Lord of the Isle of Wight

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The Lord of the Isle of Wight is a title that began when William the Conqueror granted the Isle of Wight to William Fitz Osbern. It was a hereditary title.

The last Lord of the Island of Wight was actually not a lord but a lady. Countess Isabella de Fortibus acquired the lordship when her brother died in 1262. The countess had been widowed in 1261 and became the wealthiest female in the British Islands who was not a member of a royal family. Isabella dwelt in Carisbrooke Castle. She exercised her rights and privileges as feudal overlord of the Isle of Wight. In 1293, lying on her death bed, the countess sold the Island to Edward I for 6,000 marks.

The Lordship thereafter became a royal appointment. The last Lord of the Isle of Wight was Edward Woodville, Lord Scales (d. 1488).

Lords of the Isle of Wight, 1st creation (1066)[edit]

Lords of the Isle of Wight, 2nd creation (1101)[edit]

Appointed Lords and Ladies of the Isle of Wight (1293-1444)[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

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