Waleran III, Count of Ligny

Waleran III of Luxembourg
Count of Ligny and Saint-Pol
Reign 1371 - 1415
Predecessor Guy I
Successor Philip
Born 1355
Died 12 April 1415(1415-04-12)
Spouse Maud Holland (c.1374 - 1392)
Bona of Bar (c.1392 - 1400)
Issue Jeanne of Luxembourg
House House of Luxemburg
Father Guy of Luxembourg
Mother Mahaut of Châtillon

Waleran III of Luxembourg (1355 – 12 April 1415) Count of Ligny and Saint Pol, was a French nobleman and soldier.


He was the son of Guy of Luxembourg and Mahaut of Châtillon.[1] He succeeded his father in 1371, after his death at the Battle of Baesweiler. Waleran was captured at the same battle, but released through the intercession of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor. In 1374, he was captured by the English before Ardres and sent to Windsor as a prisoner. The English attempted to exchange him for Jean III de Grailly, captal de Buch, but without success. In 1380, while a captive, he married Maud Holland (d. 1392), daughter of Thomas Holland, 1st Earl of Kent and Joan of Kent and stepdaughter of Edward, the Black Prince.[2] This allowed him to negotiate down his ransom, and he was released soon afterwards. Maud bore him a daughter, Jeanne (d. 1407), who married Antoine, Duke of Brabant in 1401.[3]

After Maud's death, he married Bona of Bar (d. 1400), daughter of Duke Robert of Bar and Marie of Valois (daughter of John II of France), but had no issue by her. He was one of the peace commissioners sent to London in 1396, and made a futile attack on the English at Mercq near Calais in 1405.[4] He was of the party of Philip II, Duke of Burgundy, marrying his daughter to Philip's son Antoine. Under the Burgundians he obtained preferment, becoming Grand Maitre de Eaux et Forests, the governor of Paris in 1410, and Constable of France in 1411. However, he lost the Constableship and was driven from Paris with the rest of the Burgundians in 1413. He died in 1415 and was succeeded by his grandson Philip of Saint-Pol.



  1. (FR)Michelle Bubenicek, Quand les femmes gouvernent: droit et politique au XIVe siècle, (Ecole de Chartes, 2002), 262.
  2. "The Quarrel of Old Women": Henry IV, Louis of Orleans, and Anglo-French Chivalric Challenges in the Early Fifteenth Century, Chris Given-Wilson, The Reign of Henry IV: Rebellion and Survival, 1403-1413, ed. Gwilym Dodd and Douglas Biggs, (York Medieval Press, 2008), 36.
  3. Richard Vaughan, Philip the Bold, (The Boydell Press, 2009), 90.
  4. "The Quarrel of Old Women": Henry IV, Louis of Orleans, and Anglo-French Chivalric Challenges in the Early Fifteenth Century, Chris Given-Wilson, 37.

Waleran III, Count of Ligny
Born: 1355 Died: 25 October 1415
French nobility
Preceded by
Guy of Luxembourg
Count of Ligny
1371 – 1415
Succeeded by
Philip of Saint-Pol
Preceded by
Mahaut of Châtillon
Count of Saint Pol
1378 – 1415
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles I of Albret
Constable of France (Burgundian)
1411 – 1413
Disputed by Charles I of Albret
Succeeded by
Charles I of Albret
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