Guillaume de Valence (de Lusignan) (c.1225 - 1296) MP

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Nicknames: "William de Lusignan de Valence", "Guillaume de Lusignan", "1st Earl of Wexford", "Sir", "Earl"
Birthplace: Cistercian abbey, Valence, Drome, Rhone-Alpes, France
Death: Died in Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France
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About Guillaume de Valence (de Lusignan)

William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke

From Wikipedia

William de Valence, 1st Earl of Wexford and 1st Earl of Pembroke (1225–1230 – 16 or 18 May 1296), born Guillaume de Lusignan or de Valence, was a French nobleman and Knight, who became important in English politics due to his relationship to Henry III. He was heavily involved in the Second Barons' War, supporting the King and Prince Edward against the rebels led by Simon de Montfort. He took the name de Valence ("of Valence").

He was the fourth son of Isabella of Angoulême, widow of king John of England, and her second husband, Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche, and was thus a half-brother to Henry III of England, and uncle to Edward I. William was born at Valence, near Lusignan, sometime in the mid-to-late 1220s (his elder sister, Alice was born 1224, and two elder brothers followed her).

Move to England

Coat of Arms of William de Valence before he became Earl of Pembroke The French conquest of Poitou in 1246 created great difficulties for William's family, and so he and his brothers, Guy de Lusignan and Aymer, accepted Henry III's invitation to come to England in 1247. The king found important positions for all of them; William was soon married to a great heiress, Joan de Munchensi or Munchensy (c. 1230 – after 20 September 1307), Lady of Swanscombe and Countess of Pembroke, the only surviving child of Warin de Munchensi, Lord of Swanscombe and Earl of Pembroke, and wife Joan Marshal, daughter and eventual co-heiress of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke suo jure. Her portion of the Marshal estates included the castle and lordship of Pembroke and the lordship erected earldom of Wexford in Ireland. The custody of Joan's property was entrusted to her husband, along with, apparently, the title of Earl of Pembroke[citation needed] and Earl of Wexford between 1250 and 1260.

The Second Barons' War

This favouritism to royal relatives was unpopular with many of the English nobility, a discontent which would culminate in the Second Barons' War. It did not take long for William to make enemies in England. From his new lands in South Wales, he tried to regain the palatine rights which had been attached to the Earldom of Pembroke, but his energies were not confined to this. The King heaped lands and honours upon him, and he was soon thoroughly hated as one of the most prominent of the rapacious foreigners. Moreover, some trouble in Wales led to a quarrel between him and Simon de Montfort, who was to become the figurehead for the rebels. He refused to comply with the provisions imposed on the King at Oxford in 1258, and took refuge in Wolvesey Castle at Winchester, where he was besieged and compelled to surrender and leave the country.

However, in 1259 William and de Montfort were formally reconciled in Paris, and in 1261 Valence was again in England and once more enjoying the royal favour. He fought for Henry at the disastrous Battle of Lewes, and after the defeat again fled to France, while de Montfort ruled England. However, by 1265 he was back, landing in Pembrokeshire, and taking part in the Siege of Gloucester and the final royalist victory at Evesham. After the battle he was restored to his estates and accompanied Prince Edward, afterwards Edward I, to Palestine. From his base in Pembrokeshire he was a mainstay of the English campaigns against Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and later Dafydd ap Gruffudd; in the war of 1282–3 that led to the conquest of Wales he negotiated the surrender of one of Dafydd's last remaining castles, Castell-y-Bere, with its custodian, Cynfrig ap Madog. He also went several times to France on public business and he was one of Edward's representatives in the famous suit over the succession to the crown of Scotland in 1291 and 1292. William de Valence died at Bayonne on the 13 June 1296; his body is buried at Westminster Abbey.

Descendants

William and Joan de Munchensi (described above) had the following children: Isabel de Valence (died 5 October 1305), married before 1280 John Hastings, 1st Baron Hastings (6 May 1262 – 10 February 1313). Their grandson Lawrence later became earl of Pembroke. They had: William Hastings (1282–1311) John Hastings, 2nd Baron Hastings (29 September 1286 – 20 January 1325), married to Juliane de Leybourne (died 1367) Sir Hugh Hastings of Sutton (died 1347) Joan de Valence, married to John Comyn (the "Red Comyn"), Lord of Badenoch (died 10 February 1306, murdered), and had Elizabeth Comyn (1 November 1299 – 20 November 1372), married to Richard Talbot, Lord Talbot John de Valence (died January 1277) William de Valence (died 16 June 1282, in the Battle of Llandeilo Fawr in Wales), created Seigneur de Montignac and Bellac Aymer de Valence, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Wexford in 1296 (c. 1270 – 23 June 1324), married firstly to Beatrice de Clermont and married secondly to Marie de Chatillon Margaret de Valence Agnes de Valence (born c. 1250, date of death unknown) Preceded by New Creation Earl of Pembroke ? –1296 Succeeded by Aymer de Valence

References

Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Lines: 80-29, 93A-29, 95-30, 154-29.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh ed.). Cambridge University Press.

-------------------- William de Valence, 1st Earl of Wexford and 1st Earl of Pembroke, born Guillaume de Lusignan or de Valence (1225-1230 – May 16 or 18, 1296) was a French nobleman and Knight , who became important in English politics due to his relationship to Henry III . He was heavily involved in the Second Barons' War , supporting the King and Prince Edward against the rebels led by Simon de Montfort . He took the name de Valence ("of Valence").

He was the fourth son of Isabella of Angoulême , widow of king John of England , and her second husband, Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche , and was thus a half-brother to Henry III of England, and uncle to Edward I. William was born at Valence, near Lusignan, sometime in the mid-to-late 1220s (his elder sister, Alice was born 1224, and two elder brothers followed her).

Move to England

The French conquest of Poitou in 1246 created great difficulties for William's family, and so he and his brothers, Guy de Lusignan and Aymer, accepted Henry III's invitation to come to England in 1247. The king found important positions for all of them; William was soon married to a great heiress, Joan de Munchensi or Munchensy (c. 1230 – after September 20 , 1307 ), Lady of Swanscombe and Countess of Pembroke, the only surviving child of Warin de Munchensi, Lord of Swanscombe and Earl of Pembroke, and wife Joan Marshal, daughter and eventual co-heiress of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke suo jure. Her portion of the Marshal estates included the castle and lordship of Pembroke and the lordship erected earldom of Wexford in Ireland. The custody of Joan's property was entrusted to her husband, along with, apparently, the title of Earl of Pembroke and Earl of Wexford between 1250 and 1260.

The Second Barons' War

This favouritism to royal relatives was unpopular with many of the English nobility a discontent which would culminate in the Second Barons' War . It did not take long for William to make enemies in England. From his new lands in South Wales , he tried to regain the palatine rights which had been attached to the Earldom of Pembroke , but his energies were not confined to this. The King heaped lands and honours upon him, and he was soon thoroughly hated as one of the most prominent of the rapacious foreigners. Moreover, some trouble in Wales led to a quarrel between him and Simon de Montfort, who was to become the figurehead for the rebels. He refused to comply with the provisions imposed on the King at Oxford in 1258, and took refuge in Wolvesey Castle at Winchester , where he was besieged and compelled to surrender and leave the country.

However, in 1259 William and de Montfort were formally reconciled in Paris, and in 1261 Valence was again in England and once more enjoying the royal favour. He fought for Henry at the disastrous Battle of Lewes , and after the defeat again fled to France, while de Montfort ruled England. However, by 1265 he was back, landing in Pembrokeshire , and taking after the battle he was restored to his estates and accompanied Prince Edward, afterwards Edward I, to Palestine . From his base in Pembrokeshire he was a mainstay of the English campaigns against Llywelyn ap Gruffudd and later Dafydd ap Gruffudd ; in the war of 1282-3 that led to the conquest of Wales he negotiated the surrender of one of Dafydd's last remaining castles, Castell-y-Bere , with its custodian, Cynfrig ap Madog. He also went several times to France on public business and he was one of Edward's representatives in the famous suit over the succession to the crown of Scotland in 1291 and 1292.

William de Valence died at Bayonne on the 13 June 1296 ; his body is buried at Swanscombe or at Westminster Abbey . -------------------- William de Valance, Earl of Pembroke, Knight was born on c. 1225 in Valance, Vienne, Poitou-Chantres, France to Hugh X De Lusignan, Count de la March and Isabella D'Angouleme de Lusignan. William married Joan de Munchensy, Countess of Pembroke on 1248 in Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales and had 7 children: Agnes de Valance; John de Valance; Margaret de Valance; William de Valance, Sire de Montignac and Bellac; Joan de Valance; Isabel de Valance; and Aymer de Valance, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. He passed away on c. 1295 in Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France. He is buried in Swanscombe, Dartford, Kent, England.

Sir William de Valance, Earl of Pembroke, Knight is my 26th great uncle.

Note: William de Valence (1225–1230 – 16 or 18 May 1296), born Guillaume de Lusignan or de Valence, was a French nobleman and Knight, who became important in English politics due to his relationship to Henry III. He was heavily involved in the Second Barons' War, supporting the King and Prince Edward against the rebels led by Simon de Montfort. He took the name de Valence ("of Valence").

He was the fourth son of Isabella of Angoulême, widow of king John of England, and her second husband, Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche, and was thus a half-brother to Henry III of England, and uncle to Edward I. William was born at Valence, near Lusignan, sometime in the mid-to-late 1220s (his elder sister, Alice was born 1224, and two elder brothers followed her).

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Guillaume de Lusignan, seigneur de Valence's Timeline

1206
1206
1206
Pembroke, , Cork, Ireland
1225
1225
Valence, Drome, Rhone-Alpes, France
1241
1241
Age 16
1243
1243
Age 18
Valence, Poictou, France
1247
August 13, 1247
Age 22
England
1261
1261
Age 36
1266
1266
Age 41
Winchester, Hants, England
1267
1267
Age 42
Perth, Perthshire, , Scotland
1273
1273
Age 48
England