William de Braose Lord Brecknock, Baron of Braiose
- Born: Abt 1144, Bramber, Sussex, England
- Marriage: Maud de St. Valéry Lady of la Haie 141
- Died: 1212, Corbeil, France about age 68 141,737
- Buried: 1212, Abbey of St. Victor, Parish, France 141,737
Weis' Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, 8th Edition, 63A:28, 70:29, 98:28, 177:6, gives his death as 1211.160
~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition,(Abergavenny), Vol. I, p. 22, Lord of Brioze, Bramber, Brecon, Over Gwent, and other places, m. Maud de St. Valery, "Lady of La Haie." due to conflict with King John, his lands were forfeited in 1208, ahd his wife and eldest son starved to death in the dungeons of Corfe of Windsor in 1210. 141
Cokayne's Complete Peerage shows William as the older brother of Reynold, and the dates Cokayne provides would make that the only possible placement. Both Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronatage and Weis' Ancestral Roots show him as the son of William, rather than a brother. Medieval Lands, Untitled English Nobity by Charles Cawley on Foundations for Medieval Genealogy agree with Cokaney and shows Reynold as the younger brother of William. 141,160,737
Noted events in his life were:
• Background Information: From the Barons de Broase Web Site. 171
William was stripped of his office of bailiff of Glamorgan by King John. He was deprived of his lands in Ireland by King John. He joined the Welsh Prince Llewely in rebellion, then fled to France in 1210. As a consequence of his well-known quarrel with King John, his lands were forfeited in 1208 and his wife, Maud, and first son starved to death in the dungeons of Corfe or Windsor in 1210.
• Background Information. 737
William de Braose inherited the large estates of his grandmother. William became a person of great power and influence during the reign of Henry II and Richard I. From Henry II, William received a grant of the "whole kingdom of Limeric, in Ireland," for the service of sixty knight's fees, to be held of the king and his younger son John. For several years after this he seems to have enjoyed the favor of King John, and his power and possessions grew larger by grants from the crown.
In 10 John, the King began to take the sons of barons hostage, and, as the story goes, William de Braose's wife, Maud, refused to give any of her children because King John had killed his own nephew, Prince Arthur. William aplogized to the king for any offense given by his wife, yet he fled to Ireland with his family. King John disinherited and banished him for his cruelty to the Welsh, in his war with Gwenwynwyn. William, his wife 6, and his son and heir died in Corfe castle. Another version of the story has the noble lady Maud, wife of William de Braose, with their son & heir, William, being miserably famished at Winsore, by the command of King John, and her husband William escaping by dressing as a beggar, and made his way to Paris where he died son after and was buried in the abbey of St. Victor.
The children of William de Broase and his wife, Maud de St. Walerie were:
William, who perished by starvation with his mother at Windsor. He married Maud, daughter of the Earl of Clare, with whom he had the town of Buckingham, in frank mariage and left a son, John, surnamed Tudody.
Giles, bishop of Hereford
Reginald, who succeeded his brother, the bishop, in representation of the family.
Sir John, who is stated to have had from his father the manor of Knylle, or Knill, in the marches of Wales, and adopted the surname of Knill.
Joan, married to Richard, Lord Percy
Loretta, married to Robert Fitz Parnell, Earl of Leicester
Margaret, married to Walter de Lacy
Maud, married to Griffith, Prince of South Wales, who only daughter and heiress Gwellian married Gilbert de Talbot, ancestor of the Earls of Shrewbury, and Owen ap Griffith, Prince of South Wales, ancestor of the dynasty of South Wales.
~Burke's A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages, p. 72
William married Maud de St. Valéry Lady of la Haie, daughter of Bernard de St. Valéry and Unknown.141 (Maud de St. Valéry Lady of la Haie was born about 1155 in Bramber, Sussex, England and died in 1210 in Bramber, Sussex, England.)