Baron Berkeley of Rathdoune

Charles Berkley, Baron of Rathdowne or Rathdoune County Wicklow
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He was the Right Honourable and most noble Lord Charles Berkeley, Earle of Falmouth, Baron Botetourt of Langport in England, and Viscount Fitzharding of Beerehaven, and Baron Berkeley of Rathdoune in Co Wicklow in Ireland.  He was the second son of the Rt Honourable Sir Charles Berkeley, Knt (now Viscount Fitzharding). Charles Berkley was born in 1630 and was granted the title of Baron Berkley of Rathdowne by King Charles II in 1663. He was married to Mary the daughter of Harvey Bagot. Between 1661 and 1664 he was a member of Parliament for Romney. Sir Charles died in 1665 at the battle of Lowestoft. He left a daughter Mary, who was three weeks old and his sole heir. His daughter Mary married Sir Gilbert Gerard in

Sir Charles title of Earl of Falmouth became extinct on his death and his titles of Viscount Fitzhardinge and Baron Berkeley of Rathdown were passed to his father, also Sir Charles Berkeley. After his fathers death the titles were passed to Sir Maurice Berkeley, the first Barons brother. The title became extinct in the 1712 on the death of Sir Maurice’s son, Sir John Berkeley.


Burke John and John Bernard; Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Extinct and Dormant Baronetcies of England, Scott, Webster and Cleary, London (MDCCCXXXVIII)

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