William de Montagu, 2nd Baron Montagu
d.18 Oct 1319 Gascony, France
m. ABT 1292
Facts and Events
He was the son of Simon de Montacute, 1st Baron Montacute in 1299 (1250–1316/1317) and either Simon's first wife Hawise, or his second wife, Isabella. The Montagu family was a West Country family with roots going back to the Conquest, who held extensive lands in Somerset, Dorset and Devon.
Montacute distinguished himself in the Scottish Wars of Edward I, and served as steward of the household of Edward II. Certain members of the nobility, including Thomas of Lancaster, viewed Montacute with suspicion, as a member of a court party with undue influence on the king. For this reason he was sent to Aquitaine, to serve as seneschal. Here he died in October 1319. He married Lady Elizabeth de Montfort (b. 1271) and was succeeded by his son William, who was closely associated with Edward III, and was created Earl of Salisbury.