|Death: ||Jan. 30, 1344|
This memorial is dedicated to my ancestor William Montagu (alias Montacute). He was the 1st Earl of Salisbury and King of the Isle of Man an English nobleman and loyal servant of King Edward III.
The son of William de Montagu and Elizabeth Montfort, the second Baron Montagu, he entered the royal household at an early age, and became a close companion to Prince Edward. The relationship continued after Edward was crowned king following the deposition of Edward II in 1327. In 1330, Montagu was one of Edward's main accomplices in the coup against Roger Mortimer, who until then had been acting as the king's protector.
In the following years Montagu served the king in various capacities, primarily in the Scottish Wars. He was richly rewarded, and among other things received the lordship of the Isle of Man. In 1337, he was created Earl of Salisbury, and given an annual income of 1000 marks to go with the title. He served in the early years of the Hundred Years' War.
William was born in Cassington in Oxfordshire in 1301. The Montagu family, a West Country family with roots going back to the Conquest, held extensive lands in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.
Around 1327 William married Catherine,daughter of William de Grandison, 1st Baron Grandison. One anecdotal story revolve around Catherine Montagu; she is identified as the "Countess of Salisbury" from whose dropped garter Edward III named the Order of the Garter. William and Catherine had six children, most of whom made highly fortunate matches with other members of the nobility.
Salisbury's oldest son William succeeded his father in July 1349, while still a minor, as William Montagu, 2nd Earl of Salisbury. The younger William was one of the founding members of the Order of the Garter, but he never enjoyed the same favor with the king as his father had.
Another son John De Montagu born 1327 in Somerset, England and died Feb 25 1390 in Salisbury Wiltshire, England. He married Margaret De Monthermer Jul 2 1340 in Stokeham, Devon, England, daughter of Thomas Monthermer and Margaret Tipoft. She was born Oct 14 1329 in Stokenham, Devon, England and died Mar 24 1305 in Cassington, Oxfordshire, England. (contributed by Amanda)
William Montagu (1285 - 1319)
Elizabeth De Montfort De Montague (1275 - 1345)
Catherine de Grandison Montagu (1304 - 1349)
John de Montagu (1328 - 1390)*
William Montacute (1328 - 1397)*
Philippa Montagu (1333 - 1381)*
John De Montagu (1295 - 1317)*
William Montagu (1301 - 1344)
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough
Maintained by: A.D.L
Originally Created by: Mad
Record added: Aug 19, 2010
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