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Edmund Fitz Alan

Male 1285 - 1326  (41 years)


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  • Name Edmund Fitz Alan  [1
    Born 1 May 1285  Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire, Engand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth 1 May 1285  Marlborough Castle, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Died 17 Nov 1326  Hereford, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Haughmond Abbey, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I2674  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 30 Apr 2018 

    Father Richard Fitz Alan,   b. 3 Feb 1267, of Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1302  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother Alice di Saluzzo,   b. of Saluzzo, Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1292 
    Married Nov 1282  [2, 4
    Family ID F5664  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice de Warenne,   d. Between 1330 and 23 May 1338 
    Married Aft 30 Dec 1304  [2
    Children 
    +1. Mary de Arundel,   d. 29 Aug 1396
    +2. Aline de Arundel,   d. 20 Jan 1386
    +3. Elizabeth de Arundel,   d. 11 Mar 1384
    +4. Eleanor de Arundel,   d. Bef 30 Mar 1347
    +5. Richard Fitz Alan,   b. Abt 1313, of Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1376, Arundel, Sussex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
    Last Modified 28 Aug 2019 
    Family ID F1617  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Edmund Arundel. Earl of Arundel. An opponent of Gaveston, he became one of the Lords Ordainers, and one of those before whom Gaveston was tried before he was killed. Edmund Fitz Alan was also among the magnates who refused to help Edward II against Scotland, resulting in the disaster at Bannockburn. However, around the time his son Richard was betrothed to Hugh Dispenser the Younger's daughter Isabel, Fitz Alan began a rapprochement with the king. This would ultimately result in Fitz Alan's execution on the order of Roger Mortimer. According to a one account, a blunt sword was ordered, and his beheading took 22 strokes.

      "Though he was never canonised, a cult emerged around the late earl in the 1390s, associating him with the 9th-century martyr king St Edmund. This veneration may have been inspired by a similar cult around his grandson, Richard Fitz Alan, 11th Earl of Arundel, who was executed by Richard II in 1397." [Wikipedia]

      Just to drive home the point that association with the Despensers never works out for anybody, in 1344 his son Richard sought and obtained an anullment from his marriage to Isabel le Despenser, on the grounds that the betrothal had been inflicted on him in childhood and without his consent.

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.

    2. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    3. [S1526] The Ancestry of Dorothea Poyntz, Wife of Reverend John Owsley, Generations 1-15, Fourth Preliminary Edition by Ronny O. Bodine and Bro. Thomas Spalding, Jr. 2013.

    4. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., "before 1285".