Person:Eustace III of Boulogne (1)

Eustace III of Boulogne
d.1125 or after
Facts and Events
Name Eustace III of Boulogne
Alt Name Eustache , Count de Boulogne III
Alt Name Conde Eustache Boulogne, III
Gender Male
Alt Birth? 1059 Boulogne, Picardie, France
Birth? abt 1070/1080 Of, Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France
Alt Birth? ABT 1080
Marriage 1102 to Mary , of Scotland
Death[2] 1125 or after
Ancestral File Number 8XJK4V


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Eustace III, was a count of Boulogne, successor to his father Count Eustace II of Boulogne. His mother was Ida of Lorraine.

His father Eustace II appeared at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 as an ally of William the Conqueror, and is listed as a possible killer of Harold II; he is also believed to have given William his own horse after the duke's was killed under him by Gyrth, brother of Harold.

Eustace III succeeded as Count of Boulogne in 1087.

In 1088, Eustace supported the rebellion against William II of England in favour of Robert Curthose.

He went on the First Crusade in 1096 with his brothers Godfrey of Bouillon (duke of Lower Lotharingia) and Baldwin of Boulogne. He soon returned to Europe to administer his domains. He married Mary of Scotland, daughter of King Malcolm III of Scotland, and Saint Margaret of Scotland. Eustace and Mary had one daughter, Matilda of Boulogne.

When his youngest brother king Baldwin I of Jerusalem died in 1118, the elderly Eustace was offered the throne. Eustace was at first uninterested, but was convinced to accept it; he travelled all the way to Apulia before learning that a distant relative, Baldwin of Bourcq, had been crowned in the meantime. Eustace returned to Boulogne and died about 1125.

On his death the county of Boulogne was inherited by his daughter, Matilda, and her husband Stephen de Blois, count of Mortain, afterwards king of England, and at the death of Matilda in 1152 it was inherited by their son, Eustace IV of Boulogne, later their second son William and ultimately by their daughter Marie of Boulogne, since both sons died without children.

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References
  1.   Eustace III of Boulogne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. Scottish Kings, Scot. 28, p. 32.
  3.   Scots Peerage, Scot 2b, v. 1, p. 2.
  4.   Burke's Peerage, Eng. P, 1949, pref. p. 252, 286.
  5.   Anderson's Royal Gen., Eng. 132, p. 388, 757.
  6.   EUSTACHE (III) de Boulogne, in Cawley, Charles. Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families.