William (III) de Beauchamp

William (III) de Beauchamp (c. 1215 – 1269[1]) was an English baron and hereditary sheriff.

He was born and lived in Elmley Castle in Worcestershire, the eldest son of Walter de Beauchamp and his wife Johanna de Mortimer, daughter of Roger Mortimer of Wigmore.

On the death of his father in 1236 he became hereditary Sheriff of Worcestershire, which title he held until his own death. He also gained the title of Baron of Elmley (a feudal barony).[2]

He married Isabel de Mauduit, who was the daughter of William de Mauduit, Baron of Hanslope[2] and the sister of William Mauduit, 8th Earl of Warwick. They had eight children, of which his heir was his son, also named William de Beauchamp, who inherited the title of Earl of Warwick from his maternal uncle.

In 1249 William (III) was excommunicated by the Bishop of Worcester, Walter de Cantilupe. He was later was absolved, in the presence of the king, on St. Edmund's Day, 1251.[3]


  1. Sudeley. "Sudeley family", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 23 September 2004. Accessed 13 January 2019.
  2. Sir Bernard Burke, C.B. LL.D., A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, new edition (1883; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1978), page 399. Hereinafter cited as Burkes Extinct Peerage.
  3. Dugdale, William (1655). Monasticon Anglicanum, Vol. 1, p. 571.
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