William de Redvers, 5th Earl of Devon

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Arms of the de Redvers, adopted at the start of the age of heraldry (c. 1200-1215), probably by William de Redvers, 5th Earl of Devon (died 1217): Or, a lion rampant azure

William de Reviers, or de Redvers, 5th Earl of Devon[1] (died 10 September 1217), feudal baron of Plympton in Devon,[2] was the son of Baldwin de Redvers, 1st Earl of Devon and Adelise Baluun. William de Redvers is also known as William de Vernon, because he was brought up at Vernon Castle, in Normandy, the seat of his grandfather.


De Redvers took part in Richard the Lionheart's second coronation, in 1194, when the Canopy was supported by four Earls; he consistently supported King John. Nevertheless, at the end of John's life, in 1216 the King permitted Falkes de Breauté, one of his mercenary captains, to seize the Earl's widowed daughter-in-law, force a marriage, and take her dowry. These events are featured in Alfred Duggan's novel, Leopards and Lilies (1954).

On his death his title passed to his grandson, Baldwin de Redvers, 6th Earl of Devon, his only son, Baldwin de Redvers, having predeceased him.

Family and children[edit]

He was married to Mabile de Beaumont, daughter of Robert de Beaumont, Count of Meulan and granddaughter (on her mother's side) of Reginald, Earl of Cornwall and had children:


  1. ^ Cokayne 1916, pp. 315–17.
  2. ^ Sanders, I.J. (1960). "Barony of Plympton". English Baronies: A Study of their Origin and Descent 1086–1327. Oxford. pp. 137–8. 


  • Cokayne, George Edward (1916). Doubleday, H.A., ed. The Complete Peerage. 4. London: St. Catherine Press. 

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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Richard de Redvers
Earl of Devon
Succeeded by
Baldwin de Redvers