William 'Mafonache' FitzRobert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester (1116 - 1183) MP

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Nicknames: "Mafonache", "William "Mafonache" /FitzRobert/", "/Mafonache/"
Birthplace: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Cardiff Castle, Glamorganshire, Wales
Occupation: 2nd Earl of Gloucester, Earl of Gloucester, Lord of the Manor of Glamorgan and Cardiff Castle
Managed by: Margaret, (C)
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About William 'Mafonache' FitzRobert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester

William fitzRobert 2nd Earl of Gloucester

s/o Robert 1st Earl of Gloucester

married Havise de Beaumont (Not Margaret de Beaumont)

Children:

  • Robert FitzRobert (1151, Cardiff, Glamorganshire – 1166 Unmd Vp, Cardiff, Glamorganshire).
  • Hadwisa/Avisa of Gloucester (circa 1152 – 1189). Married[1] Geoffrey FitzPiers, Earl of Essex de Mandeville, son of Piers de Lutegareshale and Lady Maud de Mandeville of Costow.
  • Mabel FitzRobert of Gloucester (b. 1155); married 1.Amaury V de Montfort 2.Gruffudd ap Ifor Bach.
  • Amice FitzRobert, Countess of Gloucester (b. 1160, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire). Married Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford.
  • Isabel of Gloucester (b. 1170, Gloucester). She was married three times:

  • Prince John
  • Geoffrey FitzGeoffrey de Mandeville, 2nd Earl of Essex.
  • Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent.

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISH%20NOBILITY%20MEDIEVAL.htm#RobertBeaumontLeicesterdied1168B

HAVISE de Beaumont (-24 Apr or 25 May 1197). The Chronica de Fundatoribus et Fundatione of Tewkesbury Abbey records that “comes Willielmus” married “Hawisia filia comitis Leicestriæ”[1374]. The Obituary of Lyre records the death 25 May of “Hawis comitissa Gloecestræ”[1375]. The Annals of Tewkesbury record the death “VIII Kal Mai” in 1197 of “Hawisa comitissa Glocestriæ”[1376]. The necrology of Lyre monastery records the death "25 May" of "Hawis comitissa Gloecestræ"[1377]. m ([1150]) WILLIAM FitzRobert Earl of Gloucester, son of ROBERT Fitzroy Earl of Gloucester & his wife Mabel [Matilda or Sibylle] FitzRobert (23 Nov [1112]-23 Nov 1183, bur Keynsham Abbey, Somerset),

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source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Fitz_Robert,_2nd_Earl_of_Gloucester

William Fitz Robert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester (died 1183) was the son and heir of Sir Robert de Caen, 1st Earl of Gloucester, and Mabel of Gloucester, daughter of Robert Fitzhamon.

His father was an illegitimate son of King Henry I of England, thus William was a nephew of the Empress Maud and a cousin of King Stephen, the principal combatants of the English Anarchy period.

Early career

In October 1141, William looked after the Baronial estates, when his father fell into the hands of partisans at Winchester. His father was exchanged for King Stephen, and during his father's absence in Normandy in 1144 he served as Governor of Wareham. In 1147, he overthrew Henry de Tracy at Castle Cary.

In 1154 he made an alliance with Roger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford, by which they agreed to aid each other against all men except Henry II of England.

He was Lord of the manor of Glamorgan, as well as Caerleon, residing chiefly at Cardiff Castle. It was there that in 1158 he and his wife and son were captured by the Welsh Lord of Senghenydd, Ifor Bach ("Ivor the Little") and carried away into the woods, where they were held as prisoners until the Earl redressed Ivor's grievances.

Relationship with King Henry II

In 1173 the earl took the King's part against his sons, but thereafter he appears to have fallen under suspicion, for the following year he submitted to the King, and in 1175 surrendered to him Bristol Castle. Because his only son and heir Robert died in 1166, Earl William made John, the younger son of King Henry II, heir to his earldom, in conformity with the King's promise that John should marry one of the Earl's daughters, if the Church would allow it, they being related in the third degree.

Earl William was present in March 1177 when the King arbitrated between the Kings of Castile and Navarre, and in 1178, he witnessed Henry's charter to Waltham Abbey. But during the King's struggles with his sons, when he imprisoned a number of magnates of whose loyalty he was doubtful, Earl William was among them.

Family and children

He was married to Hawise de Beaumont of Leicester, daughter of Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester and Amica de Gael and had children:

  • Robert FitzRobert (1151, Cardiff, Glamorganshire – 1166 Unmd Vp, Cardiff, Glamorganshire).
  • Hadwisa/Avisa of Gloucester (circa 1152 – 1189). Married[1] Geoffrey FitzPiers, Earl of Essex de Mandeville, son of Piers de Lutegareshale and Lady Maud de Mandeville of Costow.
  • Mabel FitzRobert of Gloucester (b. 1155); married 1.Amaury V de Montfort 2.Gruffudd ap Ifor Bach.
  • Amice FitzRobert, Countess of Gloucester (b. 1160, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire). Married Richard de Clare, 4th Earl of Hertford.
  • Isabel of Gloucester (b. 1170, Gloucester). She was married three times:

  • Prince John
  • Geoffrey FitzGeoffrey de Mandeville, 2nd Earl of Essex.
  • Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent.

The earl died on his birthday in 1183; his wife Hawise survived him. Since their only son, Robert, predeceased his father, their daughters became coheirs to the Gloucester inheritance.

Notes

1. ^ I169527: Geoffrey Fitzpiers DE MANDEVILLE (Abt 1160 - 2 Oct 1213)

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1116
November 23, 1116
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
1148
1148
Age 31
<Of, , Leicestershire, England>
1150
September 4, 1150
Age 33
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Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales
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Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
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Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England
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Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, , England
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November 23, 1183
Age 67
Cardiff Castle, Glamorganshire, Wales