William "Pincerna" D' AUBIGNY, Lord of Old Buckenham
Matilda BIGOD
(-By 1133)
Cte Godefroi V "le Barbu" DE LOUVAIN
(Abt 1074-1139)
William "Strong Hand" D' AUBIGNY, 1st Earl of Arundel
(Abt 1103-1176)
(Abt 1105-1141)
William DE ALBINI, 2nd Earl of Arundel


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William DE ALBINI, 2nd Earl of Arundel

  • Born: Arundel, Sussex, England
  • Married: After 1173
  • Died: 24 Dec 1193, Buckenham, Wayland, Norfolk, England
  • Buried: Wymondham Priory, Norfolk, England

  Orthographic variations: D' ALBINI, DE ALBINIACO, DE AUBENY, D' AUBIGNY

  Research Notes:

Robert of Torigny names "Guillermum primogenitum suum et Godefridum et…comitissam uxorem Johannis comitis Aucensis" as children of "Willermi de Albinaio quem vocant comitem de Arundel" & his wife.

He succeeded his father in 1176, generally known as Earl of Sussex as the castle of Arundel was retained by the crown on his father's death. They were restored to Earl William on 27 Jun 1190, after which he was referred to as Earl of Arundel.

The Annals of Waverley record the death “in vigilia Natalis Domini” in 1193 of “Willelmus comes junior de Arundel”. 1


WILLIAM (D'AUBIGNY), EARL OF SUSSEX, son and heir, in 1176/7, was confirmed in that dignity, but the Castle and Honour of Arundel having, in accordance with the policy of Henry II, been retained by the Crown, on the death of the last holder he did not obtain restoration of them till Richard I restored them to him 27 June 1190, when (according to the admission of I433] he became EARL OF ARUNDEL. He was, however, styled Earl of Arundel before he received possession of the Castle and Honour, namely, on 18 September 1189, and on 26 November of the same year he witnessed King Richard's Charter as "Will. Earl of Arundel." He received also at the same time, the third penny of the pleas of Sussex in the precise words of the grant made to his father. In 1191 he was made Custos of Windsor Castle, and in 1194 one of the Receivers of the money raised for the King's ransom.

He married Maud, widow of Roger (DE CLARE), EARL OF HERTFORD (who had died 1173), daughter and heir of James DE ST. HILAIRE Du HARCOUET, by Aveline, his wife. He died 24 December 1193, and was buried at Wymondham Priory. 2


William de Albini, 3rd earl, who, in 1218, embarked in the Crusade and was at the celebrated siege of Damietta, but died in returning, anno 1221. He m. Maud, dau. and heiress of James de St. Hillary, and widow of Roger de Clare, Earl of Hertford, by whom he left issue, William and Hugh, successors to the earldom; Mabel, m. to Sir Robert de Tateshall; Isabel, m. to John FitzAlan, Baron of Clun and Oswestry; Nicola, m. to Roger de Somerie, Lord of Dudley; Cecilia, m. to Roger de Montalt; and Colet.

His lordship left by Adeliza, his wife, widow of King Henry I, four sons and three daughters, the eldest of whom, Alice, m. John, Earl of Ewe. The eldest son, William de Albini, 2nd earl, had a grant from the crown, 23rd Henry II [1177-78], of the Earldom of Sussex, and in the 1st of Richard I [1189-90], had a confirmation from that prince of the castle and honour of Arundel, as also of the Tertium Denarium of the county of Sussex. He d. in 1196 and was s. by his son, William de Albini, 3rd earl...[who] m. Maud, dau. and heiress of James de St. Hillary." 3

  Marriage Information:

William married Matilda DE SAINT-HILAIRE, daughter of Sir James DE SAINT-HILAIRE, Knt. and Aveline, after 1173. (Matilda DE SAINT-HILAIRE was born in Field Dalling, Walsingham, Norfolk, England, died on 24 Dec 1193 in Buckenham, Wayland, Norfolk, England and was buried in Priory of Great Carbrooke, Norfolk, England.)


1 Foundations for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, William.

2 Complete Peerage I:235-6.

3 Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, 1883, p. 3, Albini, Earls of Arundel.

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