Walter de Cantelou
(-After 1190)
William [II] de Cantelou
(Abt 1158-1239)
William [III] de Cantelou
(Abt 1185-1251)


Family Links

1. Mélisende de Gournay

William [III] de Cantelou 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: Abt 1185 2
  • Marriage (1): Mélisende de Gournay in 1219 1 2 3
  • Died: 22 Feb 1251 aged about 66 2 4

   Another name for William was William Cantilupe.

  General Notes:

WILLIAM [III] de Cauntelo, son of WILLIAM [II] de Cauntelo & his wife --- (-1251). "William de Cantelupe son of Walter de Cantelupe" donated rent received "annually from Samson his free man of Leg" to Montacute priory by undated charter, witnessed by "William de Cantelupe my son and heir…Gilbert de Sai…". Matthew Paris names "...Willelmus de Cantelu et Willelmus filius eius, Fulco de Canteleu..." among the "consiliarios iniquissimos" of King John. Henry III King of England notified the pardon of "Willelmo de Cantilupo junioris" in return for payment of a fine dated [Oct] 1224. "William de Cantilupo" was granted land "in Caleston which Fulk de Cantilupo his uncle formerly held of the bail of King John" dated 20 Dec 1227. A charter dated 17 Dec 1243 mandated to "W[illiam] de Cantilupe seisin of all the lands which belonged to Hamo de Valoignes in Ireland…with the marriage of Hamo´s heirs". The Annals of Tewkesbury record the death in 1251 of "Willelmus de Cantilupo in Cathedra Sancti Petri".

m [firstly] (1219) as her second husband, MELISENDE de Gournay, widow of AMAURY [VI] de Montfort Comte d´Evreux, daughter of HUGUES [V] Seigneur de Gournay & his wife [Juliane de Dammartin]. Her parentage and marriage are confirmed by a letter which purports to be from her daughter "Dame Julian Tresgoze…espouse…a Sr Robert Tresgoos le Second" to "son frère St Thomas de Cantlow, Euesque…de Hereford" which gives a confused version of the family´s lineage: "Sr Hugh de Gornaye" married "la reyne Blanch" [widow of Louis VIII King of France, such a second marriage being impossible chronologically] and had "un fils…Hugh…nostre ayle", who married "la soer le count Renaud de Boloyng", whose daughter "Milsent nostre mere" married "a Count de Euoyse en Normandy" by whom she had one son and one daughter, before marrying "Will de Cantelow nostre pere". Henry III King of England granted "maneriis de Mapeldureham et Petrefeld" to "Rogero la Szuche", as granted by King John except for the dower of "Milesentie que fuit uxor comitis Ebroici", dated 14 Mar 1217.

[m secondly (before 28 Aug 1236) ---, daughter of THOMAS FitzAnthony & his wife ---. Henry III King of England pardoned "William de Cantilupe", who "married one of the daughters and heirs of Thomas Fitz Anthony", his portion of a fine which Thomas had paid to King John for custody of the land and heir of "John Fitz Thomas with the marriage of the heir" by charter dated 28 Aug 1236. It is not known whether this charter relates to the same William de Cauntelo.]

William [III] & his wife had five children: William, Thomas, Nicholas, Juliane and Agnes.


William de Cauntelo, d. 1251, of Calne, co. Wilts, and Eaton Bray, co. Bedford, & Millicent de Gournay.

[Ancestral Roots]

William married Mélisende de Gournay, daughter of Hugh [V] de Gournay Seigneur de Gournay and Juliane de Dammartin, in 1219.1 2 3


1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.

2 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -, John Ravilious (Therav3), 13 Sep 2002.

3 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), XII/2:18-20.

4 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris, <i>Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), 262-31.

5 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), XI:323.

6 P.C. Bartrum, Aberystwyth University, <i>Prosiect Bartrum/Bartrum Project</i> ( : accessed 2 Jul 2020), Bleddyn ap Maenyrch 40.

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