William [III] Crassus Steward of Normandy
(-Between 1204/1214)


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William [III] Crassus Steward of Normandy

  • Marriage (1): Marshal about 1160-1170 1
  • Died: Between 1204 and 1214 1

  General Notes:

WILLIAM [III] Crassus (-[1204/14]). Lord of Chipping Sodbury: the 1167/68 Pipe Roll records that "Wills Cassus et Alwold ho eius" were pardoned a fine relating to "Magna Schobia" in Gloucestershire. "Guillaume Crassus" donated revenue from his mill at Cully to Saint-Jean-de-Falaise by charter dated 1178, witnessed by "Guillaume Crassus son fils aîné [et] Robert et Henri leurs [?] frères...". King John granted revenue to "fideli nro W. Grasso señ", referring to "filios suos i maritagium", dated 4 Dec 1203. Steward of Normandy.

m ([1160/70]) [--- Marshall, daughter of JOHN Marshal & his second wife Sibyl of Salisbury ([1145/55]-)]. John Hunt states that "William le Gros" was married to "a sister of William Marshal I earl of Pembroke", when recording the marriage contract of the couple´s daughter Margaret to "Ralph Somery" [Ralph [II] de Somery], dated to before 1194, but he does not cite the primary source on which the information is based. A relationship between the Marshal and Crassus families is suggested by two sources. Firstly, William Marshal Earl of Pembroke, writing to King Henry III dated 5 Aug 1224, records that he had sent "dominum W. Grassum primogenitum consanguineum nostrum" with soldiers "ad Enoc-fergus in Ultonia" [Carrickfergus] which was besieged by "Hugonem de Lascy". Secondly, the Annals of Worcester record the consecration in 1230 of "Anselmus nepos Marescalli...apud Cantuariam in episcopum Menevensem" [as bishop of St David´s].

William [III] & his wife had six children: William, William, Robert, Margaret, Hamon and Anselm. 1

William married Marshal, daughter of John FitzGilbert Master Marshal and Sibyl de Salisbury, about 1160-1170.1 (Marshal was born between 1145 and 1155.)


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

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