Thomas de Beaufort Duke of Exeter, K. G. 661
- Born: Jan 1381, Kettlethorpe, England 661
- Marriage (1): Margaret Neville
- Died: 31 Dec 1426, Greenwich Manor, East Greenwich, Kent, England at age 45 724
- Buried: Lady Chapel of the abbey of Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, England 725
Burke's Peerage shows that Thomas died 27 December 1417.
Noted events in his life were:
• Granted manors, 18 Nov 1399. 657 Thomas was granted three manors by King Henry and in 1400 he was made a Kinght of the Garter
• Career, 1403-1426. 725 In 1403 Thomas was made Admiral of the Northern Fleet and on July 21 fought under the future Henry V at the Battle of Shrewsbury. He again served as admiral in 1408-09 and in 1410 reached the pinnacle of his career when he was appointed Chancellor of England as well as Captain of Calais. He resigned his chancellorship in 1412, the year he became Earl of Dorset and also saw military service in France.
Thomas was the King's Lieutenant in Aquitaine in 1413 and in 1415 with his cousin Thomas Chaucer, fought for Henry V in the French campaign that ended with the juilant English victory at Agincourt. He was the commander of the rear-guard. The town of Harfleur was also taken and Thomas made its captain. He was appointed Lieutenant of Normandy in 1416 and created Duke of Exeter on November 18. In 1420, he was a part of the push to conquer Normandy and was created Count of Harcourt.
• Captured, 1421. 725 Thomas was captured by the French at the Battle of Beauge and released the following year.
• Estate, 1417. 726 When Sir Thomas died, his great landed possessions devolved upon his nephew John, Duke of Somerset.
Thomas married Margaret Neville, daughter of Sir Thomas Neville of Hornby and Unknown. (Margaret Neville was born in 1377-1378 661 and died in 1413-1426 661.)