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  • Name FERRERS, William de 
    Prefix Baron 
    Birth 30 Jan 1271  Yoxall, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christening Yoxall, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Burial Mar 1325  Saint James Church, Hinckley, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Death 20 Mar 1325  Groby Old Hall, Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    WAC 9 Sep 1932  ARIZO Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Father FERRERS, Knight William de II ,   b. Abt 1240, Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationGroby, Leicestershire, Englandd. 24 Jan 1298, Tower of London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 58 years) 
    Mother SPENCER, Anne de ,   b. 1244, Louchborough, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationLouchborough, Leicestershire, England 
    Marriage 1264  Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F24842  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family SEGRAVE, Baroness Ellen de ,   b. 1271, Chacombe, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this locationChacombe, Northamptonshire, Englandd. 9 Feb 1316, Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 45 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1297  Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 2 sons and 1 daughter 
    Family ID F19712  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
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    • 1st Baron de Ferrers of Groby.
      1st Baron de Ferrers, William was an important commander in Edward I's wars in Scotland, and his arms are entered on the Falkirk Roll of 1298. He fought in Flanders in 1295 and helped mount the Siege of Carlaverock in 1300. He saw further service in Scotland in 1303, 1306, 1308 and 1311. He was summoned to many councils (parliaments) for diplomatic negotiations and ceremonial duties such as Edward II's coronation, and performed other such duties that the Barony was duly created for him. [Find A Grave Memorial# 71687296]

      BIO: from
      Sir WILLIAM Ferrers of Groby, Leicestershire ([1240]-before 20 Dec 1287). m firstly ANNE, daughter of [Sir HUGH le Despencer of Ryhall, Rutland & his wife Aline Basset. m secondly as her first husband, ELEANOR de Lovaine, daughter of MATTHEW de Lovaine & his wife Muriel --- (-after 3 May 1326, bur Dunmow Priory). She married secondly (before 28 Jan 1289) as his [second] wife, Sir William Douglas of Douglas "le Hardi", and thirdly (before 6 Oct 1305) Sir William Bagot.

      ** from Falaise Roll, p 56
      Received the lordship of Groby from his mother and founded this still existing family.

      ** from Complete Peerage, v 5 p 340+
      Ferrers of Groby. Sir William de Ferrers, of Groby, co. Leicester, Newbottle, Northants, Woodham Ferris, Stebbing, and airsted, Essex, and Bolton-le-Moors, co. Lancaster, younger son of William (de Ferrers), Earl of Derby, by his second wife, Margaret, first daughter and coheir of Roger (de Quency), Earl of Winchester. He was born about 1240. On 12 Dec. 1251 his father gave him the manor and advowson of Woodham, the manor of Stebbing, the capital messuage of Chiche (now St. Osyth), and the lands of Fairsted, to hold in tail general, by the service of five knights' fees, with reversion to the grantor and his heirs. Between four and five years afterwards, before he was of age, he had livery of these lands; subsequently, he exchanged them with his mother for lands in Scotland and Galloway, but he again had entry thereto, with her consent, 6 days before her death, i.e., in Feb. 1280/1. She gave him also the manor of Newbottle, and his brother, Robert, Earl of Derby, gave him all his own lands in the wapentake of Leyland, co. Lancaster.

      He was among the prisoners taken after the conflict at Northampton, 5 or 6 Apr. 1264, and was committed by Edward, the King's son, to the custody of Roger de Leyburne; Roger demanded an excessive ransom, thretening to take him to Ireland if he did not pay it, and on 5 Jan. 1264/5 was preemptorily ordered to release him and let him come to the King. William was admitted to the King's peace, and pardoned all trespasses committed by him, during the disturbance in the realm, up to Wednesday after SS. Peter and Paul (30 June) last past, 11 July 1266. On 26 May 1280, the King, having taken his homage, permitted him to retain, for a fine of 40 marks, the manor of Groby, fo which his mother had enfeoffed him. After her death, he had livery of Woodham Ferris, Stebbing, St. Osyth, and Fairsted, 11 May 1281. He was with the King in the Army of Wales in 1282. He was summoned for Military Service from 18 Mar. 1263/4 to 14 Mar. 1282/3, to Military Council, 14 June 1287, and to attend the King at Shrewsbury, 28 June 1283, by writs directed Willelmo de Ferrariis.

      He married, firstly, Anne, said to have been daughter of Sir Hugh le Despenser, fo Ryahll, Rutland, Loughborough, co. Leicester, Parlington, co. York, etc., sometime Justiciar of England, by Aline, daughter and heir of Sir Philip Basset, of Wycombe, Bucks, etc., also Justiciar of England.

      He married, secondly, Alianore, daughter of Sir Matthew de Louvaine, of Little Easton, Essex. He died shortly before 20 dec. 1287. His widow was given the manors of Stebbing and Woodham to hold in tenancy till her dower was assigned, 20 Jan. 1287/8 and she had livery of these manors, which the King had assigned to her as dower, 18 Apr. following. Sir william de Duglas abducted her from the manor of Ellen la Zusche at Tranent, co. Haddington, before 28 Jan. 1288/9, at which date the Sheriff of Northumberland was, in consequence, ordered to take his lands into the King's hand, and to arrest and imprison him; an order repeated, 14 Apr. 1289. He was imprisoned in Leeds Castle, Kent, but was released on 15 May 1290, and his said lands--the manor of Fawdon--were restored to him, provisionally, 24 May following. The marriage of Alianore was granted to him, for a fine of L100, 18 Feb. 1290/1. He was arrested for failing to give hostages in connection with a pardon granted him in July 1297, and, on 12 Oct. following, was sent to the Tower, where he died before 24 Jan. 1298/9. After his death, the lands which Alianore had held in dower from her
      first husband (which had been taken into the King's hand by reason of the rebellion of William de Duglas) were restored to her, those in England 24 Jan. 1298/9, and those in Scotland 22 July 1302. She married, thirdly, before 6 Oct. 1305, Sir William Bagot, of Hide and Patshull, co. Stafford, and was living, his widow, 3 May 1326. She was buried in Dunmow Priory.

      BIO: from
      WILLIAM (-Evington, near Leicester 28 Mar 1254, bur Merevale Abbey). The Annales Londonienses name "Willelmum juniorem qui fuit comes de Ferrariis" as the son of "Willelmo seniore" & his wife[227]. He succeeded his father in 1247 as Earl of Derby. The Annals of Tewkesbury record the death in 1254 of “comes de Ferrers”[228]. The Annals of Burton record the death “V Kal Apr apud Eventonam” in 1254 of “Willelmus comes de Ferrariis comes Derbeiæ” and his burial “in capitulo de Mirevalle II Kal Apr”[229]. m firstly (before 14 May 1219) SIBYL Marshal, daughter of WILLIAM Marshal Earl of Pembroke & his wife Isabel Ctss of Pembroke (-before 1238). The Chronicle of Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire records that "quarta filia…Willihelmi Marescalli…Sibilla" married "Willielmo de Ferrers comiti Derbiæ"[230]. m secondly (1238) MARGARET de Quincy, daughter of ROGER de Quincy Earl of Winchester & his first wife Helen of Galloway (-before 12 Mar 1281). The Annales Londonienses name "Margarete countesse de Ferreres et Eleyne la Zusche et la countesse de Bougham" as the three daughters of "Eleyn countesse de Wynton"[231].

      ** from Falaise Roll, p 56
      William, the next earl, married two great heiresses, first a daughter of William Marshal, earl of Pembroke, and second, the heiress of Roger, earl of Winchester. From the latter marriage sprung two sons, Robert the sixth earl, and William, who received the lordship of Groby from his mother and founded this still existing family.

      ** from Complete Peerage, v 4 p 196+
      Derby. Earldom. V. 1247. William (de Ferrieres or de Ferrers), Earl of Derby, son and heir. He accompanied the King to France in Apr. 1230. Constable of Bolsover Castle, 28 Feb. 1234/5 to 3 July 1236. The King took his homage, and he had livery of Chartley Castle and the rest of his mother's lands, 10 Nov. 1247 (on 16 Feb. 1248/9, he was ordered to restore to Thomas his brother the castle and manor of Chartley, which Agnes, Countess of Derby, their mother, and given to Thomas). He was invested with the Earldom, 2 Feb. 1247/8, at Westminster, and was present at the Parliament of London held in that month.

      On passing over a bridge at St. Neots he was accidentally thrown from the litter which he habitually used--having been afflicted with gout from his youth--and sustained injuries from which he never recovered. He married, firstly, before 14 May 11219, Sibyl, sister and in her own issue coheir of Walter, Earl of Pembroke, by Isabel, daughter and heir of Richard (de Clare), Earl of Pembroke. She died s.p.m. He married, secondly, in or before 1238, Margaret, first daughter and coheir of Roger (de Quincy), Earl of Winchester, by his first wife, Helen, first daughter and coheir of Alan de Galweye, Constable of Scotland.

      He died at Evington near Leicester, 24 or 28, and was buried 31 Mar. 1254, in Merevale Abbey. His widow, the King having taken her homage, had livery, 3 Dec. 1274, of her purparty of the lands which Alianore de Vaux, late Countess of Winchester, had held in dower of the inheritance of Roger de Quency, sometime Earl of Winchester, formerly Alianore's husband (it is noticeable that Margaret and Alianore were each the stepmother and the stepdaughter of the other: the Earls, their husbands, having each married the other's daughter). She died shortly before 12 Mar. 1280/1.

      ** from Wikipedia listing for William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby
      William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby (1193 - March, 1254), was an English nobleman.

      He was born in Derbyshire, England, the son of William de Ferrers, 4th Earl of Derby and Agnes of Chester, a daughter of Hugh of Kevelioc, Earl of Chester and Bertrada de Montfort. After doing homage to King Henry III, he had livery of Chartley Castle and other lands of his mother's inheritance. He accompanied King Henry to France in 1230. He sat in parliament in London in the same year.

      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:
      1. Agnes Ferrers (died May 11, 1290), married William de Vesci.
      2. Isabel Ferrers (died before November 26, 1260), married (1) Gilbert Basset, of Wycombe, and (2) Reginald de Mohun
      3. Maud Ferrers (died March 12, 1298), married (1) Simon de Kyme, and (2) William de Vivonia, and (3) Amaury IX of Rochechouart.
      4. Sibyl Ferrers, married (1) John de Vipont, and (2) Franco de Mohun.
      5. Joan Ferrers (died 1267), married to:
      1. John de Mohun;
      2. Robert Aguillon
      6. Agatha Ferrers (died May 1306), married Hugh Mortimer, of Chelmarsh.
      7. Eleanor Ferrers (died October 16, 1274), married to:
      1. William de Vaux;
      2. Roger de Quincy, Earl of Winchester;
      3. Roger de Leybourne, but had no issue

      In 1238, he married Margaret de Quincy (born 1218), daughter of Roger de Quincy, 2nd Earl of Winchester and Helen of Galloway. Bizarrely, Margaret was both the stepmother and stepdaughter of William's daughter, Eleanor. The earl and Margaret had the following children:
      1. Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby, his successor. He married:
      1. Mary de Lusignan, daughter of Hugh XI of Lusignan, Count of Angoulême, and niece of King Henry III, by whom he had no issue;
      2. Alianore de Bohun, daughter of Humphrey VI de Bohun, per Ancestral Roots of Certain Ameircan Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Lines 57-30 & 68-29.
      2. William Ferrers obtained, by gift of Margaret, his mother, the manor of Groby in Leicestershire, assuming the arms of the family of De Quincy. He married:
      1. Anne le Despencer, daughter of Hugh le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer; their son was William de Ferrers, 1st Baron Ferrers of Groby.
      2. Eleanor, daughter of Matthew Lovaine.
      3. Joan Ferrers (died 19 March 1309) married Thomas de Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley.
      4. Agnes Ferrers married Robert de Muscegros, Lord of Deerhurst.
      5. Elizabeth Ferrers, married to:
      1. William Marshal, 2nd Baron Marshal;
      2. Prince Dafydd ap Gruffydd

      He suffered from gout from youth, and always traveled in a litter. He was accidentally thrown from his litter while crossing a bridge, and died of the resulting injuries. William de Ferrers is buried at Merevere Abbey, Warwickshire, England. His widow died on March 12, 1280.

      * Complete Peerage
      * Sanders, I.J. English Baronies: A Study of Their Origin and Descent, 1086-1327, 1960
      * Weis, Frederick. The Magna Carta Sureties, 1215, 1997

      BIO: from Complete Peerage, v 5 p 343+
      Ferrers. Barony by Writ. I. 1299. Sir William de Ferrers, of Groby, etc., son and heir, by first wife, born 30 jan. 1271/2 at Yoxall, co. Stafford, and baptized there. The King took his homage, and he had livery of his father's lands, 17 Mar. 1292/3. In Aug. 1295 he was beyond seas with the Duke of Brabant. On 15 Nov. 12969 the King took his homage for the lands which he held of the King in Scotland, and which by reason of the war there had been taken into the King's hand, and John, Earl of Warenne, Keeper of Scotland, was ordered to give him livery thereof. He was at the battle of Falkirk, 22 July 1298, and at the siege of Carlaverock in July 1300. On 2 Feb. 1300/1 the Keeper of Galloway was ordered to restore to him his lands in that district, which the King, when last in those parts, had caused to be taken into his hand. As Willelmus de Ferrariis dominus de Groby, he took part in the Barons' Letter to the Pope, 12 Feb. 1300/1. He was in Scotland on the King's service in 1303, 1306, 1308, and 1311. On 1 Nov. 1317 he was appointed joint Constable of Somerton Castle, co. Lincoln. He was summoned for Military Service from 29 June 1294 to 1 May 13225, to attend the King at Salisbury, 26 Jan. 1296/7, to attend the Coronation, 18 Jan. 1307/8, to Councils from May 1324 to 20 Feb. 1324/5, and to Parliament from 29 Dec. 1299 to 24 Sep. 1324, by writs directed Willelmo de Ferariis or de Ferrariis, whereby he is held to have become Lord Ferrers. On 14 Feb. 1321/2 he was ordered to accompany the King against the contrariants.

      He married Ellen, who is said to have been daughter of Sir John de Segrave, of Chacombe, Northants (Lord Segrave), by Christine, daughter of Sir Hugh de Plessy, of Hooknorton and Kidlington, Oxon. She was living, 9 Feb. 1316/7. He died 20 Mar. 1324/5, aged 53.