Reginald FitzUrse

I recently watched an episode of the Monarchy with David Starkey documentary series on Netflix that covered the reign of Henry II of England. It was of interest because it mentioned a cousin or possibly uncle of mine that I have discovered in my genealogy research.

Reginald FitzUrse, in fact, committed a infamous murder. Here he is pictured as one of the four knights who murdered Thomas Beckett.

murderAfter performing this horrible and unpopular crime he suffered years of persecution and ended up being sent by the Pope on crusade to the Holy Land, where he died and was buried by the Templar’s church.

Records show that he held the manor of Barham in Kent. The Barham family of Virginia, of which I am a descendant through the marriage of Thomas Moore and Mary Barham about 1738, is descended from Robert Barham of East Hall in the parish of Boughton Monchelsea in Kent. Genealogists differ on the relationship of the ancestors of the Barhams to Reginald FitzUrse, but agree that they were from branches of the same family.