Henry de Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham

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See also Baron Cobham for other simultaneous creations of the title.

Henry de Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham (of Kent) (c. 1260 – 25 August 1339)[1] was an English Peer.


He was the son of John de Cobham of Cobham, Kent, and of Cowling or Cooling, Kent (died bef. 30 March 1300),[2] Sheriff of Kent, Constable of Rochester and Chief Baron of the Exchequer, by wife Joan de Septvans, daughter of Sir Robert de Septvans.[3]

His father was a brother of Sir Henry de Cobham, of Rundale, Kent (died c. 1316), Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, who married Joan Pencester (bef. 1269 - 1314/1315), daughter of Stephen de Pencester, and had Stephen de Cobham, 1st Baron Cobham (of Rundale) and John de Cobham (died c. 1314), without issue.[4]


He was made Constable of Rochester Castle for life in 1303/1304, of Dover Castle, of Tonbridge Castle in 1324 and of Canterbury, all in Kent.[3] He was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1307 and between 1315 and 1320 and he also held the title of Sheriff of Kent (1300–1301, 1307 and 1315).[3]

He was created 1st Baron Cobham (of (Cobham, in) Kent) in the Peerage of England by writ on 8 January 1312/1313[1] and presided at the arraignment of Lord Badlesmere for treason at Canterbury in 1322.[3]

The family's coat of arms is as follows: Gules semy of fleurs-de-lis or, a cross argent.

He died at Hache, Somerset, and was buried at Beauchamp Chapel, Stoke-under-Hamden, Somerset.[5]

Marriage and issue[edit]

Sometime prior to July 1285, Henry married Maud de Moreville, widow of Matthew de Columbers (died bef. 1284), whom she married before 1284, and daughter of Eudes de Moreville. Their son and successor was John de Cobham, 2nd Baron Cobham (of Kent).


  1. ^ a b L. G. Pine, The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms (London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972), page 77.
  2. ^ Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 344.
  3. ^ a b c d G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume III, page 343.
  4. ^ Hasted, Edward (1798). "Parishes". The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent. Institute of Historical Research. 6: 80–98. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Cokayne, et al., The Complete Peerage, volume III, page 344.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Burghersh
Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports
Succeeded by
Robert de Kendall
Preceded by
Robert de Kendall
Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports
Succeeded by
The Lord Badlesmere
Peerage of England
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Cobham
Succeeded by
John de Cobham