William De Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, son of William De Beauchamp, Baron of Elmley and Isabel de Mauduit.
Born 1237 at Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England, died Jun 9, 1298 at Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England, 60 or 61 years, buried Jun 22, 1298 at Grey Friars, Worcester, England
William de Beauchamp inherited not only the feudal barony of Elmley from his father, but had previously derived from his mother the Earldom of Warwick (originally possessed by the Newburgh's) and also the barony of Hanslape, which had belonged to the de Maudits. This eminent nobleman was a distinguished captain in the Welsh and Scottish Wars of Edward I. "In the 23rd year of which reign (1294/5), being in Wales with the king," as Dugdale relates, "he performed a noble exploit, namely: Hearing that a great body of the Welsh were got together in a plain, betwixt two woods, and to secure themselves had fastened their pikes to the ground, sloping toward their assailants, he marched thither with a choice company of cross-bowman and archers, and in the nighttime encompassing them about, put betwixt every 2 horseman, one crossbowman, which cross-bowman killing many of them that held the pikes, the horse charged in suddenly and made a very great slaughter." This was done near Montgomery. His lordship married Maud, widow of Girard de Furnival, and one of the four daughters and co-heiresses of Richard FitzJohn, son of John FitzGeoffrey, Chief Justice of Ireland, by whom he had surviving issue: Guy, his successor, Isabel, who married Peter de Chaworth (from whom you descend in several ways. E. E. W.), Maud, Margaret, Ann and Amy. William de Beauchamp, first Earl of Warwick of that family, died 1298, having previous to his mother's death used the style and title of Earl of Warwick, with what legality appears very doubtful.
Married ± 1260 at Worchestershire, England (approximately 38 years married) to:
Maud de Mandeville, daughter of Sir John de Mandeville, Justiciar of Ireland and Isabel Bigod.
Born ± 1237 at Bernard Castle, Warwick, England, died Apr 16, 1301 at Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England, approximately 64 years, buried May 7, 1301 at Grey Friars, Worcester, England, 1st married/ related to: Girard De Furnival, 2nd marriage to: William De Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick
1. Isabel De Beauchamp
Born 1262 at Warwick, England, died May 30, 1306 at Elmley Castle, Worcester, England, 43 or 44 years
2. Robert De Beauchamp
3. Guy de Beauchamp, 2nd Earl of Warwick
Born 1272 at Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England, died Aug 12, 1315 at Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England, 42 or 43 years
Guy de Beauchamp, 2nd Earl of Warwick, acquired high military honors in the martial reign of Edward I, distinguishing himself at the Battle of Falkirk, for which he was rewarded with extensive grants of land in Scotland, at the seige of Caerlaverock, and upon different occasions and also beyond the seas. In the reign of Edward II (1306-1326) he likewise played a very prominent part. In 1310 his lordship was in the commission appointed by parliament to draw up regulations for "the well governing of the kingdom and the king's household," in consequence of the corrupt influence at that period by Piers Gaveston, in the affairs of the realm, through the unbounded partiality of the king; and in two years afterwards, when that unhappy favorite fell into the hands of his enemies, upon the surrender of Scarborough Castle, his lordship violently seized upon his person, and after a summary trial caused him to be beheaded at Blacklow Hill near Warwick. The Earl's hostility to Gaveston is said to have been much increased by learning that the favorite had nicknamed him "the Black Dog of Aedenne." For this unwarrantable proceeding his lordship, and all others concerned therein, received in two years the royal pardon, but he is supposed to have eventually perished by poison, administered by the partisans of Gaveston.
The Earl married Alice, daughter of Ralph de Toni, son (by Alice de Bohun) of Ralph de Toni of Flamstead, County Herts, and had Thomas, his successor, John, Maud, Emma, Isabel, Elizabeth and Lucia. This great Earl of Warwick was, like most of the nobles of his time, a munificent benefactor to the church, having bestowed lands upon several religious houses, and founded a chantry of priests at his Manor of Elmley. His will bears date "at Warwick Castle" on Monday next after the Feast of St. James the Apostle 1315, and by it he bequeaths to Alice, his wife, a proportion of his plate, with a crystal cup, and half his bedding; as also all the vestments and books belonging to his chapel; the other moiety of his beds, rings and jewels he gives to his daughters. To his son Thomas his best coat of mail, helmet and suit of harness, and to his son John his second suit of mail, etc., appointing that all the rest of his armour, bows and other warlike "provisions" should remain at Warwick Castle for his heir. His widow married 2nd William la Zouche of Ashby, County Leicester. The Earl died at Warwick Castle August 12, 1315, succeeded by his eldest son, then but two years of age
He distinguished himself at the battle of Falkirk, and caused Piers Gaveston to be beheaded, whose partisins afterward poisoned him, and he died at Warwick Castle, 12 August 1315
Giles de Beauchamp, youngest son, succeeded his elder brother Walter in 1328, and also inherited the estates of his brother William, and had already inherited by the settlement of his elder brother the lordship of Alcester, the manor house of which called Beauchamp's Court, he had license to fortify in the 14th of Edward III (1340), with a wall of stone and lime, and to embattle it, and he obtained similar permission regarding his house at Fresh-Water in the Isle of Wight, in the 16th year of the same reign, 1342/3
4. John De Beauchamp
5. Anne De Beauchamp
6. Amy De Beauchamp
7. Margaret De Beauchamp
8. Matilda Maud De Beauchamp
Born 1278 at Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England