Philip d'Aubigny was one of 16 Illustrious Men, counselors to King John, who were listed in the preamble to Magna Carta.
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Philip was the son of Elias D'Aubigny and Hawise. His birth date is uncertain, but he was in the service of Robert de Breteuil, Earl of Leicester, by the late 1190s (in 1200 Robert de Breteuil helped facilitate his marriage) and this may point to a birth date in the 1170s or slightly earlier.
Philip stayed loyal to King John after the loss of Normandy. In 1207 he was Constable of Ludlow Castle. From 1207 to 1219 (when the office passed to a nephew) he was Keeper of the Channel Islands. In 1213 he was a Marshal for a proposed military expedition to France.
By 1215 he held some lands which his father had held in Lincolnshire.
His adherence to King John continued during baronial wars. He was one of the king's witnesses to the Magna Carta of 1215, and was given the office of Constable of Bristol that year. He was also rewarded with lands at Chewton, Somerset and lands held by a rebel baron, Maurice de Gant.
Two years later, at the start of the reign of Henry III, he was a royalist commander against rebel barons. He was made Keeper of the Honour of Leicester and Constable of Devizes. He was also appointed tutor to the young king, and was given grants of further estates over the following years. In 1219 he became Keeper of the Forests of Chippenham and Melksham.
In 1221 he briefly joined the final stages of the Fifth Crusade, returning to England the following year. During the years that followed he went on various embassies to France and Brittany, and also took part in some military operations in France. After his return he was granted South Petherton, Somerset. In 1224 he was given custody of the English lands of his nephew Philip d'Aubigny of Brittany. In 1227 he was made Sheriff of Berkshire and Constable of the Honour of Wallingford.
His crusading ambitions were not over. In 1235, having pledged some of his lands to his nephew Ralph d’Aubigny, he went to the Holy Land, where he died in 1236. He was buried at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. He left no legitimate heirs, and most of his estates passed to his nephew Ralph.
On 30 September 1233 his nephew William de Albiniaco was presented to the church of Gaiton, Lincolnshire.
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