Reginald de Braose
Reginald de Braose (19 September 1182 – June 1228) was one of the sons of William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber and Matilda, also known as Maud de St. Valery and Lady de la Haie. Her other children included William and Giles.
He supported his brother Giles de Braose in his rebellions against King John. Both brothers were active against the King in the Baron's War. Neither was present at the signing of Magna Carta in June 1215 because at this time they were still rebels who refused to compromise.
Restoration of royal favourEdit
King John acquiesced to Reginald's claims to the de Braose estates in Wales in May 1216. Reginald became Lord of Brecon, Abergavenny, Builth and held other Marcher Lordships but was also very much a vassal of the Welsh leader Llewelyn Fawr, Prince of Gwynedd who had become his father-in-law in 1215  when Reginald married Llywelyn's daughter, Gwladus Ddu.
Henry III restored Reginald to favour and the Bramber estates (confiscated by King John) in 1217.
At this seeming betrayal, Rhys and Owain, Reginald's Welsh nephews who were Princes of Deheubarth, were incensed and took Builth, except the castle. Llywelyn Fawr also became angry and his forces besieged Brecon. Reginald eventually surrendered to Llewelyn and gave up Seinhenydd (Swansea).
By 1221 they were at war again, with Llewelyn again laying siege to Builth. The siege was relieved by King Henry III's forces. From this time on Llewelyn tended to support the claims of Reginald's nephew John de Braose concerning the de Braose lands in Wales.
Reginald was a witness to the re-issue of Magna Carta by King Henry III in 1225.
He died two or three years later in 1227 or 1228 in Brecon and was succeeded by his son by his first wife, Graecia Briwere (or Brewer), daughter of William Brewer. He was buried in Brecon Priory Church (now Brecon Cathedral).
Reginald and Graecia had a son, William de Braose, who was executed by Llewellyn King of Gwynedd upon being caught in the bedchamber of Joan Lady of Wales.
- Oxford Dictionary of National Biography under Briouze [Braose], William (III) de
- Brut y Tywysogion
- Complete Peerage, G E Cokayne, Vol 1 pages 21–22 for the family of Reginald