Count Stephen Henry BLOIS & CHARTRES
Countess Adela England BLOIS
(Abt 1056-1137)
Count Eustace BOULOGNE, III
Countess Mary Scotland BOULOGNE
(Abt 1084-1116)
King Stephen Blois ENGLAND
(Abt 1095-1154)
Queen Matilida Boulogne ENGLAND
Earl William England SURREY
(Abt 1135-Abt 1159)


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Earl William England SURREY

  • Born: Abt 1135
  • Married: 1153
  • Died: Abt 1159

   Other names for William were ENGLAND Prince, MORTAIN Earl, BOULOGNE Count, Guillaume and SURREY Earl.

   Ancestral File Number: PFTG-V6.

   General Notes:

Prince of ENGLAND, Count of BOULOGNE, Earl of MORTAIN, Earl of SURREY.

Kings and Queens of Great Britain, Genealogical Chart, Anne Taute and Romilly Squire, Taute, 1990: "William Count of Boulogne and Mortain Earl of Surrey, Mar Isabel Daughter of William De Warenne Earl of Surrey, Died 1159."

The Political History of England, Vol II, George Burton Adams Longmans Green and Co, 1905
p251: [1153] "...FromWallingford also, Eustace withdrew from his father, greatly angered by the truce which had been made, and went off to the east on an expedition of his own which looks much like a plundering raid. Rashly he laid waste the lands of St Edmund, who was well known to be a fierce protector of his own and to have no hesitation at striking even a royal robber. Punishment quickly followed the offence. Within a week Eustace was smitten with madness and died on August 17, a new and terrible warning of the fate of the sacrilegious. This death changed the whole outlook for the future. Stephen had no more interest in continuing the war than to protect himself. His wife had now been dead for more than a year. His next son, William, hadnever looked forward to the crown, and never been prominent in the struggle. He had lately been married to the heiress of the Earl of Surrey, and if he could be secured in the quiet and undisputed possession of this inheritance of the lands which his father had granted him, and of the still broader lands in Normandy and England which had belonged to Stephen before he seized the crown, then the advantage might very well seem to the king, near the close of his stormy life, greater thanany to be gained from the desperate struggle for the throne..."
p252: "...The treaty between the two which had no doubt preceded these ceremonies in the council contained other provisions. Stephen promised to regard Henry as a son- possibly he formally adopted him- and to rule England by his advice. Henry promised that William should enjoy undisturbed all the possessions which he had obtained with his wife or from his father, and all his father's private inheritance in Englandand Normandy. Allegiance and homage were paid by Henry to Stephen as king and by William to Henry..."
p266: "Returning to England in April, 1157, Henry took up again the work which had been interrupted by the demands of his brother Geoffrey. He was ready now to fly at higher game. Stephen's son William, whose great possessions in England and Normandy his father had tried so carefully to secure in the treaty which surrendered his rights to the crown, was compelled to give up his castles, and Hugh Bigod was no longer spared but was forced to do the same..."
p272: [1160] "At the close of the Toulouse campaign an incident of some interest occurred in the death of Stephen's son William and the ending of the male line of Stephen's succession. His Norman county of Mortain was at once taken in hand by Henry as an escheated fief, and was not filled again until it was given years afterwards to his youngest son..."

The Oxford Book of Royal Anecdotes, Elizabeth Longford, 1991, Oxford Univ Press, pxix: "Normans and Plantagenets Genealogy: William, died 1159."

The Lives of the Kings and Queens of England, Antonia Fraser, 1975, Alfred Knopf, p25: "William c1135-1159..."

Ancestral File Ver 4.13 PFTG-V6 Guillaume (William) Count of BOULOGNE [PRINCE OF ENGLAND].

   Marriage Information:

William married Isabel De WARENNE, daughter of Earl William De Warenne SURREY, III and Countess Adelia De Talvas SURREY, in 1153. (Isabel De WARENNE was born in 1137 in , Surrey, England, died on 13 Jul 1199 in Lewes, Sussex, England and was buried in Chapter House, Lewes, Sussex, England.)

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