William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel

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Detail of the effigiy of William Fitzalan, Arundel Chapel, Arundel, Sussex, U.K.
Arms of Sir William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, KG

William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, 6th Baron Maltravers KG (23 November 1417 – 1487).

He was a son of John FitzAlan, 13th Earl of Arundel, and Eleanor Berkeley. His mother was a daughter of John Berkeley and Elizabeth Betteshorne, granddaughter of Thomas de Berkeley, 3rd Baron Berkeley, and his second wife Catherine Clivedon.

His elder brother John FitzAlan, 14th Earl of Arundel, died on 12 June 1435. The title passed to John's nephew Humphrey FitzAlan, 15th Earl of Arundel, who was only a six-year-old with no descendants. William thus became the heir presumptive and, when Humphrey died three years later on 24 April 1438, he succeeded to the title.

Marriage and issue

He married Joan Neville, eldest daughter of Richard Neville, 5th Earl of Salisbury, and Alice Montagu, suo jure Countess of Salisbury.[1] Alice was a daughter of Thomas Montacute, 4th Earl of Salisbury, and Eleanor Holland. Eleanor was a daughter of Thomas Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent, and Alice FitzAlan. Alice was a daughter of Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel, and Eleanor of Lancaster.

William and Joan had six children:

William was summoned to the 'Loveday' council of February 1458, designed to reconcile feuding noble factions (and indeed, he was instructed to stop 'foot-dragging' and attend),[2] and later fought in the Second Battle of St Albans (22 February 1461) as a supporter of the House of York. The Yorkists were commanded by his brother-in-law Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick.

Edward IV of England named him a Knight of the Garter in 1471, probably in honour of his support during the Wars of the Roses. He was Warden of the Cinque Ports in 1471 and from 1483 to 1488.


  1. Cokayne 1910, p. 249.
  2. Maurer, H.E., Margaret of Anjou: Queenship and Power in Late Medieval England, Woodbridge 2003, p.154


  • Cokayne, George Edward (1910). The Complete Peerage, edited by H.A. Doubleday. I. London: St. Catherine Press.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
Legal offices
Preceded by
Justice in Eyre
south of the Trent

Succeeded by
John Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
Preceded by
Henry Bourchier, 1st Earl of Essex
Justice in Eyre
south of the Trent

Succeeded by
John Radcliffe, 9th Baron FitzWalter
and Sir Reynold Bray
Peerage of England
Preceded by
Humphrey FitzAlan
Earl of Arundel
Succeeded by
Thomas FitzAlan
Baron Maltravers
(descended by acceleration)