Charles Berkeley, 1st Earl of Falmouth

Charles Berkeley, 1st Earl of Falmouth was buried in a vault in St John the Baptist's chapel in Westminster Abbey on 22nd June 1665. His name was inscribed on a stone there in the late 19th century. He was the second son of Sir Charles Berkeley of Bruton in Somerset and his wife Penelope (Godolphin). For services to the Royal house he was knighted at Whitehall in 1660 and was afterwards created Baron Berkeley of Rathdown and Viscount Fitzharding in the Irish peerage. He was created a peer of England as Baron Botetourt of Longport and Earl of Falmouth. His wife was Mary, daughter of Colonel Hervey Bagot. He was killed in a battle against the Dutch on 3rd June 1665. After his death his English titles expired and the Irish titles reverted to his father and his heirs. His only daughter Mary married Gilbert Gerrard in the Abbey on 2nd May 1681 (later divorced).

His brothers John, Lord Fitzharding and Sir William Berkeley and his sisters Elizabeth and Jane are also buried in the Abbey (see Lord Fitzharding's entry for more information).

Further reading for Charles and his father

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004


3rd June 1665


22nd June 1665


Chapel of St John Baptist

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Charles Berkeley, 1st Earl of Falmouth
St John the Baptist Chapel

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