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Birth Name de Warenne, William V
Gender male
Age at Death 30 years, 10 months, 6 days


William de Warenne (9 February 1256 – 15 December 1286) was the only son of John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey and his wife Alice de Lusignan.

William married Joan, daughter of Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford. They had the following children:
1. John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey (30 June 1286 – June 1347)
2. Alice de Warenne (15 June 1287 - 23 May 1338), wife of Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel.

William was killed in a tournament at Croydon in 1286, predeceasing his father. It has been suggested that this was murder, planned in advance by William's enemies.

On the 5th Earl's death the title went to John, the only son of William. John died without legitimate children, so on his death the title passed to Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, eldest son of Edmund FitzAlan and John' sister Alice.


English Aristocracy. Born the only son of John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey. He married Joan de Vere, the daughter of Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford, and with her had two children. He was knighted in 1285, and was killed at Croydon at the age of 30 the following year, the manner of his death differs in various records; either due to a tournament accident or because he was ambushed after attending a tournament and murdered by rivals, leaving his infant son heir to the earldom. He was buried in front of the high altar of Lewes Priory.


Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth 1256-02-09 Warren, Sussex, England   5
Death 1286-12-15 Croydon, Surrey, England   5

Cause: killed in Croyden tournament

Age: 30y 10m 6d

Burial 1286-12-15 High Altar of Lewes Priory, Lewes, Sussex, England Burial 5


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father De Warrenne, John Plantagenet12311304-09-29
Mother de Lusignan, Alice12241255-02-09
    Sister     de Warenne, Eleanor 1251 1282
         de Warenne, William V 1256-02-09 1286-12-15


Family of de Warenne, William V and de Vere, Joan

Unknown Partner de Vere, Joan ( * 1264 + 1293-11-23 )
Name Birth Date Death Date
Warenne, Angharadabout 12831358
de Warenne, John1286-06-301347-06-30
de Warenne, Alice1287-06-151338-05-23
Warren, Griffen12881338

Source References

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      • Source text:

        Book: Coles Of Devon, 1867 (25.html)
        by James Edwin-Cole

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        Source 7:www Genealogy or pedegree of the .... Sir William Cole... written in 1630 by Segar, William, Sir, -1633
        There are 33 pages of Charts of the Cole Family and the collateral lines drawn from the original Cole Pedigree dated 1585. This is copied from the original Roll, in the possession of the Right Honourable the Earl of Enniskillen.

        This information was compiled by Sir William Segar, Garter in 1630, referencing the family of Thomas Cole who compiled the Escheats. William Segar, Garter was the Principall King of Armes. Wikipedia: Sir William Segar (c. 1554–1633) was a portrait painter and officer of arms to the court of Elizabeth I of England; he became Garter King of Arms under James I. He had the responsibility of granting coats of arms to noble families.

        THE PEDIGREE AS IT RELATES TO THE BODRUGAN FAMILY CONTAINS ERRORS. Firstly, it incorrectly shows that Henry Bodrugan the son of Otto, and his wife Isabelle Whalesborough, had 3 sons: William, Otto & Nicholas. This is wrong. the 3 sons were in fact his brothers. Henry died, aged 20, leaving no issue, his next heir being his brother William. This is evident from Henry's IPM. Secondly, the pedigree conflates William the bastard son of Otto Bodrugan with William Bodrugan the son of Ralph Treneweth. This is an unreliable source in so far at it relates to the Bodrugan family.

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        Vol 3, pg 438

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        JOHN DE WARENNE, Knt., 7th Earl of Surrey, of Lewes, Sussex, Reigate, Surrey, Grantham and Stamford, Lincolnshire, Conisbrough, Yorkshire, etc., Constable of Bamburgh, Hope, and Pevensey Castles, Warden of the Maritime Parts, cos. Surrey and Sussex, 1295, Joint Warden north of Trent, 1295, justice itinerant, son and heir by his father's 2nd marriage, born in or after Aug. 1231.

        He married in Aug. 1247 ALICE (or ALIX) DE LUSIGNAN, daughter of Hughes [X] le Brun (or de Lusignan), Count of La Marche and Angouleme, seigneur of Lusignan, Chateau-Larcher, Montreuil-Bonnin, and la Mothe-Saint-Heray de Lusignan, by Isabel, widow of John, King of England [ see PLANTAGENET 3], and daughter and heiress of Ademar III Taillefer, Count of Angouleme. Alice was the uterine half-sister of King Henry III of England [see PLANTAGENET 4]. They had one son, William, Knt., and two daughters, Eleanor and Isabel.

        By an unknown noblewoman, he had also two illegitimate sons, [Master] John [vicar of Dewsbury, York, Rector of Dorking, Surrey and Fishlake, Yorkshire, Prebendary of Thockrington, living 1330] and [Master] William (Rector of Hatfield, Yorkshire, living 1314).

        He was with Edward, Prince of Wales in Gascony in 1254, and knighted with him in Spain. In 1255 he joined the other nobles in their resistance to the influx of foreigners into England. In Sept. 1255 he was instructed to escort the King of Scotland to the King. His wife, Alice died 9 Feb. 12556. In 1257 he accompanied Richard, Earl of Cornwall, King elect of the Romans, to Almain. In 1260 he went overseas in the service of Prince Edward. He joined Simon de Montfort and Prince Edward with many of the magnates in 1263. He was in the prince's army at the Battle of Lewes 14 May 1264, whence he and the king's brothers fled to Pevensey, subsequently crossing to France. In 1265 he fought at the Battle of Evesham under Prince Edward. He was in joint command of the royalist forces at Chesterfield in 1266. In 1266 he quitclaimed to the Prior and Convent of Lewes his right to the advowson of the church of Dewsbury, Yorkshire. In 1267 he received a pardon for excesses committed in the recent time of disturbance. He took the cross 24 June 1268, though it does not appear that he went on crusade. In May 1270 the king granted him a writ to recover certain parcels of land which belonged to David de Ashby in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, together with the wardship of Isabel, daughter of Stephen, son and heir of the said David de Ashby, against Alan la Zouche, Knt. and Ellen his wife, who the earl said unlawfully occupied the land.In July 1270 he quarrelled in Westminster Hall with Alan la Zouche, Knt. and attacked him so violently that he died on 10 Aug. following, his son escaping with difficulty. The earl fled to his castle at Reigate, Surrey, pursued by Prince Edward, and begged for mercy. On 4 Aug. 1270 he was pardoned upon his agreeing to pay a substantial sum to the king. On 20 Nov. 1272, four days after the king's death, he swore allegiance to Prince Edward, then on his way home from a crusade. The Earl was one of the guardians of the realm until his return. In 1274-5 John d'Eaville arraigned an assize of mort dancestor against him touching the manor of Greetwell, Lincolnshire. In the same period John son of Gilbert de Cokerington arraigned an assize of mort dancestor against him touching possessions in North Kynton and Covenham, Lincolnshire. In the same period Simon le Franceis and others arraigned an assize of novel disseisin against him and others touching a tenement in Helpringham, Lincolnshire. In 1277-8 William Foliot and Isabel his wife arraigned an assize of novel disseisin against ellen widow of Alan la Zouche and John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, touching a tenement in Ashby, Northamptonshire. He was summoned to serve against the Welsh in 1277 and 1294, and against the Scots, 1291, 1297, and 1300. He was heir c.1282 to his sister, Isabel de Warenne, Countess of Arundel, by which he inheried the patronage of Marham Abbey, Norfolk, whch abbey was founded by his sister in 1251. In 1282 the king granted hi the land of Bromfield and Yale, togeher with the Castle of Dinas Bran in Denbighshire. In 1290 he was going as the king's envoy to Scotland. In 1291 he was appointed Keeper of Scotland. He defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar 27 April 1296. On 3 Sept. 1296 he was appointed Keeper of the Realm of Scotland. In Aug. 1297 the Scots attacked his advance guard, under Henry de Percy, but were repelled; but on 10 Sept. the Earl was defeated with great slaughter at Stirling, and fled to Berwick, which he abandoned and lost. In Dec. 1297 he was appointed Captain of the army to oppose the invading Scots; in Jan. and Feb. 1297/8 he marched into Scotland. He commanded the rear-guard at the Battle of Falkirk 22 July 1298. In 1300 he commanded the second division at the Siege of Caerlaverock. He signed the Barons' letter to Pope Boniface VIII in 1301 as Comes Warenne. SIR JOHN DE WARENNE, 7th Earl of Surrey, died testate at Kennington, near London, about 29 Sept. 1304. He and his wife, Alice, were buried before the high altar at Lewes Priory, Sussex.

        Children of John de Warenne, Knt., by Alice de Lusignan:


        ELEANOR DE WARENNE, married HENRY DE PERCY, Knt., of Topcliffe, Yorkshire [see PERCY 5]

        ISABEL DE WARENNE, born 26 Sept. 1253. She married shortly before 10 Feb. 1281 (date when contract of marriage was said to be "lately confirmed") JOHN DE BALLIOL, of Barnard Castle, Durham, Bywell, Northumberland, etc., seigneur of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, 1261-4, Regent of Scotland, Keeper of the Honour of Peverel, Keeper of the City of London, by Devorguille of Galloway, daughter and co-heiress of Alan Fitz Roland, lord of Galloway, hereditary Constable of Scotland. He was born about 1240 (aged 40 in 1280). They had one son, Edward, Knt. [King of Scots, Lord Balliol]. He was heir in 1278 to his older brother Alexander de Balliol. He was summoned to attend the king at Shrewsbury 28 June 1283. In 1290, on the death of his kinswoman, Margaret, Maid of Norway, he claimed the throne of Scotland in right of his maternal grandmother, Margaret, eldest daughter of David, Earl of Huntingdon. He was awarded the Crown of Scotland 17 Nov. 1292 by King Edward I of England, and was crowned King of Scotland at Scone 30 Nov. 1292. In 1295 he lost his English barony of Bywell, Northumberland, which was given to John of Brittany, Earl of Richmond. His wife, Isabel, was apparently dead before 23 Oct. 1295 (date of treaty). He abdicated as King of Scotland 10 July 1296. He was subsequently detained as a prisoner in the Tower of London in England for three years until July 1299, when he was released into papal custody. After various wanderings, he retired to his French estates in 1302, where he lived an obscure life. JOHN DE BALLIOL, seigneur of Bailleul, late King of Scots, died Helicourt (in Vimeu) France about 25 Nov. 1314.

        Child of Isabel de Warenne, by John de Balliol:

      • Source text:

        "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 7 August 2020), William De Warenne, ; Burial, Lewes, Lewes District, East Sussex, England, Lewes Priory; citing record ID 45182651, Find a Grave,

      • Citation:

        Sir William De Warenne
        BIRTH Feb 1256 England
        DEATH 15 Dec 1286 (aged 30) Croydon, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
        BURIAL Lewes Priory
        Lewes, Lewes District, East Sussex, England
        MEMORIAL ID 45182651
        Born the only son of John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey. He married Joan de Vere, the daughter of Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford, and with her had two children. He was knighted in 1285, and was killed at Croydon at the age of 30.


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        William De Warenne

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        Feb 1256

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        15 Dec 1286

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