This segment follows the direct heirs of Walter Beauchamp, who were Barons of Powicke, up to the mid 15th century. An interesting detail is in the second entry, listed as William Beauchamp. The entry is annotated in the original hand "Some say this man is too much", which I take to mean not that he got overexcited and talkative when he had had too many jugs of malmsey, but that he might perhaps have not existed at all. In other words, there seems to be some confusion as to how many generations of the descendants of Walter Beachamp there were. That's medieval genealogy for you, even at the elevated levels of society. You may have noted by now that these folk seem to have drawn on a limited selection of Christian names, which must further add to the confusion.

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Genealogy of the Beauchamp Family, late 15th/early 16th century. From a private collection. Photographs © Dianne Tillotson.  

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