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William (Ferrers) de Ferrers (abt. 1240 - abt. 1287)

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Sir William "Constable of Scotland" de Ferrers formerly Ferrers
Born about in Leicestershire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1270 [location unknown]
Husband of — married before 20 Dec 1287 [location unknown]
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Sir William Ferrers is a descendant of Saher de Quincy



William (Ferrers) de Ferrers was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.

Father Sir William de Ferrers, 5th Earl Derby, Constable of Bolsover Castle[1][2][3] b. c 1193, d. 24 Mar 1254

Mother Margaret de Quincy[1][2][3][4] d. c 12 Mar 1281

Sir William de Ferrers, Constable of Scotland was born circa 1240 at Leicestershire, Newbottle, Northamptonshire, Woodham Ferris, Stebbing & Fairsted.[5][6]

Marriage & Children

He married Anne Durward, daughter of Sir Alan Durward, Justiciar of Scotland, Earl of Athol and Marjory of Scotland, in 1270; They had 1 son (Sir William, 1st Lord Ferrers of Groby).[5][7][8][9][10]
Sir William de Ferrers, Constable of Scotland married Eleanor de Lovaine, daughter of Sir Mathew de Lovaine and Helisent, before 20 December 1287.[7][5][8][10][11]
Family 1
Anne Durward d. a 1275
Sir William Ferrers, 1st Lord Ferrers of Groby[5][6] b. 30 Jan 1272, d. 20 Mar 1325
Family 2
Eleanor de Lovaine d. a 1327


Source needed for attached daughter, Julianne de (Ferrers) Longueville


Sir William de Ferrers died circa 20 December 1287.[5][10]

Other Notes

In 1251 his father gave him the manor and advowson of Woodham, the manor of Stebbing, the capital messuage at Chiche (now St. Osyth), and lands in Fairsteed, Essex, to hold in tail general, by the service of five knights' fees. Between 4 and 5 years later, before he was of age, he had livery of these lands; subsequently he exchanged them with his mother for lands in Scotland and Galloway, but he again had entry therein, with her consent, 16 days before her death in Feb. 1280/1.[12]
He was summoned for military service from 18 Marsh 1263/4 to 14 March 1282/3.[12]
He was among the prisoners taken after the conflict at Northampton 5 or 6 April 1264, and was committed by Edward the king's son to the custody of Roger de Leybourne. Roger demanded an excessive ransom, threatening to take him to Ireland if he did not pay it; on 5 Jan. 1264/5 Roger was ordered to release him and let him come to the king. Wiliam was admitted to the king's presence and pardoned all trespasses committed by him up to 11 July 1266. [12]
At an unknown date he gave to Charley Priory 5-1/2 acres near their sheepfold for the purpose of enlarging the courtyard of the priory; sometime before 1272, he likewise gave the same priory 30 acres of land in the Milne-leghs by Charley, Leicestershire.[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 150-152.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 561-562.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 145.
  4. Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 290.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 290-292.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 145-147.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Douglas Richardson, Magna Carta Ancestry, 2nd Edition, Vol. II, p. 152.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. II, p. 564.
  9. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. IV, p. 590.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, Vol. III, p. 149.
  11. The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, by George Edward Cokayne, Vol. V, p. 341.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Richardson, D. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Royal Ancestry series, 2nd edition, 4 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2011), Volume I, page 290, #4. Google eBook

See Also:

  • Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2d ed. Vol. II p. 290-295.
  • soc.genealogy.medieval


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On 18 Sep 2018 at 19:31 GMT Michael Cayley wrote:

As I have just said on Julianne’s profile, I will see if I can find any evidence for her being Sir William’s daughter. I will report back on her profile.

On 14 Apr 2016 at 20:52 GMT Jayme (Mullins) Arrington wrote:

Should Julianne de (Ferrers) Longueville, Ferrers-417, being detached? I don't see any sources indicating that William de Ferrers is her father

On 4 May 2015 at 07:21 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Anne le Despenser is still showing as mother of his son William... Richardson says Ann Durward was his mother, so I'll change that.

On 29 Mar 2015 at 00:59 GMT Ellenore Thompson wrote:

Richardson's Magna Carta Ancestry lists only William as a child. Ann and Julian are children of Ann Despenser, not a wife of this William. Please see the discussion in this profile from Douglas Richardson.

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