Beauchamp, John de (DNB00)

BEAUCHAMP, Sir JOHN de, Lord Beauchamp (d. 1388), minister of Richard II, the grandson and heir of John de Beauchamp of Holt (brother of William, earl of Warick). He was steward of the household to Richard II from his accession; was created by him 'Lord de Beauchamp and baron of Kidderminster' 10 Oct. 1387 (being the first baron created by patent); was impeached of treason at the instance of the lords appellant, with Sir Simon Burley [q. v.] and others, by the 'Wonderful Parliament,' 12 March 1388, and was convicted after Easter, and beheaded on Tower Hill (Knighton).

[Thomas of Walsingham (Rolls Series), ii. 173-4; Dugdale's Baronage, i. 250; Reports on the Dignity of a Peer, i. 345, v. 81.]

J. H. R.