Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys,
William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke (see here), born 1146.
mar 1189 to
Isabel de Clare, Countess Strigoil
She was dau of Richard de Clare, "Strongbow", 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Aoife Mac Murrough.
She was descendant of Charlemagne and of Edward the Elder and of Brian Boru.
rebuilt Pembroke Castle, Wales, 1189.
He rebuilt Kilkenny Castle 1192.
Isabel's family's title, Earl of Pembroke, was re-created for William in 1199.
He rebuilt Chepstow Castle, Wales, c.1200.
Founded New Ross, Co.Wexford.
Founded Tintern Abbey, Co.Wexford, c.1200 (later seat of Colclough).
He built Hook Lighthouse, Co.Wexford (survives, oldest working lighthouse in the world). See images.
He built Carlow Castle 1208 (ruin survives).
He rebuilt Usk Castle, Wales, c.1212-19.
Through his wife he inherited Dunamase, Co.Laois.
The first mention of Dunamase Castle is 1215, when John ordered Geoffrey Lutterel to hand it over to Marshal.
He appears in King John by Shakespeare.
Governor of England 1216-19 (in minority of Henry III).
mar 2ndly to William de Warenne and had issue.
Wider shot of the Temple Church effigies.
1st Earl is back LHS, 2nd Earl is back RHS.
4th Earl is front LHS.
Photo 2004. See full size. From here.
See wider 2006 shot from Jack Hargreaves. Creative Commons.
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