William de Warenne (1256-1286)

William de Warenne (9 February 1256 - 15 December 1286) was the only son of John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey and his wife Alice de Lusignan.[1]


William married Joan, daughter of Robert de Vere, 5th Earl of Oxford. They had the following children:

William was killed in a tournament at Croydon in 1286,[1] predeceasing his father. It has been suggested that this was murder, planned in advance by William's enemies.[2][3] On the 5th Earl's death the title went to John, the only son of William. John died without legitimate children, so on his death the title passed to Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, eldest son of Edmund FitzAlan and John' sister Alice.



  1. 1 2 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard and William Ryland Beall, The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215: The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years (Genealogical Pub. Co., 1999), p. 184
  2. Juliet R. V. Barker, The Tournament in England, 1100-1400 (Boydell Press, 1986), p. 47
  3. The Chronicle of Bury St Edmunds, ed. A. Gransden (Nelson, 1964), p. 87
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