Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight, close to the coast of Hampshire, was taken from the English by William FitzOsborne, Earl of Hereford, in the time of William Duke of Normandy, and King of England: who, thereupon, became the first Lord thereof. After FitzOsborne’s death, and the proscription of his son Roger, it fell to the Crown, and was by King Henry II. bestowed on the family of the Rivers, Earls of Devon. On the extinction of that line, it again fell to the Crown, in the time of King Edward I.; to whom Isabel, sister of Baldwin de Ryvers, Earl of Devon (who died 1261), and wife of William de Fortibus, delivered up her interest in the Island.

In 1445, and 23rd year of the reign of King Henry VI., Henry Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, was crowned King of the Isle of Wight; and shortly afterwards was made Duke of Warwick.

In 1466, Richard Lord Wideville, Earl of Ryvers, was made “Lord of the Wight,” by King Edward IV.