William Longespee, 3rd Earl of Salisbury was born circa 1176 in England, United Kingdom to Henry II of England (1133-1189) and Ida de Tosny (c1150-) and died 7 March 1226 Salisbury Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Ela, 3rd Countess of Salisbury (c1187-1261) 1196 JL . William I of England (1027-1087), Henry II of England (1133-1189), Charlemagne (747-814), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rollo of Normandy (860-932), Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.

William de Longespée, 3rd Earl of Salisbury also known as William Longsword, was an illegitimate son of King Henry II. He received his title by marrying the daughter of William of Salisbury, the 2nd Earl of Salisbury.

Military Service

William was an army commander from 1210-1212. He led a naval fleet in the Battle of Damme. He commanded an army unit in the Battle of Bouvines. He fought in support of King John after the sigining of the Magma Carta, but then switched sides. He also fought in support of John's successor, Henry III.


Offspring of William Longespée and Ela, 3rd Countess of Salisbury (c1187-1261)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Longespée (c1212-1250) 1212 7 February 1250 Mansoura, Egypt Idonea de Camville (c1208-c1252)
Richard Longespée (aft1209-)
Stephen Longespée (1216-1260) 1216 1260 Emmeline de Ridelsford (?-?)
Nicholas Longespée (-1297)
Isabella Longespée (-bef1248)
Petronilla Longespée (-)
Ella Longespée (c1220-1298) 1220 9 February 1298 Thomas of Warwick (1208-1242)
Philip Basset (c1185-1271)
Ida Longespée (-aft1265) 1267 Ralph de Somery (-c1220)
William de Beauchamp (c1186-1260)

Footnotes (including sources)

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