Walter DE BEAUCHAMP, Lord of Elmeley
(Abt 1196-1236)
Joan DE MORTIMER
(-1225)
William DE MAUDUIT, Lord of Hanslope
(Abt 1186-1257)
Alice DE NEWBURGH
(1196-Bef 1263)
William DE BEAUCHAMP, Lord of Elmley
(Aft 1213-1269)
Isabel DE MAUDUIT
(Abt 1214-Bef 1267)
Sir William DE BEAUCHAMP, Earl of Warwick
(Abt 1239-1298)

 

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Spouses/Children:
Maud FITZ JOHN, Countess of Warwick

Sir William DE BEAUCHAMP, Earl of Warwick

  • Born: Abt 1239, Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England
  • Married: Before 7 Jan 1269
  • Died: 5 Jun 1298, Elmley, Worchestershire, England
  • Buried: 22 Jun 1298, Friars Minors, Worchestershire, England

  William was also called William DE BELLO CAMPO.

  Research Notes:

eldest son and heir, co-executor of his father's Will (1269)

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A writ dated 20 Jan "52 Hen III", after the death of "William Maudut…earl of Warwick", names "William de Bello Campo the younger, son of his sister Isabel deceased who was married to William de Bello Campo the elder, age variously stated as 26 and more, and 30 and more,, is his heir". "Willelmum de Bello Campo filium Walteri de Bello Campo" granted "manerium suum de Ledecombe" to "Willelmum primogenitum eius et Matildem uxor eius", in exchange for "tenemento in Schirrevelench", by charter dated to [1261/69].

He succeeded his maternal uncle in Jan 1267 as Earl of Warwick. He succeeded his father in 1268 at Elmley and as hereditary Sheriff of Worcestershire.

The Annals of Worcester record the death “V Id Jun” in 1298 of “Willelmus de Bello Campo comes Warewike” and his burial “Wygorniæ…inter fratres Minores”. Inquisitions dated Jun 1298 record that "William de Bello Campo Earl of Warwick" held the castle of Worcester and other properties in Worcestershire and name "Guy de Warr’…son and next heir… aged 27 years". 1

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27 Apr 1269, Windsor

To the king’s treasurer and barons of the Exchequer. For the laudable service that the king’s beloved and faithful William de Beauchamp, earl of Warwick, has given to him, the king has granted to him that concerning all the debts which William de Beauchamp sometime king’s sheriff of Worcestershire his father owed to the king at his Exchequer on the day he died he is to render £10 to the king per annum, namely one half at the king’s Exchequer of Michaelmas next about-to-be and the other half at his Exchequer of Easter next following, and thus £10 from year to year at the same terms until the aforesaid debts are paid to the king in the same manner that the aforesaid William his father was accustomed to render the said £10 for the aforesaid debts at the same terms. The king has also granted to the same earl that concerning the money in which he is held by the king for his relief by reason of the lands and tenements formerly of the aforesaid William his father he is similarly to render £10 per annum to the king at the above-written terms, just as aforesaid, so that in total he is to render £20 to the king per annum at the aforesaid terms, just as is aforesaid. Order therefore to cause him to have those terms and it to be done and enrolled thus.

After 27 Apr 1269

The king has taken the homage of William de Beauchamp de Elmel’ son and heir of William de Beauchamp de Elmel’ for all the lands and tenements which the aforementioned William his father held of the king in chief on the day he died, and he has rendered those lands and tenements to him. Order to John le Moyne, escheator this side of the Trent, that having accepted security from the aforementioned William for rendering his reasonable relief at the Exchequer, to cause the same William to have full seisin of the aforesaid lands and tenements etc.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 53 Hen. III, 289, 296

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15 Jul 1270, Westminster

Confirmation of a lease for five years made by William de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, to Roger de Mortuo Mari, the abbot of Evesham, and Bartholomew de Suleye, executors of the will of William de Bello Campo, his father, of his whole rent in Beleye and Jerdeleye.

16 Oct 1270, Westminster

Commission of oyer and terminer to R. bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, G. bishop of Worcester, William de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, Roger de Somery, John de la Lynde and Master William de la Cornere, touching all excesses, trespasses and injuries committed against Llewelin son of Griffin, prince of Wales, and his men, by Gilbert de Clare, earl of Gloucester and Hertford, and the other marchers and those committed by Leuelin and his men against the earl and other marchers.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. III, vol. 6, pp. 441, 486

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20 Oct 1272, Westminster

Confirmation of a lease by William de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, to Edmund de Alemannia, earl of Cornwall, the king's nephew, of his manor of Brales for three years from St. Luke the Evangelist, 56 Henry III.

Calendar of Patent Rolls, Hen. III, vol. 6, p. 683

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The Will of William de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, written 14 Sep 1296

William de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, dated Holy Rood Day, 1296, 25 Edward I [sic], being in perfect health. My body to be buried in the quire of the Friars-Minors, commonly called the Gray-friars at Worcester, if I die within the compass of the four English seas; otherwise, then in the house of the Friars-Minors nearest to the place in which I may happen to die, and my heart to be buried wheresoever the Countess, my dear consort, may herself resolve to be interred; to the place where I may be buried two great horses, viz. those which shall carry my armour at my funeral, for the solemnizing of which I bequeath two hundred pounds; to the maintenance of two soldiers in the Holy Land one hundred pounds; to Maud, my wife, all my silver vessels, with the cross, wherein is contained part of the wood of the very cross whereon our Saviour died; likewise the vestments of my Chapel to make use of during her life; but afterwards the best suit to belong to Guy, my eldest son; the second best to my Chapel of Hanslape; and the third best to my Chapel of Hanley; to Guy, my son, a gold ring with a ruby in it, together with my blessing; to my wife a cup, which the Bishop of Worcester gave me, and all my other cups, with my lesser sort of jewels and rings, to distribute for the health of my soul, where she may think best; to my two daughters, nuns at Shouldham, fifty marks. 2

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Inquisition Post Mortem

477. William de Bello Campo, Earl of Warwick

Writ, 12 June, 26 Edw. I. [1298]

Middlesex. Inq. the morrow of SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Westminster. A messuage and 8a. arable held of the abbot &c. of Westminster by doing suit at their court every three weeks, and 14s. 10d. yearly rent.

Guy de Warr(ewick) his son, aged 24 and more, is his next heir.

Buckingham. Inq. Saturday after the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 26 Edw. I.

Hamslape. The manor (full extent given), including an old preserve and a holm adjacent, villeins called 'akermanni,' and a free fishery, held of the king in chief by service of a knight's fee and two serjeanties.

Guy de Bello Campo is his next heir and of full age.

Oxford. Inq. 26 June, 26 Edw. I.

Spelesbury. The manor (extent given), including a court with garden &c., held of the bishop of Worcester by service of a knight's fee.

Guy de Warr(ewick), aged 27 and more, is his next heir.

Gloucester. Inq. Saturday the eve of St. Peter, 26 Edw. I.

Kenemerton. A fourth part of the manor (extent given with names of tenants) held jointly with Maud his wife, countess of Warwick, of the earl and countess of Gloucester in chief, service unknown.

Guy his son, aged 27 and more, is next heir of the said William and Maud.

Gloucester. Inq. made at Wynchecumb on Thursday after SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Wykewaue. The manor (full extent given with names of tenants) held of the king in chief, service unknown.

Guy his son, aged 27 and more, is his next heir.

Gloucester. Inq. made at Cyrencestre on Monday after St. Peter,26 Edw. I.

Tettebury, Douton and Upton. 6l. rent to be received by the hands of John de Thorndone (?), a tenant, held of the king in chief, service unknown; and 6 virgates of land, which Alexander Dabytot holds freely rendering nothing yearly.

Heir as last above.

Gloucester. Inq. made at Cyrencestre on Monday after St. Peter,26 Edw. I.

Cheddeworthe. Two parts of the manor (full extent given with names of tenants) held of the king in chief, service unknown.

Guy de Warr(ewick), son of the earl of Warwick, aged 27 and more, is his next heir.

Worcester. Inq. Monday after SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Worcester, Salewarp and Droitwich. The castle of Worcester, the manor of Salewarp (full extent given with names of tenants), and the salt-pit of Droitwich (Wychio) with the boilery (boiller') pertaining thereto of 8 leads (8 plumb'), worth 75s. (yearly), held of the king by barony, and by fee farm for 13l., whereof he paid at the king's exchequer 71s. 8d. and the residue for the king's alms, viz.—to the nuns of Wrockeshale, 4l., to the abbot of Cornmayles 75s., to the abbot of Gloucester 20s., and to the Templars 1 mark.
Acton. The manor (extent given) held of the abbot of Evesham by service of ½ knight's fee.
Newenton. The manor (extent given), including a wood within the forest, and 22d. given by all the customers at the feast of the Annunciation for 'fysfe.'
Cumbrynton. The manor, a member of the manor of Newenton (extent given), including 2 fisheries, and ½d. for 'fysfe.'
Both held of the abbot of Westminster by service of 7 knights' fees.

Heir unspecified.

Worcester. Inq. Saturday the eve of SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Aumelegh. The manor with the castle (castello) (full extent given), including a barton with granges &c. and a wood within the park.
Stolton. The manor, which is a member of the manor abovesaid (full extent given), including a barton.
Stolton. The manor, which is a member of the manor abovesaid (full extent given), including a barton.
Both held of the bishop of Worcester by service of 15 knights' fees.
Guy de Warr(ewick) his son, aged 27 and more, is his next heir.
Wauberge, a member of the manor of Aumelegh (extent given), including a court with a park &c., held in socage of the abbot of Persore by service of a buck yearly.

Warwick. Inq. Thursday after SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Warwick. The castle, 240a. arable, 88a. meadow, pasture, 90 free tenants rendering 13l. 2s. yearly, 3½lb. pepper, 5lb. cummin, 7 pairs of gloves, and 7 barbed arrows, 20l. toll of the market, 30s. for stallage, and 20s. bailiffs' farm, a fishery in the Avene, the preserve of Pakmor with a little preserve towards Loudesham, 4 water-mills, and pleas &c. of court.
Wegenok. 80a. arable, a park containing 20a., and a little preserve.
All held of the king in chief by service of 5 knights' fees.

Guy his son, aged 26, is his next heir.

Warwick. Inq. Thursday after the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, 26 Edw. I.

Sotton in Colefeld. The manor with the free chace (extent given), including a park, a wood of 50a. called 'la Lee,' mowing of a meadow called Pedimor, and a preserve with the millpond, held of the king in chief by exchange for the manors of Hocham and Longham, service unspecified.

Heir as last above.

Leicester. Inq. (undated).

Kybbeworthe Beuchaump. The town (extent given with names of tenants) held of the king in chief by laying a cloth on the king's table on Christmas day.

Heir as above, of full age.

Rutland. Extent, Tuesday after SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Berudon alias Berwedon. The manor (full extent given with names of tenants), including 87a. of demesne lands in the eastern field of Beruden, 61a. in Schapwellefeld, 65a. in the field called Stonfeld, 12a. meadow towards Thurkelbregge, 6a. 1r. meadow by Berwedon, pasture in 'le Esthay' and 'le Westhay,' and 4a. pasture at Wakerle Brigge.
Southluffenham. Assised rents of free tenants (full extent given with names of tenants).
Morkote. Assised rents of free tenants (full extent given with names of tenants).
Manton. A messuage, 9 tofts and 9 virgates of land held by Thomas de Boukelond, rendering 2l. yearly.
Gretham. Assised rents of free tenants (full extent given with names of tenants), and rents of bondmen and cottars.
Cottesmor. Rents of free tenants (full extent given with names of tenants), and of bondmen and cottars.
All held of the king in chief, viz.—the lands &c. of Berwedon, Suthluffenham, Morkote and Manton by barony of being the king's chamberlain, and the tenements of Gretham and Cottesmor by knight's service pertaining to the earldom of Warwick.

Heir as above, of full age.

Writ, 16 June, 26 Edw. II.
York; Hallamshire. Inq. Sunday after SS. Peter and Paul, 26 Edw. I.

Schefeld. A tenement in the manor called 'le Dichall' held of the dower of Maud his wife, of the lands &c. which were of Gerard de Furnivall her first husband; which tenement after her death ought to revert to Thomas de Furnivall, now lord of Hallamschire, as kinsman and heir of the said Gerard.

Guy de Warewyk, his son, aged 23 and more, is his next heir.

C. Edw. I. File 86. (1.) 3

  Marriage Information:

William married Maud FITZ JOHN, daughter of Sir John FITZ GEOFFREY, Lord of Berkhamstead, and Isabel LE BIGOD, before 7 Jan 1269 in Worcestershire, England. (Maud FITZ JOHN was born about 1244 in Bernard Castle, Warwickshire, England and died on 16 Apr 1301 in Grey Friars, Worcestershire, England.)

Sources


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: William [V] de Beauchamp.

2 Testamenta Vetusta, vol. I, p. 52.

3 Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other analogous documents, preserved in the Public Record Office, Vol. III, Edward I, pp. 375-7.


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