Sir Thomas Beetham Knight
- Born: Abt 1280, Kendal, Westmorland, England
- Marriage: Petronella de Burton 859
- Died: Bef 1317, Kendal, Westmorland, England
Noted events in his life were:
• Records and Notes. 859
1360 It is certified by inquest that the manor of Bethum was held by knight's service of Christiana de Gynes and of her ancestors, lords of the moiety of the manor of Kirkeby in Kendale time out of mind and at the time of the death of Thomas, father of Ralph, of the same Christiana then living, that Ralph entered after his father's death and did homage and other services due to Christiana in her life time and not after her death when the said moiety was in the king's hand, and that the said manor is now held of John de Coupland and Joan his wife, as of the said moiety to them granted for their lives. An earlier inquest had falsely found that King Henry III had given in fee to the ancestor of Ralph de Bethum three carucates of land in Bethum with a fishery in the water of Kent there, called the manor or Bethum. The escheator is ordered to remove the king's hand (From Latin, domicellus; French, demoiseau, a young lord.) and not to intermeddle with the manor which is Ralph de Bethum's [Cal. Close R., 1360, p. 78].
1360 Order for the restoration to Ralph de Bethum, knt., of the manor of Bethum, delivering the issues to Thomas (sic).
~Records relating to the Barony of Kendale: Volume II, pp. 211-238
• Background Information. 913
Sir Robert de Beetham confirmed the Lytham charters, and agreed with the monks as to the bounds of Bryning and Warton on the Lytham side ; he also gave land in the Bankhouses to Stanlaw Abbey [Whalley Couch. (Chet. Soc), ii, 453'964, The gift was made for the soul of Robert's deceased wife Maud]. He was succeeded by his son Thomas before 1302 [Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 316; Thomas de Beetham was under age, Assize R. 1288, m. 13d., 407, m. 1; and again in 1293, ibid. 408, m. 4; and was a knight by 1311, De Lacy Inq. (Chet. Soc), 22], and Thomas by his son Ralph in or before 1317, in which year William de Tours and Emma his wife called upon him to warrant to them certain land in Warton claimed by John de Astenthwaite and Margaret his wife as dower, Margaret being widow of Thomas de Beetham [De Banco R. 221, m. 219 d.; 226, m. 145; 230, m. 105 d]. In 1346 it was recorded that Queen Isabella, in right of the fee of Penwortham, held three plough-lands and a third for the third part of a knight's fee in Warton which Sir Ralph de Beetham and Thomas son of Gilbert de Singleton held of her in moieties, rendering 3s. 4d. yearly for castle ward [Survey of 1346 (Chet. Soc), 44. ]. In 1361 Robert de Beetham and his tenants held the third part of a fee of the Duke of Lancaster [Inq.p.m. 35 Edw. III, pt. i, no. 122].
A History of the County of Lancaster, Volume 7, pp.171-174
Thomas married Petronella de Burton, daughter of Roger de Burton and Joan de Meynell.859 (Petronella de Burton was born in Burton, Kendal, Westmorland, England.)