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.


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.] .


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 ] ]


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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