William Bourchier, 9th Baron FitzWarin

Canting arms of Bourchier: Argent, a cross engrailed gules between four water bougets sable

William Bourchier (1407–1470) jure uxoris 9th Baron FitzWarin, was an English nobleman. He was summoned to Parliament in 1448[1] as Baron FitzWarin in right of his wife Thomasine Hankford.


He was the 2nd son of William Bourchier, 1st Count of Eu (c. 1374 – 1420) by his wife Anne of Gloucester, Countess of Stafford,[2] the daughter of the Plantagenet prince, Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester (13th and youngest child of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault) by his wife Eleanor de Bohun elder daughter and coheiress of Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford (1341–1373), Earl of Essex and Northampton. He had the following siblings:[3]

Marriages & progeny

Arms of Hankford of Annery: Sable, a chevron barry nebuly argent and gules [4]

William Bourchier married twice:

Effigy of Blanche Bourchier (d.1483), Shirwell Church

Death & burial

Remnants of former tomb chest said by Pevsner to be that of Thomasine Hankford (d.1453), wife of William Bourchier (1407–1470), north wall of chancel, Bampton Church, Devon. Displays in a row within quatrefoils Bourchier Knots alternating with water bougets of the Bourchier arms[14]

Both William Bourchier and his wife Thomasine Hankford were buried in Bampton Church. Dugdale quoted the will of his son Fulk Bourchier who bequeathed his body to be buried in the chapel of the Blessed Virgin at Bampton, near the grave of his mother, Lady Thomasine, and he willed that marble stones with inscriptions should be placed on his own grave and that of his father, Lord William, and his mother, Lady Thomasine.[15] [16]


External links


  1. Vivian, p.106, regnal year 27 Henry VI
  2. Vivian, p.106
  3. Order per: Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.106, pedigree of Bourchier
  4. Tristram Risdon's Notebook
  5. Risdon, Tristram (d.1640), Survey of Devon, 1811 edition, London, 1811, with 1810 Additions, P.276
  6. Risdon, p.64
  7. GEC Peerage, IV, p.381
  8. Vivian, p.106
  9. Vivian, p.106
  10. Blanche Bourchier died 4 January 1483 (Vivian, p.106)
  11. Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.728 "said to be Blanche St Ledger (d.1483)"
  12. Vivian, p.106: Latin: de Com. Cantii ("from the county of Kent")
  13. Vivian, p.721, pedigree of Stucley of Affeton
  14. Pevsner, Nikolaus & Cherry, Bridget, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 2004, p.147
  15. Stabb, John, Some Old Devon Churches, pp. 13-24 Retrieved 5 April 2013.
  16. Rogers, W.H. Hamilton, The Antient Sepulchral Effigies and Monumental and Memorial Sculpture of Devon, Exeter, 1877, pp.84-6
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