William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick


William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick

William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick (1237-1298) was an English nobleman and soldier, described as a “vigorous and innovative military commander” [ [http://users.powernet.co.uk/barfield/chap1.htm CHAP1 ] ] . He was active in the field against the Welsh for many years, and at the end of his life campaigned against the Scots.

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He was a close friend of Edward I of England, and was an important leader in Edward's invasion of Wales in 1277. [F. M. Powicke, "The Thirteenth Century" (1962 edition), p. 409.] [ [http://www.ospreypublishing.com/title_detail.php/title=T0277~per=2~view=extract Osprey Publishing - The Castles of Edward I in Wales 1277–1307 ] ] In 1294 he raised the siege of Conwy Castle, where the King had been penned in [ [http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/castles/conwy%20castle.htm Welsh Castles - Conwy Castle ] ] , crossing the estuary [T. F. Tout, "The History of England From the Accession of Henry III. to the Death of Edward III" (1216-1377) , [http://infomotions.com/etexts/gutenberg/dirs/1/6/6/7/16679/16679.htm online] .] . He was victorious on March 5, 1295 at the battle of Maes Madog, against Madog ap Llywelyn [ R. R. Davies, "The Age of Conquest: Wales 1063-1415" (1991), p. 383.] . In a night attack on the Welsh infantry, he used cavalry to drive them into compact formations, which were then shot up by his archers, and charged [Powicke, p. 442-3.] .

Family

His father was William de Beauchamp of Elmley Castle, his mother Isabel Mauduit, sister and heiress of William Mauduit, 8th Earl of Warwick.

He married Maud FitzGeoffrey. His children included:

*Isabella [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p10687.htm#i106863 thePeerage.com - Person Page 10687 ] ] , married Hugh le Despenser, Earl of Winchester
*Guy, who married Alice de Toeni, widow of Thomas de Leyburne
*Sarah [ [http://www.thepeerage.com/p21562.htm#i215617 thePeerage.com - Person Page 21562 ] ]

Notes

External links

* [http://www.thepeerage.com/p2648.htm#i26478 thepeerage.com page]
* [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mysouthernfamily/myff/d0041/g0000063.html]


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