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  • ID: I5424
  • Name: Edmund Fitzalan 9th Earl of Arundel
  • Surname: Fitzalan
  • Given Name: Edmund
  • Suffix: 9th Earl of Arundel
  • Nickname: Sir
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1 May 1285 in Castle Marborough, Sussex, England
  • Death: 17 Nov 1326 in Herefordshire, England of Beheaded.
  • Burial: Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire, England
  • _UID: 5ACEEA948A615D429930291B54A8719741EF
  • Note:
    Title & estate of John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey (d. 1347) passed to him.
    Baron of Oswestry, Salop, Baron of Clun, Salop.
    Knighted 22 May 1306, Member of Parliament, 1306.
    Edmund FitzAlan, Earl of Arundel (1285-1326), son of Richard I Fitzalan, earl of Arundel, and his Italian wife Alisona, was born on 1 May 1285. In 1302 he succeeded to his father's titles and estates. On Whitsunday (22 May) 1306 he was knighted by Edward I, on the occasion of the knighting of Edward the king's son and many others, and was at the same time married to Alice, sister and ultimately heiress of John, earl Warenne. He then served in the campaign against the Scots, and was still in the north when Edward I died. At Edward II's coronation he was a bearer of the royal robes. On 2 Dec 1307 he was beated at the Wallingford tournament by Gaveston, and straightway became a mortal enemy of the favourite. In 1309 he joined Lancaster in refusing to attend a council at Yor on 18 Oct, and in 1310 was appointed one of the lords ordainers. In 1312 he was one of the five earls who formed a league against Gaveston, and he warmly approved of the capture of the favourite at Scarborough. Even after Gaveston's murder Arundel adhered to the confederate barons and was with Lancaster one of the last to be reconciled to the king. In 1314 he was one of the earls who refused to accompany Edward to the relief of Stirling, and thus caused the disaster of Bannockburn. In 1316 he was appointed captain-general of the country north of the Trent, and in 1318, after being one of the mediators of a fresh pacification, was made a member of the permanent council then established to watch the king. In 1319 he served against the Scots.

    The Despensers now ruled Edward, and the marriage of Arundel's eldest son to the daughter of the younger Hugh was either the cause or the result of an entire change in his political attitude. He consented indeed to their banshiment in 1321, but afterwards pleaded the coercion of the magnates. When Edward's subsequent attempt to restore them began, Arundel still seemed to waver in his allegiance. Finally in October 1321 he joined Edward at the seige of Leeds Castle, and henceforth supported consistently the royal cause. In 1322 he persmacded the Mortimers to surrender to the king at Shrewsbury, acted as one of the judges of Thomas of Lancaster at Pontefract, and received large grants from the forfeited estates of Badlesmere and the Mortimers. The great office of justice of Cymru was transferred from Mortimer to him, and in that capacity he received the writs directing the attendance of Welsh members to the parliament at York. His importance in Cymru had been also largely increased by his acquisitions of Kerry, Chirk, and Cydewain. In 1325 he also became warden of the Welsh marches, and in 1326 he still was justice of Cymru. In 1326 he and his brother-in-law Earl Warenne were the only earls who adhered to the king after the invasion of Mortimer and Isabella. He was appointed in May chief captain of the army to be raised in Cymru and the west; but he does not seem to have been able to make effectmacl head against the enemy even in his own district. He was captured in Shropshire by JOhn Charlton, first lord Charlton of Powys, and led to the queen at Herefore, where on 17 Nov he was executed without more than the form of a trial, to gratify the rancorous hostility of Mortimer to a rival border chieftain. His estates were forfeited, and the London mob plundered his treasures.

    By his wife Alice, sister of John, earl Warenne, Arundel had a fairly numerous family. His eldest son, Richard II Fitzalan, ultimately succeeded to his title and estates. He had one other son, Edmund, who seems to have embraced the ecclesiastical profession, and to have afterwards abandoned it. Of his daughters, Aleyne married Roger L'Estrange, and was still alive in 1375, and Alice became the wife of John Bohun, earl of Hereford. A third daughter Jane, is said to have been married to Lord Lisle. [Dictionary of National Biography VII:87-88]
    Edmund Fitz Alan, 9th/2nd Earl of Arundel; born 1 May 1285; knighted 1306, Capt General north of Trent 1316, having origianally opposed Edward II and his favourite Piers Gaveston changed sides and was on of only a handful of magnates who stayed loyal to Edward; Chief Justiciar of North and South Cymru 1323, Warden of Welsh Marches 1325; married 1305 Alice, sister and in her issue eventual heir of John de Warenne, 8th Earl of Surrey of the 1088 creation, and was summarily beheaded at Hereford 17 Nov 1326, after being taken prisoner by adherents of Queen Isabella (wife but opponent of Edward II), following which he was posthumously stripped of his lands and titles.
    [Burke's Peerage]
    Edmund Fitz-Alan, 8th Earl of Arundel. We find this nobleman, from the 34th Edward I [1306], to the 4th of the ensuing reign [1311], constantly engaged in the wars of Scotland; but he was afterwards involved in the treason of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, yet not greatly to his prejudice, for, in the 10th Edward II [1317], his lordship was constituted lieutenant and captain-general to the king, from the Trent northwards, as far as Roxborough, in Scotland, and for several years subsequently, he continued one of the commanders of the English army in Scotland, in which service he so distinguished himself, that he obtained a grant from the crown of the confiscated property of Lord Badlesmere, in the city of London and county of Salop, as well as the escheated lands of John, Lord Mowbray, in the Isle of Axholme, and several manors and castles, part of the possessions (also forfeited) of Roger, Lord Mortimer, of Wigmore. But those royal grants led, eventually, to the earl's ruin, for, after the fall of the unhappy Edward into the hands of his enemies, Lord Arundel, who was implacably hated by the queen and Mortimer, suffered death by decapitation at Hereford, in 1326. His lordship m. 1305, the Lady Alice Plantagenet, sister and sole heir of John, last Earl of Warren and Surrey of that family, by whom he had issue, Richard, his successor; Edmund (Sir), m. Sibil, dau. of William Montacute, Earl of Salisbury, and had one dau., Alice, m. to Leonard, Lord Carew; Alice, m. to John de Bohun, Earl of Hereford; Jane, m. to Warine Gerrard, Lord L'Isle; and Alaive, m. to Sir Roger le Strange. His lordship was s. by his eldest son, Richard Fitz-Alan.
    [Bernard Burke, Dormant and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd, London, 1883, p. 200, Fitz-Alan, Earls of Arundel]
    EDMUND FITZ ALAN, Earl of Arundel, son and heir, born 1 May 1285, in the Castle of Marlborough. His wardship was obtained by John, Earl of Surrey and Sussex, whose granddaughter he married. He was knighted, with Edward, the King's son, and many others, 22 May 1306. On 9 November 1306 he was summoned to Parliament as Earl of Arundel, and took part in the Scottish wars of that year. On 25 February 1307/8 he officiated as Pincerna at the coronation of Edward II. In 1316 he was Captain General north of the Trent. For a long time he was in opposition to the King, and was violent against Piers Gaveston, who had beaten him in a tournament. However in 1321 he changed sides, and married his first son to a daughter of Hugh le Despenser, being thereafter one of the few nobles who adhered to the King. In 1323 he was Chief Justiciar of North and South Cymru. Warden of the Welsh Marches 1325. Having been captured in Shropshire by the Queen's party, he was, without trial, beheaded at Hereford, 17 November 1326 in his 42nd year. He was subsequently attainted, when his estates and honours became forfeited. His widow [who, in her issue was, in 1347, sole heir of her brother John, Earl of Surrey and Sussex, and consequently of the great family of Warenne] was living 1330, but died before 23 May 1338.
    [Complete Peerage I:241-2]
  • Change Date: 27 May 2010 at 01:00:00

    Father: Richard Fitzalan de Arundel 8th Earl of Arundel b: 3 Feb 1267 in Arundel, Sussex
    Mother: Alisona Alice de Saluzzo b: 1271 in Saluzzo-Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy

    Marriage 1 Alice de Warenne b: 1277 in Warren, Sussex, England
    • Married: 1305 2
    1. Has No Children Katherine Fitzalan b: 1299 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    2. Has No Children Edmund II Fitzalan b: 1301 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    3. Has No Children Alice Fitzalan b: 1305 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    4. Has No Children Jane Fitzalan b: 1307 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    5. Has Children Aleyne Fitzalan b: 1309 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    6. Has No Children John Fitzalan b: 1311 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    7. Has Children Richard Copped Hat FitzAlan 10th Earl of Arundell b: ABT 1313 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    8. Has No Children Edward Fitzalan b: 1313 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    9. Has Children Elizabeth Fitzalan b: 1315 in Arundel, Sussex, England
    10. Has Children Isabel FitzAlan b: in Corfham, Shropshire, England

    1. Title: Le Strange Records, A chronicle of the early Le Stranges of Norfolk and the Marches of Wales
      Author: Hamon Le Strange
      Publication: London: Longmans, Green, 1916
    2. Title: Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists, 2nd Edition
      Author: David Faris
      Publication: 1999
      Page: 1st ed, pp 54-57 "Cergeaux"
      Text: no date/place
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