Baldwin III, Count of Hainaut

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Baldwin III, Count of Hainaut
Blason fr Hainaut ancien.svg
Old coat-of-arms of Hainaut
BuriedMons, Belgium
Noble familyHouse of Flanders
Spouse(s)Yolande of Guelders
FatherBaldwin II, Count of Hainaut
MotherIda of Louvain

Baldwin III (1088–1120) was count of Hainaut from 1098 to his death. He was son of Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut, and Ida of Louvain.


Baldwin succeeded to the county of Hainaut in 1102. Baldwin married Yolande of Guelders at a young age. He had been betrothed to Adelaide of Maurienne, a niece of Countess Clemence of Flanders. The broken betrothal caused a scandal, and Countess Clemence brought the issue before her brother Pope Calixtus II. The pope declared that the marriage was legal and could not be dissolved.[1]

Baldwin died at a young age of c. 33 in 1120, and was buried in Mons, Belgium. His eldest son Baldwin succeeded him as Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut. His younger son Gerard inherited the counties of Dodewaard and Dale, which had been in the possession of his mother. Countess Yolande held Hainaut as her dower for a while and as a regent for her son.[1]


He was married to Yolande of Guelders, daughter of Gerard I, Count of Guelders. Their children were:

  1. Ida de Hainaut
  2. Baldwin IV, Count of Hainaut, married Alix (Adelaide) de Namur.
  3. Gerhard of Hainaut, ancestor of the Counts of Dale.
  4. Gertrude/Ida of Hainaut, married before 9 August 1138 to Roger of Tosny of Conches and Flamsted.[1]
  5. Richildis of Hainaut, married: 1) Thierry d'Avesnes; 2) Everard II Radulf, Castellan of Tournai.[1]

After Baldwin's death, Countess Yolande married Godfrey II, Lord of Ribemont and Bouchain, Castellan of Valenciennes and the son of Anselm of Ribemont in ca 1120.[2] Yolande and Godfrey II had two children:

  • Godfrey III, Castellan of Valenciennes
  • Berthe of Valenciennes, who married 1) Count Otto II of Duras and 2) Guy de Saint-Aubert

See also[edit]


  • Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, Frederick Lewis Weis (lines 98A-25, 163-25 160-23, 163-24, 163-26)


  1. ^ a b c d Gislebertus (of Mons), Laura Napran, Chronicle of Hainaut, 2005
  2. ^ Heather J. Tanner, Families, friends, and allies: Boulogne and politics in northern France and England, c. 879-1160, Brill, 2004
Baldwin III, Count of Hainaut
Born: 1088 Died: 1120
Preceded by
Baldwin II
Count of Hainaut Blason fr Hainaut ancien.svg
Succeeded by
Baldwin IV