Henry II of Brabant

On this day, 1 February 1248, Henry II of Brabant passed away. He was my 24th and my 25th great-grandfather.

Born in 1207, in Leuven, Belgium, Henry II of Brabant was the son of Henry I of Brabant and Matilda of Boulogne.

Sometime before 22 August 1215, Henry II of Brabant was wed to Marie of Hohenstaufen (also known as Marie of Swabia), daughter of Philip of Swabia and Irene Angelina of Byzantium. Henry was only eight years old, while Marie was age 14 years.

The couple eventually would have six children: Henry III (my 24 great-grandfather), Philip (who died in childhood), Matilda of Brabant (my 23rd great-grandmother), Beatrix, Maria of Brabant, and Margaret.

On 29 March 1235, Henry’s wife Maria of Hohenstaufen died in Leuven, Brabant, just five days before her 34th birthday.

Less than six months later, on 5 September 1235, father Henry I of Brabant died, making Henry II the Duke of Brabant and Lothier at the age of 28.

In 1241, Henry married his second wife, Sophie of Thuringia, the daughter of Ludwig IV of Thuringia and Elisabeth of Hungary. The marriage produced two children: Henry I of Hesse and Elizabeth of Brabant.

In August 1247, Henry II of Brabant supported nephew William II, Count of Holland, who was elected King of the Romans after Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, was excommunicated by Pope Innocent IV.

Sadly, less than a year later, on 1 February 1248, Henry II of Brabant died in Leuven, Belgium. He was only 40 years old.

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  1. I do use some resources suggested by Ancestry, although I always verify before I document them.

    If you use Ancestry exclusively, I would advise to be very wary of the shared trees. Unfortunately, many connections are not sourced. I have found dozens of erroneous names and incorrect connections.

    BTW: I loved your post on Edmund Woodstock, my 21st great-grandfather: https://thetwodoctors.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/did-my-ancestors-know-the-black-prince/

    As a side note, if you are interested, I had planned to write a post about Edmund of Woodstock on 3 March, the anniversary of his death. 🙂

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  2. Thank you that’s very thorough. Do you use Ancestry.com which is my main tool at the moment, I have to do everything online. I see you have Edmund of Woodstock in your list …… The Black Prince who I have just blogged about with a tenuous connection! I plan to visit Cornwall the area of my ancestors in early April and to visit the site of Restormel Castle which Edmund used as his Cornish base ….. he was the very first Duke of Cornwall!

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  3. Thank you, Dr. B. Your question has me diving back through the years to remember everything I did to document these lines. Let’s see if this middle-aged mind is up to the task, shall we…

    Both Henry II’s son Henry III and daughter Matilda are my great-grandparents through my mother’s Campbell family. The Campbells were a Highland clan whose members married into wealth and power. As such, they were mindful to trace their lineage. Consequently, documenting the lineage of the landowners and nobility was the easy part (lots of books and resources for that—Burke’s Peerage, etc.)

    Both Henry III and Matilda’s lines intersect several generations down:

    Marie de Brabant (1254-1322)
    Daughter of Henry III de Brabant
    Margaret de France (1279-1318)
    Daughter of Marie de Brabant
    Edmund of Woodstock (1301-1330)
    Son of Margaret de France
    Joan of Kent (1328-1385)
    Daughter of Edmund of Woodstock
    Thomas Holland (1354-1397)
    Son of Joan of Kent


    Blanche d’Artois (1248-1302)
    Daughter of Matilda of Brabant
    Henry of Lancaster (1281-1345)
    Son of Blanche d’Artois
    Eleanor of Lancaster (1318-1372)
    Daughter of Henry of Lancaster
    Alice FitzAlan (1350-1416)
    Daughter of Eleanor of Lancaster

    Thomas Holland married Alice FitzAlan. Their daughter was Margaret Holland (1383 – 1439), my multi-times great-grandmother (twice over). From Margaret, the connection goes as follows:

    Joan Beaufort (1400 – 1445)
    Daughter of Margaret Holland
    John Stewart of Atholl (1440 – 1512)
    Son of Joan Beaufort
    Jean Stewart ( – 1510)
    Daughter of John Stewart of Atholl
    Jean Gordon (1479 – 1530)
    Daughter of Jean Stewart

    And Jean Gordon married into the Campbell Clan.

    What proved to difficult was connecting my American Campbells to the Highland Campbells. On this side of the pond, I used Census records, birth/marriage/death records, a family Bible, military records, and passenger lists to get the line back to the first Campbell (for me) in the American Colonies: John Campbell.

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  4. Nice piece of history, you’ve done well to get so far back and make the connection. What tools, software, sites etc do you use

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