Thomas de Camoys, 1st Baron Camoys
Thomas de Camoys was the son of Sir John Camoys of Gressenhall in Norfolk, by his second wife Elizabeth le Latimer, daughter of William le Latimer, 3rd Baron Latimer. Sir John Camoys was the son of Ralph de Camoys (d. 1336) by his second wife Elizabeth le Despenser, a daughter of Hugh le Despenser, 1st Earl of Winchester (executed 27 October 1326).
From 20 August 1383 to 26 February 1421 he was summoned several times to Parliament by writ, by which he is held to have become 1st Baron Camoys, of the second creation. The first creation of that title had expired on the death of his uncle Thomas de Camoys, 2nd Baron Camoys (d. 11 April 1372), to whom he was heir.
In 1380 Camoys was in the retinue of his cousin William Latimer, 4th Baron Latimer in an expedition to France, and was knighted by Thomas of Woodstock, then Earl of Buckingham. He later served in an expedition to Scotland in 1385.
According to Leland (d.1552), Camoys benefited little under King Richard II (1377-1399), and after Richard's deposition in 1399 he attended the first Parliament of the new king, Henry IV (1399-1413). His son, Sir Richard Camoys, was knighted by King Henry IV at his coronation, and Camoys himself escorted Henry's new queen, Joan of Navarre, to England in June 1403. His loyalty to Henry IV brought him several grants.
Prior to the embarkation for France by King Henry V (1413-1422), Camoys was present at a meeting of the King's Council held for the purpose of planning the invasion, and was appointed on 31 July 1415 to the commission which condemned to death Richard, Earl of Cambridge and Henry Scrope, 3rd Baron Scrope of Masham, for their part in the Southampton Plot. At the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, Camoys commanded the rearguard on the left of the English line, and in recognition of his service was made a Knight of the Garter on 23 April 1416.
Marriages & progeny
Camoys married twice:
Firstly to Elizabeth Louches, daughter and heiress of William Louches of Great Milton and Chiselhampton in Oxfordshire, by whom he had progeny:
- Sir Richard Camoys, son and heir apparent, who predeceased his father, having left progeny:
- Hugh de Camoys, 2nd Baron Camoys, heir to his grandfather;
- Margaret de Camoys;
- Alianora de Camoys;
- Alice Camoys, who married Sir Leonard Hastings (d. 20 October 1455) and had issue four sons and three daughters as follows:
Secondly he married Elizabeth Mortimer (died 20 April 1417), widow of Henry Percy (Hotspur), and a daughter of Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March by his wife Philippa, 5th Countess of Ulster, daughter and heiress of Lionel of Antwerp, the second son of King Edward III. By Elizabeth Mortimer he had a son:
Camoys inherited the manors of Trotton, Broadwater and Elsted in Sussex, and several manors in Northamptonshire from his uncle Thomas de Camoys, 2nd Baron Camoys (d.1372), By his first marriage to Elizabeth Louches he inherited the smaller of two manors at Chiselhampton, Oxfordshire. The fortified manor house at Chiselhampton (now a farm house) is still known as Camoys Court.
Death & monument
Camoys died on 28 March 1421 although as pointed out by Leland (d.1552), and still apparent today, the year of his death is wrongly given as 1419 (M CCCC XIX) on his brass in St. George's Church, Trotton. He was succeeded in the barony by his grandson, Hugh de Camoys, 2nd Baron Camoys. From a court record in 1422, it would appear that he died intestate, with his estate being administered by Geoffrey Colet and William Estfeld  His monument survives in St George's Church, Trotton in the form of a 9-foot (2.7 m) chest tomb in the middle of the chancel on the ledger stone on top of which is a monumental brass depicting himself and his second wife Elizabeth Mortimer. The sides of the chest-tomb are decorated with sculpted quatrefoils and escutcheons. The brass is unusually large, the couple being depicted only slightly smaller than life-size and holding hands. The monument was described by Ian Nairn and Nikolaus Pevsner as "one of the biggest, most ornate and best preserved brasses in England". It is inscribed at the bottom in Latin as follows:
- "Orate pro a(n)i(ma)bus Thom(a)e Camoys et Elizabeth(ae) eius consortis, qui quond(am) erat d(omi)n(u)s de Camoys baro et prude(n)s Consul Regis et regni Angli(a)e et strenuus Miles de Gartero suu(m) fine com(m)endavit Xpo xxviii die mens(is) Marcii A(nno) D(omi)ni M° CCCC° XIX° (sic) quor(um) a(n)i(m)a(bus)[bz] p(ro)piciet(ur) Deus, Am(e)n. ("Pray ye all for the souls of Thomas Camoys and of Elizabeth his consort, who once was Lord of Camoys, a baron and a wise counsellor of the king and of the kingdom of England and a vigourous Knight of the Garter. He commended his end to Christ (ΧΡo, Christo, Chi Rho symbol) on the 28th day of the month of March in the year of our Lord 1419 (sic). On the souls of whom may God be favourably inclined, Amen").
A reproduction of the brass was published in Dallaway's Rape of Chichester, p. 224.
- Richardson I 2011, pp. 398–9
- Richardson I 2011, pp. 394–8, 546
- Richardson II 2011, pp. 64–7
- Cokayne 1912, p. 506; Leland 2004; Richardson I 2011, p. 398
- Leland 2004; Tuck 2004
- Leland 2004.
- Leland 2004.
- Richardson I 2011, p. 398
- Leland 2004
- Richardson II 2011, p. 369.
- Richardson I 2011, p. 399
- Cokayne 1912, p. 508; Richardson I 2011, pp. 398–9
- Richardson I 2011, p. 398; Leland 2004.
- Lobel 1962, pp. 5–16
- Cokayne 1912, p. 508.
- Leland 2004
- Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/647; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT1/H6/CP40no647/bCP40no647dorses/IMG_0598.htm; 4th entry, with county margin Sussex, in a plea of debt against various people in Sussex.
- Nairn & Pevsner 1965, p. 356.
- Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, Volume 5, Page 280, note k 
- Cokayne, George Edward (1912). The Complete Peerage, edited by H.A. Doubleday. II. London: St. Catherine Press. pp. 506–10.
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- Leland, John L. (2004). "Camoys, Thomas, Baron Camoys (c.1350-1420/21)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4461. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Lobel, Mary D., ed. (1962). A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 7: Thame and Dorchester Hundreds. pp. 5–16.
- Richardson, Douglas (2011). Everingham, Kimball G., ed. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families. I (2nd ed.). Salt Lake City. ISBN 1449966373.
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- Tuck, Anthony (2004). "Thomas, duke of Gloucester (1355-1397)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/4461. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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