(-After 1071)
Robert [I] FitzCorbet of Longden, Shropshire
(-After 1124)


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1. Unknown

2. Unknown
  • Robert [II] Corbet
  • Alice Corbet

Robert [I] FitzCorbet of Longden, Shropshire 1 2

  • Marriage (1): Unknown
  • Marriage (2): Unknown
  • Died: After 1124 3

  General Notes:

ROBERT [I] Corbet (-after 1124). Orderic Vitalis records "Guillelmum cognomento Pantulfum et Picodum atque Corbatum, filiosque eius Rogerium et Rodbertum" as vassals of Roger de Montgommery in Shropshire, dated to [1071] from the context. Domesday Book records "Robert fitzCorbet" holding Woolstaston, Ratlinghope, Womerton, Woodcote, Longden and several other places in Shropshire. Henry I King of England granted the manor of Alcester, Warwickshire to Robert Corbet. "Rogerius filius Corbet, Robertus frater eius" subscribed the charter dated to [May 1121] under which Henry I King of England confirmed Shrewsbury abbey. A manuscript reciting the foundation of Shrewsbury abbey records donations including by "Robertus Corbeth" of "villam…Lochetonam",with the consent of "filius eius Robertus". "…Robto Corbet…" witnessed the charter dated to [1119/24] under which "David comes filii Malcolmi regis Scotorum" founded the monastery of Kelso. "…Robertus Corbet…" witnessed the charter, dated to the reign of Alexander I King of Scotland, under which "David predicti regis Scotie germanum…Cumbrensis regionis princeps" listed the lands of the church of Glasgow. "…Rob Corbet…" witnessed the undated charter under which David I King of Scotland donated property to "ecclesie sci Johis de castro de Rokesburg".

m [firstly]---. The name of Robert´s [first] wife is not known.

m [secondly] ---. The name of Robert´s [second] wife is not known. The fact of this second marriage is suggested by the difference in age between his two daughters.

Robert & his [first] wife had one child: Sibyl.

Robert & his [second] wife had two children: Robert and Alice.

[FMG/Medieval Lands]


The following material was excerpted from The Corbet Study Group, J.C. Nobel, online at

The Anglo Norman Corbets by Barbara Coulton

It is because of Henry I's personal propensities that we know something of two Corbet women who occur in the records of this period. Of his numerous mistresses Sibyl Corbet, elder daughter of Robert fitz Corbet of Longden, must have been a favourite since she bore four, possibly five, of Henry's illegitimate children. She had a younger sister Alice. Where, when and how the liaison began between Henry and Sibyl is a mystery. He had already had children by various mistresses: among the oldest must have been Juliane, who married Eustace de Pacy lord of Breteuil in 1103, and rebelled against her father; and Robert, born of an unknown woman of Caen, who was created earl of Gloucester by his father in 1122.32 The known children by Sibyl Corbet were Rainaud de Dunstanville, his brother William and sisters Gundred and Rohese; it is also possible, but not certain, that Sibyl was the mother of the king's illegitimate daughter Sibyl who was married to Alexander after he became king of the Scots in 1107...

Robert fitz Corbet is a shadowy figure, witnessing some charters and receiving the town of Alcester in Warwickshire for his service to the king. His gift of the vill of 'Loketon' to Shrewsbury Abbey presents a problem, pointed out by Eyton: neither Loughton in Clee nor Loton near Alberbury was held by Robert; Loton was held by his brother Roger in 1086. The gift is dated to the period 1108-1121. He followed his brother in attesting King Henry's charter confirming gifts to Shrewsbury Abbey, possibly in January 1121: "ego Rogerius filius corbet sunscripsi. Ego Robertus frater eiusdem subscripsi." Their names are followed by those of Fulk, under-sheriff, Herbert son of Helgot, Baldwin de Bollers, Ulger venator and Ralph of Condover, concluding the list. It is the last record of the sons of Corbet, fifty years after their first coming to Shropshire.

Note: CP describes Robert "of Alcester" rather than "of Longden", so I will place Robert at Alcester at his death, while his daughters may have been born in Longden, which is 2 1/2 miles East of Pontesbury, Shropshire. 3

Robert married.

Robert next married.


1 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), 262-27.

2 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), III:429.

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

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