William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick
Be21-1 William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick (1298) was an English
nobleman and soldier, described as a “vigorous and innovative military
commander”. He was active in the field against the Welsh for many years,
and at the end of his life campaigned against the Scots.
He was a close friend of Edward I of England, and was an important leader
in Edward's invasion of Wales
in 1277. In 1294 he raised the siege of Conwy
Castle, where the King had been penned in,
crossing the estuary.
He was victorious on March 5, 1295 at the battle
of Maes Madog, against Madog
In a night attack on the Welsh infantry, he used cavalry to drive them
into compact formations, which were then shot up by his archers, and charged.
His father was William de Beauchamp (Be23) of Elmley, his mother Isabel
Mauduit, sister and heiress of William
Mauduit, 8th Earl of Warwick andAlice de Newberg.
He married Maud FitzGeoffrey, daughter of Sir John FitzGeoffrey, Lord
Kirtling, Baron Berkhamstead, and Isabella le Bigod. Their children included:
Isabella de Beauchamp,
married 1st Lovet, 2nd Patrick Chaworth, 3rd Hugh Despenser
Guy de Beauchamp, who married Alice
de Toeni, widow of Thomas de Leyburne
Sarah de Beauchamp
F. Tout, The History of England From the Accession of Henry III.
to the Death of Edward III (1216-1377) , online.
R. R. Davies, The Age of Conquest: Wales 1063-1415 (1991), p. 383.
Powicke, p. 442-3.