John, Viscount Beaumont
John, Viscount Beaumont, Warden of the Isles 1447
The first person ever appointed to the rank of Viscount in England, John de Beaumont was so created on 12 February 1440. He was also Count of Boulogne and Knight of the Garter.
Born in Falkingham Castle, Lincolnshire on 16 August 1410, he was the son and heir of Henry, the 5th Baron of Beaumont, and succeeded his father at the age of four. He married Elizabeth Phelip and they had one daughter, Joan.
He was summoned to Parliament as a Baron on 25 February 1432 and having greatly distinguished himself both at Court and in war he was created Count of Boulogne in France and then made a Viscount.
He was Constable of England from 1445 to 1450 and Great Chamberlain on 8 July 1450. He died on 10 July 1460 at the Battle of Northampton.
He was Warden of the Isles jointly with Ralph Boteler, Lord Sudeley for a short time in 1447, after the death of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, when the three-year-old Anne de Beauchamp inherited the title of Lord of the Isles.