Sir Saher de “1st Earl of Winchester” Quincy

Sir Saher de “1st Earl of Winchester” Quincy

Death 3 Nov 1219 (aged 64)
Yerushalayim (Jerusalem District), Israel
Burial Shepshed, Charnwood Borough, Leicestershire, England
Memorial ID 49692833 · View Source
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Earl of Winchester, of Long Buckby, Northamptonshire and Leuchard and Travernent, Scotland. In right of his wife, of Brckley, Northamptonshire.

Son and heir to Sir Robert de Quincy, knight in the service of King William the Lion and Orabillia of Leuchars, heiress of the lordship of Leuchars in Fife. He was born about 1155 and raised in Scotland.

Saher married Margaret de Beaumont, the daughter of Sir Robert de Beaumont and Petronilla Grandmesnil and the younger sister of Robert de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Leicester and the Quincy's Fife ally and neighbor, Roger de Beaumont, Bishop of St Andrews. They were married before 1173 and had the following children:
Lorette m William de Valognes
Arabella m Sir Robert Harcourt
Robert de Quincy m Hawise of Chester, Countess of Lincoln
Roger de Quincy m Helen de Galloway
Robert de Quincy m Helen Llywelyn, dtr of Llywelyn the Great
Hawise de Quincy m Hugh de Vere

When Robert died in 1204, he made Margaret a co-heiress of the vast earldom along with her elder sister, Amicia, who married Simon de Montfort. When the inheritance was settled in 1207, Saher became the Earl of Winchester.

Saher took part in the 1173 rebellion of young king Henry against his father, King Henry II, and became the castellan (castle captain or governor) of Nonancourt on the Aure in 1180. Saher was with King Richard at Roche d'Orval in August 1198, and was with William the Lion, King of Scotland when he paid homage to King John in 1200. Saher and Sir Robert FitzWalter were joint castellans of Vaudreuil Castle in France, 1203, but surrendered it to the French before they were attacked. Saher and Robert were imprisoned by the French king Phillip Augustus at Compiegne until they were freed by a £5000 ransom. Saher witnessed King John's surrender of his crown to the Pope 1213, took the cross 04 March 1215, and was one of the twenty five barons elected to guarantee the provisions of the Magna Carta.

Saher was sent with Sir Robert FitzWalter to offer the English crown to Prince Louis of France, after which they returned with fourty-two ships full of French knights and followers. After Henry III stepped down, Saher remained loyal to Louis. Mountsorrell Castle was beseiged by the King Henry III's royal army, Saher and FitzWalter were defeated despite Louis sending reinforcements, taken prisoner at Lincoln 20 May 1217, but restored to his lands in October, leaving Saher to fulfill his crusader's vow.

In 1219, Saher left to join the Fifth Crusade which was actively attacking Damietta. While in the Holy Land, he fell sick and died. He was buried in Acre, the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, and his heart was brought back and interred at Garendon Abbey near Loughborough, a house endowed by his wife's family.

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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 14 Mar 2010
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