Aubrey [I] de Vere Sheriff of Berkshire
(Bef 1040-Abt 1112)


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Aubrey [I] de Vere Sheriff of Berkshire 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: Bef 1040 1 4 5 6
  • Marriage (1): Béatrice before 1086 1
  • Died: Abt 1112, Colne Priory, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6, GB 1 5 6
  • BuriedMale: Colne Priory, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6, GB 1

  General Notes:

AUBREY de Vere, son of --- ([before 1040]-Colne Priory, Essex [1112], bur Colne Priory). As "Alberico de Ver" he attested a charter of Conan II Duke of Brittany, who ruled in his own name from 1057 to 1066. William I King of England granted him estates, particularly in north Essex, south Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. He attested a royal charter as Chamberlain [camerarius] in 1084. [Domesday Book records "the land which belonged to Earl Aubrey", including Compton, Durrington, Winterslow, in Wiltshire, Iffley and Minster in Oxfordshire. It is not certain that these entries apply to Aubrey de Vere who has not been identified with the comital title in other sources. In addition, the unusual heading to the section "the land which belonged to…" suggests that it may have been confiscated or relinquished before the date of Domesday.] Domesday Book records "Aubrey de Vere" holding numerous properties in Essex. He acted as Sheriff of Berkshire in [1106]. The Chronicle of Abingdon records a donation by "dapiferi Albrici…et uxore eius Beatrice", with the consent of "eorum filiis…Albricus, Rogerus, Rotbertus, Wuillelmus".

m (before 1086) BEATRICE, daughter of ---. "Godefridus de Ver, Albrici senioris filius, Albrici junioris frater" donated property to Colne priory by undated charter, which names "matre sua Beatrice".

Aubrey de Vere & his wife had [six] children: Geoffrey, Aubrey, Roger, Robert, William and [a daughter].

[FMG/Medieval Lands]


In 1086 Aubrey de Ver, the ancestor of the Earls of Oxford, in addtion to his tenancies-in-chief in several counties, was an under-tenant of Geoffrey bishop of Coutances in Kensington, Middlesex, and two places in Northamptonshire. This indicates that his place of origin was Ver (as indicated), which is 18 kil. South of Coutances and not Ver in the Bessin.

[Origins of Some Anglo-Norman Families]


Alberic/Aubrey de Ver (a place in the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy), probably himself a Norman; b. by 1040; by the Domesday Survey held numerous manors, chiefly in Cambs, Essex, and Suffolk--Hedingham, Essex being the chief one, but also in Hunts, Middx (including Cheniston, now Kensington) and Northants; references to him as Chamberlain occur c1110; founded Earl's Colne Priory, Essex, where he and many of his descendants are burried; Sheriff Berks by 1106; married Beatrice and died probably 1112.

[Burke's Peerage]


AUBREY DE VERE I was almost certainly a Norman who derived his name from Ver in the Côtentin and probably had connexions with the adjoining duchy of Brittany. He was born probably before 1040. The Conqueror granted him, with other lands, the great estates of an English thegn named Wulfwine in Essex, Suffolk, and Cambridge. In 1084 he attested a royal charter for Lessay as Aubrey the Chamberlain. In 1086 he held in chief 14 estates in Essex, with 2 houses and 3 acres in Colchester, 9 estates Suffolk, 7 in Cambs, and 2 in Hunts. He also held Kensington in Middlesex and two properties in Northants of the Bishop of Coutances, land in Hunts of the Abbey of Ramseyand land in two places in Essex of Count Alan of Brittany. The head of his barony was at (Castle) Hedingham in Essex, where he had planted a vineyard. It is usually assumed that he is identical with, and not the father of, the Aubrey de Vere who attested a writ at Westminster (September 1102 to Easter 1103 and a charter for Abingdon (1101-06). Not later than 1106 he was acting as sheriff of Berkshire, being styled simply Aubrey. Within the next few years he was acting as a justice in Northants, being styled Aubrey the Chamberhiln, and as sheriff of Berkshire, being styled Aubrey de Berkshire. At the dying request of his eldest son, not later than 1106, he gave Abingdon Abbey his church of Kensington with its appurtenances and 2 hides and 1 yardland; but as he resided mostly in Essex, he founded a priory at Earls Colne as a cell of Abingdon. He seems to have held 1 1/2 knights' fees of the Abbey of St. Edmund. He married Beatrice, whose parentage is unknown. He died before 1113 (almost certainly in 1112), at Colne Priory, and was buried with his wife in the church there.

[Complete Peerage X:194-5, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]


The following post-em by Curt Hofemann, curt_hofemann AT, certainly puts doubts as to the validity of the ancestry I have for Alberic/Aubrey.

At present I am starting this line with Aubrey de Vere I (d. 1088) & Beatrice. Appendix J in vol. x of "Complete Peerage" even more conservatively indicates that there is no proof that this Aubrey of the Conquest is father of the great chamberlain. There may have been one or more intervening Aubreys. [Ref: Alan B. Wilson <abwilson AT> 14 Mar 1996 message to soc.genealogy.medival]

The parentage of Alberic/Aubrey de Vere is unknown. He was not son of Alfonso de Ghesnes, the confusion coming from a later Vere/Ghesnes marriage. [Ref: TAF 19 Apr 1998]

FWIW, the following is from Paul McBride's website:

The first mention of the De Veres is in the General Survey of England, made by William the Conqueror, wherein the name of Alberic de Vere is stated.

Alberic (Aubrey I.) de Vere, Count Aubrey, "Sanglier," married before 1139 (sic) Beatrix of Ghisnes, Countess of Ghisnes in her own right, and daughter of Henry, Count of Ghisnes, and his wife Sibylla. Alberic possessed numerous lordships in different shires, of which Cheniston (now Kensington), co. Middlesex, was one, and Hedingham, co. Essex, where his castle was situated, and where he chiefly resided, another. The first mention of the De Veres is in the General Survey of England, made by William the Conqueror, wherein the name of Alberic de Vere is stated. He and his wife had five sons: 1. Alberic de Vere, 2. Geoffrey de Vere, 3. Roger de Vere, 4. Robert de Vere, 5. William de Vere. Alberic assumed the cowl in his later days, and died a monk in 1088; he was buried in the church of Colne Priory, which he founded. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Alberic.

McBride cites: Burke's p549-550, CP X:193-219, Wurts, p127-132. Note, he does not identify which of the numerous Burke's publications he cited.


Note: The marriage between Aubrey/Alberic & Beatrix of Ghisnes noted above is the grandson Aubrey III who married Beatrice de Gand. These people are in my file. 1

Aubrey married Béatrice before 1086.1 (Béatrice was born about 1058 and was buried in Colne Priory, Earls Colne, Colchester, Essex, CO6, GB.)


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

2 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), 246d-25.

3 William Henry Turton, <i>The Plantagenet Ancestry</i> (1968), 101.

4 Lewis C Loyd, <i>The Origins of Some Anglo-Norman Families</i> (Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999), 110.

5 Charles Mosley, <i>Burke's Peerage & Baronetage</i> (Burke's Peerage, 1999), 2498.

6 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), X:193-5.

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