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Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick

Guy de Beauchamp, 10th Earl of Warwick[1, 2]

Male 1270 - 1315  (~ 45 years)

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  • Name Guy de Beauchamp 
    Arms of Beauchamp
    Arms of Beauchamp
    Suffix 10th Earl of Warwick 
    Born ca. 1270 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1315  Warwick, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military 26 Aug 1346  Crécy-en-Ponthieu, Somme, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • BEAUCHAMP, GUY de, Earl of Warwick (d. 1315), a lord ordainer, succeeded his father, William, earl of Warwick, the grandson of Walter de Beauchamp [see Beauchamp, Walter de, d. 1236], in 1298. He distinguished himself at once by his bravery at Falkirk (22 July 1298), for which he received grants of estates in Scotland, and he did homage for his lands 15 Sept. (Rot Fin. 26 Ed. I. m. 1). He was one of the seven earls who signed the famous letter to the pope (12 Feb. 1301), rejecting his authority in the Scottish question. He also took part in the next Scotch campaign (1303-4), including the siege of Stirling; and, attending King Edward to his last campaign, was present at his death (7 July 1307), when he was warned by him against Piers Gaveston. On the accession of Edward II Gaveston returned to England, and dubbed Warwick, in insult, from his swarthy complexion, 'the black cur of Arden' (T. Wals. i. 115). Warwick took part in procuring his banishment (18 May 1308), and alone refused to be reconciled to his recall in the summer of 1309 (Chronicles, ii. 160).

      With Thomas of Lancaster, who now headed the opposition, and the Earls of Lincoln, Oxford, and Arundel, he declined (Hemingb. ii. 275) to attend the council at York (26 Oct. 1309), and presented himself in arms, against the king's orders, at the council of Westminster (March 1310). Here he joined in the petition for the appointment of 'ordainers,' and was himself chosen (Chron. i. 170, 172) to act as one (20 March 1310). He refused the royal summons to the Scottish campaign (June 1310), busied himself in the preparation of the 'ordinances,' and attended their publication in St. Paul's Churchyard 27 Sept. 1310 (Chron, i. 270, ii. 164). On the return of Gaveston (who had been banished by the ordinances) in January 1312, Lancaster and his four confederates took up arms, seized him, and committed him to the custody of Pembroke, by whom he was left in charge for a time at Deddington Rectory, near Warwick. At daybreak, on Sunday, 10 June, the Earl of Warwick, with 100 footmen and forty men-at-arms, surprised him and carried him off to Warwick Castle (Trokelowe, 76, Chron. i. 206). On the arrival of Lancaster, with Hereford and Arundel, Gaveston was handed over to them and beheaded by them on Blacklow Hill, outside Warwick's fief (19 June 1312), the earl himself declining to be present, and refusing to take charge of the corpse (Chron. i. 210). Edward instantly threatened vengeance, and Warwick and his confederates met at Worcester to concert measures for their mutual defence (ib. ii. 182). At the head of his foresters of Arden (ib. ii. 184) he joined their forces at Ware in September, and remained there during the negotiations of the autumn, till peace was proclaimed on 22 December (ib. i. 221, 225). On 16 Oct. 1313 the confederates were finally pardoned, but refused the following year to serve in the Scotch campaign, on the plea that the 'ordinances' had been disregarded (Trokelowe, 83, Chron. ii. 201). A year later the Earl of Warwick fell ill and died (10 Aug. 1315), not without suspicions of poison (T. Wals. i. 137). His untimely death, at forty-three, was lamented by the chroniclers as that of a 'discreet and well-informed man' (Chron. i. 236), whose wise advice had been invaluble to the ordainers, and who had been unanimously supported by the country (ib. ii. 212 ). So highly was his sagacity esteemed, that the Earl of Lincoln, the counsellor of Edward I, urged his son-in-law, Thomas of Lancaster, on his death-bed (Februaiy 1311) to be guided by him in all things (Trokelowe, 63).

      [Chronicles of Edward I and II (Rolls Series); Chronica J. de Trokelowe (ib.); Thomas of Walsiugham (ib.); Rymer's F?dera; Dugdale's Baronage, i. 229; Stubbs's Constitutional History, chap, xvi.]
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    Person ID I20388  Dickinson
    Last Modified 19 May 2018 

    Father William V de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick,   b. ca. 1237,   d. Jun 1298, Elmley, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Matilda FitzJohn, Countess Warwick,   d. Apr 1301 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Before 7 Jan 1269 
    Family ID F3693  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Isabel de Clare,   b. 10 Mar 1263,   d. After 1322  (Age 59 years) 
    Betrothal 11 May 1297 
    By Papal dispensation. 
    Last Modified 19 May 2018 
    Family ID F6842  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Alice de Tosny,   b. ca. 1282,   d. ca. 1325  (Age ~ 43 years) 
    Married 1310 
    • 4 children
    +1. Matilda de Beauchamp, Lady Say,   d. 28 Jul 1369  [Birth]
     2. Elizabeth de Beauchamp, Lady Astley  [Birth]
    +3. Thomas de Beauchamp, 11th Earl of Warwick, KG,   b. 14 Feb 1313, Warwick Castle, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1369, Calais, Pale of Calais Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [Birth]
     4. John Paveley de Beauchamp, 1st Baron Beauchamp de Warwick, KG,   b. ca. 1316, Warwick, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1360, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 19 May 2018 
    Family ID F6395  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at, 20XX),

    2. [S39] The Peerage, Darryl Lundy, (Online:, 20xx),

    3. [S336351] Dictionary of National Biography, 63 volumes, Sir Sidney Lee, ed., (New York: McMillan and Company, 1885-1900), Public Domain., "Beauchamp, Guy de" by John Horace Round, 4: 28.