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William de Beauchamp, Baron Bedford[1]

Male - 1260


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  • Name William de Beauchamp 
    Suffix Baron Bedford 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1260 
    Notes 
    • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 04, "Beauchamp, William de" by John Horace Round.

      BEAUCHAMP, WILLIAM de (d. 1260), baronial leader and judge, succeeded his father, Simon de Beauchamp, lord of Bedford, in 1207-8. He took part in John's expedition to Poitou (1214), but joined the baronial host at Stamford, Easter 1216 (M. Paris, 253-5), and entertained them at Bedford as they marched on London. He was among the baronial leaders excommunicated by name 16 Dec. 1215 (ib. 227), and his castle was seized the same month by John's general, Fulk de Bréaute, who was allowed to retain it. Belonging to the extreme party, he fought with them at Lincoln (19 May 1217), and was there taken prisoner by the royal forces (M. Paris), but made his peace before the end of the year (Claus. 1 Hen. III, m. 4). On the capture and destruction of Bedford Castle in 1224 [see Bréaute, Fulk de], the site was restored to him (Claus. 8 Hen. III, m. 7 dors.; cf. Royal Letters, 1085). He acted as sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire 1234-7, and on 6 July 1234 was appointed a baron of the exchequer, in which capacity he reappears in 1237. He seems to have attained an unusual age, dying, according to Foss, in 1262, but according to the 'Annals of Dunstable ' (p. 215), which are probably right, in 1260. His younger son John fell at Evesham (T. Wykes), having succeeded his brother William shortly before.

      [Dugdale's Baronags, i. 223; Foss's Judges of England, 1848, ii. 234.] [2]
    Person ID I12666  Dickinson
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2017 

    Father Simon de Beauchamp, Lord Bedford,   d. 1207 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Isabella 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F3662  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Gunnora de Lanvalay,   d. Before 1220  [3
    Married 1207 
    Children 
     1. John de Beauchamp,   d. Before 1232  [Birth]
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F4389  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ida I Longespée, Lady Bedford,   b. After 1206,   d. After 1260  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married ca. 1220 
    Children 
     1. Simon de Beauchamp,   d. Before 1260  [Birth]
     2. William de Beauchamp,   d. Aug 1262  [Birth]
     3. John de Beauchamp,   d. 4 Aug 1265, Evesham, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
    +4. Matilda de Beauchamp,   d. Before Apr 1273  [Birth]
     5. Beatrice de Beauchamp,   d. Before 30 Sep 1285  [Birth]
     6. Ela de Beauchamp,   d. Before 10 Jan 1267  [Birth]
    Last Modified 16 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F3661  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISHNOBILITYMEDIEVAL3.htm#WilliamBeauchampdied1260.

    2. [S336351] Dictionary of National Biography, 63 volumes, Sir Sidney Lee, ed., (New York: McMillan and Company, 1885-1900), Public Domain., vol. 4, 33.

    3. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISHNOBILITYMEDIEVAL3L-O.htm#GunnoraLanvalayMWilliamBeauchamp.