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Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel

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Suffix  11th Earl of Arundel 
Birth  1346  Arundel, Sussex, Engl. 
Sex  Male 
Died  21 Sep 1397  Cheapside, London 
Person ID  I179  dunbar family 
Last Modified  07 Jan 2006 
 
Father  Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, b. 1306, Arundel, Sussex, Engl. 
Mother  Eleanor Plantagenet, b. 1318, Grismond Castle, Monmouthshire, Engl. 
Group Sheet  F32  dunbar family 
 
Family 1  Elizabeth de Bohun, b. 1350, Derbyshire, Worchester, Engl. 
Married  28 Sep 1359  Derbyshire, Worchester, Engl. 
Children 
 1. Margaret FitzAlan
 2. Richard FitzAlan
 3. Elizabeth FitzAlan, b. 1366, Arundel, Sussex, Engl.
 4. Joan FitzAlan, b. 1375
 5. Alice FitzAlan, b. Abt 1378
 6. Thomas FitzAlan, b. 13 Oct 1381
Group Sheet  F30  dunbar family 
 
Family 2  Philippa de Mortimer, b. 21 Nov 1375, Ludlow, Shropshire, Engl. 
Married  15 Aug 1390 
Group Sheet  F31  dunbar family 
 
Notes  Birth:
  • Richard Fitzalan (Arundal) was Knight of the Garter 1386, Ninth Earl of Arundel and Tenth Earl of Surrey. Bearer of the Crown at the Coronation of Richard II on July16, 1377, was a member of the Council and was made Admiral of the west and south in 1377, and in 1386, of all England. Together with the Duke of Cloucester he took an active part against the King who, in 1388, was entirely in that Duke's power. In 1394 he obtained a pardon for all political offenses, but, on July 12, 1397, was seized and tried at Westminster. He was beheaded in Cheapside September 21, 1397 with all honours forfeited.

    Earl of Arundel (SOURCE: Wikipedia.)
    The oldest extant Earldom (and perhaps the oldest extant title) in the English peerage is the Earldom of Arundel currently held by the Duke of Norfolk, and used as a courtesy title by his heir. The title of Earl of Arundel was first created in 1138 for the Norman baron William d'Aubigny (1st Earl of Arundel.) The earlier earls were frequently also known as Earl of Sussex, until the mid 13th century, when this title fell into disuse. At about the same time, the Earldom fell to the originally Breton Fitzalan family, a younger branch of which went on to become the Stuart family which later ruled Scotland.

    This shared lineage led to very close ties between the Stewarts and the FitzAlans over the centuries. The last FitzAlan holder of the Earldom, Henry FitzAlan (19th Earl of Arundel), was implicated in the Ridolfi Plot to place Mary I of Scotland, of the House of Stewart, on the English Throne. This led to FitzAlan being placed under house arrest for the remainder of his life. This same Henry FitzAlan received after Mary of Scotland's execution, the rosary and prayer book which she carried to her execution. It is amongst the Arundel relics which the Dukes of Norfolk hold today.

    A tradition arose that the holder of Arundel Castle should automatically be Earl of Arundel, and this was formally confirmed by king Henry VI. However this had not always been consistently adhered to. Some of the Lords of Arundel were never addressed as Earl during their lifetime, but nevertheless, are counted and numbered as earls here. Other sources may not include some of the earls listed below, and may consider the earldom to have been created more than once.
    Contrary to the list of succession listed below, the FitzAlan-Howard Estate claims a different numbering of the Earls of Arundel. The d'Albinis were the first creation of the Earldom, and had numbers 1-5. That line and consequently that creation of the earldom, died out with Hugh d'Albini. It was later re-created and vested in the person of Richard FitzAlan, the great grandson of Isabel d'Albini, who married John FitzAlan. Richard became the 1st Earl of Arundel.

    In his 1834 book on the Earls of Arundel, M.A. Tierney (Chaplain to the Duke of Norfolk) maintains that the first incarnation of the Earldom was with the House of Montgomery. Roger of Montgomery, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury was one of William the Conqueror top generals, and William bestowed on him, amongst several hundred other manors, the property at Arundel, with the charge to fortify it with a castle. Montgomery is believed to have built the motte that is extant to this day, and is thought to have built a wooden keep on it, overlooking the river Arun. Montgomery and two of his sons are counted by many as being the first incarnation of the Earldom, but for the reasons stated elsewhere here, are often not counted amongst the Earls.

    On the death of the 19th Earl in 1580, the title fell to Philip Howard, eldest son of the attainted Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk by his wife, the only daughter of the last Fitzalan Earl. Like his father, the new Earl was soon attainted for plotting against Queen Elizabeth, and the title was only restored following the accession of James I. The 23rd Earl was restored to the Dukedom of Norfolk in 1660, and the title has descended with that Dukedom ever since.

    Earls of Arundel (** indicates a person in the Dunbar genealogy):

    William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel (1109-1176)**
    William d'Aubigny, 2nd Earl of Arundel (?-1193)
    William d'Aubigny, 3rd Earl of Arundel (1165-1221)**
    William d'Aubigny, 4th Earl of Arundel (?-1224)
    Hugh d'Aubigny, 5th Earl of Arundel (1215-1243)
    John FitzAlan, 6th Earl of Arundel (1223-1267)**
    John FitzAlan, 7th Earl of Arundel (1246-1272)**
    Richard FitzAlan, 8th Earl of Arundel (1267-1302)**
    Edmund FitzAlan, 9th Earl of Arundel (1285-1326, forfeit 1326)**
    Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel (1313-1376, restored 1331)**
    Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel (1346-1397, forfeit 1397)**
    Thomas FitzAlan, 12th Earl of Arundel (1381-1415, restored 1400)
    John FitzAlan, 13th Earl of Arundel (1385-1421)
    John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel (1408-1435)
    Humphrey FitzAlan, 15th Earl of Arundel (1429-1438)
    William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel (1417-1487)
    Thomas FitzAlan, 17th Earl of Arundel (1450-1524)
    William FitzAlan, 18th Earl of Arundel (1476-1544)
    Henry FitzAlan, 19th Earl of Arundel (1512-1580)
    Philip Howard, 20th Earl of Arundel (1557-1595, forfeit 1589)
 
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