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The Earls of Warren


The Norman Warren or De Warenne family took its name from their castle on the River Varenne in the departement of Seine-Inferieure, France.

The name is spelled Warenne, and de Warenne,, until it became Warren with Sir Edward, the son of the 8th Earl.

The family was founded in England by William, the First Earl, and held great estates in twelve English counties, with their chief seats being at Lewes, Sussex and Conisborough, Yorkshire. They were granted lands and property in the region by William Rufus, son of William the Conqueror. They also owned Sandal Castle and were based in Wakefield.

In 1148, the property passed to Isabel de Warren, daughter of William, the Third Earl, and then to her son, William, the Sixth Earl.

A branch of the family acquired the De Wirmgay estates in Norfolk, by marriage. This branch died out in 1209.

The legitimate main line expired with John, the Eighth Earl.

In the 12th century, the Warren family were appointed ale-conners, to oversee ale houses. The family arms include a chequered shield, which may be linked to pubs with the names such as Checkers.

In 1393, Richard II decreed that ale houses should have a pictorial sign so that the ale-conner could recognise the establishment

This SideTrack presents presents biographies of the Earls of Warren, and some people associated with the Earls:

In 1776, John Watson wrote his Memoirs of the Earls of Warren and Surrey.

See Wyons Maryons, Manor of Halifax, History On Your Doorstep and Honour of Warenne



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