- Born: 1278, Elmley Castle, Gloucester, England 549,928
- Married (1): Before 11 May 1297 549
- Married (2): Abt 12 Feb 1309-1310 1602
- Died: 10 Aug 1315, Warwick Castle, England 744,928,1290
- Buried: Bordesley Abbey, Warwickshire
Ancestral File Number: 8PTP-2J.
Guy (DE BEAUCHAMP), EARL OF WARWICK, also hereditary Sheriff of Worcestershire and Chamberlain of the Exchequer, son and heir, was said to be aged 23-27 in 1298 and 30 and more in 1301. He was knighted by Edward I at Easter (25 March) 1296 and fought in the King's division at the battle of Falkirk, 22 July 1298, receiving for his good service, 25 September following a grant of Scottish lands, late of Geoffrey de Mowbray and others, to the value of 1,000 marks per annum; a Commissioner to treat for peace with France, 12 May 1299, and with the French envoys concerning losses inflicted by the Scots, 1 March 1300/1; was summoned for service against the Scots, 1299-1314; took part in the siege of Carlaverock, July 1300, being in the 2nd division under the Earl of Surrey; was at Perth with the Prince of Wales, with whom he frequently dined, December 1303-April 1304; and served under him at the siege of Stirling Castle, April-July following. For good service rendered he was granted, 2 February 1306/7, Barnard Castle, co. Durham; and at the Coronation of Edward 11, 25 February 1307/8, he carried the third sword. Falling foul of Gavaston, who called him "The Black Dog of Arden," he was prominent in procuring his banishment, 18 May 1308, and alone opposed his recall in 1309. Against the King's orders of 7 February he, with Thomas of Lancaster and others, came in arms to the Parliament at Westminster, March, where he was sworn as one of the Lords Ordainers, 20 March 1309/10. After Piers Gavaston's surrender on terms to the Earls of Pembroke and Surrey at Scarborough, 19 May 1312, Piers was escorted by Pembroke to Deddington, Oxon., where he was seized by Warwick, 10 June following, and carried off to Warwick Castle. On Lancaster's arrival there, with the Earls of Hereford and Arundel, Warwick handed over his prisoner, who was beheaded forthwith without trial, 19 June 1312, on Blacklow Hill. The confederate Earls remained in arms till peace was proclaimed, 22 December 1312, but though finally pardoned, 16 October 1313 they refused to serve in the Bannockburn campaign of 1314. He was a Commissioner, 28 May 1315, to treat with Thomas of Lancaster about the custody of the Scottish Marches.
Guy de Beauchamp, 2nd earl, so called in memory of his celebrated predecessor, the Saxon, Guy, Earl of Warwick. This nobleman acquired high military renown in the martial reign of Edward I, distinguishing himself at the battle of Falkirk, for which he was rewarded with extensive grants of land in Scotland, at the siege of Caerlaverock, and upon different occasions besides beyond the sea. In the reign of Edward II, he likewise played a very prominent part. In 1310 his lordship was in the commission appointed by parliament to draw up regulations for "the well governing of the kingdom and of the king's household" in consequence of the corrupt influence exercised at that period by Piers Gaveston in the affairs of the realm through the unbounded partiality of the king; and in two years afterwards, when that unhappy favorite fell into the hands of his enemies upon the surrender of Scarborough Castle, his lordship violently seized upon his person and, after a summary trial, caused him to be beheaded at Blacklow Hill, near Warwick. The earl's hostility to Gaveston is said to have been much increased by learning that the favourite had nicknamed him "the Black Dog of Ardenne." For this unwarrantable proceeding, his lordship and all the others concerned therein received within two years the royal pardon, but he is supposed to have eventually perished by poison, administered in revenge by the partisans of Gaveston. The earl m. Alice, relict of Thomas de Laybourne, dau. (by Lady Alice de Bohun) of Ralph de Toni, of Flamsted, co. Herts, and sister and heiress of Robert de Toni, by whom he had issue, Thomas, his successor; John, a very eminent person in the reign of Edward III, being captain of Calais, admiral of the fleet, standard bearer at Cressy, one of the original knights of the Garter, and summoned to parliament as a Baron, but dying s. p., the dignity expired; Maud, m. to Geoffrey, Lord Say; Emma, m. to Rowland Odingsels; Isabel, m. to John Clinton; Elizabeth, m. to Sir Thomas Astley, Knt.; Lucia, m. to Robert or Roger de Napton.
This great Earl of Warwick was, like most of the nobles of his time, a munificent benefactor to the church, having bestowed lands upon several religious houses and founded a chantry of priests at his manor of Elmley. His will bears date "at Warwick Castle* on Monday next after the feast of St. James the Apostle, an. 1315," and by it he bequests to Alice his wife a proportion of his plate, with a crystal cup, and half his bedding; as also, all the vestments and books belonging to his chapel; the other moiety of his beds, rings, and jewels, his gives to his daus. To his son Thomas, his best coat of mail, helmet, and suit of harness; to his son John, his second suit of mail, &c., appointing that all the rest of his armour, bows, and other warlike provisions should remain in Warwick Castle for his heir. Alice, widow of the earl, had very extensive estates assigned to her in dowry in the November following the death of her husband, and in the next year she paid a fine of 500 marks for license to marry William la Zouche, of Ashby, co. Leicester, to whom she was accordingly married. The earl d. at Warwick Castle on 12 August, 1315, and was s. by his eldest son, then but two years of age, Thomas de Beauchamp.
* Warwick Castle was almost rebuilt by Thomas, 4th Earl of Warwick, and Richard, his heir and successor, in the reigns of Edward III and Richard II. The much admired polygon, Guy's Tower, which is thirty-eight feet in diameter and one hundred and six feet in height, was erected, it is said, by the latter. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage Ltd, London, England, 1883, p. 30, Beauchamp, Earls of Warwick] 1604
Guy married Isabel DE CLARE, daughter of Sir Gilbert DE CLARE 5th Earl of Hertford and Alice DE LUSIGNAN, before 11 May 1297 549. (Isabel DE CLARE was born on 10 Mar 1262-1263 in Winchcomb, Gloucester, England 1605 and died in 1333 in (dsp) 1158,1606,1607.)
Guy also married Alice DE TOENI, daughter of Ralph VII DE TOENI Lord of Flamstead and Mary Clarissa, about 12 Feb 1309-1310 1602. (Alice DE TOENI was born about 1283 in Castle Maud, Radnor, Wales and died before 8 Jan 1324-1325.)