Baron Beauchamp

The titles Baron Beauchamp and Viscount Beauchamp have been created several times throughout English and British history. There is an extant Viscountcy of Beauchamp, held by the Seymour family, Marquesses of Hertford.

Beauchamp family

The name Beauchamp (French "beautiful/fair field"), Latinised to de Bello Campo ("from the beautiful field/fair field"), is borne by three of the most ancient Anglo-Norman families which settled in England during the Norman Conquest of 1066: Beauchamp of Worcestershire, of Somerset and of Bedfordshire.[5] The surname was taken from their respective manors in Normandy and there is no evidence of any shared origin between the families of that name seated in those three separate counties. The Bedfordshire branch died out in the male line after only two generations. The heir of the Somerset branch was the powerful Seymour family, whilst the Worcestershire branch achieved the greatest power and prominence as Earls of Warwick.

Barons Beauchamp, first creation ("de Somerset") (1299–1361)

(Descendants of the feudal barons of Hatch Beauchamp in Somerset)

The barony was unsuccessfully claimed in 1924 by Ulric Oliver Thynne.

Baron Beauchamp, second creation ("de Warwick") (1350–1360)

Baron Beauchamp, third creation ("of Bletso") (1363–1380)

Barons Beauchamp, fourth creation ("of Kidderminster") (1387–1400)

This was the first barony created by letters patent, by King Richard II in 1387.[6] They were seated at Holt Castle, Worcestershire, a junior branch of the senior Elmley line.

Barons Beauchamp, fifth creation ("of Powick") (1447–1503)

Seymour family

Viscount Beauchamp, first creation ("of Hache") (1536–1552)

The Seymour family inherited the capital manor of Hatch Beauchamp (anciently Hache) due to the marriage of Roger Seymour (d.c.1361) to Cecily Beauchamp (d.1393), the aunt and heiress of John IV de Beauchamp, 3rd Baron Beauchamp (1330-1361),[7] feudal baron of Hatch Beauchamp.

Barons Beauchamp, sixth creation ("of Hache") (1559–1750)

Viscounts Beauchamp, second creation ("of Hache") (1750—)

See Marquess of Hertford for further Viscounts Beauchamp.

Lygon family

Barons Beauchamp, seventh creation ("of Powyke") (1806–1979)

See Earl Beauchamp for descents.

See also


  1. Sanders, I.J. English Baronies: A Study of their Origin and Descent 1086-1327, Oxford, 1960, p.76
  2. Sanders, pp.75-6
  3. Inherited from Urse d'Abetot together with the feudal barony of Salwarpe
  5. Hugh de Beauchamp was the first Norman feudal baron of Bedford and held many manors in Bedfordshire as is recorded in the Domesday Book (Sanders, p.10)
  6. John Guillim, British Banner Display'd, Vol.2, London, 1755, p.600
  7. Cookson, Christopher, Hatch Beauchamp Church, section: Historical Note on the Church and its Associations, 1972 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
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