- William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton
William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton (ca. 1312-1360) was an English
noblemanand military commander.
He was the fifth son of
Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Herefordand Elizabeth of Rhuddlan. He had a twin brother, Edward.
His maternal grandparents were
Edward I of Englandand his first Queen consortEleanor of Castile.
Many Lands & Titles
In 1332 he received many new properties:
Hintonand Spainein Berkshire; Hasley, Ascot, Dedington, Pyrtonand Kirklingtonin Oxfordshire; Wincombin Buckinghamshire; Longbeningtonin Lincolnshire; Kneesolin Nottinghamshire; Newnshamin Gloucestershire, Wixin Essex, and Boshamin Sussex.
He was created
Earl of Northamptonin 1337, one of the six earls created by Edward III to renew the ranks of the higher nobility. Since de Bohun was a younger son, and did not have an income suitable to his rank, he was given an annuity until suitable estates could be found.
Campaigns in Flanders, Brittany, Scotland, Victor at Sluys & Crecy
In addition to being a warrior, William was also a renowned diplomat. He negotiated two treaties with France, one in 1343 and one in 1350. He was also charged with negotiating in Scotland for the freedom of David Bruce, prisoner of the English.
De Bohun was succeeded by his son Humphrey, who also succeeded his uncle and became 7th Earl of Hereford.
Elizabeth de Bohunwas married to Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel.
De Bohun's wife and the mother of his children was
Elizabeth de Badlesmere, daughter of Bartolomew De Badlesmere, 1st Baron Badlesmere, and Margaret de Clare
*cite book| last=Le Melletier| first=Jean| title=Les Seigneurs de Bohun| date=1978| pages=6, 17, 43-44
*cite book| last=Easles| first=Richard| coauthors=Shaun Tyas, eds.| title=Family and Dynasty in Late Medieval England| publisher=Shaun Tyas, Donington| date=2003| pages=152
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