|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1332|
|Death: ||Jan. 8, 1371|
William became 3rd Baron of Groby at the age of 9, but quickly gained seizin of his holdings, with an annuity of £50 at age 12 and licence of the moiety of his manors by age 17. Two years later he was knighted, paid his knights fee and his homage to the King, and received livery of all his parents former lands in England and Ireland. Military prowess was the measure of such advancement, and he joined Prince Edward's command (the future Edward III) in time for the 1355 campaign in Gascony. The following year he was in the Earl of Suffolk's command at the Battle of Poitiers.
His father had been a stalwart of Edward II, and William showed conspicuous ambition, undertaking to join the King for several years of campaigning in France, and was exepmted from Royal levies on his holdings in compensation-- a sure sign of high favor in times where Edward II was so beset by rivalries and outright threats to his rule, that he had episodes of paranoia.
Unlike many of his descendants, who had to cover all contingencies during the chaos after Edward III's reign, William had no appetite for conspiracy, and busied himself in further military service-- but he chafed for action during the brief intervals of peace, showing at least one element of the complex and fractious temperment that was to thrive in coming generations when nuance was the norm, and loyalties were sworn with undisclosed contingencies in mind.
He rose in station, marrying the daughter of his patron the Earl of Essex, Margaret de Ufford, and his son Henry grew up in the "family business" of that Lord, which was the practiced study and vigorous prosecution of war-- and did justice to the advantages of his breeding and training, during the long and expansionist reign of Edward III.
Henry de Ferrers (1303 - 1343)
Isabel de Verdun (1315 - 1349)
Margaret de Percy de Ferrers (1330 - 1375)*
Margaret de Ufford de Ferrers (1333 - 1368)*
Margaret Ferrers Beauchamp (____ - 1406)*
Henry Ferrers (1355 - 1388)*
Elizabeth de Ferrers Malewayn (____ - 1375)*
William Ferrers (1332 - 1371)
Created by: Bill Velde
Record added: Jun 20, 2011
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