Thomas FETTIPLACE of Compton Beauchamp

Born: 1458, Shefford, Berkshire, England

Died: 10 Dec 1523, Abingdon Abbey

Father: John FETTIPLACE (Esq.)

Mother: Jane FABIAN

Married: Elizabeth NORREYS


1. Thomas FETTIPLACE of Compton Beauchamp

2. Elizabeth FETTIPLACE

3. Catherine FETTIPLACE (b. ABT 1482)

Son of John Fettiplace, Esq., of East Shefford, by his wife Jane Fabian. Seated at the beautiful old Manor House of Compton Beauchamp, Berks, and like his brother Anthony Fettiplace of Swinbrook, seems, to have had some connection with the Court.

Knighted 18 Feb 1503/4 when Prince Henry was created Prince of Wales. In 1513 he served in the French wars under Richard Fox, Bishop of Winchester, and in 1520, together with the Cardinal Wolsey, Bishop Ruthall and great nobility, was appointed one of the King's Council to make arrangements for the meeting of Francois I of France and Henry VIII at the Field of the Cloth of Gold. He and Lady Fettiplace wore, with others, specially selected to attend upon the Queen. A little later he was appointed, together with his brother-in-law Sir Nicholas Carew, and other relatives, to attend upon the King at his meeting with Carlos V at Gravelines, and soon afterwards died seized of the Manors of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Shrivenham, Lamcote, Burton, Ocolt and Bray in Berkshire, and other wealth.

He appears to have married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William, Norreys by his wife Jane de Vere. Some sources tells that there was only one Thomas who married both Elizabeth Norreys and Elizabeth Carew; leaving an only daughter and heiress married to Sir Francis Englefield. Elizabeth Carew was the sister of Sir Nicholas Carew, Master of the Horse, who, like Sir Adrian Fortescue, the brother-in-law of Anthony Fettiplace of Swinbrook, lost his head on the block at the command of the Sovereign in whose favour he and Sir Adrian had stood so high, and in whose Councils and entertainments they had so often shared.

 Sir Thomas was buried in 'ye Abbaye Churche of Abingdon', and by his will he bequeathed a small sum of money to 'ye Church of Lyttle Shifford to be bestowed ther after ye discretion of my nephew John FettypIace the elder on ye mending of my Grandmother's tombe or otherwise'.

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