Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers

Is your surname de Ferrers?

Research the de Ferrers family

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!

About Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers

See Medilands Excerpts in Sources

Magna Carta Sureties

Page 77 Line 59A
(Prepared by Douglas Richardson)

3. WILLIAM DE FORTIBUS (also styled le Fort), son and heir, d. sh. Bef. 22 May 1259, lord of Chewton, Somerset, m. c. 30 July 1247 MAUD (or MATILDA) DE FERRERS (149-3), b. c. 1230, d. 12 Mar 1298/9, widow of Simon IV de Kyme, d. 1248, lord of Sotby, co. Lincoln, and dau. of William Ferrers, Earl of Derby by his wife, Sibyl Marshal… (CP IV, 199 chart; Sanders, Baronies, pp. 9, 38-39, 62-64, 79-80. Knights of Edward I, II 80, IV 156; Cal. Inq.p.m. 1: 298, 3: 400-401; Cal. Patent Rolls, Henry III, 1247-1258, p. 23; List of Ancient Correspondence of the Chancery and Exchequer, Lists & Indexes, no. XV, p. 355) []

MAUDE (or MATILDA) DE FERRERS, Vicomtesse de Rochechouart, born about 1230, died 12 March 1298/9


Maud is one of the 7 daughters (coheirs to their mother) of William (Ferrers), Earl of Derby. [Complete Peerage] [7] [8]

  • married (1) Simon de Kyme of Kyme, died shortly before 20 July 1248, s.p., [2]
  • married (2) about 30 July 1248 William de Fortibus (also styled le Fort) died shortly before 22 May 1259, [3] lord of Chewton, Somerset, son of Hugh de Viviona, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset, by his wife Mabel, daughter and coheir of WILLIAM MALET (234A-238), Magna Carta surety, 1215 [4];
  • married (3) by 4 Feb. 1267, Sir Emery (or Aimery), Vicomte de Rochechouart in Poitou, living 1284." [5] [6]

William de Vivonne and Maud de Ferrers had four daughters:

  1. Joan de Vivonne,[3] married first to Sir Ingram de Percy, second to Aimery X de Rochechouart, and third to Sir Reynold Fitz Peter[1]
  2. Sibyl de Vivonne,[3] born about 1253, married Guy de Rochechouart[1]
  3. Mabel de Vivonne,[3] born about 1255, died before 1 November 1299, married Fulk (or Foucaud) D'Archiac[1]
  4. Cecily de Vivonne,[3] born in 1257, died 10 January 1320/1, married Sir John de Beauchamp and had four children[1]


Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers (c.1230-1299)

William de Fortibus (?-1259)‘s wife Matilda de Ferrers was related to many of the most powerful Anglo-Norman families in England. Of special note was her maternal grandfather, the same William Marshal who had ordered Hugh to hand over Bristol Castle twenty years earlier. Earl of Pembroke by right of his wife Isabel de Clare, William had begun life as a penniless and landless fourth son. He became a “knight errant” and made his own way in the world by seizing valuable hostages at melees. Thereafter he gave unflinching loyalty to the king even when, at one point, John confiscated all his estates. Aged about 70, he fought in full armour on horseback at the 1216 battle of Lincoln and until his death in 1219 he had been one of the three regents of the minority government of the boy king Henry III. [15]

One of the Marshal’s ten children was Matilda’s mother, Sybil Marshal who married William de Ferrers earl of Derby. They had seven daughters and when Sybil died, probably about 1238, the earl remarried and finally had a male heir, Robert. [16]

So Matilda, born probably in about 1230, one of seven daughters of a mother who was one of ten children, five of them sons, did not start out with a particularly promising personal inheritance in prospect. By 1245, however, that had changed dramatically and Matilda had become an heiress in her own right. In that year Anselm, the last of her five Marshal uncles, was dead and none of them left any legitimate children as heirs. Consequently, in 1245, the Pembroke estates were broken up to be divided between the Marshal sisters or their descendants like Matilda.

Some time in May 1248 when she was about 18, Matilda’s first, childless marriage ended with the death of her husband, Simon de Kyme. Two months later the king had granted her remarriage to William de Fortibus, and she swore her oath of allegiance. [17]

Eleven years later William had died and Matilda did not remarry for five years until in 1264 she contracted her third marriage to the recently widowed Aimery (IX) viscount de Rochechouart. [18] There is no evidence that Matilda and Aimery had any children together but this time her marriage lasted over twenty years until Aimery died in about 1286. The Calendar of Patent Rolls has several entries indicating that the couple travelled to and from England several times, the first in 1269 [19] naming lawyers presumably to deal with legal disputes and transactions concerning the Vivonne and Pembroke family estates in England

The name of Joan de Vivonne's father as reported by Complete Peerage is slightly askew. His name was actually Sir William de Forz, not William le Fort de Vivonne. He died shortly before 22 May 1259. Sir William's wife and mother of his children was Maud de Ferrers, widow of Simon de Kyme, and daughter of William de Ferrers, Knt., 5th Earl of Derby. Sir William de Forz in turn was the son and heir of Sir Hugh (or Hugues) de Vivonne, of Chewton, Somerset, by Mabel, the daughter and heiress of William Malet, the Magna Carta baron.

William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Family and children

William Ferrers married Sibyl Marshal, one of the daughters and co-heirs of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke. They had seven daughters:

Agnes Ferrers (died May 11, 1290), married William de Vesci.

Isabel Ferrers (died before November 26, 1260), married (1) Gilbert Basset, of Wycombe, and (2) Reginald de Mohun

Maud Ferrers (died March 12, 1298), married (1) Simon de Kyme, and (2) William de Vivonia, and (3) Amaury IX of Rochechouart.

Maud's married name was Maud de Kyme.

Maud, vicomtesse de Rochechouart, first married Simon de Kyme before 1248. She next married our ancestor William de Fortibus, Lord of Chewton, son of Hugh de Vivonia, Sheriff of Somerset and Dorset and Mabel Malet, circa 30 July 1248. She married Vicomte de Rochechouart Emery de Rochechouart before 4 February 1267 in Poitou, France.

See "My Lines"
( )

from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA
( ).

Disputed origins

Lady Anne de Ferrers & Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers are seen as children of Sir William de Ferrers of Groby and Anne le Despenser and have been disconnected from both as their children. There are no sources offered. [EH, 18 April 2022]

Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers shown as wife of Thomas Berkeley the same as Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers ? They share a death date of March 12, 1298. [YES. Merged and detached from Thomas Berkeley.]


view all

Matilda (or Maud) de Ferrers's Timeline

Derby, Derbyshire, England
June 1, 1251
Hertfordshire, England
Hatch, Somerset, England
March 12, 1298
Age 70
Evington, Leicestershire, England