Guillaume (William) DE WARENNE 1st Earl of Surrey
(Bef 1037-1088)
Hugues "Le Maisné" CAPET, Comte de Vermandois
(Abt 1065-1120)
William II DE WARENNE, 2nd Earl of Surrey & Warren
(Bef 1088-1131)
Gundred DE WARENNE, Countess of Warwick
(Abt 1120-Aft 1166)


Family Links

1. Roger DE BEAUMONT, 2nd Earl of Warwick

2. William I "Taillebois" DE LANCASTER, 5th Baron Kendal

Gundred DE WARENNE, Countess of Warwick

  • Born: Abt 1120, Lewes, Sussex, England
  • Married (1):
  • Married (2): Abt 1154
  • Died: After 1166

  Research Notes:

Guillaume of Jumièges records that ”Walerannus et Robertus...mater eorum” married secondly after the death of her first husband “secundo Willelmo de Warenna comiti Surreiæ” by whom she had “Willelmum tertium et duas filias” of whom “filiarum...primogenitam” married “comes Rogerus de Warwic”. Robert of Torigny names "Gondrada sorore uterine Galeranni comitis Mellenti" as wife of "Rogero comite Warwicensi". An undated manuscript relating to Cokersand Abbey, Lancashire records that “Willielmum de Lancaster” married ”Gundredam prius comitissam de Warwyke”.

Her second marriage is confirmed by a charter of King Henry II which records that “primus Willielmum de Lancaster, baronem de Kendale, qui prius vocabatur de Tailboys” married “Gundredam comitissam Warwic” and that she was the mother of his son William. Her second marriage date is dictated by the death of her first husband, recorded in Jun 1153. "Willelmus de Lancastre" donated property to Leicester, St Mary de Pré, with the consent of "Willelmi filii mei et hæredis et Gundredæ uxoris meæ", by charter dated to [1153/56]. "Willelmus de Lancastre" donated pasture rights in "feodum meum in Lonisdale et in Aumundernesse" to Leicester, St Mary de Pré, with the consent of "Willelmi filii mei et heredis et Gundree uxoris mee", for the souls of "…Gilberti patris mei et Godithe matris mee et Jordani filii mei et Margarete filia Comitisse", by charter dated to [1156/60], witnessed by "Willelmo filio meo et herede, Gundr fil Comitisse…". Farrer has suggested that the wording of this last document indicates that the wife of William de Lancaster was the daughter of Countess Gundred rather than the countess herself, suggesting that the latter must have been "well advanced in years" at the time of the marriage and implying that she would therefore have been past child-bearing age. It is correct that the wording of the document is curious as it appears inconsistent with both possibilities: if Gundred was "Comitisse", one would expect the first part of the document to read "Gundree Comitisse uxoris mee"; on the other hand, if she was Gundred the daughter, one would expect the subscription to read "Gundr fil Comitisse ux mee". The two names which are quoted above in the subscription list of the document dated to [1156/60] precede the subscribers who held religious positions. It would therefore be normal for them to be the same persons who are named in the body of the document, in the same order, giving their consent to the transaction. However, it is difficult to adopt an interpretation which contradicts the three different sources quoted above (Robert de Torigny, the undated manuscript, and the charter of King Henry II) which identify the countess as William’s wife. 1


He [Roger Earl of Warwick] married Gundred, elder daughter of William (DE WARENNE), 2nd EARL OF SURREY, by Isabel (or Elizabeth), widow of Robert (DE BEAUMONT), COUNT OF MEULAN and 1st EARL OF LEICESTER, daughter of Hugh (DE CRÉPY), COUNT OF VERMANDOIS. He died in 1153. His widow married, as his 2nd wife, William DE LANCASTER, Lord of Kendal. She was living in 1166. 2

  Marriage Information:

Gundred married Roger DE BEAUMONT, 2nd Earl of Warwick, son of Henry DE BEAUMONT, 1st Earl of Warwick, and Marguerite DU PERCHE. (Roger DE BEAUMONT died on 12 Jun 1153 in Warwickshire, England.)

  Marriage Information:

Gundred also married William I "Taillebois" DE LANCASTER, 5th Baron Kendal, son of Gilbert DE LANCASTER and Goditha FITZ ELDRED, about 1154. (William I DE LANCASTER died after 1166.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy: Medlands: Gundred.

2 Complete Peerage..., XII/2:361-2.

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