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Lord Fulk Il FitzWarin

Birthplace: Whittington Castle, Whittington, Shropshire, England
Death: November 06, 1197 (34-43)
Oswestry, Shropshire, England or, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Fulk FitzWarin, Lord of Whittington and Alderbury and Eva FitzWarin
Husband of Hawise FitzWarin
Father of Philip FitzWarin; Sir Fulk III FitzWarin; Eva Fitz Warine; Jonet FitzWarin; John FitzWarin and 4 others
Brother of Warin FitzWarin; Emmeline de Hungerford; Richard Fitzwarin; Ralph Fitz Warin and William Fitzwarin

Occupation: Knight
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About Lord Fulk Il FitzWarin

Fulk II FitzWarin (fl.1194), married Hawise de Dinan, daughter and co-heiress of Joceas de Dinan.His younger son was William FitzWarin who on being granted the Devon manor of Brightley for his seat, adopted the surname "de Brightley".

http://our-royal-titled-noble-and-commoner-ancestors.com/, based upon work by Douglas Richardson, adds a generation and places this Fulk as the son of Warin FitzWarin and his wife Miletta Whittington, thus making him the grandson of Fulk "le Brun" and Eva.

However, the dates do not seem to allow for another generation to be inserted. We have this man's borth as 1138 and his wife Hawise born 1147. Birthdates we have for Warin and Miletta are 1130 and 1148, respectively, which would put them too young to have been Fulk's parents. The dates currently for Fulk "le Brun" is 1110. Without firmer evidence, it appears that Fulk 'le Brun" is more likely to have been the father of both Warin and Fulk II.

I suspect the confusion comes from the fact that Fulk (1110-1171) "le Brun" FitzWarin's mother was Melette (aka Maud) Peverel.


  • Fulk "Brunin" Fitzwarin
  • Birth: unknown Alveston, Gloucestershire, England
  • Death: 1197 Alveston, Gloucestershire, England
  • Fulk Fitzwarin also known as Brunin. He was the son of a man also named Fulk Fitzwarin.
  • He was raised by his future father in law Joscelin de Dinan.
  • Fulk married Hawise, daughter of Joscelin de Dinan and Sybil Talbot, sometime around 1160 and is traditionally stated to have made a claim upon Ludlow, which was allowed. The Shropshire Pipe Roll of 1177 shows that he had been amerced forty merks by Henry II for forest trespass. About 1180, he successfully disputed the right of Shrewsbury Abbey to the advowson of Alberbury. Ten years later he was fined 100l. for his wife's share of an inheritance and through her probably acquired and interest in several Wiltshire manors. On 6 Nov 1194, he was named as attorney for his wife in a suit of mort d'ancestre on account of the lands in the same county; and was fined ten merks to be excused transfretation to Normandy. In 1195, he is entered as owing forty merks for the castle of Whittington adjudged to him in curia regis. The fine remained unliquidated in 1201. He died in 1197. The next year, his widow paid thirty merks that she might not be obliged to remarry. Her name constantly appears as a litigant down to 1226.
  • Fulk and Hawise was the parents of Fulk whom the legend of Robin Hood was inspired and a daughter Eve who married Thomas de Londres
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  • Spouse:
  • Hawise de Dinan (____ - 1226)*
  • Children:
    • Fulk Fitzwarin (1160 - 1219)*
    • Eve FitzWarin (1169 - ____)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 74748203
  • From: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=74748203 ________________________
  • Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 19
  • Fitzwarine, Fulk by Henry Richard Tedder
  • FITZWARINE, FULK, was the name of several persons living in Shropshire in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, some of whose actions are attributed to one individual in the romance of ‘Foulques FitzWarin.’ Fulk Fitzwarine I was the second son of Warin de Metz, and of a daughter of the Peverels, then very powerful in Shropshire and the marches. He was the head of his family in 1156, when Henry II had given him the Gloucestershire manor of Alveston (R. W. Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, vii. 67), and died 1170–1. He had four sons, of whom the eldest, Fulk II, married Hawise, daughter and coheiress of Joceas of Dinan, and is traditionally stated to have made a claim upon Ludlow, which was never allowed (ib. vii. 69). The Shropshire Pipe Roll of 1177 shows that he had been amerced forty merks by Henry II for forest trespass. About 1180 he successfully disputed the right of Shrewsbury Abbey to the advowson of Alberbury. Ten years later he was fined 100l. for his wife's share of an inheritance (Rot. Pipe, 2 Ric. I, ‘Wilts’), and through her probably acquired an interest in several Wiltshire manors (Testa de Nevill, 1807, p. 150). On 6 Nov. 1194 he was named as attorney for his wife in a suit of mort d'ancestre on account of lands in the same county (Rot. Curiæ Regis, 1835, i. 35, 37); and was fined ten merks to be excused transfretation to Normandy (Rot. Canc. de 3° Joannis, 1833, p. 122). In 1195 he is entered as owing forty merks for the castle of Whittington adjudged to him in the curia regis. The fine remained unliquidated in 1202 (ib. p. 225). He died in 1197. Next year his widow paid thirty merks that she might not be obliged to remarry (Rot. Pipe, 10 Ric. I, ‘Wilts’). Her name constantly appears as a litigant down to 1226 (Testa de Nevill, 1807, p. 128). Fulk had six sons, of whom the eldest, Fulk III, in the year ending Michaelmas 1200, was ‘fined 100l. with King John to have judgment concerning Witinton Castle and its appurtenances as his right, which had been adjudged to him by consideration of the curia regis’ (Eyton, Antiquities, vii. 72). The king was bribed by Meuric de Powis to confirm the latter in the possession of Whittington, whereupon in 1201 Fulk, his brothers, and friends rebelled. The traditional story of the rebellion may be seen in the romance mentioned later. The outlawry was revoked by patent dated from Rouen, 11 Nov. 1203 (Rot. Patent, 1835, i. 36). In the next year John restored Whittington (ib. i. 46). Probably before 1 Oct. 1207 Fulk married Matilda, daughter of Robert le Vavasour, and widow of Theobald Walter. He received several marks of favour from the king (Rot. Litt. Claus. an. 9° et an. 14° Joannis, 1833, i. 92, 126, 129), and was with him in 1212 at Allerton and Durham (Rot. Chart. in turri Lond. asserv. 1837, i. pt. i. 187, 188), and at Bere Regis in 1213 (ib. pp. 193, 199). In 1215 he was making war upon his neighbours, had lost the royal favour, and had been despoiled of fiefs (Rot. Litt. Claus. i. 270). He was one of the malcontent barons who met at Stamford and Brackley in 1215 (Matt. Paris, Chronica, 1874, ii. 585), and was among those specially excommunicated in the bull of Innocent III of 16 Dec. (Rymer, Fœdera, 1816, i. 139). Henry III bestowed some of the lands of the rebellious baron upon his own adherents (Testa de Nevill, pp. 45, 48, 49, 55, 56). The king styles him ‘manifestus inimicus noster’ in 1217 (Rot. Litt. Claus. i. 321). Fulk made his peace in the following year (ib. pp. 352, 376). Some time between 1220 and 1230 he founded Alberbury Priory. In 1221 and 1222 sufficient confidence was not placed in him to be permitted to strengthen Whittington without giving security for loyal behaviour (ib. i. 460, 520). Full seisin was granted to him by writs of 11 July and 9 Oct. 1223 (ib. pp. 554, 565). On 30 June 1245 an assembly of the barons sent him as their representative to order the papal nuncio to quit the country (Matt. Paris, Chronica, iv. 420). His first wife having died he married Clarice de Auberville (Excerpta e Rot. Fin. 1836, ii. 89). He probably died about 1256–1257. The romance states that he was blind during the last seven years of his life. He died before August 1260, and his affairs were managed for some time before his death by his son, Fulk IV, who was drowned at the battle of Lewes in 1264. By the death of an infant in 1420 the elder male line of this family became extinct. Eleven Fulk Fitzwarines in succession bore the same christian name.
  • In the traditional history Fulk I is omitted, and the career of his two successors combined as that of ‘Fouke le Brun,’ the outlaw and popular hero. We are told how he roamed through the country with his four brothers (recalling the ‘Quatre Fils Aimon’), cousins, and friends, and the nimble-witted jongleur, John de Rampayne, seeking forest adventures of the Robin Hood type, spoiling the king, and succouring the poor, and how he was twice compelled to quit England and encounter sea perils from the Orkneys to Barbary. The story is preserved in a single manuscript in French in the British Museum (Reg. 12, c. xii.), first printed privately by Sir T. Duffus Hardy, and then published as 'Histoire de Foulques Fitz-Warin, par Francisque Michel,' Paris, 1840, large 8vo, and with an English translation and notes by Thomas Wright for the Warton Club in 1855. It is included by L. Moland and C. d'Héricault in 'Nouvelles Francises en prose du xive siecle,' Paris, 1858, 12mo. The text and a new translation are given in J. Stevenson's edition of 'Radulphi de Coggeshall Chronicon' (Rolls Series, 1875). The manuscript was transcribed before 1320, and is evidently paraphrased from an earlier record written before the end of the thirteenth century in octosyllabic verses, some of which remain unaltered. An English version in alliterative verse was seen by Leland, who reproduces 'Thinges excerptid owte of an old Englisch boke yn Ryme of the Gestes of Guarine' (Collectanea, 1774, i. 230-7). Pierre de Langtoft of Bridlington (Cottonian MS. Julius A. v.), writing probably before 1320, refers to the romance, and Robert de Brunne, writing about the same period, says :
    • Thus of dan Waryn in his boke men rede.
  • It is a compilation from family records and traditions first put into shape by 'an Anglo-Norman trouvere in the service of that great and powerful family, and displays an extraordinarily minute knowledge of the topography of the borders of Wales, and more especially of Ludlow and its immediate neighbourhood' (T. Wright's ed. 1855, p. xv). There are historical anachronisms and other inaccuracies. As a story it is full of interest.
  • [Eyton's Antiquities of Shropshire, ii. 2-12, vii. 66-99, xi. 29-42; T. Wright's Sketch of Ludlow Castle, 2nd ed. 1856, and Essays on the Middle Ages, 1846, ii. 147-63 ; Frere's Bibliographe Normand, 1860, ii. 616, 619; Histoire Littéraire de la France, 1877, xxvii. 164-86; Revue Contemporaine, 1858, iii. 308-17; Ward's Cat. of Romances in the British Museum, 1883, i. 501-8. The account of the Fitzwarines by Dugdale (Baronage, 1675, pp. 443, &c.) is full of errors.]
  • From: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Fitzwarine,_Fulk_(DNB00)
  • https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati19stepuoft#page/223/mode... to https://archive.org/stream/dictionaryofnati19stepuoft#page/224/mode... __________________________
  • Fulk III FitzWarin (c. 1160–1258) (alias Fulke, Fouke, FitzWaryn, FitzWarren, Fitz Warine, etc., Latinised to Fulco Filius Warini, "Fulk son of Warin") was a powerful marcher lord seated at Whittington Castle in Shropshire in England on the border with Wales, and also at Alveston in Gloucestershire. He rebelled against King John (1199-1216) from 1200 to 1203,[2] mainly over a dispute concerning his familial right to Whittington Castle, and was declared an outlaw. He was the subject of the famous mediaeval legend or "ancestral romance" entitled Fouke le Fitz Waryn, which relates the story of his life as an outlaw and his struggle to regain his patrimony from the king. He founded, between 1221 and 1226, Alberbury Priory in Shropshire which he granted to the Augustinian canons of Lilleshall but later transferred to the Order of Grandmont. His grandson was Fulk V FitzWarin, 1st Baron FitzWarin (1251-1315).[3]
  • Fulk III was the son of Fulk II FitzWarin (died 1197) by his wife Hawise le Dinan, a daughter and co-heiress of Josce de Dinan.[4] Fulk II was a marcher lord of Shropshire,[5] the son and heir of Fulk I FitzWarin (d.1170/1) of Whittington and Alveston, who himself was the son of (i.e. in Norman French Fitz, in modern French fils de) the family's earliest known ancestor, thus deemed the family patriarch, "Warin of Metz", from Lorraine.[4]
  • .... etc.
  • From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulk_FitzWarin

Romance of Fouke le Fitz Waryn

The biography of Fulk III survives in a French prose "ancestral romance", extant in a miscellaneous manuscript containing English, French and Latin texts, which is based on a lost verse romance. A 16th century summary of a Middle English version has also been preserved. The work is part of the Matter of England.[4] According to the tale, as a young boy, Fulk was sent to the court of King Henry II, where he grew up with the future King John. John became his enemy after a childhood quarrel during a game of chess. As an adult, Fulk was stripped of his family's holdings, and took to the woods as an outlaw. The story may in fact also have confused aspects of the lives of two Fulk FitzWarins, Fulk I (d.1171) and Fulk II (d.1197), father and son. The romance of Fulk FitzWarin has been noted for its parallels to the Robin Hood legend. <refIntroduction to Fouke le Fitz Waryn, edited by Stephen Knight and Thomas H. Ohlgren, originally published in Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales, Kalamazoo, Michigan: Medieval Institute Publications, 1997.</ref> It is also similar to that of other medieval outlaws such as Eustace the Monk and Hereward the Wake.

Fulk Fitzwarin II is depicted in the stained glass window at St Laurence Church, Ludlow.



See Peter Bartrum, https://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000173392989914 (February 24, 2023; Anne Brannen, curator)

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Whittington Castle, Whittington, Shropshire, England
Whittington Castle, Shropshire, England
Whittington, Oswestry, Shropshire, England
November 6, 1197
Age 39
Oswestry, Shropshire, England or, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
of, Whittington, Shropshire, England
Whittington, Shropshire, England (United Kingdom)
of, Whittington, Shropshire, England
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