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Eleanor (Braose) de Bohun (abt. 1224 - 1251)

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Eleanor "Alyanor" de Bohun formerly Braose aka de Braose, de Briouze, de Brewes
Born about in Brecknock, Breconshire, Walesmap
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Died in Gloucestershire, Englandmap
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Categories: Brecknockshire, Wales.


She was the second daughter and coheiress of William de Braose; her inheritance included 1/4 of 1/3 of the barony of Miles of Gloucester, including the lordships of Brecknock and Hay, the castle of Haverford and Huntington, co. Hereford. Humphrey and Eleanor had restitution of the lands of Walter (Marshall), Earl of Pembroke, and of the lands of William de Briouze 15 Feb. 1247/8, the other coheir mentioned being Maud. (Ref: 21 Nov 2003 posting of John Ravilous ( re: Sir William Marshall on SGM {soc.genealogy.medieval})

Eleanor de Braose (c. 1228-1251) was a Cambro-Norman noblewoman and a wealthy co-heiress of her father, who was the powerful Marcher lord William de Braose, and her mother, Eva Marshal, a granddaughter of Strongbow. Her husband was Humphrey de Bohun, by whom she had three children, including Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford.

Shewas born in Brecknock, Breconshire, Wales circa 1228. Her father held considerable lordships and domains in the Welsh Marches and Ireland. She had three sisters, Isabella de Braose, Maud de Braose, Baroness Wigmore, and Eve de Braose, wife of William de Cantelou. A manuscript which narrates the descent of the founders of Llanthony Abbey names Isabella, Matildis, Eve et Alianore as the four daughters of Willielmis de Brews quartus and his wife Evam filiam domini Willielmis Mareschalli.[1]

Her paternal grandparents were Reginald de Braose and Grecia de Briwere, and her maternal grandparents were William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Isabel de Clare, 4th Countess of Pembroke, daughter of Strongbow and Aoife of Leinster.

When Eleanor was about two years old, her father - known to the Welsh as Gwilym Ddu (Black William) - was hanged on the orders of Llewelyn the Great, Prince of Wales for alleged adultery with Llewelyn's wife, Joan, Lady of Wales. Following the execution, her mother held de Braose lands and castles in her own right.

On an unknown date after August 1241, at Brecknock, Breconshire, Eleanor became the first wife[2] of Humphrey de Bohun, the son of Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford and Maud de Lusignan. The marriage took place after the death of Humphrey's mother, Maud.

Together Humphrey and Eleanor had three children:

Humphrey de Bohun, 3rd Earl of Hereford (c.1249- 31 December 1298), married Maud de Fiennes, daughter of Enguerrand II de Fiennes and Isabelle de Conde, by whom he had issue, including Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford.
Gilbert de Bohun, married Margaret whose surname is not known and by whom he had issue. His brother granted him Eleanor's lands in Ireland.[3]
Alianore de Bohun (died 20 February 1314, buried Walden Abbey). She married Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby on 26 June 1269 and they had two children.

Eleanor died in 1251 and was buried at Llanthony Secunda Priory in Gloucester. A manuscript names "Elinor of Brewis, Ladi and heire of the land of Bricon" among those buried at the priory of Llanthony.[4] She passed on her considerable possessions in the Welsh Marches to her eldest son Humphrey.

Her husband married secondly Joan de Quincy, by whom he had a son, John de Bohun of Haresfield. He died on 31 October 1265.


  • Royal Ancestry D. Richardson 2013 Vol. I p 415-418
  • Author: Douglas Richardson Title: Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2d ed., 2011.
  • Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, England, Earls Created 1067-1127, Hereford
  • Charles Cawley, Medieval Lands, Untitled English Nobility, Briouse
  • The History of Kington (Charles Humphreys, Kington, 1845)
  • Page 259: "Fine passed by Humphrey de Bohun and Alyanor, his wife, ...A.D. 1242, respecting the Manors of Erdisley and Brunley (now Brilley)..."

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On 1 Feb 2013 at 18:16 GMT Terry Drake wrote:

You do not show a tie to King Edward I

and his daughter Elizabeth who married Humphrey De Bohun IV 11/14/1302

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