Balwin II, King of Jerusalem

 was the second count of Edessa from 1100 to 1118, and the third ruler of Jerusalem from 1118 until his death.

Baldwin was the son of Hugh I, Count of Rethel, and his wife Melisende, daughter of Guy I of Montlhéry

He went the First Crusade in 1096.

Upon the death of Baldwin I in 1118, the crown was offered to the king's elder brother Eustace III, but Joscelin of Courtenay insisted that the crown pass to Baldwin. Baldwin of Edessa accepted and was crowned king of Jerusalem as Baldwin II on Easter Sunday, 14 April 1118.

Almost immediately, the kingdom was simultaneously invaded by the Seljuks from Syriaand the Fatimids from Egypt, although by showing himself ready and willing to defend his territory, Baldwin forced the Muslim army to back down without a battle.

In 1119, the crusader Principality of Antioch was invaded, and Baldwin hurried north with the army of Jerusalem. Roger of Salerno, prince of Antioch, would not wait for Baldwin's reinforcements, and the Antiochene army was destroyed in a battle the crusaders came to call Ager Sanguinis (the Field of Blood). Although it was a crushing blow, Baldwin helped Antioch recover and drove out the Seljuks later that year.Around this time, the second of three military orders were created. In 1118, Hugues de Payens founded the Knights Templar in Jerusalem, while the Knights Hospitaller, which had been founded in 1113, evolved into a military order from the charitable order that they had originally been. Baldwin also called the Council of Nablus in 1120, where he probably established the first written laws for the kingdom, and extended rights and privileges to the growing bourgeois communities. King Baldwin allowed Hugues de Payens to set up quarters in a wing of the royal palace, the captured Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount. Because of where it was built, on the ruins of the older Temple, the Crusaders referred to this structure as the Temple of Solomon, and it was from this structure that they took their name of "Knights of the Temple", or Templar.



Seal of The Templars



The Freemasons, is a society that began with the founding of the Grand Lodge of England in 1717 centuries after the persecution, murder & driving out of the Knights Templar.

Freemasonry claims it was started by descendants of the Knights Templar.

This is untrue!

If you see below you can see that the bloodline of descendants finished with the death of childless Conradin.

''With Conradin's death in 1268

at 16 years old, the legitimate Hohenstaufen line became extinct. ''

The 2nd line of Templar was started by Hugh I King of Jerusalem, he was not blood related to the original Kings of Jerusalem or Knights Templar at all.

The Freemasons liked the idea of the Templar and therefore tried to create a 'new order'. But this order does not resemble the original in any way.

They are not ''The poor fellow soldiers of Christ'', for example!

Rather'' Theirs was a group  formed in the 17th century which was interested in the promotion of religious and political tolerance in an age of great intolerance when differences of opinion on matters of religion and politics were to lead to bloody civil war. ''

Unfortunately today it has evolved into a 'secret society' or brotherhood that feeds suspicion and controversy.

However they are involved in 'good works' but they can believe in any god!

Whereas, ' the poor fellow soldiers of Christ' believed only in Christianity and sought to free the world of violent Islamic invasions.

BUT there is the possibly of descendants to the Templars through William Longespee the Earl of Salisbury and his mistress Countess Ida de Tosney of Norfolk and their son Sir William Longespee ( Jr)who was a Crusader Knight Templar. His descendants are in obscurity originally coming from Staffordshire, Salisbury,Wales & Ireland but they do exist!

Obviously, looking at our ancestors, our family is one of those old bloodlines.

My Knights Templar


Here is a list of Knights Templar 

who were my ancestors from Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of The Normans, Count of Anjou. 

Among whom were Kings of Jerusalem.

I am still researching on this topic....

Fulk V , Count of Anjou

Fulk was born at Angers, between 1089 and 1092, the son of Count Fulk IV of Anjou and Bertrade de Montfort

Crusade of 1119-1120 

Faulk became attached to the Knights Templar (Orderic Vitalis). He returned, late in 1121, after which he began to subsidize the Templars, maintaining two knights in the Holy Land for a year.By 1127 Fulk was preparing to return to Anjou when he received an embassy from King Baldwin II of Jerusalem.

King of Jeruselem from 1131 to his death. During his reign, the kingdom of Jerusalem reached its largest territorial extent. Fulk abdicated his county seat of Anjou to his son Geoffrey and left for Jerusalem, where he married Melisende on 2 June 1129, the daughter of Baldwin II, King of Jerueselm.

Their son  Baldwin III, to be King of Jeruselm was born in 1130.

Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem


Melisende (b.1105 – d.11 September 1161) was Queen of Jerusalem from 1131 to 1153, and regent for her son between 1153 and 1161 while he was on campaign.

She was the eldest daughter of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, and the Armenian princess Morphia of Melitene. 

Chancel of St Dunstan's is the Parish Church of Cranford
Ancestor of Fosbrook/Farmer

John of Cranford

Who gave Cranford Parish and  st Dunstan's with The Holy Angels church to The Order of The Knights Templar 

St Dunstan's is the Parish Church of Cranford. 
''We know that during the reign of Edward the Confessor the Manor was owned by Turstan, the King's Thane.
It later passed to John de Cranford, who passed it to the Order of the Knights Templars.
When the Knights Templars were abolished the Manor and Parish were vested in the Crown until 1310, when it was passed to the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem.''

''CRANFORD, (Middlesex) on the N. W. side of Hounslow, has a bridge over the r. Crane. The most ancient Ld. of this manor was John de Cranford, who gave it to the K's. Templars, and, on their Diss. was settled on those of St. John of Jerusalem; and K. Hen. VIII. granted it to Will. Ld. Windsor; but it bel. to the crown in the R. of K. Ja. I. he gave it to Lady Berkley, great grandmother to the Earl of Berkley, who has a seat here. It has a ch. sc''

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Knights Templar

Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ
and of the Temple of Solomon

Baldwin III, King of Jerusalem


(b.1130 – d.10 February 1163)

He was king of Jerusalem from 1143 to 1163. He was the eldest son of Melisende and Fulk of Jerusalem. He became king while still a child, and was at first overshadowed by his mother Melisende, whom he eventually defeated in a civil war. During his reign Jerusalem became more closely allied with the Byzantine Empire, and the Second Crusade tried and failed to conquer Damascus. Baldwin captured the important Egyptian fortress of Ascalon, but also had to deal with the increasing power of Nur ad-Din in Syria. He died childless and was succeeded by his brother Amalric.



BALDWIN I King of Jerusalem, was one of the leaders of the First Crusade, who became the first Count of Edessa and then the second ruler and first titled King of Jerusalem.

RAOUL II or Ralph de Tosny, Lord of Flambard, Father of Ida de Tosny , Countess of Norfolk,mother of William Longespee

Raoul II de Tosny,seigneur de Conches-en-Ouche was a Norman nobleman of the House of Tosny, son of Roger I of Tosny. He was active in NormandyEngland and Wales.

His daughter Godehilde married Baldwin I of Jerusalem they had his only issue , two sons.




The Line of Templar Descendants that DID NOT  die out!

By his wife Ela, Countess of Salisbury, he had four sons and six daughters


William II - 3 sons & 1 daughter -Salisbury

Stephen- 2 daughters-Ireland

Ida ( My descendant)  1 son & 5 daughters

-Wales & later  Shropshire 

WILLIAM II 's Children


Longespée married Idoine de Camville, daughter of Richard de Camville and Eustacia Basset. They had three sons and a daughter:

  • Ela Longespée, married James De Audley (1220–1272), of Heleigh Castle, Staffordshire, son of Henry De Audley and Bertred Mainwaring

  • William III Longespée, married Maud de Clifford, granddaughter of Llewelyn ap Iorwerth, Prince of North Wales. Their daughter Margaret married Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln.

  • Richard Longespée, married Alice le Rus, daughter of William le Rus of Suffolk and died shortly before 27 December 1261.

  • Edmund Longespée, The Book of Lacock names “Guill Lungespee tertium, Ric´um, Elam et Edmundum” as the children of “Guill Lungespee secundus” & his wife.


STEPHEN'S Children

married Emeline de Ridelsford, widow of Hugh de Lacy, 1st Earl of Ulster.

Their two daughters were 

Eleanor Longspee, who married Sir Roger La Zouche

Emeline Longspee, who married Sir Maurice FitzMaurice, Justiciar of Ireland.

IDA'S Children

Married firstly Ralph who was son of Ralph de Somery, Baron of Dudley, and Margaret, daughter of John Marsha- NO ISSUE

She married secondly William de Beauchamp, Baron of Bedford, by whom she had six children, one son and five daughters.

Including Maud de Beauchamp, wife of Roger de Mowbray

AND Elizabeth who married Edward de Cameis, whom are MY ANCESTORS.

Execution of Conradin, last Stauferking of Sicily, following the battle of Tagliacozzo in 1268




Through Fulk V , Count of Anjou, King of Jerusalem and his two wives.



Fulk V ,the Younger, Count of Anjou 

King of Jerusalem

And his first wife 

Ermengarde or Erembourg of Maine

 Their son

Geoffrey Plantagenet, Duke of The Normans, Count of Anjou. 

His son and so on...

KING HENRY II of England & France

His illegitimate son with Ida de Tosny

William Longespee,3rd Earl of Salisbury, Knight.


& MARTYR, buried at Acre, Jerusalem,

The Lady Baroness Ida de Beauchamp

( Nee Longespee )

The Honorable Elizabeth de Cameis

( Nee de Beauchamp)

John de Cameis

Meyric ''Meurig''de Kemeys

Formerly de Cameis 

Henry de Kemeys

John Keymes

Jenkin Keymess

Formerly 'Kemeys'

Leuen Keymess

William Keymess

John Keymess

Elizabeth Lucas 

( Nee  Keymess)

Henry Lucas

John Lucas

John Lucas

John Lucas

William Lucas

William Lucas

John Lucas

Mary  Stocking ( Nee Lucas)

Mary  Fosbrook ( Nee Stocking)

William Fosbrook

Elizabeth Lewis ( Nee Fosbrook)The Heiress.

Elizabeth Farmer ( Nee Lewis)

George Farmer

Ernest Edward Farmer

Alfred Farmer ( died WW2-Dunkirk)

Alfred Keith Farmer- MY FATHER


Fulk V the Younger, Count of Anjou 

King of Jerusalem

And his SECOND wife 

Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem, 

Her father was

Baldwin II KIng of Jerusalem

Their son

Baldwin III King of Jerusalem

He died childless and was succeeded by his brother

Amalric of Jerusalem, House of Anjou

His children

Baldwin IV King of Jerusalem, The Leper KIng

He died Childless

and his nephew succeeded him

Baldwin V  King Regent of Jerusalem

under the regency of Count Raymond III of Tripoli.

Baldwin V mother succeeded him

Sibylla, Countess of Jaffa and Ascalon and Cyprus,Queen of Jerusalem 

She was succeeded by her husband

Guy of Lusignan,French Poitevin knight, son of Hugh VIII of the Lusignan dynasty.

He was succeeded by his sister in law 

Isabella I Queen of Jerusalem

Daughter of Almaric I

Isabelle was succeeded by her daughter

Maria of Montferrat, Queen of Jerusalem, the daughter of Isabella I of Jerusalem and Conrad of Montferrat.

Succeeded by her daughter

Isabella II ,also known as Yolande of Brienne, was a princess of French origin who became monarch of Jerusalem. She was also

Holy Roman Empress & Queen consort of Sicily

Conrad II ,Hohenstaufen dynasty, was the only son of Emperor Frederick II from his second marriage with Queen Isabella II of Jerusalem. He inherited the title of a King of Jerusalem 

 Appointed Duke of Swabia in 1235, his father had him elected King of Germany (King of the Romans) and crowned King of Italy (as Conrad IV) in 1237. After the emperor was deposed and died in 1250, he ruled as King of Sicily (Conrad I) until his death.

His son succeeded him

Conrad (25 March 1252 – 29 October 1268), called the Younger or the Boy, but usually known by the diminutive Conradin was the Duke of Swabia (1254–1268, as Conrad IV), King of Jerusalem (1254–1268, as Conrad III), and King of Sicily (1254–1258, de jure until 1268, as Conrad II).

Excommunicated by The Catholic Church then 

he was executed by orders of Charles I of Naples,youngest son of Louis VIII of France

With Conradin's death at 16, the legitimate Hohenstaufen line became extinct. 



Hugh I of Jerusalem

Hugh III of Cyprus (1235 – 24 March 1284), born Hugues de Poitiers, later Hugues de Lusignan (he adopted his mother's surname de Lusignan in 1267), called the Great, was the King of Cyprus from 1267 and King of Jerusalem from 1268 (as Hugh I of Jerusalem). He was the son of Henry of Antioch and Isabella de Lusignan, the daughter of king Hugh I of Cyprus. He was a grandson of Bohemund IV of Antioch and thus a descendant of Robert Guiscard.

His son succeeded him

John II of Jerusalem

His succession as King of Jerusalem was opposed by Charles of Anjou, who had also disrupted his father's succession. John died the following year on 20 May, having never married and leaving no children.

His brother succeeded him

Henry II (June 1270 – 31 August 1324) was the last ruling and full titular King of Jerusalem (after the fall of Acre on 28 May 1291, this title became empty) and also ruled as King of Cyprus. He was a Lusignan dynasty.

He was the second surviving son of Hugh III and succeeded his brother John I . He was married but died childless.

The Kingdom of Jerusalem was finally dissolved with the fall of Acre and the end of the Crusades in the Holy Land in 1291


Elizabeth of Carinthia, Queen of Germany

of The House of Gorizia . 

This house was a comital dynasty in the Holy Roman Empire, originally officials in the Patriarchate of Aquileia, who ruled the County of Gorizia (Görz) from the early 12th century onwards.

She was the eldest daughter of Meinhard, Duke of Carinthia, Count of Gorizia and Tyrol.

Her mother was Elizabeth of Bavaria, daughter of Otto II, Duke of Bavaria and his wife Agnes, herself daughter of Henry V, Count Palatine of the Rhine and Agnes of Hohenstaufen. Her mother was also the widow of Conrad IV of Germany. Therefore, the young Elizabeth was a half-sister of Conradin, King of Jerusalem and Duke of Swabia.


Her  Husband 

Albert I of Germany


Their Issue

Rudolf I of Bohemia
Frederick the Fair
Leopold I, Duke of Austria
Albert II, Duke of Austria
Otto, Duke of Austria
Anna, Duchess of Breig
Agnes, Queen of Hungary
Elisabeth, Duchess of Lorraine
Catherine, Duchess of Calabria
Judith, Countess of Öttingen

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