The Bourchier and Bowker Pages

Discovering the ancestry of the South African Bowkers, and the English Bourchiers

William Bourchier

Male 1559 -


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  • Name William Bourchier  [1, 2
    Born 1559  Beningborough, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Y  [3
    Person ID I299  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 13 Apr 2020 

    Father Ralph Bourchier,   b. 1535, Beningborough, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1598, Barking, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Hall,   b. 1538,   d. 1577  (Age 39 years) 
    Married Abt 1551  Eaton, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F189  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Katherine Barrington,   b. 1565, Essex Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1630  (Age 65 years) 
    Married Abt 1584  Barrington Hall, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Robert Bourchier,   d. 1606
     2. Thomas Bourchier
     3. Anne Bourchier
     4. Winifred Bourchier
     5. Elizabeth Bourchier
    +6. Sir John Bourchier, - the regicide,   b. Abt 1595,   d. 1660  (Age ~ 65 years)
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Eventually mentally deranged. Eldest son.
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      Tim Powys-Lybbe writes:
      I have a copy of the National Trust guide to Beningbrough Hall, nr York, England. The Bourchiers used to own the Hall and the guide has a family tree at the end. This tree shows:

      (a) That William Bourchier (1559-1584) married Katherine Barrington, daughter of Sir Thomas Barrington.

      (b) They had a son Sir John Bourchier (d.1659) who was a parliamentarian and regicide.

      (c) That the ownership of the estate passed through Sir John's son Barrington Bourchier and continued in the Bourchier family until the mid 1750s when the male Bourchier line died out.

      The regicide Bourchier would have escaped any punishment because he died just before the Restoration.

      There is absolutely no sign or possibility of the Bourchiers changing their name.

      It may be worth adding that the Barringtons were also a strong Parliamentarian family. Sir Thomas' great-grandson, Sir John Barrington, was undoubtedly invited to join in the trial of Charles I but retired from politics rather than do this.

      But Sir Thomas' son Francis married Joan Cromwell, aunt of the Protector who very definitely did sign the execution warrant.

      And is it worth mentioning that politics apart, the first of these Sir Thomas Barringtons married Winifred Pole, an unfortunate lady who had had her father, her grandmother, her great-uncle, her great-grandfather all executed in the Tower by the order of various sovereigns. And her only brother was undoubtedly imprisoned in the Tower as a boy of around 10 and either died or was also executed there. Might not she have harboured some bitterness that was passed on to her descendants and relatives?

      --
      Tim Powys-Lybbe
      For a patchwork of bygones: www.powys.org

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Tudor Place Website, (http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BOURCHIER1.htm).

    2. [S1875] Yorkshire Visitation 1563-64.
      Visitation of Yorkshire 1563-64 pdf page 30
      Visitation of Yorkshire 1563-64 pdf page 30
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    3. [S1871] Powys Website, Tin Powys-Lybbe, (www.powys.org), http://powys.org/pl_tree/ps08/ps08_246.html.