John de Warenne, 7th Earl of Surrey

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John de Warenne (30 June 1286 – June 1347), 7th Earl of Surrey or Warenne, was the last Warenne earl of Surrey.


He was the son of William de Warenne, the only son of John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey. His mother was Joan, daughter of Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford. Warenne was only six months old when his father died, and was 8 years old when his mother died. He succeeded his grandfather as earl when he was 18.[1] He was knighted along with the Prince of Wales, the future Edward II, in 1306. From that time onwards he was much engaged in the Scottish wars.[2]

He was one of the great nobles offended by the rise of Edward II's favorite Piers Gaveston, and helped secure Gaveston's 1308 banishment. The two were somewhat reconciled after Gaveston's return the next year, but in 1312 Warenne was one of the nobles who captured Gaveston. He was however unhappy about Gaveston's execution at the behest of the earl of Warwick, which pushed him back into the king's camp.[1]

The baronial opposition was led by the king's cousin Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and he and Warenne became bitter enemies. Private war erupted between the two, and over the next few years Warenne lost a good part of his estates to Lancaster.[1]

Warenne was one of the four earls who captured the two Roger Mortimers, the uncle and the nephew, and in 1322 he was one of the nobles who condemned to death the earl of Lancaster.[1]

Warenne and his brother-in-law Edmund Fitzalan, 9th Earl of Arundel, were the last two earls to remain loyal to Edward II after the rise to power of Queen Isabella and Roger Mortimer. After Arundel's execution he went over to the queen's side, urging Edward II's abdication in 1327.[1]

He was the guardian of his cousin Edward Balliol, and after Balliol lay claim to the Scottish throne, accompanied him on his campaign in Lothian. Balliol created Warenne earl of Strathern, but this was in name only for the properties of the earldom were held by the Scots.[1]

Warenne died in 1347 and is buried at the monastery of Lewes. He was succeeded as earl by his nephew Richard Fitzalan, who was also earl of Arundel.[1]


On 25 May 1306 Warenne married Joan of Bar, daughter of count Henry III of Bar and Eleanor of England, eldest daughter of king Edward I of England. The two were soon estranged and lived apart, and had no children, though the marriage was never dissolved.[1]

Warenne instead had a long partnership/relationship with Matilda de Nerford, with whom he had several illegitimate children, and later with Isabella Holland, sister of Thomas Holland, later earl of Kent.[1]

Warenne was a paternal ancestor of Richard Warren, who was a Mayflower passenger. Warren was the 12th signer of the Mayflower Compact. Through Richard, Warenne is ancestor to Ulysses S. Grant Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Sarah Palin, Sir Charles Tupper, Joseph Warren, John Warren, Taylor Swift, Orson Welles, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Henry David Thoreau, R.A. Torrey, Robert P. Shuler, Alan Shepard, Richard Gere, Glenn Ford, Gary A. Kowalski, Sue DiCicco, L.L. Bean, John Posey (actor), Tyler Posey, Ernest Hemingway, Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, John Cena, Andrew Ketchum, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tout 1899.
  2. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Warenne, Earls". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 324.


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Peerage of England
Preceded by
John de Warenne
Earl of Surrey
(1st creation)
Succeeded by
Richard FitzAlan
  1. ^ Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem