William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby

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William de Ferrières, 3rd Earl of Derby

Also Known As: "WakeField", "3rd Earl William I de Ferrieres of /Derby/", "Walkelin de Derby", "Walkelin de Ferrieres", "Knight", "Templar", "Sir", "Earl", "Walkelin", "3rd Earl Derby"
Birthplace: Tutbury Castle, Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
Death: Died in Battle Of Acre, Jerusalem, Palestine, Holy Land
Cause of death: Seige Of Acre, Jerusalem, Palestine
Place of Burial: Jerusalem, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby and Margaret Peverel
Husband of SIBILLA FERRERS; Godeheut Ferris and Sybil de Braose
Father of William Ferris; William de Ferrers, 4th Earl of Derby; Agatha de Ferrers; Millicent de Ferrers; Petronille (Pernell) de Ferrers, of Derby and 4 others
Brother of Walkelin de Ferrers; Isolda de Beauchamp, of Derby; Matilda De Verdon, Lady of Derby; Henry de Ferrers; Thomas Henry De Ferrers and 1 other

Occupation: Knights Templar, Knight and Crusader
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby

William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby

Marriage Sybil De Braose b: 1146-1150 in Bramber, Sussex, England

   * Married: 1173-1174 in of Sussex, England
  1. William II De Ferrers b: Abt 1162-1170 in Ferrers, Derbyshire, England
  2. Agatha de Ferrers b: 1168-1172 in Chartley, Staffordshire, England
  3. Petronilla De Ferrers b: Abt 1170 m. Hervey Bagot de Stafford
  4. Henry de Ferrers b: 1176
   5. Robert de Ferrers b. 1169

William I de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby (died 1190) was a 12th century English Earl who resided in Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire and was head of a family which controlled a large part of Derbyshire known as Duffield Frith. He was also a Knight Templar. [1]

William was the son of Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby and his wife, Margaret Peverel. He succeeded his father as Earl of Derby in 1162. He was married to Sybil, the daughter of William de Braose, 3rd Lord of Bramber and Bertha of Hereford.

William de Ferrers was one of the earls who joined the rebellion against King Henry II of England led by Henry's eldest son, Henry the Younger, in the Revolt of 1173–1174, sacking the town of Nottingham. Robert de Ferrers II, his father, had supported Stephen of England and, although Henry II had accepted him at court, he had denied the title of earl of Derby to him and his son. [2] In addition, William had a grudge against Henry because he believed he should have inherited the lands of Peveril Castle through his mother. These, King Henry had previously confiscated in 1155 when William Peverel fell into disfavour.

With the failure of the revolt, de Ferrers was taken prisoner by King Henry, at Northampton on the 31 July 1174, along with the King of Scots and the earls of Chester and Lincoln, along with a number of his Derbyshire underlings and was held at Caen. He was deprived of his castles at Tutbury and Duffield and both were put out of commission (and possibly Pilsbury.) In addition to defray the costs of the war Henry levied a so called "Forest Fine" of 200 marks.

He seems to have afterwards regained the confidence of Henry II., and he showed his fidelity to the next Sovereign, (King Richard I.), by accompanying him in his expedition to the Holy Land, and joined the Third Crusade and died at the Siege of Acre in 1190. [3]

Confederate General Robert E. Lee and President Thomas Jefferson are descendants.

President George Washington, George Herbert Walker Bush, George W. Bush and Gen. Douglas MacArthur, are descendants.

William I de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby was born on c. 1138 in Tutbury Castle, Tutbury, Staffordshire, England to Robert II de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby and Margaret Peverell de Ferrers, Countess of Derby. William married Sybil de Braose on 1161 in Sussex, England and had 2 children: William II de Ferrers, 4th Earl of Derby and Pernell de Ferrers. He passed away on December 31, 1189 in Normandy, France from wounds received at the Seige of Acre.



William I de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby is my 27th great grandfather.

     Military, Between 1188 and 1191 - ThirdCrusade 
    Born: Abt 1140 - Oakham, Rutlandshire, England
    Christened:  - Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
          Died: 1191 - Akko(Acre), Palestine
        Buried: Bef 21 Oct 1191 - Jerusalem
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Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
England, UK
Age 26
Ferrers, Derbyshire, England
Age 32
Chartley, Stafforshire, England
Age 33
Tutbury, Staffordshire, England
Age 34
Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 34
Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
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