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Monday, September 7, 2020

Earl William Fitz Patrick & Countess Eleanor de Vitre’

 39979678. Earl William Fitz Patrick & 39979679. Countess Eleanor de Vitre’

Aft. 1148, William born in England, s/o 79959356. Patrick of Salisbury & 79959357. Adela Talvas.

~1160, Eleanor born in Brittany, France, d/o §§Robert de Vitre & Emma de Dinan.

12/19/1154, Henry II crowned king of England.

3/27/1168, William’s father died holding 55+ knights’ fees. William d’Evereux became 2nd Earl of Salisbury.

1171-2, ‘Willelmus filius comitis Patricii lvi l xvi s, de novo xl s’ in Wiltshire. (S) FMG.

1173, Eleanor’s father died.

1173, William, earl of Salisbury, sided with King Henry II when his sons rebelled, led by King Henry the young.


~1175, Eleanor 1st to married William, s/o Fulk Paynell (d.1182) by her brother Andrew de Vitre. [Eleanor’s marriage portion a moiety of the manors of Ryes, Trungy and Ducy, with £20 sterling yearly out of the manor of Cooling.

1179 at Winchester, William, earl of Salisbury, witnessed the dissolution of the convent of Amesbury.

2/14/1181, at Ivry, France, William, earl of Salisbury witnessed a charter of the King to Wenlock priory.

3/1181 at Ivry, Girard de Canville witnessed an royal ratification which is also witnessed by William, son and heir of Patric, earl of Salisbury.

6/1184, William Paynell died. [They had a son born 1181, died 1185.]

Eleanor married 2nd Gilbert de Tillieres.

12/31/1187 in France, William, earl of Salisbury witnessed a royal charter to the Norman abbey of St. Stephen at Caen.

7/6/1189, Richard I succeeded Henry II as King of England.

1189, Gilbert de Tillieres died.

 [––William & Eleanor––]

1189-90, William married Eleanor.

1189-90, William, earl of Salisbury, sheriff of Wiltshire. (S) Lists and Indexes, I8, P152.

9/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England. William fitz Patrick, earl of Salisbury, carried a golden rod, having a dove on the top, followed by 3 other earls. (S) The Queens of England, Lancelott, 1858, P75.

11/26/1189 at Cantebury, Licence by King Richard to Rainald bishop of Bath … Witnesses: … William earl of Salisbury, … (S) Calendar of the Manuscripts of the Dean and Chapter of Wells, 1907, P14.

1190, King Richard departed on the 3rd Crusade, leaving his brother Prince John as “Governor of the Whole Realm”. [He would not return until 1194.]

1191-96, William, earl of Salisbury, sheriff of Wiltshire. (S) Lists and Indexes, I8, P152.

1/1192, King Philip of France offered Prince John all the Angevin lands in France if he would join him in his claims of other disputed territories in France.

2/1192, John’s mother Eleanor rallied the powerful barons to prevent John from joining with Philip.

1192, William a supporter of Prince John.

1/11/1193, Prince John at Cardiff received a letter from King Philip II of France informing him that Richard I was imprisoned near Vienna. Prince John immediately went to France and did homage for English lands in France.

2/16/1193, Letter from the Pope commanding Hugh, bishop of Lincoln, to impose excommunication against … William Marshall, Geoffrey fitz Peter, William Brewer, … [William] earl of Salisbury, … (S) English Episcopal Acta, Karn, 2006, P211.

2/4/1194, King Richard released in Mainz, Germany. Soon after he forgave his younger brother John as having bad advisors.

1195, Richard restored Prince John as Count of Mortain, and gave him Gloucester and Eye.

By 1196, ‘Willielmus comes Sarum’ donated property to Bradenstoke priory, for the souls of ‘Alianoræ de Viterio comitissæ meæ … Patricii patris mei et Elæ matris meæ et Patricii fratris mei’, witnessed by ‘Waltero filio meo.’ (S) FMG.

4/17/1196, William died.


5/27/1199, John crowned king of England.

Eleanor married 4th Gilbert de Malesmains. (S) FMG.

By 1208, Eleanor died.

(S) English Government in the 13th Century, Jobson, 2004, P119. (S) Feudal Assessments, Keefe, 1983. (S) Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878. (S) Magni Rotuli Scaccarii, Stapleton, 1844, P.xlvi.

Family notes:

·         William’s arms: Azure, six lions rampant, Or, 3, 2 and 1. (S) New Variorum of Shakespeare, 1919, P666.

·         Emma de Dinan d/o §§Baron Alan de Dinan, lord of Dinan & Becherel [Brittany], s/o §§Geoffrey de Dinan (d.1127).

Child of William and Eleanor:

i. Ela of Salisbury (19989839), born 1190 in England.

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