Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre

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Sir Thomas Fiennes
Baron Dacre
Knight of the Bath
Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, England
Died9 September 1534 (aged 62)
Noble familyFiennes
Spouse(s)Anne Bourchier
Sir Thomas Fiennes
Mary Fiennes
John Fiennes
FatherSir John Fiennes
MotherAlice FitzHugh

Thomas Fiennes, 8th Baron Dacre (1472 – 9 September 1534) was an English peer and soldier, the son of Sir John Fiennes.


He was born in 1472, the son of Sir John Fiennes (born c.1447, son of Sir John Fiennes born 1415) and Alice FitzHugh. By his mother, he was a cousin to Sir Thomas Parr, father of future queen consort Catherine Parr. He had one sister, Anne, Marchioness Berkeley (died 10 September 1497). On 8 March 1486, he succeeded as 8th Baron Dacre upon the death of his grandmother Joan Dacre, the suo jure 7th Baroness Dacre. He was also known as Baron Dacre of the South owing to his family seat of Herstmonceux Castle being in the county of Sussex.

Herstmonceux Castle, seat of the Barons Dacre of the South

In 1493, one year after his marriage, he was appointed Constable of Calais. He was invested as a Knight of the Bath in 1494. In 1497, he fought in the Battle of Blackheath where he helped defeat the Cornish.[1]

Marriage and issue[edit]

In about 1492, he married Anne Bourchier, the daughter of Sir Humphrey Bourchier and Elizabeth Tilney. The marriage produced three children:


He died on 9 September 1534 at the age of 62. He was succeeded by his eldest grandson, Thomas Fiennes, 9th Baron Dacre, as his two sons had predeceased him.

The tomb set up for the 8th Baron Dacre and his son at All Saints' Church, Herstmonceux, known as the Dacre Tomb,[2] is thought to have made use of effigies from an older monument intended for Thomas Hoo, Baron Hoo and Hastings (1396-1455) and his younger half-brother, also Sir Thomas Hoo (born 1416). This was shown when the monument was restored, and it was found that the original arms shown on the tabards of the figures were those of Hoo. It is conjectured that the Hoo tomb may have been at Battle Abbey, which was sold in 1539 and dismantled soon afterwards.[3]



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  2. ^ Image at Another at flickr by poundhopper1.
  3. ^ R. Bruce, revised and amended by M.H. Tate, All Saints Church, Herstmonceux (All Saints Church, Herstmonceux 1978), pp. 6-8. (Copy held in East Sussex Record Office, Brighton, PAR399/7/2/3). See Public Sculptures of Sussex website.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Richardson, Douglas. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011. pp. 148-150. Google eBook
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Joan Dacre
Baron Dacre
Succeeded by
Thomas Fiennes