William d'Aubigny, 3rd Earl of Arundel

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William d'Aubigny
3rd Earl of Arundel
PredecessorWilliam d'Aubigny
HeirWilliam d'Aubigny
Bornbefore 1180
Arundel, West Sussex, England
Died1 February 1221
BuriedWymondham Abbey
Spouse(s)Mabel of Chester
FatherWilliam d'Aubigny
MotherMatilda de St Hilary

William d'Aubigny, 3rd Earl of Arundel, also called William de Albini IV,[1] (before 1180 – 1 February 1221) was an English nobleman, a favourite of King John, and a participant in the Fifth Crusade.


William was son of William d'Aubigny, 2nd Earl of Arundel and Matilda de St Hilary, and grandson of Queen Adeliza of Leuven.

A royal favourite[edit]

William was a favourite of King John. He witnessed King John's concession of the kingdom to the Pope on 15 May 1213. On 14 June 1216 he joined Prince Louis (later Louis VIII of France) after King John abandoned Winchester. He returned to the allegiance of the King Henry III after the Royalist victory at Lincoln, on 14 July 1217.

Death returning from the Fifth Crusade[edit]

He joined in the Fifth Crusade (1217–1221), in 1218. He died on his journey home, in Caneill, Italy, near Rome, on 1 February 1221. News of his death reached England on 30 March 1221. He was brought home and buried at Wymondham Abbey.[2]

His title was inherited by his son William, the fourth Earl. The fourth earl died childless and in 1224 the title passed to his brother, Hugh.

Marriage and issue[edit]

After 1196 and before 1200 William married Mabel of Chester (born c. 1173), daughter of Hugh de Kevelioc, 5th Earl of Chester, and Bertrade de Montfort. They were the parents of the following children:


  1. ^ Brown, R. Allen (1988). Castle Rising Castle. London, UK: English Heritage. p. 15. ISBN 185074159X.
  2. ^ Harley MS 6700, London: British Library, Harley MS 6700
  3. ^ Weis, Frederick Lewis (2004). Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th Edition. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. p. 25. ISBN 978-0-8063-1752-6.

Secondary Sources[edit]

  • Lewis Weis, Frederick. Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700.
  • Remfry, P.M. Buckenham Castles, 1066 to 1649. ISBN 1-899376-28-3.
  • Cokayne, George .E.; Gibbs, Vicary; Doubleday, Harry.A.; White, Geoffrey H.; Warrand, Duncan; de Walden, Lord Howard (2000) [1910–1959]. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Vol. I (new ed., 13 volumes in 14 ed.). Gloucester: Alan Sutton Publishing.
Peerage of England
Preceded by Earl of Arundel
Succeeded by