Berkeley

Thomas de Berkeley

M, b. 1245, d. 23 July 1321
Father*Maurice de Berkeley b. 1218, d. 4 Apr 1281
Mother*Isabel de Croun FitzRoy
     Thomas de Berkeley aka The Wise (1245 - 23 July 1321), 1st Baron Berkeley, was an English baron, soldier and diplomat.

Thomas was born in 1245 at Berkeley Castle in the English county of Gloucestershire, the son of Sir Maurice de Berkeley and Isabel FitzRoy. In 1267, he married Joan de Ferrers, the daughter of William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby and Margaret de Quinci, and was succeeded by his son Maurice de Berkeley II.

Berkeley fought in the Battle of Evesham. He inherited the title of Baron de Berkeley [feudal baron] in 1281 and was created 1st Baron Berkeley [England by writ] on 28 June 1283. He was a commissioner to examine the claims to the crown of Scotland in June 1292.

He was on an embassy to France in January 1296 and held the office of Vice-Constable of England in 1297. He fought in the Battle of Falkirk on 22 July 1298 and fought in the siege of Caerlaverock in July 1300. He was on an embassy to Pope Clement V in July 1307. He fought in the Battle of Bannockburn on 24 June 1314, where he was taken prisoner, and paid a large sum for his ransom. He died at Berkeley on 23 July 1321.1

Child of Thomas de Berkeley and Joan de Ferrers


  1. [S369] Encyclopedia website, by compilation, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_de_Berkeley,_1st_Baron_Berkeley.