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Thomas Fitz-Harding de Berkeley was a Magna Charta Baron, but not one of the Sureties. He was born about 1170. He received livery of his brothers' lands, but not until 1223 did he gain possession of Berkeley Castle. He sustained many suits of law and by his prudent conduct greatly improved his estate. In 1168 he entertained at Bristol, Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, with 60 of his men at the time he came over into England to solicit succours from Henry II, who was thereby afterwards enabled to acquire the Kingdom of Ireland, which has ever since remained to the English crown. Ireland a free state now.
Thomas de Berkeley married Joan, daughter of Ralph de Someri of Dudley County, Worcester, by Margaret, sister of William le Mareschal, Earl of Pembroke. Ralph de Someri was son of Hawise de Paganel and John de Someri. Hawise was the daughter of Sir Gervase Paganel and his wife Isabella de Bellomont, daughter of Robt, de Bellomont, son of Robert de Bellomont and Isabel de Vermandois, daughter of Hugh, the Great, First Crusader, son of Henry I, King of France and his wife Anne of Russia. (See Barons of Dudley through families of Paganel, Someri and Sutton.) Thomas de Berkeley died Nov. 29, 1243, aged about 73.