Sir William de Bohun K.G., 1st Earl of Northampton 1 2
- Born: Abt 1311
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth de Badlesmere
- Died: 16 Sep 1360 about age 49
He was the twin of Edward de Bohun.
From Wikipedia - William de Bohun, 1st Earl of Northampton:
He was the fifth son of Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford and Elizabeth of Rhuddlan . He had a twin brother, Edward. His maternal grandparents were Edward I of England and his first Queen consort Eleanor of Castile .
In 1332 he received many new properties: Hinton and Spaine in Berkshire; Hasley, Ascot, Dedington, Pyrton and Kirklington in Oxfordshire; Wincomb in Buckinghamshire; Longbenington in Lincolnshire; Kneesol in Bottinghamshire; Newnsham in Gloucestershire, Wix in Essex, and Bosham in Sussex. He was created Earl of Northampton in 1337 , adding to the titles of Count of Hereford and Essex.
In 1339 he accompanied the King to Flanders. He served variously in Brittany and in Scotland , and was present at the great English victories at Sluys and was a commander at Crécy .
In addition to being a warrior, William was also a renowned diplomat. He negotiated two treaties with France, one in 1343 and one in 1350. He was also charged with negotiating in Scotland for the freedom of David Bruce, prisoner of the English.
De Bohun was succeeded by his son Humphrey , who also succeeded his uncle and became 7th earl of Hereford. His daughter Elizabeth de Bohun was married to Richard Fitzalan, 11th Earl of Arundel .
Noted events in his life were:
• 6th Earl of Northampton, 16 Mar 1337.
William married Elizabeth de Badlesmere, daughter of Bartholomew de Badlesmere of Badlesmere & Chilham Castle, Kent and Margaret de Clare. (Elizabeth de Badlesmere was born about 1313 in Castle Badlesmere, Kent, England, died on 8 Jun 1356 and was buried in Walden Abbey, Essex, England.)