Geoffroy V "Le Bel" PLANTAGENET, Comte d'Anjou
Princess Matilda (Maud) of England
Henry II "Curmantle" PLANTAGENET, King of England
Ida, Mistress
William DE LONGESPÉE, Earl of Salisbury


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Ela FITZ WILLIAM, Countess of Salisbury

William DE LONGESPÉE, Earl of Salisbury

  • Born: 1176
  • Married: Abt 1196
  • Died: 7 Mar 1226, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

  Research Notes:

Illegitimate son of Henry II King of England & his mistress Ida.

Earl of Salisbury 1196 by right of his wife. Matthew Paris names “Willelmus...frater regis et comes Sareberiensis, Albericus de Ver comes Oxoniensis, G[aufridus] filius Petri Angliæ justiciarius...” among the "consiliarios iniquissimos” of King John.

The Annales Londonienses record the death in 1226 of "Willelmus comes Sarisburiæ, frater regis Ricardi et Johannis". The Annals of Dunstable record that “comes Salebiriæ” was shipwrecked off Brittany in 1225 while returning from Gascony and died a few days after arriving in England. The Annals of Tewkesbury record the death in 1226 of “W. comes Saresberiæ”. The Annals of Waverley record the death in 1226 of “Willelmus cognomento Longa Spata comes Sarisbiriensis”. The Book of Lacock records the death “1226…Non Mar” of “Guillelmus Lungespe” and his burial “apud Sarum”. 1

  Marriage Information:

William married Ela FITZ WILLIAM, Countess of Salisbury, daughter of William FITZ PATRICK, Earl of Salisbury, and Eléonore DE VITRÉ, about 1196. (Ela FITZ WILLIAM was born in 1191/2 and died on 24 Aug 1261.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: William Longespee.

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