|Before the Norman conquest, the title of Lord of the Isle of Wight
did not exist. It was first granted by William the Conqueror to
his kinsman William Fitz Osborne who subsequently founded Carisbrooke
Priory. His Lordship of the Island was fairly short-lived. He
was killed in battle in Flanders in 1070 and was succeeded by
Corrections and Comments
|Roger de Breteville, Earl of Hereford. This Earl conspired against
the King and was sentenced to perpetual imprisonment, with the
confiscation of his lands. He died in prison and his lands and
titles remained with the crown until Henry I granted the Lordship
|Roger de Breteuil. "Breteville" was not an alternative spelling.
|Richard de Redvers. The Lordship of the Island was considered
a very high honour. Richard adopted the style, Earl of Devonshire
and Lord of the Isle of Wight. He died in 1140, in the reign of
King Stephen and was succeeded by his son ....
||Richard de Reviers. "Redvers" is a later spelling. The Lordship
of the Island was valued for its rents, not its "very high honour"
~ a concept of later times. Richard did not adopt the style of Earl, and he died on 8 September 1107, not
|Baldwin, a supporter of Empress Maud against King Stephen. He
fortified his castle and the Island against Stephen but was defeated
and fled the kingdom. He was reinstated when Stephen and Maud
settled their differences. Baldwin died in 1159,in the reign of
Henry II and was succeeded by his son ....
||Baldwin de Reviers was the first Earl of the family, being so
created before the midsummer of 1141. He was Earl of Devon, not Devonshire (a separate title created five centuries later). He
died 4 June 1155, not in 1159.
|Richard, Earl of Devonshire, who died in 1162 and was, in turn
succeeded by his son ....
|Richard de Reviers, 2nd Earl of Devon. He died 21 or 27 April
|Baldwin de Redvers, who died without a son and was succeeded by
his brother ....
|Baldwin de Reviers, 3rd Earl of Devon, died in May 1188
|Richard, who died in 1184, also without a son. The title then
passed to Richard's uncle ....
||Richard de Reviers, 4th Earl of Devon, died 19 August in or before
|William de Vernon, 2nd son of the 1st Earl of Devonshire of the
name Baldwin. William styled himself Earl of the Isle of Wight.
He was one of the Barons oppressed by King John and may well have
been present at the signing, by King John, of the Great Charter
(Magna Carta), at Runnymede in 1215 (although there is no evidence
to support this). William died in 1216, the 1st year of the reign
of Henry III and was succeeded by his Grandson ...
||William de Reviers (aka de Vernon), 5th Earl of Devon, was the 3rd and last surviving
son of the 1st Earl. He did not style himself "Earl of the Isle of Wight" but to the contrary
is on record as "Ego Willelmus de Redveriis Comes Devon". He was
not oppressed by King John, of whom he was a consistent supporter.
He died 8th or 10th September 1217, not in 1216 (which was the
year in which his son Baldwin de Reviers died).
|Baldwin, 3rd Earl of Devonshire and Lord of the Isle of Wight
died soon after his Grandfather and title passed to his son ....
||This man never existed.
(The son of the 5th Earl, Baldwin de Reviers, predeceased his
father. His son succeeded as 6th Earl.)
|Baldwin, 4th Earl of Devonshire inherited the title when still
a minor. He later married Amicia, daughter of the Earl of Gloucester
and they had a son, Baldwin and a daughter Isabella.
||Baldwin de Reviers, 6th Earl of Devon (not the 3rd or 4th Earl by any system of counting), grandson of the
5th Earl, died 15 February 1244/5
|Baldwin, 5th Earl of Devonshire and Lord of the Isle of Wight
was said to have been poisoned, and his only son, John, having
died at the age of 10, succession passed to ....
||Baldwin de Reviers, 7th Earl of Devon. We have found no authority
for the allegation that he was poisoned. He died in France before
13 September 1262, and as his son John died an infant, his sister
Isabella succeeded him.
|Isabella, who did not obtain Lordship of the Island until the
death of her Mother, Amicia, in 1284. She married William de Fortibus,
Earl of Albemarle, and surviving him, was styled Countess of Albemarle
and Devon and Lady of the Isle of Wight.
||Isabella's mother died shortly before 14 May 1292, not in 1284,
and Isabella had livery of her brother's lands 17 August 1263,
less than a year after he died. She died 10 November 1293 with
no surviving children. Her cousin and heir, Hugh de Courtenay,
was made Earl in 1334/5.