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Honfroi de Vieilles
(-After 1053)
(-After 1053)
Galéran [III] de Meulan Comte de Meulan
Roger de Vieilles Seigneur de Beaumont-le-Roger
(Abt 1015-1094)
Adeline de Meulan
Henry de Beaumont 1st Earl of Warwick
(Abt 1048-1119)


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1. Marguerite du Perche

Henry de Beaumont 1st Earl of Warwick 3 4 5

  • Born: Abt 1048 1 5 6 7
  • Marriage (1): Marguerite du Perche before 1100 1 2
  • Died: 20 Jun 1119 aged about 71 1 4 5 8
  • BuriedMale: Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Préaux, Les Préaux, Eure, Haute-Normandie, 27500, FR 1

  General Notes:

HENRY de Beaumont, son of ROGER Seigneur de Beaumont-le-Roger & his wife Adeline de Meulan ([1048]-[20 Jun] 1119, bur Préaux). Guillaume of Jumièges records that "Rogerius de Bellomonte" married "Adelinam, Waleranni comitis Mellenti filiam", by whom he had "duos filios Robertum et Henricum...postea comites" and that Henry received "comitatum Warwik" from "Willelmi regis in Anglia". Orderic Vitalis records that William I King of England constructed "castrum apud Guarevicum" [Warwick] and entrusted it to "Henrico Rogerii de Bellomonte filio", dated to 1068. "…Rotgerius de Bello monte, Hainricus filius eius…" witnessed the charter dated to [1073] under which William I King of England confirmed the donation by "Nielli filii alterius Nielli" made by "suus pater" of six churches on Guernsey to the abbey of Marmoutier. "Rogerius et filii mei Robertus et Henricus" donated "decimam tocius Brotonie" to Saint-Wandrille by charter dated 13 Jan 1086. After supporting William II King of England against the rebellion of 1088, the king created him Earl of Warwick in [Jul/Dec] 1088. Orderic Vitalis names "Rodbertum et Henricum" as the heirs of " Bellomonte", adding that Henry was granted "comitatum de Guarewico". "Rogerus de Bellomonte" founded la Sainte-Trinité de Beaumont-le-Roger, with the consent of "liberis meis Roberto comite Mellentensi et Henrico comite de Warwic", by charter dated [1088/89]. He opposed the invasion of England by Robert Duke of Normandy in Jun 1101, and remained loyal to Henry I King of England throughout his life. "…Henrici comitis…" subscribed a charter dated 14 Sep 1101 under which Henry I King of England donated property to Bath St Peter. "Henricus…Warwicense consul et Margareta uxor mea et Rogerus noster filius" donated property to Warwick St Mary by undated charter. The Annals of Margan record the death in 1119 of "comes Henricus de Warewic".

m MARGUERITE de Perche, daughter of GEOFFROY Comte de Mortagne et de Perche & his wife Beatrix de Ramerupt [Roucy] (-27 Aug after 1156). Orderic Vitalis names "Margaritam...Julianam" as the daughters of "Goisfredus Rotronis Mauritaniæ comitis filius" and his wife "Beatricis", adding that Marguerite married "Henrico comiti de Covarevico". The Genealogiæ Scriptoris Fusniacensis names " Rotaldum eiusdem loci comitem et Iulainam de Aquila matrem regine Navarrensis, et Margaretam uxorem Gisleberti de Novo-burgo" as children, incorrectly, of "Rotaldo comiti de Pertica" & his wife Beatrix de Roucy, specifying that Marguerite had children "Rotaldum Ebrodiensem episcopum cum aliis liberis utriusque sexus". "Henricus…Warwicense consul et Margareta uxor mea et Rogerus noster filius" donated property to Warwick St Mary by undated charter. The 1130 Pipe Roll records "comitisse de Warwic" in Wiltshire. The necrology of the church of Evreux records the death "27 Aug" of "Margarita mater Rotrodi episcopi".

Earl Henry & his wife had five children: Roger, Robert, Rotrou, Geoffroy and Henri.

[FMG/Medieval Lands]


Henry de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick, so created between July and Dec 1088 and granted lands which up till two years previously had belonged to a Saxon Thane, Turkill or Turchil of Arden (an ancestor of William Shakespeare); born c1048; granted feudal Lordship of Gower, South Wales by Henry I some time between 1106 and 1116; married Margaret (died in or after 1156), daughter of Geoffrey, Count de Perche, and died most probably 20 June 1119.

[Burke's Peerage]



HENRY DE BEAUMONT, younger son of Roger DE BEAUMONT, seigneur of Beaumont, Pontaudemer, Brionne and Vatteville (in Normandy), by Adeline, sister and in her issue heir (of the whole blood) of Hugh, COUNT OF MEULAN, daughter of Waleran, COUNT OF MEULAN (in the Kingdom of France), was b. probably about 1048. According to Orderic, when the Conqueror built Warwick Castle in 1068, he made Henry constable thereof; but in view of Henry's youth, it is likely that the historian is antedating a much later appointment. Henry attests a royal charter at Le Mans in 1073. In 1077 he was with the King at Caen; and in 1079 he was one of the nobles at Rouen who tried to reconcile the King and his eldest son. He was with William in Normandy in 1080 and 1082; and he was again in Normandy in 1086. Almost at the end of the reign he was with the King at Westminster. In 1088 he supported William Rufus against the rebels; and he was created, in 1088 (July-December), EARL OF WARWICK. To support the Earldom the King gave him the lands of an English thegn, Turchil of Arden, who had still held large estates in 1086. Probably by a family arrangement, he also obtained lands in co. Warwick which had been held in 1086 by his elder brother Robert, Count of Meulan. Probably in 1088 he witnessed, as Earl, a charter of Robert, Duke of Normandy. During the remainder of the reign he does not seem to have taken any active part in public affairs. On his father's death about 1094 he succeeded to the Norman Barony of Annebecq, which at a later date comprised 22¾ knights' fees, for which the service of 2½ knights' fees was due. He was probably in the royal hunting party when William Rufus was killed in the New Forest, 2 August 1100; for next day, when the nobles met at Winchester to choose the King's successor, he was present and took a leading part in the election of Henry IV. Immediately after the Coronation at Westminster, 5 August Warwick witnessed Henry's charter of liberties. In June 1101, when Robert, Duke of Normandy, prepared to invade England, Warwick and his brother Robert were among the King's few supporters in Normandy. He remained loyal to Henry I for the rest of his life and often attested royal charters. Between 1100 and 1116 Henry I granted him the peninsula of Gower, Glamorgan. He founded a priory of Austin canons, at Warwick and was a benefactor of St. Mary's Church there and of the Abbeys of Préaux and St. Taurin, Evreux.

He married Margaret, daughter of Geoffrey, COUNT OF PERCHE, by Beatrice, daughter of Hilduin, COUNT OF MONTDIDIER and ROUCY. He died (probably 20 June) 1119 and was buried at Préaux. His widow, who enjoyed a high reputation for piety and virtue, in 1125 witnessed the foundation charter of the Hermitage of Notre-Dame-du-Désert by Robert, Earl of Leicester. She was a benefactor of Kenilworth Priory and the Knights Templars, and consented to a gift by her son Robert to the Abbey of Le Bec. She was living in 1156.

[Complete Peerage XII/2:357-60, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]


The first who bore the title of Earl of Warwick, after the Norman Conquest, was Henry de Newburgh (so called from the castle of that name in Normandy), a younger son of Roger de Bellomont, Earl of Mellent. When this eminent person obtained that earldom is not exactly ascertained, but Sir William Dugdale presumed the period to be toward the close of the Conqueror's reign, "for then," saith he, "King William, having begirt Warwick with a mighty ditch, for the precinct of its walls, and erected the gates at his own charge, did promote this Henry to the earldom, and annexed thereto the royalty of the borough, which at that time belonged to the crown." But, though Henry de Newburgh was made Earl of Warwick by the first Norman sovereign, he was not invested with all the lands attached to the earldom until the ensuing reign, as we find William Rufus, soon after his accession to the throne, conferring upon him the whole inheritance of Turchil de Warwick, a Saxon, who, at the coming of Duke William, had the reputation of earl; and thenceforth the "bear and ragged staff," the device of Turchil's family derived from the chivalrous Guy, Earl of Warwick, was assumed by the first of the Newburgh dynasty, and it has been continued ever since as a badge of the successive Earls of Warwick. The name of this Henry, Earl of Warwick, appears as a witness to the charter of King Henry I, whereby that prince confirmed the laws of Edward the Confessor, and granted many other immunities to the clergy and laity. His lordship m. Margaret, dau. of Geffrey, Count de Moreton, and sister of Rotrode, Earl of Perch, and had issue, two daus., whose names are not mentioned, and five sons, viz., Roger, his successor; Henry; Geffrey; Rotrode, bishop of Evreux; and Robert, seneschal and justice of Normandy, who was a great benefactor to the abbey of Bec in which he was afterwards shorn a monk and d. in 1123.

This Earl Henry commenced imparking Wedgenock, near his castle of Warwick, following the example of his sovereign, King Henry, who made the first park that had ever been in England, at Woodstock. His lordship, who was as memorable for pious foundations as distinguished for military achievements, d. in 1123 and was s. by his eldest son, Roger de Newburgh.

[Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, 1883, p. 399, Newburgh, Earls of Warwick]


The earldom of Warwick was created by William II in 1088 for Henry de Beaumont, who had held Warwick castle since its building by William the Conqueror 20 years before.

Henry, younger brother of Robert, count of Meulan, was lord of Neubourg, near Beaumont-le-Roger in Normandy, and Rufus gave him the great midland estate of the English noble, Thurkill of Arden. The new earl was an intimate friend of Henry I, whose succession he did much to promote. He died in 1123 and was buried at Preaux (Normandy). Roger, his eldest son, held the earldom until his death in 1153.

[Encyclopædia Britannica, 1961 ed., Vol. 23, p. 375, EARLS OF WARWICK] 1


• Title: Earl of Warwick, 1088.

• Title: Lord of Gower, 1107.

Henry married Marguerite du Perche, daughter of Geoffroy de Châteaudun Comte de Mortagne, Comte du Perche and Béatrice de Ramerupt, before 1100.1 2 (Marguerite du Perche died after 27 Aug 1156 1.)


1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.

2 Frederick Lewis Weis, Jr. Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, Kaleen E. Beall, <i>Ancestral Roots Of Certain American Colonists Who Came To America Before 1700: Lineages from Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Other Historical Individuals</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2004 (Reprint)), 151:24.

3 Charles Mosley, <i>Burke's Peerage & Baronetage</i> (Burke's Peerage, 1999), 2943-44, 1671.

4 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, David Faris, <i>Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700: The Lineage of Alfred the Great, Charlemagne, Malcolm of Scotland, Robert the Strong, and Some of Their Descendants</i> (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1992), 84-25.

5 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), XII/2:357-60.

6 Charles Mosley, <i>Burke's Peerage & Baronetage</i> (Burke's Peerage, 1999), 2043.

7 Lewis C Loyd, <i>The Origins of Some Anglo-Norman Families</i> (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999), 72.

8 Charles Mosley, <i>Burke's Peerage & Baronetage</i> (Burke's Peerage, 1999), 2944.

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