Person:William le Gros, 1st Earl of Albemarle (1)

William le Gros , 1st Earl of Albemarle
 
d.20 Aug 1179
  1. William le Gros , 1st Earl of Albemarle
  1. Hawise de Le Gros
Facts and Events
Name William le Gros , 1st Earl of Albemarle
Gender Male
Military[1] 22 Aug 1138 Battle of the Standard
Death[2] 20 Aug 1179
Burial[1] Thornton Abbey, Thornton, Lincolnshire, England


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William le Gros (died 20 August 1179) was the Count of Aumale (Earl of Albemarle), Earl of York, and Lord of Holderness. He was the eldest son of Stephen, Count of Aumale, and his spouse, Hawise, daughter of Ralph de Mortimer of Wigmore.

William witnessed two charters of King Stephen in 1136, in which he is recorded as Willelmus de Albamarla, but is not placed among the earls.

He distinguished himself at the Battle of the Standard in 1138, and was made Earl of Yorkshire (apart from Richmondshire) as his reward. He was with Stephen in his defeat at Lincoln on 2 February 1141. He founded the Abbey of Meaux in 1150.

His Scarborough Castle was forfeited to King Henry II as a result of unauthorised construction during the Anarchy.

William married Cicely, Lady of Skipton, the daughter and co-heir of William Fitz-Duncan by his spouse Alice, Lady of Skipton, daughter of William Meschin, Lord of Copeland.

He was intombed within the Abbey of Thornton, Lincolnshire, which he had founded in 1139.

Dying without male issue, the Earl of York and Albemarle left a daughter and heiress, Hawise (died 11 March 1214), who succeeded her father in the County of Aumale and Lordship of Holderness. Hawise married thrice, firstly, on 14 January 1180, William de Mandeville, 3rd Earl of Essex, who thereby became Count of Aumale. He died without issue 14 January 1189, and she married secondly after 3 July 1190, the crusader William de Forz (d. 1195), who thereby became Count of Aumale, by whom she had her heir and successor.

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References
  1. 1.0 1.1 William le Gros, 1st Earl of Albemarle, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).
  2. William 'le Gros', Count of Aumale, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  3.   Cokayne, George Edward, and Vicary Gibbs; et al. The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant [2nd ed.]. (London: St. Catherine Press, 1910-59), Volume 1 page 353.