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Lord John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier

Lord John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier

Male 1329 - 1400  (71 years)

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  • Name John Bourchier  [1
    Title Lord 
    Suffix 2nd Baron Bourchier 
    Born 1329  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 May 1400  [2
    Person ID I379  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2020 

    Father Sir Robert de Bourchier, 1st Baron Bourchier,   b. 6 Oct 1306,   d. 9 Apr 1349, Halstead, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Mother Margaret de Prayers, Countess of Essex,   b. 7 Oct 1307, Sible Hedingham, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1360, Little Eaton, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Family ID F219  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Maud Coggeshall 
    Married Bef 1374 
    +1. Lord Bartholomew Bourchier, 3rd Baron Bourchier,   b. 1374,   d. 18 May 1409  (Age 35 years)
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F506  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Caption Note: Canting arms of Bourchier: Argent, a cross engrailed gules between four water bougets sable
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  • Notes 
    • John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Bourchier (d. 21 May 1400), KG, was a soldier and diplomat in the service of the crown.

      John was the eldest son of Robert Bourchier, 1st Baron Bourchier and his wife Margaret Prayers. He inherited the title when his father died in 1349, along with estates and property focused around Essex.

      John followed his father in pursuing a military career, serving with Edward, the Black Prince in Gascony in 1355 and was at the Battle of Auray in 1364. Other known engagements include being one of the Council to the King's Lieutenant in France in 1370 and being part of the 1379 fleet that was unsuccessful in its attempt to support the Breton Army. In 1384, he was sent as Governor in Chief to Flanders, remaining for 18 months in Ghent.

      He was summoned to Parliament regularly between 1381 and 1399 before being excused due to age and infirmities. He was made Knight of the Garter in 1392. He died 21 May 1400.

      Marriage and Issue
      He married, before 1374, Maud Coggeshall, daughter of Sir John Coggeshall. They had one known son.

      Bartholomew Bourchier, 3rd Baron Bourchier b. 1374, d. 18 May 1409


  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Tudor Place Website, (

    2. [S1870] Wikipedia, (,,_1st_Baron_Bourchier.