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  • ID: I10265
  • Name: William De Braose
  • Suffix: 4th Baron Of Bramber 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1153
  • Death: 1211 in Corbeuil, France 1
  • Burial: Abbey Of Saint Victorie, Paris
  • Occupation: Sheriff Of Hereford 1192-9
  • Cause: Deid in exile
  • Note: 1

    At his peak Lord of Bramber, Gower, Abergavenny, Brecknock, Builth, Radnor, Kington, Limerick and the three castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont (right) and Whitecastle.
    William inherited Bramber, Builth and Radnor from his father; Brecknock and Abergavenny through his mother. He was the strongest of the Marcher Lords involved in constant war with the Welsh and other lords. He was particularly hated by the Welsh for the massacre of three Welsh princes, their families and their men which took place during a feast at his castle of Abergavenny in 1175. He was sometimes known as the "Ogre of Abergavenny". One of the Normans' foremost warriors, he fought alongside K.Richard at Chalus in 1199 (when Richard received his fatal wound). 
    William received Limerick in 1201 from K. John. He was also given custody of Glamorgan, Monmouth and Gwynllwg in return for large payments. 
    William captured Arthur, Count of Brittany at Mirebeau in 1202 and was in charge of his imprisonment for King John. He was well rewarded in February 1203 with the grant of Gower. He may have had knowledge of the murder of Arthur and been bribed to silence by John with the city of Limerick in July. His honours reached their peak when he was made Sheriff of Herefordshire by John for 1206-7. He had held this office under Richard from 1192 to 1199. 
    His fall began almost immediately. William was stripped of his office as bailiff of Glamorgan and other custodies by K. John in 1206/7. Later he was deprived of all his lands and, sought by K.John in Ireland, he returned to Wales and joined the Welsh Prince Llewelyn in rebellion. He fled to France in 1210 via Shoreham "in the habit of a beggar" and died in exile near Paris. Despite intending to be interred at St. John's, Brecon, he was buried in the Abbey of St. Victoire, Paris by Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, another of John's chief opponents who was also taking refuge there. His wife and son William were murdered by John, possibly starved to death at Windsor Castle.
    Child 1: William de Braose  
    Child 2: Maud (Susan) = Gruffyd ap Rhys
    Child 3: Giles, Bishop of Hereford 
    Child 4: Roger
    Child 5: Philip
    Child 6: Bertha = William de Beauchamp
    Child 7: Thomas
    Child 8: Walter
    Child 9: John = Amabil de Limesi
    Child 10: Margaret = Walter de Lacy 
    Child 11: Henry
    Child 12: Annora = Hugh de Mortimer 
    Child 13: Loretta = Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester 
    Child 14: Reginald de Braose 
    Child 15: Flandrina, Abbess of Godstow
    Child 16: Bernard
  • _UID: 2934B843878F462B83DFE041DF5BFDF68FFE
  • Change Date: 2 MAY 2006

    Father: William de Braose b: ABT 1126
    Mother: Bertha ?of Gloucester? Fitzwalter de Pitres b: ABT 1130

    Marriage 1 Maud De St Valerie b: 1155 in Isleworth, Middlesex, England
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Reginald De Braose b: 1180 in Bramber, Sussex, England 
    2. Has Children William De Braose b: ABT 1175
    3. Has Children Margery De Braose
    4. Has Children Maud de Braose
    5. Has Children Bertha de Braose b: 1148

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