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Derby, Earl of (E, c. 1138 - forfeited 1266)

 

Creation: let.pat. c. Aug 1138

 

Forfeited: 15 May 1266

 

Family name: de Ferrers

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Arms:

Argent six Horseshoes Sable pierced Or three two and one

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Robert [de Ferrers], 1st Earl of Derby

3rd son of Henry de Ferrieres, Sire de Ferrieres and Chambrais in Normandy and Lord of Tutbury, co. Stafford, by his wife Bertha

born

 

mar.

Hawise de Vitré, dau. of André, Seigneur de Vitré in Brittany, by his wife Agnes of Mortain, dau. of Robert, Count of Mortain

children

1. William de Ferrers (dvp.)

2. Sir Robert de Ferrers, later 2nd Earl of Derby

3. Sir Walcheline de Ferrers, of Okeham

1. Lady Isolda de Ferrers, mar. Stephen de Beauchamp

2. Lady Maud de Ferrers, mar. Bertram de Verdon

died

1139

created

Aug 1138 Earl of Derby

suc. by

son

note

he inherited the greater part of his father's possessions in England, some 210 lordships and manors, more than half of which were in Derbyshire; a commander at the Battle of the Standard against the Scots Aug 1138, shortly after which he was made Earl of Derby by King Stephen

 

Robert [de Ferrers], 2nd Earl of Derby

born

 

mar.

Margaret Peveril, dau. of William Peveril, of Nottingham

children

1. Sir William de Ferrers, later 3rd Earl of Derby

died

bef. 1160 (bur. in Merevale Abbey, co. Warwick)

suc. by

son

note

during the reign of King Stephen he founded the Abbey of Merevale, co. Warwick, and the Abbey of Darley, co. Derby, as well as the Priory of Bredon, co. Leicester; went on a pilgrimage to Santiago da Compostella, Spain

 

William [de Ferrers], 3rd Earl of Derby

born

mar.

Sibyl de Braose (d. after 5 Feb 1227/8), dau. of William de Braose, Lord of Bramber, by his wife the Lady Bertha, Lady of Brecon and Over Gwent, sister and cohrss. of William of Hereford, Lord of Abergavenny and Brecknock, and 2nd dau. of Miles [of Gloucester], 1st Earl of Hereford

children

1. Sir William de Ferrers, later 4th Earl of Derby

1. Lady Pernell de Ferrers (bur. in Stone Priory), mar. in or bef. 1214 Hervey de Stafford, Lord of Stafford, co. Stafford (d. bef. 12 May 1237; bur. at Stone Priory), son and heir of Hervey Bagot later de Stafford, by his wife Milicent de Stafford, Lady of Stafford, co. Stafford, and had issue

died

bef. 21 Oct 1190

suc. by

son

note

joined the younger Henry in his rebellion 1173 and sacked and burned Nottingham 1174; submitted to King Henry II 1174 and surrendered his castles of Tutbury and Duffield; he was imprisoned at Caen; went on Crusade and died at the Siege of Acre in Palestine

 

William [de Ferrers], 4th Earl of Derby

born

mar.

1192 Lady Alice, Lady of Chartley, co. Stafford, and Bugbrooke, co. Northampton (d. 2 Nov 1247), sister and cohrss. of Ranulf "de Blundeville", 4th Earl of Chester and Lincoln, and 3rd dau. of Hugh "of Kevelioc", 3rd Earl of Chester, by his wife Bertrade de Montfort, dau. by his first wife of Simon de Montfort, Count of Evreux

children

1. William de Ferrers, later 5th Earl of Derby

2. Sir Thomas de Ferrers, of Chartley, co. Stafford (dsp. after 13 Jun 1266)

3. Sir Hugh de Ferrers, of Bugbrooke, co. Northampton (d. bef. 10 Aug 1257), mar. ..... de Mohaut, dau. of Sir Roger de Mohaut, Steward of Chester, and had issue:

1a. Cecily de Ferrers (dsp. shortly bef. 28 Jul 1290), mar. (1) Sir John de Oddingsele (d. bef. 10 Aug 1257), and (2) Sir Godfrey de Beaumont, of Drayton (dsp. shortly bef. 30 Oct 1293)

1. Lady ..... de Ferrers, mar. Sir John de Vespont, Lord of Westmorland

died

22 Sep 1247

suc. by

son

note

Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire 1194; supported the Justiciar against John, Count of Mortain, and with the Earl of Chester he besieged Nottingham Castle; took part in King Richard I's second Coronation 1194, being one of the four Earls who bore the canopy; at the Council of Northampton which declared John King Richard's successor and present at King John's Coronation; restored and confirmed as Earl of Derby with the third penny of the County and girded with the sword as an Earl 1199; granted Higham, Newbottle and Blisworth as heir of William Peveril 1199; present at the Coronation of King Henry III 1216; granted the castles of Peak and Bolsover, co. Derby 1216, and the manor of Melbourne, co. Derby 1216/7; helped the Regent to end the siege of Lincoln Castle 1217, and with his brother-in-law the Earl of Chester jointly commanded the royal forces which captured the castle of Montsorel; on Crusade 1218; surrendered the castle of Peak and Bolsover 1222; Sheriff of Lancashire and Keeper of the Honour of Lancaster 1223-27/8; with King Henry on the expedition to Britanny and Poitou 1230; at the Council of London 1231/2; in 1232 the Earl and Countess of Derby has livery of her share of her brother's lands, namely the castle and manor of Chartley, co. Stafford, the castle and manor of West Derby, co. Lancaster, with all the lands Earl Randolf has held between the River Ribble and the River Mersey, the manor of Bugbrooke, co. Northampton, and the manor of Navenby, co. Lincoln; on military service against the Scots 1244

 

William [de Ferrers], 5th Earl of Derby

born

mar. (1)

bef. 14 May 1219 Lady Sibyl Marshal, Lady of Kildare (dspm.), sister and in her issue cohrss. of Anselm [Marshal], 9th Earl of Pembroke, and 4th dau. of William [Marshal], jure uxoris 4th Earl of Pembroke, by his wife Lady Isabel de Clare, suo jure Countess of Pembroke, sister and hrss. of Gilbert [de Clare], 3rd Earl of Pembroke, and only dau. of Richard [FitzGilbert or de Clare], 2nd Earl of Pembroke, called "Strongbow"

children by first wife

1. Lady Agnes de Ferrers (d. 11 May 1290 ; bur. in the Greyfriars Church, Scarborough, co. York), mar. bef. 1244 as his second wife Sir William de Vescy, of Alnwick and Malton (d. shortly bef. 7 Oct 1253; bur. in Watton Priory, co. York), son and hr. of Sir Eustace de Vescy, of Alnwick and Malton, by his wife Margaret of Scotland, illegit. dau. of William the Lion, King of Scotland, and had issue

2. Lady Isabel de Ferrers (d. shortly before 11 Nov 1260), mar. (1) Sir Gilbert Basset, of Wycombe, co. Buckingham (d. shortly bef. 31 Jul 1241), and (2) in or bef. 1243 as his second wife Reynald de Mohun, of Dunster, co. Somerset (d. 20 Jan 1257/8; bur. at Newenham Abbey), and had issue by both husbands

3. Lady Maud de Ferrers (d. 12 Mat 1298/9), mar. (1) Simon Kyme, of Kyme, co. Lincoln (dsp. shortly bef. 30 Jul 1248), (2) William Fort, of Chewton (d. shortly bef. 22 May 1259), and (3) Aimery, Vicomte de Rochehouart, in Poitou (d. after Apr 1284), and had issue by her second husband

4. Lady Sibyl de Ferrers, mar. as his first wife Frank de Bohun, of Midhurst (d. 14 Sep 1273), and had issue

5. Lady Joan de Ferrers (d. by Oct 1267), mar. (1) Sir John de Mohun (dvp. 1254; bur. at Bruton Priory), son and heir ap. by his first wife of Reynold de Mohun, of Dunster, co. Somerset, and (2) in or bef. Aug 1256 as his first wife Sir Robert Aguillon, of Addington, co. Surrey, and Watton-on-Stone, co. Hertford (d. 15 Feb 1285/6), and had issue by both husbands

6. Lady Agatha de Ferrers (d. 21 May 1306), mar. Hugh de Mortimer, of Chelmarsh (d. Jun 1275), and had issue

7. Lady Alianore de Ferrers (dsp shortly before 26 Oct 1274; bur. at Leeds Priory), mar. (1) William de Vaux, of Tharston and Wisset (dsp. shortly bef. 14 Sep 1252), (2) bef. 5 Dec 1252 as his third wife Roger [de Quincy], 2nd Earl of Winchester, and (3) bef. 8 Sep 1267 as his second wife Roger de Leyburne, of Elham (d. shortly bef. 5 Nov 1271)

mar. (2)

in or before 1238 Lady Margaret de Quincy,  Lady of Groby, co. Leicester, Constable of Scotland as heir of line to her parents, resigned this to her brother-in-law, the Earl of Buchan, in 1270 (d. shortly bef. 12 Mar 1280/1), 1st dau. and cohrss. of Roger [de Quincy], 2nd Earl of Winchester, by his first wife Helen of Galloway, 2nd but 1st surv. dau. and cohrss. by his first wife of Alan of Galloway, Constable of Scotland

children by second wife

1. Robert de Ferrers, later 6th Earl of Derby

2. Sir William de Ferrers, of Groby, co. Leicester, Newbottle, co. Northampton, Woodham Ferris, Stebbing and Fairsted, co. Essex, and Bolton-le-Moors, co. Lancaster (b. c. 1240; d. shortly bef. 20 Dec 1287), mar. (1) Anne le Despencer, dau. of Sir Hugh le Despencer, of Ryhall, co. Rutland, Loughborough, co. Leicester, Parlington, co. York, etc., Justiciar of England, by his wife Aline Basset, dau. and hrss. of Sir Philip Basset, of Wycombe, co. Buckingham, Justiciar of England. and (2) Alianore de Lovaine (mar. (2) after 18 Feb 1290/1 Sir William de Duglas, and (3) bef. 6 Oct 1305 Sir William Bagot, of Hide and Patshull, co. Stafford; d. after 3 May 1326; bur. in Dunmow Priory, co. Essex), dau. of Sir Matthew de Lovaine, of Little Easton, co. Essex, and had issue by his first wife:

1a. Sir William de Ferrers, later 1st Baron Ferrers of Groby

1a. Anne de Ferrers. mar. as his first wife John [de Grey], 2nd Baron Grey of Wilton, and had issue

8. Lady Margaret de Ferrers, Lady of Coston and Eynesbury (d. 19 Mar 1309/10; bur. in St Augustine's Priory, Bristol), mar. 1267 Thomas [de Berkeley], 1st Baron Berkeley, and had issue

9. Lady Agnes de Ferrers, mar. Robert de Muscegros, Lord of Deerhurst

died

24 Mar 1254 (bur. in Merevale Abbey, co. Warwick)

suc. by

son by second wife

note

with King Henry III in France 1230; Constable of Bolsover Castle 1234/5-36; he had livery of his mother's lands 1247 and was invested with the Earldom of Derby 1247/8; died from injuries in falling from his litter while crossing a bridge at St Neots

 

Robert [de Ferrers], 6th Earl of Derby

born

c. 1239

mar. (1)

after 26 Jul 1249 the King's niece Mary of Angoulême (b. 1242; dspm. after 11 Jul 1266), dau. of Hughes XI, Count of La Marche and Angoulême, Sire de Lusignan in Poitou, by his wife Yolande of Brittany, dau. of Peter, Duke of Brittany

mar. (2)

26 Jun 1269 Alianore de Bohun (d. 20 Feb 1313/4; bur. in Walden Abbey, co. Essex), dau. of Sir Humphrey de Bohun, of Kimbolton, co. Huntingdon, and Walden and Debden, co. Essex (by his first wife Alianore de Braose, 4th dau. and cohrss. of Sir William de Braose, Lord of Totnes, Brecon and Radnor), only son and heir ap. by his first wife of Humphrey [de Bohun], 2nd Earl of Hereford and 7th Earl of Essex

children by second wife

1. Sir John de Ferrers, later 1st Baron Ferrers of Chartley

1. Lady Alianore de Ferrers (bur. in Dunmow Priory, co. Essex), mar. 1289 as his second wife Robert [FitzWalter], 1st Baron FitzWalter, and had issue

died

1279 (bur. in St Thomas's Priory, Stafford, co. Stafford)

note

had livery of his lands 1260, whereupon he destroyed Tutbury Priory; at the outbreak of the Barons' War 1263 he seized three of Prince Edward's castles and the next year he captured and destroyed Worcester; the Prince retaliated by demolishing Tutbury Castle; did not take part in the Battle of Lewes but he did rout the royal forces near Chester 1264; ordered to deliver up Peak Castle to the Earl of Leicester 1264; in the Parliament 1264/5 he was accused of many crimes, sent to the Tower of London and his lands forfeited to King Henry III; given a full pardon 1265; shortly afterwards he rebelled again and with John d'Eiville, Baldwin Wake and others, he devastated the Midlands; he was captured at Chesterfield 1266 and imprisoned in Windsor Castle for nearly three years; shortly after his capture his castles and lands, including the Honour of Derby, were granted to Prince Edmund

 

 First written 3 Apr 2009

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