James de Berkeley 1)
Died 13 Jun 1405
Daughter of John Bluet and Katherine Gwrgan.
Born ± 1357 2)
Died 1420, approximately 63 years
Notes: Heir of the Bluet family - her inheritance brought the Lordship of Raglan and Daglingworth Manor into the Berkeley family.
An Elizabeth, descendant of John Bluet married James de Berkeley
John Bluet had a daughter named Elizabeth who married a Bartholomew Picot/Bigot. This Elizabeth was born circa 1357 per IPM
If we assume Elizabeth was the daughter of John Bluet then it must be assumed James was her second husband and that she had children relatively late (say late thirties). While that cannot be refuted, it is equally possible that the Elizabeth who married James de Berkeley was John's granddaughter - i.e. a daughter of Elizabeth and Bartholomew.
The former construction has been shown here (in accordance with most secondary sources) but, on the balance of probabilities, the evidence for both constructions is equally strong.
Sources1) Source: The Berkeley Estate "Humphrey de Stafforde, knight, of Dorset, and Thomas de Berkeley, lord of Berkeley, knight. 25 July 2 Hen. VWhereas Humphrey is bound to Thomas and his executors in 600 marks, Thomas has granted that, as Humphrey has the marriage of James son of James de Berkeley, knight, brother of Thomas, by grant of Thomas, the which James son of James is heir male apparent to Thomas for the entailed inheritance, Humphrey will maintain James in an appropriate style until he has his inheritance, and if Humphrey will marry James to one of his daughters the bond will be void.. External Link. Reference: BCM/A/5/1/5 (Data from direct source)
2) Source: Chancery: Inquisitions Post Mortem, Series I, Edward III "Margery, late wife of Ralph Bluet...Ralph and Margery died without heirs of their bodies...Elizabeth wife of Bartholomew Bigot, knight, aged 20 years and more, is heir of the said Ralph Bluet, to wit, daughter of John his son and heir."Dated: 1377. External Link. Reference: C 135/259/16 (Data from secondary evidence)
3) Source: The Berkeley Estate "(1) Richard Thomelyn alias Richard Cutteler; (2) Richard Mede of Bristol and Thomas Hogges of Tickenham (Som.); (3) Maurice Berkeley, esquire, son of James Berkeley, lord of Berkeley. 1 Aug. 9 Edw. IV"1469. Reference: BCM/A/2/87/1 (Data from secondary evidence)
4) Source: The Bluet Estate "Grant of the manor of Little Marshfield called Haydonys Court by Maurice Berkeley son of James de Berkeley to Roger Kemes, 8 Jan. 39 Hen. VI"Dated: c1461. External Link. Reference: BCM/C/1/3/3/ix (Data from direct source)