Osbern de Bolbec
Gérard Flaitel
(-Abt 1047)
Gauthier Giffard
(-Bef 1085)
Ermengarde Flaitel
Rohese Giffard
(-After 1113)


Family Links

1. Richard de Brionne Lord of Clare and Tonbridge

Rohese Giffard 2 3 4

  • Marriage (1): Richard de Brionne Lord of Clare and Tonbridge 1
  • Died: After 1113 1 4

  General Notes:

ROHESE Giffard (-after 1113, bur [Colchester]). Guillaume de Jumièges names "Galterium Giffardum primum" as father of "secundum Galterium Giffardum et filias plures" of whom "una...Rohais" married "Richardo filio comitis Gisleberti". Orderic Vitalis records that "Gisleberti comitis [filium] Ricardum" married "Roaldem Gualterii Gifardi filiam". Domesday Book records "Rohais wife of Richard son of Gilbert" holding Standon in Braughing Hundred in Hertfordshire. According to the Genealogia Fundatoris of Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, "Rohesia" married secondly "Eudoni dapifero Regis Normanniĉ"after the death of "Ricardo filio comitis Gisleberti" and that they were both buried "tempore Henrici primi" in "castrum Clecestriĉ…cœnobio in honore sancti Johannis" which Eudo constructed. According to the Complete Peerage, this genealogy is "probably erroneous"but it does not explain the basis for the doubts. From a chronological point of view, the connection would be tight, assuming that the death date of Richard FitzGilbert is correctly estimated to [1090] and the birth of Rohese´s granddaughter by her alleged second marriage, Beatrix, is correctly assessed at [1105]. An alternative perspective is provided by the History of the foundation of St John´s abbey, Colchester which names "Eudoni…major domus regiĉ" and "Roasya uxor eius…Gilbertum comes, Rohaisĉ frater", who would have been the daughter of this Rohese Giffard.

m [firstly] RICHARD FitzGilbert de Brionne, son of GILBERT de Brionne "Crespin" Comte d'Eu & his wife --- (before 1035-[1090], bur St Neots, Huntingdonshire).

[m secondly EUDES de Rie dapifer, son of HUBERT [I] de Rie & his wife ---(-1 Mar 1120, bur Colchester).]

[FMG/Medieval Lands]


He [Richard FitzGilbert de Clare] married Rohese, daughter of Walter GIFFARD, the elder, and aunt and heir of Walter [GIFFARD], 2nd Earl of Buckingham, through which match his descendants became co-heirs to the lands of that family. He was living 1081, but appears to have died about 1090 being buried at St. Neots, co. Huntingdon. His widow was living, as such, 1113.

[Complete Peerage III:242, XIV:183, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)] 1

Rohese married Richard de Brionne Lord of Clare and Tonbridge, son of Gilbert de Brionne Comte d'Eu and Unknown.1 (Richard de Brionne Lord of Clare and Tonbridge was born before 1035,1 4 died about Apr 1090 1 5 6 and was buried in St. Neots Priory, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19, GB.)


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

2 Frederick Lewis Weis, Walter Lee Sheppard, William Ryland Beall, <i>Magna Carta Sureties 1215: the Barons Named in the Magna Carta, 1215 and Some of their Descendants who Settled in America during the Early Colonial Years</i> (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999), 153-1.

3 William Henry Turton, <i>The Plantagenet Ancestry</i> (1968), 94.

4 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), III:242.

5 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), 184-2.

6 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com, Peter Stewart, 19 May 2002.

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