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Humphrey IV (III) de Bohun, Constable of England, Earl of Hereford

Also Known As: "Humphrey of Trowbridge & Wiltshire", "Hereditary Constable of England", "II Baron /De Bohun/", "Earl of Hereford", "Lord High Constable"
Birthplace: Gloucestershire,England
Death: between December 1181 and 1182 (33-43)
Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom (in battle alongside Henry the Young King against Philip of Alsace)
Place of Burial: Hempsted, Gloucester, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Humphrey de Bohun III (II) and Margaret de Hereford
Husband of Margaret de Huntingdon, Princess of Scotland
Father of Henry de Bohun, Earl of Hereford, Surety of the Magna Carta and Margaret de Bohun
Brother of Matilda de Bohun; Margaret de Bohun; Milo de Bohun and Richard de Bohun

Occupation: Constable of England, LORD OF HEREFORD, CONSTABLE OF ENGLAND, Earl of Hereford, Lord High Constable
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About Humphrey IV (III) de Bohun, Constable of England, Earl of Hereford

Humphrey III de Bohun

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Humphrey III de Bohun (before 1144 – ? December 1181) was an Anglo-Norman nobleman and general who served Henry II as Constable. He was the son of Humphrey II de Bohun and Margaret of Gloucester (died 1187), the eldest daughter of the erstwhile constable Miles of Gloucester. He had succeeded to his father's fiefs, centred on Trowbridge, by 29 September 1165, when he owed three hundred marks as relief. From 1166 onwards, he held his mother's inheritance, both her Bohun lands in Wiltshire and her inheritance from her late father and brothers.

As his constable, Humphrey sided with the king during the Revolt of 1173–1174. In August 1173, he was with Henry and the royal army at Breteuil on the continent and, later that same year, he and Richard de Lucy led the sack of Berwick-upon-Tweed and invaded Lothian to attack William the Lion, the King of Scotland, who had sided with the rebels. He returned to England and played a major role in the defeat and capture of Robert Blanchemains, the Earl of Leicester, at Fornham. By the end of 1174, he was back on the continent, where he witnessed the Treaty of Falaise between Henry and William of Scotland.

According to Robert of Torigni, in late 1181 Humphrey joined Henry the Young King in leading an army against Philip of Alsace, the Count of Flanders, in support of Philip II of France, on which campaign Humphrey died.[1] He was buried at Llanthony Secunda.

Sometime between February 1171 and Easter 1175 Humphrey married Margaret of Huntingdon, a daughter of Henry, Earl of Northumbria, and widow since 1171 of Conan IV, Duke of Brittany. Through this marriage he became a brother-in-law of his enemy, William of Scotland. With Margaret he had a daughter, Matilda, and a son, Henry de Bohun, who in 1187 was still a minor in the custody of Humphrey's mother in England and who was created Earl of Hereford. It has been suggested that Humphrey's widow was the Margaret who married Pedro Manrique de Lara, a Spanish nobleman, but there are discrepancies in this theory.[2]


Graeme White, "Bohun, Humphrey (III) de (b. before 1144, d. 1181)," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, accessed 20 December 2009.


  1. ^ Robert says: Obiit Hunfredus de Bohun, positus in exercitu cum rege Henrico juniore; quem exercitum praefatus rex in Franciam duxerat, coadjuvando partes Philippi regis Franciae contra comitem Flandrensem.
  2. ^ C. Evans, "Margaret of Scotland, Duchess of Brittany," Mélanges offerts à Szalbocs de Vajay (Braga: 1971), 187–91.


Humphrey IV

Excerpted from Les Seigneurs de Bohon by Jean LeMelletier, Coutances: Arnaud-Bellee, 1978.

According the the chronicle of Lanthony, Humphrey IV was earl of Hereford and constable of England. But he died before his father, probably in 1182 in France while serving Henry the younger, so he never had the titles.

Humphrey was married to Margaret of Scotland (who died 1201), daughter of Henry, earl of Huntington, and sister of King William the Lion of Scotland, and widow of Conan le Petit, earl of Brittany and Richmond (who died 1171).

After Humphrey's death, his widow confirmed the gift of a marketplace to the priory of Bradenstoke that he had specified in his will.



Humphrey De BOHUN (Constable of England)

Born: ABT 1150

Died: 1182

Notes: was also the hereditary Constable of England, in the right of his mother, if the chronicles of Lanthony are correct. 4th Baron De Bohun, Lord of Hereford.

Father: Humphrey De BOHUN (Steward of England)

Mother: Margery of GLOUCESTER

Married 1: Margaret of Scotland (b. 1154 - d. 1201) (dau. of Henry, Prince of Scotland, E. Huntingdon, and his wife, Ada Warren) ABT 1171


1. Henry "The Surety" De BOHUN (1° E. Hereford)

2. Maud De BOHUN

Married 2: Margaret De HASTINGS

  • Humphrey IV de Bohun Constable of England Earl of Hereford

born about 1150 Hereford, Herefordshire, England

died 1182


  • Humphrey III de Bohun

born about 1120 Hereford, Herefordshire, England

died 6 April 1187


  • Margaret de Gloucester

born about 1126 Gloucester, England

died England


  • Maud de Bohun born 1142

Margaret de Bohun born about 1146 died 1196


  • Margaret Huntington

born about 1131 Scotland

died after 1201


  • Henry de Bohun Earl of Hereford

born 1176 Hereford, Herefordshire, England

died 1 June 1220 in Palestine on pilgrimage to Holy Land

Maud de Bohun born 1174 died October 1252

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Humphrey de Bohun - was born about 1143 in Gloucestershire, England and died in 1182 . He was the son of Humphrey de Bohun and Margaret de Gloucester.

Humphrey married Princess Margaret of Scotland before Apr 1175 in England. Princess Margaret was born in 1154 in Nothumberland, Northumberland, England. She died in 1201 .

Children: (Quick Family Chart)

i. Henry de Bohun was born before 1177 in Warwick, Warwickshire, England and died on 1 Jun 1220 in England .

Hereditary Constable of England

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4th Baron de Bohun and Lord High Constable of England

Humphrey attested several of Henry II's charters as constable, an office previously held by Miles of Gloucester, and distinguished himself on the king's side in the war of 1173–-4. He was in the royal army at Breteuil in August 1173, and with the justiciar Richard de Lucy later sacked Berwick and led troops into Lothian against William the Lion, king of Scots, before having to return south to deal with rebellion in England. In October 1173 he featured prominently in the defeat and capture of the earl of Leicester and others at Fornham near Bury St Edmunds. He witnessed the treaty of Falaise between Henry II and the king of Scots at the close of 1174. Through his marriage, which took place between February 1171 and Easter 1175, to Margaret (d. 1201), daughter of Henry of Scotland, earl of Northumberland (d. 1152), and widow of Conan (IV), duke of Brittany (d. 1171), he became brother-in-law to the king of Scots.

He died while a member of the army led into France towards the end of 1181 by Henry II's sons to assist Philippe II against the count of Flanders, and was buried at Llanthony (Secunda) Priory, Gloucestershire.

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Humphrey IV (III) de Bohun, Constable of England, Earl of Hereford's Timeline

Warwick, Warwickshire, England
December 1181
Age 38
Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom
of, Pleshy Castle, Essex, England
Baron de Bohun
of, Pleshy Castle, Essex, England