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William Marshal the Younger, fifth earl of Pembroke

Born: c. 1190   Died: 1231   

An able administrator and soldier William was responsible for building castles at Carlow in Leinster, Cilgerran and much of Chepstow.

William succeeded his father as earl of Pembroke and marshal of England following his death in 1219, and succeeded to the lordships of Leinster and Netherwent upon his mother's death in 1220; his younger brother, Richard Marshal, acquired the Clare lands in Normandy. Through his second marriage he became Henry III's brother-in-law.
William had military successes in south west Wales in 1223 and the following year was appointed justiciar of Ireland.
He died suddenly in April 1231 and like his father ws buried in the Temple, London.

Sites associated with this person

Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire (patron)

Bibliographical sources

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Walker, R. F., Oxford Dictionary of National Biography online - William Marshal II (View website) (Subscription reqd.)