Princess Berengaria Plantagenet

Royal Descent:

Edward I, King of England m. 1) Eleanor of Castile


Birth:      1 May 1276      Kempton, Middlesex

“Eodem anno, scilicet kal. Maii, peperit Alianora regina domino regi Edwardo filiam apud Kenyngtone, et vocatum est nomen ejus (Blank in MS.)”1; “Berengaria b shortly before the relics of St. Richard of Chichester were translated (16 June 1276) (Chron. Bury, p. 62); the queen bore a daughter (name left blank in MS.) at ‘Kenyngtone’, kal. May (1 May) 1276 (Ann. Monastici [Winchester]). Green, Lives of the Princesses, thought Berengaria was b Kennington (Surrey), but Kennington did not become a royal manor until the reign of Edward II.  Berengaria was probably b Kempton, Middx., which had been a royal manor from the reign of Henry III.  The two place-names were both commonly written as ‘Kennington’ in the thirteenth century, and are easily confused.”2

Death:      1277      England

“On or a few days after 6 June 1277, the king gave £6:13:4 to Berengaria’s nutrix, according to the rotulus donorum for 5 Edward I (P.R.O. E 101/350/24 m.2).  On 27 June 1278, Edward gave the same amount to the woman who had been the child’s nurse (cash journal of the king’s wardrobe for 6 Edward I, P.R.O. C 47/4/1, fol. 28r; Green, ibid. 2.402, cites a seventeenth-century transcript, then among the Phillipps MSS., of the [lost?] original rotulus donorum for 6 Edward I, subordinate to the wardrobe journal cited here).”2

Burial:      Westminster Abbey

“She was buried in the chapel of St. Edward, at Westminster, by the side of her brothers John and Henry.”3



1. Annales Monastici Volume II, Henry Richard Luard (ed.), Rolls Series Volume 36 Part 2 (London: 1865), p. 122.

2. John Carmi Parsons, “The Year of Eleanor of Castile’s Birth and Her Children by Edward I,” Mediaeval Studies, 46, 1984, p. 263.

3. Mary Anne Everett Green, Lives of the Princesses of England from the Norman Conquest, Volume 2 (London: 1850), p. 402.