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  • ID: I03109
  • Name: William de FERRERS , 4th Earl of Derby 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: 04th Earl of /Derby/, William de Ferrieres
  • Name: William de FERRIERES , 4th Earl of Derby 2
  • Birth: BEF 1170 in Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England 3
  • Death: 22 SEP 1247 in Duffield, Belper, Derbyshire, England 1 2
  • Note:
    EARLDOM OF DERBY (IV) 1190

    WILLIAM (DE FERRIERES), EARL OF DERBY, or EARL OF FIERRIERES, son and heir. He had livery of his lands In 1190-91. Sheriff of Notts and Derby, for 7 weeks, February-March 1194. About that time, before the King's return to England, he supported the justiciar against John, Count of Mortain, and, with the Earl of Chester, besieged Nottingham Castle. Shortly afterwards he took part at Richard's second Coronation, 17 April, being one of the four Earls who bore the canopy. After the King's death, he was at the Council of Northampton, which declared for John as Richard's successor: he was present at the Coronation, 27 May 1199. On 7 June 1199, the King restored and confirmed to him the third penny of all the pleas pleaded per vicecomitem de Dereby, unde ipse Comes est, as amply as any of his predecessors had had the same, to hold, to him and his heirs for ever, and with his own hand girded him with the sword as an Earl. On the same day the King gave him Higham with the hundred and a half, and the park of that town, and Newbottle and Blisworth, as his right and inheritance which descended to him as right heir of the land which was of William Peverel, to hold, to him and his heirs for ever, by the service of a knlght's fee. And the Earl quit-claimed the residue of the land which was of William Peverel to the King, and paid 2,000 marks for his charter. He was present at the Coronation of Henry III, 28 October 1216. On 30 October the King granted him the castles of Peak and Bolsover, co. Derby, with the homages, and on 16 January 1216/7 the manor of Melbourne in that co., to hold till the King was 14 years of age. He assisted the Regent to raise the siege of Lincoln Castle, 20 May 1217, and with his brother-in-law, the Earl of Chester, commanded the royal forces which took and razed the castle of Montsorel. In June 1218 he went on Crusade. He was warned, 26 June 1222, to surrender the castles of Peak and Bolsover before Michaelmas. Sheriff of co. Lancaster and Keeper of the honour of Lancaster, 30 December 1223 to 2 January 1227/8. He accompanied the King In the expedition to Brittany and Poitou, April to October 1230. On 19 January 1230/1 he was given the custody of all the lands of the Normans in England which were of his fee. He was at the Council of London, February 1231/2. He was summoned for Military Service against the Scots 15 May 1244, by writ directed W. de Ferar'comiti Derebi. Had licence to make his will, 29 April 1247.

    He married in 1192 Agnes [?Alice], sister and coheir of Randolf, EARL OF CHESTER AND LINCOLN, and 3rd daughter of Hugh, EARL OF CHESTER, by Bertrade, daughter of Simon DE MONTFORT, COUNT OF EVREUX. On 22 November 1232 they had livery of her purparty of her brother's lands, viz. of the castle and manor of Chartley, co. Stafford, the castle and vill of West Derby, co. Lancaster, with all the lands which Earl Randolf had held between Ribble and Mersey, the vills of Bugbrooke, Northants, and Navenby, co. Lincoln. On 12 September 1233 they had assignment of the knights' fees, late of the said Earl, which had been apportioned to them. He died 22 September 1247, having been long afflicted with the gout. His widow, the King having taken her homage, had livery, 12 October 1247, of her inheritance in Cos. Lancaster, Lincoln, and Stafford, including the castle of Chartley. She died 2 November 1247. [Complete Peerage IV:194-6, XIV:250, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

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    This nobleman, upon the return of King Richard from captivity, took arms in his behalf and, joining the Earl of Chester, besieged Nottingham Castle, which, after a brief resistance, surrendered. For this and other acts of fidelity, he was chosen by the king to sit with the rest of the peers in the great council held at the said castle in Nottingham in the ensuing March. Moreover, at Richard's second coronation he was one of the four that carried the canopy over the king's head. Upon the accession of King John, his lordship, with the Earls of Clare and Chester, and other great men, swore fealty to the new monarch but upon the condition that each person should have his right. His lordship was present at the coronation of King John and 7 June following, being solemnly created Earl of Derby by special charter dated at Northampton, he was girt with a sword by the king's own hands (being the first of whom in any charter that expression was used). He had also a grant of the third penny of all the pleas before the sheriff throughout the whole country whereof he was earl, to hold to him and his heirs as amply as any of his ancestors had enjoyed the same. Moreover, in consideration of 4,000 marks, he obtained another charter from the king of the manor of Higham-Ferrers, co. Northampton, with the hundred and park; as also of the manors of Bliseworth and Newbottle, in the same shire; which were part of the lands of his great grandfather, William Peverel of Nottingham. King John also conferred upon him a mansion-house situated in the parish of St. Margaret within the city of London, which had belonged to Isaac, a Jew, at Norwich, to hold by the service of waiting upon the king (the earl and his heirs), at all festivals yearly without any cap, but with a garland of the breadth of his little finger upon his head. These liberal marks of royal favour were felt so gratefully by the earl that in all the subsequent struggles between the king and the refractory barons, his lordship never once swerved from his allegiance, but remained true to the monarch; and loyalty to the interests of his son, King henry III. His lordship assisted at the coronation of the new monarch and immediately after the ensuing Easter, he took part with the famous William Marshall (governor of the king and kingdom), the Earls of Chester and Albemarle, and many other great men in the siege of Mountsorell Castle in Leicestershire, then held by Henry de Braybroke and ten other stout knights. And the same year was likewise with those noble persons at raising the siege of Lincoln, which place the rebellious barons with Lewis, King of France, had invested. His lordship m. Agnes, sister and one of the co-heirs of Ranulph, Earl of Chester, by whom he had two sons, William and Thomas. He died of the gout in 1246 and his countess d. in the same year after a union, according to some authorities, of seventy-five, and by others, of fifty-five years. His lordship was s. by his elder son, William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, 1883, p. 196, Ferrers, Earls of Derby]

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    There is substantial confusion over his name. See The Complete Peerage Vol. 4, p 193 for an account. Personally, I feel there could have been two brothers, William and Robert, Robert being the Earl and when he died at Acre his nephew William son of his brother William succeeded, but no documents support this theory either! In The Complete Peerage vol. XIV ,p .250 it is suggested that Robert is a fabrication by Vincent, Earl of Ferrieres. [Brian Tompsett, Directory of Royal Genealogical Data]




    Father: William de FERRERS , 3rd Earl of Derby b: ABT 1140 in Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
    Mother: Sybil de BRAOSE b: ABT 1150 in Bramber, Sussex, England

    Marriage 1 Agnes of CHESTER , Lady of Chartley b: ABT 1174 in Chester, Cheshire, England
    • Married: 2 NOV 1192 4 5
    Children
    1. Has Children William de FERRERS , 5th Earl of Derby b: ABT 1193 in Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
    2. Has Children Bertha de FERRERS b: ABT 1203 in Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
    3. Has Children Sibyl de FERRERS b: 25 JUL 1216 in Tutbury, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

    Sources:
    1. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
      Page: 194-7
    2. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: IV:194-6
    3. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: IV:194-6
      Text: had livery of his land in 1190/91 (of age)
    4. Title: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists, 7th Edition, by Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Shippard Jr., 1999
      Page: 127-29
      Text: 1192
    5. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: IV:194-6
      Text: 1192
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