William de Ferrers Fourth Earl of Derby 300,748,1184
- Born: 1168, Ferreres, Derbyshire, England 1184
- Marriage (1): Agnes de Keveliock Lady of Chartley in 1192 300
- Died: 22 Sep 1247, Derby, Derbyshire, England at age 79 300,748,1184
Noted events in his life were:
• Loyal. 300,748 William's life was marked by loyal service to three Kings.
Upon the return of King Richard from captivity, he took arms in his behalf and beseiged Nottingham Castle which surrendered. For this and other acts of fidelity, he was chosed by the king to sit with the rest of the peers in the great council held at the castle of Nottingham in the following March. He was also chosed as one of the four that carried the canopy over the king's head during his second coronation.
He was present at King John's coronation and was created Earl of Derby by special charter and he was girt with a sword by the King's own hand. Lands and titles were conferred by the King during his reign. These liberal marks of favor were so gratefully felt by William that in all the subsequent struggles between the king and the refractoty barons that William never once swerved from his allegience but remained true to the monarch.
He applied the same loyalty to the interests of John's son, Henry III. He assisted at the coronation of the new monarch and took part in the siege of Mounteorell Castle in Leicestershire. Later he was part of the raising of the siege of Lincoln which had been invested by Louis, King of France.
• Death, 1246. 300,748 William died of gout.
• Offices and military. 300,1185 William served as sheriff of Notts and Derby for seven weeks in Feb and March of 1194. About the same time, he supported the Justiciar against John, Count of Mirtain, and besieged Nottingham with the Earl of Chester,
On 17 April 1194, he was one fo the four Earls who bore the canopy at Richard's second coronation. When Richard died, he attended the Council of Northampton which declared for John as Richard's successor, attending the coronation 27 May 1199. During John's reign, he was given much land and confirmed in his inheritance from William Peveril with some exchanges and the payment of 2000 marks.
He attended the coronation of King Henry III on 28 Oct 1216 and supported the king in battle to his advantage. In June 1218 he went on crusade. He served as Sheriff of Lancashire from 30 Dec 1223 to 2 Jan 1228 and he was with the King on the expedition to Brittany and Poitou from April to October 1230. He attended the Council of London in Feb 1231 and was summoned for military duty against the Scots on 15 May 1244.
William married Agnes de Keveliock Lady of Chartley, daughter of Hugh de Kevelioc Fifth Earl of Chester and Bertrade de Montfort of Evreux, in 1192.300 (Agnes de Keveliock Lady of Chartley died in 1246 300,748.)