William FitzRobert

William FitzRobert

Gloucestershire, England
Death 23 Nov 1183 (aged 67)
Tewkesbury, Tewkesbury Borough, Gloucestershire, England
Burial Keynsham, Bath and North East Somerset Unitary Authority, Somerset, England
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William Fitz Robert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester

Son and heir of Sir Robert de Caen, 1st Earl of Gloucester, and Mabel FitzHamon of Gloucester, and the grandson of Henry I Beauclerc, King of England and Sybil Corbet, Robert FitzHamon and Sybil de Montgomery.

Husband of Hawise de Beaumont, daughter of Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester and Amica de Gael. They had four children:
* Robert FitzWilliam
* Mabel FitzWilliam, wife of Amaury V de Montfort
* Amice FitzWilliam, wife of Richard de Clare
* Isabel, Countess of Gloucester, married thrice

In October 1141, William looked after the estates when his father was captured by partisans at Winchester, and finally exchanged for King Stephen. William also served as Governor of Wareham during his father's absence in 1144. In 1147, William overthrew Henry de Tracy at Castle Cary.

In 1154 he made an alliance with Roger de Clare, 3rd Earl of Hertford, by which they agreed to aid each other against all men except Henry II of England. William's daughter would marry Roger's son.

FitzRobert granted the Glamorgan town of Neath a charter, was Lord of the manor of Glamorgan, as well as Caerleon, yet resided chiefly at Cardiff Castle. It was there in 1158 William, Amice and their son, Robert, were captured by the Welsh Lord of Senghenydd, Ifor Bach, and taken into the woods and held as prisoners until the Earl rectified Ivor's grievances. William founded The Abbey of the Blessed Mary of Keynsham sometime between 1167 and 1172 in memory of Robert, who died in 1166 and was reinterred there.

In 1173 the earl took the King's part against his sons, but thereafter he appears to have fallen under suspicion, for the following year he submitted to the King, and in 1175 surrendered to him Bristol Castle. Because his only son and heir Robert died in 1166, Earl William made John, the younger son of King Henry II, heir to his earldom, in conformity with the King's promise that John should marry one of the Earl's daughters, if the Church would allow it, they being related in the third degree.

Earl William was present in March 1177 when the King arbitrated between the Kings of Castile and Navarre, and in 1178, he witnessed Henry's charter to Waltham Abbey. But during the King's struggles with his sons, when he imprisoned a number of magnates of whose loyalty he was doubtful, Earl William was among them.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 85800604
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