Eustace III, Count of Boulogne

Male Bef 1058 - 1125  (~ 67 years)

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  • Name Eustace III  
    Suffix Count of Boulogne 
    Born Bef 1058  (Boulogne, France) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died ~1125  [2
    Person ID I50915  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 12 Feb 2018 

    Father Eustace II, Count of Boulogne,   b. 0___ 1015, Boulogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1087  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Ida of Lorraine,   b. 0___ 1040, Boulogne, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1113  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Y  [1, 3
    Family ID F17723  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary of Scotland,   b. 1082, Dumfermline, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1116  (Age 34 years) 
    Married Y  [4
     1. Matilda of Boulogne, Countess of Boulogne,   b. ~1105,   d. 3 May 1152  (Age ~ 46 years)
    Last Modified 21 Feb 2019 
    Family ID F18938  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • Eustace III (died c. 1125) was the count of Boulogne from 1087, succeeding his father Count Eustace II.[1] His mother was Ida of Lorraine.

      In 1088, Eustace supported the rebellion against William II of England in favour of Robert Curthose.[2]

      Eustace participated in the First Crusade of 1096 along with his brothers Godfrey of Bouillon (duke of Lower Lotharingia) and Baldwin of Boulogne. It is unclear whether he travelled eastward with his brother Godfrey's or Robert Curthose's army. His contingent[3] included Hugh II of Saint-Pol and his son Engelrand, Eustace I Granarius, lord of Sidon and Caesarea, Fulk of Guăines, and Hugh of Robecq (Rebecques), lord of Hebron. Throughout the crusade Eustace assisted Godfrey.[4] Eustace was present at the Siege of Nicaea (May–June 1097), helped rescue Bohemund of Taranto's beleaguered troops at the Battle of Dorylaeum (July 1, 1097), defeated an enemy ambush during the Siege of Antioch and was one of the commanders during the capture of Antioch on June 3, 1098.[5]

      Eustace was a member of the council held at Ruj on January 4, 1099, mediating in the conflict over the control of Antioch between Bohemund of Taranto and Raymond IV of Toulouse.[6][7] Early December 1098 Eustace joined Raymond's attack on Maarrat al-Nu'man and an attack on Nablus in July 1099. He gained notoriety for his actions during the Siege of Jerusalem fighting relentlessly from a siege tower along with his brother Godfrey and the warriors they commanded. They were among the first to breach Jerusalem's city walls and participated in the ensuing massacre. Finally Eustace commanded a division of the crusader army during the Battle of Ascalon.[8]

      While his brothers stayed in the Holy Land, Eustace returned to administer his domains. To commemorate Eustace's crusading adventures the mint at Boulogne struck silver coins with a lion above the walls of Jerusalem stamped on the obverse.[9]

      Eustace married Mary, daughter of King Malcolm III of Scotland and Saint Margaret of Scotland. Eustace and Mary had one daughter:

      Matilda of Boulogne.
      When his youngest brother king Baldwin I of Jerusalem died in 1118, the elderly Eustace was offered the throne. Eustace was at first uninterested, but was convinced to accept it; he travelled all the way to Apulia before learning that a distant relative, Baldwin of Bourcq, had been crowned in the meantime. Eustace returned to Boulogne and died about 1125.

      On his death the county of Boulogne was inherited by his daughter, Matilda, and her husband Stephen de Blois, count of Mortain, afterwards king of England.

      Eustace founded the Cluniac house of Rumilly and was patron of the Knights Templar.[10]

      end of biography

  • Sources 
    1. [S10697] "Eustace II, Count of Boulogne" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by.

    2. [S12331] "Eustace III, Count of Boulogne", Biography,,_Count_of_Boulogne, revisited or.

    3. [S10699] "Ida of Lorraine" biography, which was abstracted, downloaded and published Saturday, March 18th, 2017 by David A. Henne.

    4. [S10147] "Malcolm III of Scotland" biography, abstracted, downloaded & published Saturday, December 24th, 2016 by David A. Hennes.