William III de Cantilupe

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Arms of William III de Cantilupe: Gules, 3 fleurs-de-lys or ("Cantilupe Ancient"). These arms are blazoned in Glover's roll of arms.[1] The Cantilupe arms changed in the late 13th century to jessant-de-lys

William III de Cantilupe (died 25 September 1254) (anciently Cantelow, Cantelou, Canteloupe, etc, Latinised to de Cantilupo) [2] was lord of Abergavenny in right of his wife, Eva de Braose, of the de Braose dynasty of Welsh Marcher Lords, who inherited the tenancy.

His chief residences were at Calne in Wiltshire and Aston Cantlow in Warwickshire before inheriting the Abergavenny estates. His brother Thomas de Cantilupe became Chancellor of England and Bishop of Hereford.


He was the son of William II de Cantilupe and Millicent de Gournay and grandson of William I de Cantilupe. He married Eva de Braose, daughter of William de Braose and his wife, Eva Marshal daughter of the famous William Marshall, 1st Earl of Pembroke, before 15 February 1248. They had at least three children:

  1. Milicent de Cantilupe (d.1299[3]), married (1) Eudo la Zouche: (2) John de Montalt[4][3]
  2. Joan de Cantilupe (d 1271) married Henry de Hastings (1235?-1269). [5]
  3. George de Cantilupe (died 1273).


He died "in the flower of his youth"[6] in 1254. Simon de Montfort, a close friend of the family, was one of the chief mourners at William's funeral.[7]


  1. ^ Glover's Roll, part 1, B27, William de Canteloupe
  2. ^ The spelling used by modern historians is "de Cantilupe", which is followed in this article
  3. ^ a b Cal Inq PMs III 1912.
  4. ^ Stacey 2004
  5. ^ Kingsford 2004
  6. ^ Cleveland 1889, p. 239
  7. ^ Stacey 2004


Further reading[edit]

  • Sir Bernard Burke C.B., LL.D., Ulster King of Arms (compiler). (1996). A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire. Baltimore:: Genealogical Publishing Co, pg. 101.
  • Frederick Lewis Weis (with additions and corrections by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. and assisted by David Faris). (1992). Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, Line 66.29. Lines: 39-29, 39A-29, 93A-28, 232A-32