Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere
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|Bartholomew de Badlesmere|
|Died||14 April 1322
Blean near Canterbury
|Title||1st Baron Badlesmere|
|Offices||Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports|
|Successor||Giles de Badlesmere, 2nd Baron Badlesmere|
|Spouse(s)||Margaret de Clare|
|Parents||Gunselm de Badlesmere
Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere (circa 1275 - 14 April 1322), English soldier, Member of Parliament, landowner and nobleman, was the son and heir of Gunselm de Badlesmere (died circa 1301) and Joan FitzBernard. He fought in the English army both in France and Scotland during the later years of the reign of Edward I of England and the earlier part of the reign of Edward II of England.
In October 1300, Bartholomew de Badlesmere, as one of the household of Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, was permitted by the King to accompany the Earl when he set out for Rome during the following month in order to complain to the Pope of injury done by the Scots.
A writ issued on 13 April 1301, presumably soon after the death of Jocelin (Guncelinis, Goscelinus) de Badlesmere, initiated inquests into the identity of the next heir of lands that he held direct from the King. This led to a hearing on 30 April of that year in relation to property in Kent at Badlesmere and Donewelleshethe, where it was confirmed that the heir was his son Bartholomew, then aged 26.
Bartholomew de Badlesmere and Fulk Payfrer were the knights who represented the county of Kent at the Parliament that sat at Carlisle from January 1306/7 until 27 March 1307.
In the Scottish campaign of 1310-11, Bartholomew undertook the role of lieutenant to Robert de Clifford, who was his wife's brother-in-law. Bartholomew had already served in the royal armies in Gascony in 1294, Flanders in about 1297 and Scotland in 1298, 1300, 1301, 1303-4, 1306, 1397 and 1308.
On 1 November 1317, the King appointed Bartholomew as custodian of Leeds Castle in Kent  This was followed by a transaction on 20 March 1317/18 by which the King granted the castle and manor of Leeds along with the advowson of the priory of Leeds to Bartholomew and his heirs in exchange for the manor and advowson of Adderley, Shropshire, which Bartholomew surrendered to the King 
On 1 October 1318, Bartholomew was with the King at York, setting out to repel an invasion by the Scots.
Bartholomew made a compact with some other noblemen to gain supreme influence in the royal council. Although very hostile to Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, Bartholomew helped to make peace between the king and the earl in 1318, and was a member of the middle party which detested alike Edward's minions, like the Despensers, and his violent enemies like Lancaster.
The king's conduct drew Bartholomew to the side of Lancaster. Bartholomew had already joined Edward's enemies when, in October 1321, his wife, Margaret de Clare refused to admit Queen Isabella to her husband's castle at Leeds. The king made an assault on the castle; eventually capturing it. After he seized and imprisoned Baroness Badlesmere and their five children, civil war broke out.
On 26 December 1321, the King ordered the sheriff of Gloucester to arrest Bartholomew. Later arrest warrants refer to the progress of Bartholomew and his companions across England. By 15 January 1321/2, they had occupied and burned the town of Bridgnorth and sacked the castles at Elmley and Hanley. By 23 February, the rebels had been sighted in Northamptonshire. On 1 March, Bartholomew was reported as one of a number of prominent rebels who had reached Pontefract. On 11 March the sheriff of Nottingham and Derby was ordered to arrest the same group, who had taken Burton upon Trent but departed from that town when the royal army arrived there.
On 16 March 1321/2, the Earl of Lancaster and his allies were defeated at the Battle of Boroughbridge. Bartholomew was arrested and, after being tried at Canterbury, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Blean near Canterbury on 14 April 1322. His head was displayed on the Burgh Gate at Canterbury.
See also the history of Chilham Castle, which was held from time to time by his descendants until the reign of Henry VIII of England|King Henry VIII.
A comprehensive overview of Bartholomew's children can be seen in the records of numerous inquisitions post mortem that were held after the death of his son Giles on 7 June 1338. The evidence given at each hearing rested on local knowledge and there were some inconsistencies about the names of Giles' sisters and their precise ages. However, taken as a whole, it is clear from the inquisition records that the names of Bartholomew's children were as follows, listed in descending order of age:
- Margery de Badlesmere, married William de Ros, 2nd Baron de Ros, then Thomas de Arundel
- Maud de Badlesmere, married Robert FitzPayn, then John de Vere, 7th Earl of Oxford
- Elizabeth de Badlesmere, married Sir Edmund Mortimer, then William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton
- Giles de Badlesmere, 2nd Baron Badlesmere, married Elizabeth Montagu
- Margaret de Badlesmere, married John Tiptoft, 2nd Baron Tibetot
Bartholomew de Badlesmere, 1st Baron BadlesmereBorn: 1275 Died: 14 April 1322
|Peerage of England|
Giles de Badlesmere
The Lord Cobham
|Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports
The Lord le Despencer
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