Walter de Cantelou
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William de Cantelou Steward to the Household of King John
Mesceline de Braci

William de Cantelou King's Steward
(Abt 1185-1251)


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Millicent de Gournay

William de Cantelou King's Steward

  • Born: Abt 1185, Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire, England
  • Marriage: Millicent de Gournay
  • Died: 22 Feb 1251, Warwickshire, England about age 66 1009

bullet   Another name for William was William de Cantilupe.

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• Background Information. 185
William Cantilupe II was also the King's Steward, and one of the representatives of England at the Coucil of Lysons. He married Millicent, countess of Evereux, and besides a daughter, had two sons, William and Thomas with her. The elder obtained the great Honor of Abergavenny through his married to Eve de Braose, one of the daughters and representatives of the last Lord Brecknock of Abergavenny, and his wife Eve Marischal, the youngest of the five famous Pembroke heiresses.

~ The Battle Abbey Roll: with Some Account of the Norman Linages, Vol. I, p. 238-239

• Background Information. 1009
William de Cantelupe, second Baron Cantelupe, is mentioned by Wendover, with his father, William, the first baron, as one of John's "evil counselors." He was also with him at the relief of Lincoln, and took the same line in his siding with Ranulf Blundevil and his subsequent submission. In 1238, after the dismissal of Ralph Neville, he was one of those to whom the great seal was entrusted [Tewkesbury Annals, p. 110]. Though this was only a temporary appointment. He evidently continued high in the king's favor, as after his father's death he was appointed guardian of the kingdom during the king's absence in 1242. In 1244 was one of the messengers chosen by the king to induce the prelates to submit to his demands for a subsidy. In 1245 he was sent to Lyons to complain of the Roman exactions, and in company with his colleagues refused the papal demands of the best prebend from every cathedral church, and a church worth forty marks from every abbey and priory [Dunstable Annals, p. 167]. Like his father he held the office of seneschal, and Paris speaks especially of the king's affection for him. He died on 22 Feb. 1251.

William's widow, Millicent, had the charge of Margaret, queen of Scotland, on her marriage [Matt. Paris, v. 272]. She died in 1260 [Oseney Annals, 127].

[Sources Cited by the Author: Annales Monast. i. 110, 143. 159, 167, 181; Matt. Paris, ii. 533, iii. 18, 83, iv. 365, 420, v. 224, 225; Dugdale's Baronage.]

~ Rev. H. R. Luard, The Dictionary of National Biography, Vol. III, p. 906

William married Millicent de Gournay, daughter of Hugh de Gournay and Juliana de Dammartin. (Millicent de Gournay was born about 1185 in Leicestershire, England and died in 1260.)

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