Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel

Is your surname FitzAlan?

Research the FitzAlan family

Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel's Geni Profile

Records for Edmund FitzAlan

276,262 Records

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel

Birthplace: Marlbourough Castle, Sussex, England
Death: Died in Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Cause of death: Beheaded
Place of Burial: Haughmond Abbey, Haughmond Demesne, Upton Magna, Shropshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard 7th Earl of Arundel FitzAlan, 8th Earl Arundel and Alice of Saluzzo, Countess of Arundel
Husband of Alice de Warenne, Countess of Arundel
Father of Katherine FitzAlan; Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel; Alice Fitzalan, of Arundel; Edward Fitz Alan; Jane FitzAlan, of Arundel and 8 others
Brother of Eleanor FitzAlan; Sir John Fitzalan, Kt.; Alice FitzAlan, Baroness Segrave and Margaret FitzAlan de Arundel

Managed by: Ofir Friedman
Last Updated:

About Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel

Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel

Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel[a] (1 May 1285 – 17 November 1326) was an English nobleman prominent in the conflict between Edward II and his barons. His father, Richard FitzAlan, 2nd Earl of Arundel, died on 9 March 1301, while Edmund was still a minor. He therefore became a ward of John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, and married Warenne's granddaughter Alice. In 1306 he was styled Earl of Arundel, and served under Edward I in the Scottish Wars, for which he was richly rewarded.

After Edward I's death, Arundel became part of the opposition to the new king Edward II, and his favourite Piers Gaveston. In 1311 he was one of the so-called Lords Ordainers who assumed control of government from the king. Together with Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, he was responsible for the death of Gaveston in 1312. From this point on, however, his relationship to the king became more friendly. This was to a large extent due to his association with the king's new favourite Hugh Despenser the Younger, whose daughter was married to Arundel's son. Arundel supported the king in suppressing rebellions by Roger Mortimer and other Marcher Lords, and eventually also Thomas of Lancaster. For this he was awarded with land and offices.

His fortune changed, however, when the country was invaded in 1326 by Mortimer, who had made common cause with the king's wife, Queen Isabella. Immediately after the capture of Edward II, the queen, Edward III's regent, ordered Arundel executed, his title forfeit and his property confiscated. Arundel's son and heir Richard only recovered the title and lands in 1331, after Edward III had taken power from the regency of Isabella and Mortimer. In the 1390s, a cult emerged around the late earl. He was venerated as a martyr, though he was never canonised.

Edmund FitzAlan was born in the Castle of Marlborough, in Wiltshire, on 1 May 1285.[1] He was the son of Richard FitzAlan, 8th Earl of Arundel, and his wife, Alice of Saluzzo, daughter of Thomas I of Saluzzo in Italy. Richard had been in opposition to the king during the political crisis of 1295, and as a result he had incurred great debts and had parts of his land confiscated.[2] When Richard died in 09/03/1301, Edmund's wardship was given to John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey. Warenne's only son, William, had died in 1286, so his daughter Alice was now heir apparent to the Warenne earldom. Alice was offered in marriage to Edmund, who for unknown reasons initially refused her. By 1305 he had changed his mind, however, and the two were married.[3]

In April 1306, shortly before turning twenty-one, Edmund was granted possession of his father's title and land. On 22 May 1306, he was knighted by Edward I, along with the young Prince Edward – the future Edward II.[1] The knighting was done in expectation of military service the Scottish Wars, and after the campaign was over, Arundel was richly rewarded. Edward I pardoned the young earl a debt of £4,234. This flow of patronage continued after the death of Edward I in 1307; in 1308 Edward II returned the hundred of Purslow to Arundel, an honour that Edward I had confiscated from Edmund's father.[4] There were also official honours in the early years of Edward II's reign. At the new king's coronation on 25 February 1308, Arundel officiated as chief butler (or pincerna), a hereditary office of the earls of Arundel.[3]

Though the reign of Edward II was initially harmonious, he soon met with opposition from several of his earls and prelates.[5] At the source of the discontent was the king's relationship with the young Gascon knight Piers Gaveston, who had been exiled by Edward I, but was recalled immediately upon Edward II's accession.[6] Edward's favouritism towards the upstart Gaveston was an offence to the established nobility, and his elevation to the earldom of Cornwall was particularly offensive to the established nobility.[7] A group of magnates led by Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, forced Gaveston into exile in 1308.[8] By 1309, however, Edward had reconciled himself with the opposition, and Gaveston was allowed to return.[9]

Arundel joined the opposition at an early point, and did not attend the Stamford parliament in July 1309, where Gaveston's return was negotiated.[10] After Gaveston returned, his behaviour became even more offensive, and opposition towards him grew.[11] In addition to this, there was great discontent with Edward II's failure to follow up his father's Scottish campaigns.[12] On 16 March 1310, the king had to agree to the appointment of a committee known as the Lords Ordainers, who were to be in charge of the reform of the royal government. Arundel was one of eight earls among the twenty-one Ordainers.[13]

The Ordainers once more sent Gaveston into exile in 1311, but by 1312 he was back.[14] Now the king's favourite was officially an outlaw, and Arundel was among the earls who swore to hunt him down. The leader of the opposition – after Lincoln's death the year before – was now Thomas, Earl of Lancaster.[15] In June 1312 Gaveston was captured, tried before Lancaster, Arundel and the earls of Warwick and Hereford, and executed.[16] A reconciliation was achieved between the king and the offending magnates, and Arundel and the others received pardons, but animosity prevailed. In 1314 Arundel was among the magnates who refused to assist Edward in a campaign against the Scottish, resulting in the disastrous English defeat at the Battle of Bannockburn.[10]

Around the time of Bannockburn, however, Arundel's loyalty began to shift back towards the king. Edward's rapprochement towards the earl had in fact started earlier, when on 2 November 1313, the king pardoned Arundel's royal debts.[17] The most significant factor in this process though, was the marriage alliance between Arundel and the king's new favourites, the Despensers. Hugh Despenser the Younger and his father Hugh Despenser the elder were gradually taking over control of the government, and using their power to enrich themselves.[18] While this alienated most of the nobility, Arundel's situation was different. At some point in 1314–1315, his son Richard was betrothed to Isabel, daughter of Hugh Despenser the Younger.[17] Now that he found himself back in royal favour, Arundel started receiving rewards in the form of official appointments. In 1317 he was appointed Warden of the Marches of Scotland, and in August 1318, he helped negotiate the Treaty of Leake, which temporarily reconciled the king with Thomas of Lancaster.[10]

With Arundel's change of allegiance came a conflict of interest. In August 1321, a demand was made to the king that Hugh Despenser and his father, Hugh Despenser the elder, be sent into exile.[19] The king, facing a rebellion in the Welsh Marches, had no choice but to assent.[20] Arundel voted for the expulsion, but later he claimed that he did so under compulsion, and also supported their recall in December.[10] Arundel had suffered personally from the rebellion, when Roger Mortimer seized his castle of Clun.[21][22] Early in 1322, Arundel joined King Edward in a campaign against the Mortimer family.[20] The opposition soon crumbled, and the king decided to move against Thomas of Lancaster, who had been supporting the marcher rebellion all along. Lancaster was defeated at the Battle of Boroughbridge in March, and executed.[23]

In the aftermath of the rebellion, the Despensers enriched themselves on the forfeited estates of the rebels, and Hugh Despenser the elder was created Earl of Winchester in May 1322.[24] Also Arundel, who was now one of the king's principal supporters, was richly rewarded. After the capture of Roger Mortimer in 1322, he received the forfeited Mortimer lordship of Chirk in Wales.[10] He was also trusted with important offices: he became Chief Justiciar of North and South Wales in 1323, and in 1325 he was made Warden of the Welsh Marches, responsible for the array in Wales.[1] He also extended his influence through marriage alliances; in 1325 he secured marriages between two of his daughters and the sons and heirs of two of Lancaster's main allies: the deceased earls of Hereford and Warwick.[b]

In 1323, Roger Mortimer, who had been held in captivity in the Tower of London, escaped and fled to France.[22] Two years later, Queen Isabella travelled to Paris on an embassy to the French king. Here, Isabella and Mortimer developed a plan to invade England and replace Edward II on the throne with his son, the young Prince Edward, who was in the company of Isabella.[25] Isabella and Mortimer landed in England on 24 September 1326, and due to the virulent resentment against the Despenser regime, few came to the king's aid.[26] Arundel initially escaped the invading force in the company of the king, but was later dispatched to his estates in Shropshire to gather troops.[27] At Shrewsbury he was captured by his old enemy John Charlton of Powys, and brought to Queen Isabella at Hereford. On 17 November – the day after Edward II had been taken captive – Arundel was executed, allegedly on the instigation of Mortimer.[10] According to a chronicle account, the use of a blunt sword was ordered, and the executioner needed 22 strokes to sever the earl's head from his body.[28]

Arundel's body was initially interred at the Franciscan church in Hereford. It had been his wish, however, to be buried at the family's traditional resting place of Haughmond Abbey in Shropshire, and this is where he was finally buried.[29] Though he was never canonised, a cult emerged around the late earl in the 1390s, associating him with the 9th-century martyr king St Edmund. This veneration may have been inspired by a similar cult around his grandson, Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, who was executed by Richard II in 1397.[30]

Arundel was attainted at his execution; his estates were forfeited to the crown, and large parts of these were appropriated by Isabella and Mortimer.[31] The castle and honour of Arundel was briefly held by Edward II's half-brother Edmund, Earl of Kent, who was executed on 3 September 1330.[1] Edmund FitzAlan's son, Richard, failed in an attempted rebellion against the crown in June 1330, and had to flee to France. In October the same year, the guardianship of Isabella and Mortimer was supplanted by the personal rule of King Edward III. This allowed Richard to return and reclaim his inheritance, and on 8 February 1331, he was fully restored to his father's lands, and created Earl of Arundel.[32]

Edmund and Alice had at least seven children:[33]

  • Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel c. 1313 24 January 1376 Married (1) Isabel le Despenser, (2) Eleanor of Lancaster
  • Edmund — c. 1349
    • Michael — —
  • Mary — 29 August 1396 Married John le Strange, 4th Baron Strange of Blackmere[34]
  • Aline — 20 January 1386 Married Roger le Strange, 5th Baron Strange of Knockin[35]
  • Alice — 1326 Married John de Bohun, 5th Earl of Hereford
  • Katherine — d. 1375/76 Married (1) Henry Hussey, 2nd Baron Hussey, (2) Andrew Peverell
  • Eleanor — — Married Gerard de Lisle, 1st Baron Lisle
  • Elizabeth - - Married William Latimer, 4th Baron Latimer

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_FitzAlan,_9th_Earl_of_Arundel


  • Sir Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl Arundel, Chief Justice of North & South Wales1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24
  • M, #3689, b. 1 May 1285, d. 17 November 1326
  • Father Sir Richard FitzAlan, 8th Earl Arundel, Lord Clun and Oswaldestre25,6,26,27 b. 3 Feb 1267, d. 9 Mar 1302
  • Mother Alisone de Saluzzo25,6,26,27 b. c 1271, d. 25 Sep 1292
  • Sir Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl Arundel, Chief Justice of North & South Wales was born on 1 May 1285 at Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire, England.28,6,15 He married Alice de Warren, daughter of Sir William de Warren and Joan de Vere, after 30 December 1304; They had 4 sons (Sir Richard, Earl of Arundel & Surrey; John; Edmund, Treasurer of Chichester; & Michael, clerk) & 6 daughters (Eleanor, wife of William de St. John, & ofSir Gerard, 1st Lord Lisle; Alice, wife of Sir John de Bohun, Earl of Hereford & Essex; Katherine, wife of Sir Henry, 2nd Lord Husee, & of Sir Andrew Peverell; Aline, wife of Sir Roger, 5th Lord le Strange of Knockin; Elizabeth, wife of Sir William, 4th Lord Latimer; & Mary, wife of Sir John, 4th Lord le Strange of Blackmere).28,3,4,5,6,13,14,15,17,19,21,22 Sir Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl Arundel, Chief Justice of North & South Wales died on 17 November 1326 at Hereford, Herefordshire, England, at age 41; Beheaded without trial. Initially buried at the Franciscan church at Hereford, but eventually moved to Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire.29,28,6,15
  • Family Alice de Warren b. c 1287, d. bt 1330 - 23 May 1338
  • Children
    • Mary FitzAlan+30,4,6,9,10,31,15,16,20 d. 29 Aug 1396
    • Elizabeth FitzAlan+32,6,7,12,15,21,24 d. 11 Mar 1384
    • Katherine FitzAlan6,15 d. c 23 May 1376
    • Alice FitzAlan33,5,6,14,15 d. 1326
    • Edmund FitzAlan, Treasurer of Chichester, Warden of the Hospital of St. Nicholas34 d. c 24 Mar 1348
    • John FitzAlan34 d. a 1373
    • Eleanor FitzAlan+6,15,17 b. c 1308, d. b 30 Mar 1347
    • Sir Richard FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Surrey, 10th Earl Arundel, Sheriff of Shropshire+35,36,3,6,37,15 b. c 1314, d. 24 Jan 1376
    • Aline FitzAlan+28,38,6,8,39,11,15,18,19,23 b. c 1320, d. 20 Jan 1386
  • Citations
  • [S493] Unknown author, The Complete Peerage, by Cokayne, Vol. I, p. 242; Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, 4th Ed., by F. L. Weis, p. 146; The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, by Ronny O. Bodine, p. 79.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 316.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 157-158.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 209-210.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. I, p. 241.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 178-179.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 244.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. III, p. 307.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 166-167.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 258-259.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 334.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 332-333.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 63-64.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 421.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 602-603.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 52.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 440-441.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 323.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 63-64.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 117-118.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 159-160.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 312.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 361.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. V, p. 359-360.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 315-316.
  • [S6] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry: 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 60-61.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 599-600.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 317.
  • [S11568] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. I, p. 242.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 110.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 374.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 644.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 122.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 604.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 84.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 316-317.
  • [S4] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. I, p. 309-310.
  • [S5] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 692-693.
  • [S16] Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. IV, p. 123.
  • From: http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/p123.htm#i3689


  • Edmund Fitzalan, 2nd/9th Earl of Arundel1
  • M, #3560, b. 1 May 1285, d. 17 November 1326
  • Last Edited=14 May 2015
  • Edmund Fitzalan, 2nd/9th Earl of Arundel was born on 1 May 1285 at Marlborough Castle, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England.1 He was the son of Richard Fitzalan, 1st/8th Earl of Arundel and Alasia di Saluzzo.1 He married Alice de Warenne, daughter of William de Warenne and Joan de Vere, in 1305.2 He died on 17 November 1326 at age 41 at Hereford, Herefordshire, England, beheaded.2,3
  • He succeeded to the title of 2nd Earl of Arundel [E., 1289] on 9 March 1301/2.3 He succeeded to the title of 9th Earl of Arundel [E., c. 1138] on 9 March 1301/2.1 He fought in the Scottish wars in 1306.1 He was invested as a Knight on 22 May 1306.1 He held the office of Captain-General North of the Trent in 1316.1 He was opposed to the King for a long time, and was violent towards Piers Gavaston, who had beaten him in a tournament.2 In 1321 he changed sides, and was thereafter one of the few nobles who adhered to the King.2 He held the office of Chief Justiciar of North and South Wales in 1323.2 He held the office of Warden of the Welsh Marches in 1325.2 He was captured in Shropshire by the Queen's party.2 He was attainted after his execution, when his estates and honours became forfeited.2 He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.4
  • Children of Edmund Fitzalan, 2nd/9th Earl of Arundel and Alice de Warenne
    • Lady Aline Fitzalan+3
    • Lady Mary FitzAlan+5,6,7 d. 29 Aug 1396
    • Lady Elizabeth FitzAlan+8
    • Lady Alice FitzAlan9 b. c 1310
    • Richard FitzAlan, 3rd/10th Earl of Arundel+2 b. c 1313, d. 24 Jan 1376
  • Citations
  • [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 241. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 242.
  • [S37] BP2003 volume 2, page 2914. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
  • [S18] Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995). Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography.
  • [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 244, says that she was the daughter of the 10th Earl, not 9th Earl of Arundel.
  • [S108] Medieval Genealogy, corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage, online http://www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/cp/. Hereinafter cited as Medieval Genealogy.
  • [S2] Peter W. Hammond, editor, The Complete Peerage or a History of the House of Lords and All its Members From the Earliest Times, Volume XIV: Addenda & Corrigenda (Stroud, Gloucestershire, U.K.: Sutton Publishing, 1998), page 596. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage, Volume XIV.
  • [S37] BP2003. [S37]
  • [S11] Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 84. Hereinafter cited as Britain's Royal Families.
  • From: http://thepeerage.com/p356.htm#i3560


  • Edmund FITZALAN (4º E. Arundel)
  • Born: ABT 1 May 1285, Marlborough Castle, Sussex, England
  • Died: 17 Nov 1326, Hereford, England
  • Notes: in the 34th year of Edward I, was made a Knight of the Bath with Prince Edward. From that time to the 4th year of the ensuing reign, he was constantly engaged in the wars of Scotland; but he was afterwards involved in the treason of Thomas, E. Lancaster, yet not greatly to his prejudice, for, in the 10th year of Edward II, he was constituted captain-general to the King, from the Trent northwards, as far as Roxborough in Scotland, and for several years subsequently, he continued as one of the commanders of the English army in Scotland, in which service he so distinguished himself, that he obtained a grant from the crown of the confiscated property of Lord Badlesmere, in the city of London and county of Salop, as well as the escheated lands of John Mowbray, Lord Mowbray, in the Isle of Axholme, and several manors and castles, part of the possessions (also forfeited) of Roger Mortimer, Lord Mortimer, of Wigmore. But these royal grants led, eventually to the earl's ruin; for, after the fall of the unhappy Edward into the hands of his enemies, Lord Arundel, who was implacably hated by the Queen and Mortimer, suffered death by decapitation at Hereford.
  • Father: Richard FITZALAN (3° E. Arundel)
  • Mother: Alice SALUZZO
  • Married: Alice WARREN (C. Arundel) (d. BEF 23 May 1338) (dau. of William De Warren and Joan De Vere, and sister and sole heir of John, 8° E. Warren and Surrey) 1305, Arundel, Sussex, England
  • Children:
    • 1. Richard "Copped Hat" FITZALAN (5° E. Arundel)
    • 2. Catherine FITZALAN
    • 3. Alice FITZALAN
    • 4. Jane FITZALAN
    • 5. Alaive FITZALAN (B. Strange of Knockin)
    • 6. Edward FITZALAN (b. ABT 1308/1313 - d. 1398)
    • 7. John FITZALAN (b. ABT 1315)
    • 8. Elizabeth FITZALAN
    • 9. Edmund FITZALAN (Sir)
    • 10. Eleanor FITZALAN
  • From: http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/FITZALAN.htm#Edmund FITZALAN (4º E. Arundel)


  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 19
  • Fitzalan, Edmund by Thomas Frederick Tout
  • FITZALAN, EDMUND, Earl of Arundel (1285–1326), son of Richard I Fitzalan, earl of Arundel [q. v.], and his Italian wife Alisona, was born on 1 May 1285 (Cal. Genealogicum, ii. 622). In 1302 he succeeded to his father's titles and estates. On Whitsunday (22 May) 1306 he was knighted by Edward I, on the occasion of the knighting of Edward the king's son and many others, and was at the same time married to Alice, sister and ultimately heiress of John, earl Warenne (Ann. Worcester in Ann. Mon. iv. 558; Langtoft, ii. 368). He then served in the campaign against the Scots, and was still in the north when Edward I died. At Edward II's coronation he was a bearer of the royal robes (Fœdera, ii. 36). On 2 Dec. 1307 he was beaten at the Wallingford tournament by Gaveston, and straightway became a mortal enemy of the favourite (Malmesbury, in Stubbs's Chron. Ed. I and Ed. II, Rolls Series, ii. 156). In 1309 he joined Lancaster in refusing to attend a council at York on 18 Oct. (Hemingburgh, ii. 275), and in 1310 was appointed one of the lords ordainers (Rot. Parl. i. 443 b). In 1312 he was one of the five earls who formed a league against Gaveston (Malmesbury, p. 175), and he warmly approved of the capture of the favourite at Scarborough. Even after Gaveston's murder Arundel adhered to the confederate barons and was with Lancaster one of the last to be reconciled to the king. In 1314 he was one of the earls who refused to accompany Edward to the relief of Stirling, and thus caused the disaster of Bannockburn (ib. p. 201). In 1316 he was appointed captain-general of the country north of the Trent, and in 1318, after being one of the mediators of a fresh pacification, was made a member of the permanent council then established to watch the king. In 1319 he served against the Scots.
  • The Despensers now ruled Edward, and the marriage of Arundel's eldest son to the daughter of the younger Hugh was either the cause or the result of an entire change in his political attitude. He consented indeed to their banishment in 1321, but afterwards pleaded the coercion of the magnates. When Edward's subsequent attempt to restore them began, Arundel still seemed to waver in his allegiance. Finally in October he joined Edward at the siege of Leeds Castle, and henceforth supported consistently the royal cause (ib. 263, 'propter affinitatem Hugonis Despenser,' a phrase suggesting that the marriage had already been arranged). In 1322 he persuaded the Mortimers to surrender to the king at Shrewsbury (Ann. Paul. in Stubbs's Chron. Ed. I and Ed. II, i. 301), acted as one of the judges of Thomas of Lancaster at Pontefract (ib. p. 302), and received large grants from the forfeited estates of Badlesmere and the Mortimers. The great office of justice of Wales was transferred from Mortimer to him (Abbrev. Rot. Orig. i. 262), and in that capacity he received the writs directing the attendance of Welsh members to the parliament at York (Rot. Parl. i. 456). His importance in Wales had been also largely increased by his acquisitions of Kerry, Chirk, and Cydewain. In 1325 he also became warden of the Welsh marches (Parl. Writs, ii. iii. 854), and in 1326 he still was justice of Wales (Fœdera, ii. 641). In 1326 he and his brother-in-law Earl Warenne were the only earls who adhered to the king after the invasion of Mortimer and Isabella. He was appointed in May chief captain of the army to be raised in Wales and the west; but he does not seem to have been able to make effectual head against the enemy even in his own district. He was captured in Shropshire by John Charlton, first lord Charlton of Powys [q. v.], and led to the queen at Hereford, where on 17 Nov. he was executed without more than the form of a trial, to gratify the rancorous hostility of Mortimer to a rival border chieftain (Ann. Paul. p. 321, says beheaded, but Knighton, c. 2546, says 'distractus et suspensus'). His estates were forfeited, and the London mob plundered his treasures.
  • By his wife Alice, sister of John, earl Warenne, Arundel had a fairly numerous family. His eldest son, Richard II Fitzalan [q. v.], ultimately succeeded to his title and estates. He had one other son, Edmund, who seems to have embraced the ecclesiastical profession, and to have afterwards abandoned it. Of his daughters, Aleyne married Roger L'Estrange, and was still alive in 1375 (Nicolas, Testamenta Vetusta, p. 94), and Alice became the wife of John Bohun, earl of Hereford. A third daughter, Jane, is said to have been married to Lord Lisle (compare the genealogies in Eyton, Shropshire, vii. 229, and in Yeatman, House of Arundel, p. 324).
  • [Rymer's Fœdera, vol. i.; Rolls of Parliament, vol. ii.; Parl. Writs, vol. ii.; Stubbs's Chronicles of Edward I and Edward II (Rolls Series); Knighton in Twysden, Decem Scriptores; Walter of Hemingburgh (Engl. Hist. Soc.); Dugdale's Baronage, i. 316-17; Doyle's Official Baronage, i. 70; Tierney's Hist. of Arundel, 212-24; Vincent's Discoverie of Errours in Brooke's Catalogue of Nobility, p. 26.]
  • From: https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Fitzalan,_Edmund_(DNB00)


  • Edmund "9th/2nd Earl of Arundel" Fitzalan
  • Birth: May 1, 1285 Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
  • Death: Nov. 17, 1326 Hereford, Herefordshire, England
  • His body was initially buried in the Franciscan church at Hereford, but later reburied at Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire, at the request of the abbot and convent [Victoria County History, Shropshire, vol.2, p.64, quoting the text of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, MS 339, f.46 (continuation of the chronicle of Peter of Ickham)]. Provision was also made for 6 candles to burn around his tomb at Haughmond [Una Rees, ed., The Cartulary of Haughmond Abbey, p.227 (1985).
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Richard FitzAlan (1267 - 1302)
  • Alisona di Saluzzo FitzAlan (1269 - 1292)
  • Spouse:
  • Alice De Warenne Fitzalan (1287 - 1338)
  • Children:
    • Aline FitzAlan Lestrange (____ - 1386)*
    • Elizabeth de Arundel Latimer (____ - 1384)*
    • Richard FitzAlan de Arundel (1306 - 1376)*
  • Siblings:
  • Eleanor Fitz Alan Percy (1282 - 1328)*
  • Edmund Fitzalan (1285 - 1326)
  • Alice FitzAlan Segrave (1291 - 1340)*
  • Burial: Haughmond Abbey, Shrewsbury, Shropshire Unitary Authority, Shropshire, England
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 45182985
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=45182985









view all 64

Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel's Timeline

May 1, 1285
Marlbourough Castle, Sussex, England
Age 19
Sussex, UK
February 5, 1306
Age 20
Arundel Castle, Sussex, England

May have been born c1313

Age 20
Arundel, Sussex, England
Age 22
Arundel, Sussex, England
Age 24
Arundel, Sussex, England
Age 24
Arundel, Sussex, , England
Age 26
Arundel, Sussex, England
Age 29
Arundel, Sussex, England
Age 32