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Gilbert de Brionne Comte d'Eu
(Between 0979/1000-Abt 1040)
Gauthier Giffard
(-Bef 1085)
Ermengarde Flaitel
Richard de Brionne Lord of Clare and Tonbridge
(Bef 1035-Abt 1090)
Rohese Giffard
(-After 1113)
Robert FitzRichard de Clare Lord of Dunmow
(Abt 1075-1134)

 

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Spouses/Children:
1. Mathilde de Senlis

Robert FitzRichard de Clare Lord of Dunmow 3

  • Born: Abt 1075
  • Marriage (1): Mathilde de Senlis about 1112 1 2
  • Died: 1134 aged about 59 2 3
  • BuriedMale: St. Neots Priory, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19, GB

  General Notes:

ROBERT FitzRichard de Clare, son of RICHARD de Brionne Lord of Clare and Tonbridge [Normandy] & his wife Rohese Giffard (-[1134], bur Priory of St Neot). Guillaume of Jumièges names "Richardum strenuissimum militem" as the son of "comes Gislebertus filius Godefridus comitis", adding that he donated property to Bec with "filii eius Gislebertus, Rogerius, Walterius, Rodbertus". He is named and his parentage given by Orderic Vitalis, who lists him after his brother Walter. Henry I King of England granted him the fiefdom of Little Dunmow, Essex. A manuscript history of the foundation of Dunmow Priory records the death in 1134 of "Robertus filius Ricardi, primus patronus canonicorum de Dunmawe"and his burial "apud Sanctum Neotum", although the dating of events in this source appears shaky.

m ([1112]) as her first husband, MAUD de Senlis, daughter of SIMON de Senlis Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton & his wife Matilda [Maud] of Huntingdon (-before 1163). Ingulph's Chronicle of the Abbey of Croyland names "Simon, Waldev and Matilda" as the children of Simon Earl of Huntingdon and his wife Matilda, commenting that they "are still young and in their infancy". A manuscript narrating the foundation of Daventre priory records that "Symonis de Seynliz" had two sisters "quarum una…Matildis Seynliz" married "Robertus filius Ricardi", but does not name the second sister. A manuscript history of the foundation of Dunmow Priory records the marriage in 1112 of "Robertus filius Ricardi" and "Matildam de Sancto Lisio", although the dating of events in this source appears shaky. She married secondly (1136) Saher de Quincy . The primary source which confirms her second marriage has not yet been identified. A manuscript history of the foundation of Dunmow Priory records the death in 1140 of "Matildis de Sancto Licio uxor Roberti filii Ricardi",although the dating of events in this source appears shaky.

Robert FitzRichard & his wife had three children: Walter, Simon and Matilda.

[FMG/Medieval Lands]

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Robert, 5th son of Richard FitzGilbert, Earl of Clare (ancestor of the Earls of Hertford), being steward to King Henry I, obtained from that monarch the Barony of Dunmow in Essex, as also the honour of Baynard Castle, in the city of London, both of which came into the possession of the crown by the forfeiture of William Baynard. This Robert m. in 1112, Maud de St. Liz, Lady of Bradham, dau. of Simon de St. Liz, 1st Earl of Huntingdon, and by her, (who d. in 1140, m. 2ndly, Saer de Quincy) had two sons, Walter, his successor, and Simon, to whom he gave Daventre, in Northamptonshire. He d. in 1134, and was s. by his elder son, Walter FitzRobert.

[Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, 1883, p. 212, FitzWalter, Barons FitzWalter]

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Robert, steward to King Henry I, m. Maud, dau. of Simon de St. Liz, Earl of Huntingdon, and had Walter Fitz-Robert, whose son, Robert Fitz-Walter, was one of the most distinguished of the barons who rebelled against John, and was stuled, Marshal of the Army of God and Holy church.

[Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, London, 1883, p. 118, Clare, Lords of Clare, Earls of Hertford, Earls of Gloucester]


Robert married Mathilde de Senlis, daughter of Simon [I] de Senlis 2nd Earl of Huntingdon & Northampton and Matilda of Huntingdon, about 1112.1 2 (Mathilde de Senlis died about 1140 1 3.)


Sources


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), 148-25.

3 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), 157-1.

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