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Cobham of Sterborough, Baron (E, 1347 - abeyant 1601/2)


Creation: writ sum. 13 Nov 1347


Abeyant: 26 Feb 1601/2


Family name: Cobham later Burgh




Garter stall plate of Reynold [de Cobham], 1st Baron Cobham of Sterborough, KG

A quadrangular plate of gilt copper with dagged edges. The helm and crest are turned to the sinister

so as to face the High Altar.


(Plate XXXII from W H St John Hope: The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter 1348-1485)



Gules on a Chevron Or three Estoiles Sable


A Soldan's Head Sable wreathed Or



Reynold [de Cobham], 1st Baron Cobham of Sterborough, KG

son and heir of Sir Reynold de Cobham, of Orkesden and Eynesford, co. Kent, by his wife Joan d'Evere, dau. and hrss. of William d'Evere


c. 1295


Joan de Berkeley (d. 2 Oct 1369), only dau. of Thomas [de Berkeley], 3rd Baron Berkeley, by his first wife Lady Margaret de Mortimer, 4th dau. of Roger [de Mortimer], 1st Earl of March

only child

1. Reynold de Cobham, later 2nd Baron Cobham of Sterborough


5 Oct 1361


by writ of summons 13 Oct 1347 Baron Cobham of Sterborough

suc. by



fought in nearly all the battles in France and Flanders 1327-60; knight banneret 1339; part of embassy to the Pope 1343; Admiral of the Fleet for the West 1344 and 1348; a guardian of Prince Edward at the Battle of Crécy 1346; received an annuity of £500 1347; Knight of the Garter c. 1353; Marshal of the Prince's army at the Battle of Poitiers 1356


Reynold [de Cobham], 2nd Baron Cobham of Sterborough



mar. (1)

Lady Elizabeth de Ferrers (widow of (1) Fulk [Lestrange], 3rd Baron Strange of Blackmere, and (2) John [de Ferrers], 4th Baron Ferrers of Chartley; d. 7 Aug 1376), 3rd dau. of Ralph [de Stafford], 1st Earl of Stafford, by his second wife Lady Margaret de Audley, suo jure Baroness Audley, only dau. and hrss. of Hugh [de Audley], 1st Earl of Gloucester, by his wife Lady Margaret de Gaveston, widow of Piers [de Gaveston], 1st Earl of Cornwall, and 2nd dau. of Gilbert [de Clare], 6th Earl of Gloucester, by his second wife the Princess Joan "of Acre", 5th dau. by his first wife of King Edward I

mar. (2)

1380 Eleanor FitzAlan or Arundel, suo jure Baroness Maltravers (b. 1345; widow of John [Fitzalan or Arundel], 1st Baron Arundel; d. 10 Jan 1404/5), 2nd dau. and eventual sole hrss. of Sir John Maltravers (by his wife Gwenthlian .....), 1st son and heir ap. by his first wife of John [Maltravers], 1st Baron Maltravers

children by second wife

1. John de Cobham (dspm. bef. 30 Jan 1415/6)

2. Sir Reynold de Cobham, de jure 3rd Baron Cobham of Sterborough, of Sterborough Castle, in Lingfield, co. Surrey, knighted 1426, founder of Lingfield College 1431, custodian of the Duke of Orleans 1436 (b. 1381; d. 1446), mar. (1) Eleanor Colepeper (d. 1422), dau. of Sir Thomas Colepeper, of Ryal, co. Kent, and (2) c. 1427 Anne Clifford (b. 24 Jun 1389; widow of Sir William de Clifford, Governor of Berwick Castle (dsp. 1419), 2nd son of Roger [de Clifford], 5th Baron Clifford; dsp. 6 Nov 1453), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Thomas [Bardolf], 5th Baron Bardolf, by his wife Amice Cromwell, dau. of Ralph [Cromwell], 1st Baron Cromwell, and had issue by his first wife:

1a. Sir Reynold de Cobham (dvp. 1441/2), mar. Thomasine Chideocke, dau. of Sir Thomas Chideocke, and had issue:

1b. Margaret de Cobham, de jure suo jure Baroness Cobham of Sterborough (dsps. c. 1460), mar. betw. Oct 1437 and Feb 1441/2 as his second wife Ralph [Nevill], 2nd Earl of Westmorland, and had issue:

1c. Lady Margaret Nevill (d. young)

2a. Sir Thomas de Cobham, de jure 5th Baron Cobham of Sterborough (dspm. legit. 1471), mar. Lady Anne de Vere (widow of Sir Aubrey de Vere (dsp. 20 Feb 1461/2), 1st son and heir ap. of John [de Vere], 12th Earl of Oxford; d. c. 14 Apr 1472), 1st dau. of Humphrey [Stafford], 1st Duke of Buckingham, by his wife Lady Anne Neville, 4th dau. of Ralph [Nevill], 1st Earl of Westmorland, by his second wife Lady Joan Beaufort, legitimated dau. of John "of Gaunt", 1st Duke of Lancaster (by his mistress and later third wife Katherine Swynford, widow of Sir Hugh Swynford, of Kettlethorpe, co. Lincoln, and 2nd dau. and cohrss. of Sir Payn de Roet, Guienne King of Arms), 4th son of King Edward III, and had issue:

1b. Anne de Cobham, de jure suo jure Baroness Cobham of Sterborough (d. 26 Jun 1526), mar. (1) betw. 18 Jun and 1 Dec 1475 Edward [Blount], 2nd Baron Mountjoy, and (2) 1477 Edward [Burgh], 2nd Baron Burgh, and had issue by her second husband

1a. Elizabeth de Cobham (d. on or bef. 17 Mar 1453/4), mar. on or bef 26 Aug 1439 as his second wife Richard [le Strange], 7th Baron Strange of Knokyn, and had issue

2a. Margaret de Cobham, mar. Reginald Curteys

3a. Alianore de Cobham (dsp. c.1450), mar. c.1428 as his second wife Humphrey, 1st Duke of Gloucester, 5th son by his first wife of King Henry IV

4a. Anne de Cobham, a nun at Barking Abbey


6 Jul 1403


fought in the wars in Gascony and France


No writ of summons was issued to any members of this family after 1372. If an hereditary dignity was created by the writ of 1347 and a subsequent sitting in Parliament, then the Barony of Cobham of Sterborough would have been merged with the Barony of Burgh after 26 Jun 1526. The Barony of Burgh fell into abeyance on 26 Feb 1601/2 on the death of Robert [Burgh], 6th (or 4th) Baron Burgh and de jure 8th Baron Strabolgi and 10th Baron Cobham of Sterborough. His de jure baronies would have fallen into abeyance at the same time. The Barony of Burgh was called out of abeyance on 5 May 1916 and the Barony of Strabolgi on 9 May 1916. The Barony of Cobham of Sterborough remains in abeyance.


 First written 10 May 2007



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