Beauchamp, Henry de (DNB00)


BEAUCHAMP, HENRY de, Duke of Warwick (1425–1445), was born at Hanley Castle 21 March 1425, and succeeded his father, Richard, earl of Warwick [see Beauchamp, Richard de, 1382-1439], in 1439. In consideration of his father's merits he was created premier earl by patent 2 April 1444, and duke of Warwick three days later, with precedence above the duke of Buckingham (which precedence was compromised by act of parliament the same year). He is asserted to have been also crowned king of the Isle of Wight by Henry (Mon. Ang. ii. 63; Leland's Itinerary; Nicolas's Synopsis, ed. Courthope, p. 500), but for this there is no evidence (Coke, 4th Inst. p. 287; Stubbs's Const. Hist. iii. 433). He died at Hanley 11 June 1445, and was buried at Tewkesbury, leaving an only child, Anne, who died young, 3 Jan. 1449.

[Dugdale's Baronage, i. 247; Lords' Third Report on the Dignity of a Peer, pp. 155, 157, 210.]

J. H. R.