Nicholas Carew of Beddington, Surrey
Lucy Willoughby
Nicholas Carew of Beddington, Surrey
Mercy Hayme
Elizabeth Carew
(Abt 1398/1399-1410)


Family Links

1. Sir Thomas Lewknor of South Mimms, Hertfordshire

Elizabeth Carew

  • Born: Abt 1398-1399
  • Marriage (1): Sir Thomas Lewknor of South Mimms, Hertfordshire
  • Died: 25 Sep 1410 aged about 12
  • Buried: St. Mary's Church, Church Road, Beddington, Wallington, Sutton, London, SM6 7NJ, GB

  General Notes:

His [Thomas Lewknor] first wife was Elizabeth, daughter of his maternal kinsman and guardian Nicholas Carew of Beddington, co. Surrey (ancestor of the Baronets Carew of Beddington) by Mary his wife. She died s.p. Sept 1410 and was buried in Beddington church [Manning's Surrey, II 523-9]. He married secondly Philippa, relict of Sir Richard Berners, daughter and, by death s.p. of her brother Richard Dalyngrigge, sole heiress of Walter Dalyngrigge, son of Sir Roger Dalyngrigge of Bodiam Castle, co. Sussex, and cousin and heiress of Sir John Dalyngrigge, Knt.

[Account of the House of D'Oyly, William Bayley, 1845.p.95]

  Research Notes:

There is confusion over whether Roger Lewknor or Thomas, his son, married Elizabeth Carew.


The Sussex Archaeological Collections Vol III p 92 has the parents of Sir Thomas Leknor (who m Philippa Dalyngrudge) as Sir Roger Leknor (Knight of the Shire 4th Hen IV (1404), ob 10 Edw IV., Inq p m 13 Edw IV) by Elizabeth daughter of Sir John Carew, of Fulford. This work is based partly on the visitation of 1634 as reproduced in Harl. MS., No 1562, and adds that the Visitation in Harl. MS No 1406 is a hasty and bad copy of that visitation.


ELIZABETH CAREW. Born in or shortly after 1398; died 25 Sep 1410 and was buried in Beddington Church.

The monumental inscription for Elizabeth Lewkenor is now lost, but the inscription is noted in "A List of Monumental Brasses in Surrey", by J. M. Blatchly, 1921, p. 40, which notes the inscription can be found in Lansdowne MS. 874, fol. 30, and reads: "Hic iacet Elizabetha filia Nicholas et Mariae uxoris eius quondam uxor Thomae Lewknore quae obiit 25 die Septemb' in festo Sci Firmini Ao Dni 1410." The compiler inserts a footnote that applies to the name Mariae and comments it is an error for Merciae.

Since Elizabeth was the child of Nicholas Carew's second wife, Mercy Hayme, and he did not marry her until about July 1398, she could not be the wife of Roger Lewknor who died in 1400 and the mother of Thomas Lewknor who was born c1392. The monumental inscription is not noted as having been defaced or illegible prior to being transcribed in comparison with others where the missing inscriptions are so noted, such as with that of Nicholas's son Thomas. The inscription clearly states Elizabeth was the wife (uxor) of Thomas Lewknore and not his mother (mater). With Elizabeth being born in say 1398 or 1399, she could not have been the mother of a child prior to her death in 1410, or possibly just so, if she was very very mature for her age and her death may have been precipitated by childbirth but that's stretching it.


We have concluded that:
- Roger married a daughter of John Carew of Fulford; her name was Margaret [note that there was a Margaret Carew born in Beddington that needs to be investigated further]
- Following his father's early death, Thomas was a ward of Nicholas Carew of Beddington
- Thomas was first married to Elizabeth Carew, daughter of Nicholas, but she died in 1410
- John and Nicholas Carew were second cousins

Elizabeth married Sir Thomas Lewknor of South Mimms, Hertfordshire, son of Sir Roger Lewknor and Margaret Carew, after 1420. (Sir Thomas Lewknor of South Mimms, Hertfordshire was born before 8 Sep 1392 1 2 and died in 1452 3.)


1 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 18 Henry IV: 308-324.

2 J E E S Sharp and A E Stamp, Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (London: n.p., n.d.), 19 Henry IV: 339-362.

3 Josiah C. Wedgewood and Anne D. Holt, The History of Parliament: 1439-1509, 3 (London, GB: His Majesty's Staionery Office, 1936), 1: 541.

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