William FitzRanulph Meschin du Bessin 1 2
- Marriage (1): Cecily de Rumilly 1
- Died: Between 1130 and 1135 1
Other names for William were Guillaume du Bessin 1 and William FitzRanulph.1
WILLIAM FitzRanulf Meschin, son of RANULF Vicomte du Bessin [Bayeux] & his wife Marguerite [Mathilde] d'Avranches (-[1130/35]). The Cronicon Cumbrić records that William I King of England granted "totam terram de comitatu Cumbrić" to "Ranulpho de Meschines, et Galfrido fratri eiusdem…et Willielmo fratri eorundem terram de Copland". Orderic Vitalis records that "Guillaume son of Ralph the vicomte" was present at the capture of Nikaia in 1097. "Ranulfus Meschinus" donated property to Wetherhal priory, Cumberland by undated charter, witnessed by "uxore mea Lucia et Willelmo fratre meo…". "Ranulphus comes Cestrić" records donations to Chester St Werburgh in an undated charter which names "Hugonis comitis avunculi mei", including a donation by "Willielmus Meschin frater meus" with the consent of "Ranulphi comitis et Ranulphi filii sui". It is suggested that the mention of "Hugonis comitis avunculi mei" means that this document relates to the brother of Ranulf who was invested as Earl of Chester in 1120. "Willielmus filius Randulfi" donated property to the priory of St Bee, Cumberland by undated charter. He was given the barony of Egremont, Cumberland by King Henry I. A charter of King Henry II records donations to York St Mary, including the donation of land "in Chirkbibeceoch…et ecclesiam S. Begć" by "Willielmus Meschin" and "villam de Ananderdale et…terrć in Egermond" by "Radulphus filius eius". Lord of Skipton-in-Craven, de iure uxoris. "Willielmus filius Ranulphi" confirmed the foundation of St Bee´s priory, Cumberland by undated charter, dated to [1105/20], which refers to donations by himself and "uxoris meć Cecilić…concessione Ranulphi filii mei". "Willielmus de Meschines et Cecilia uxor mea" founded Bolton Priory by undated charter. The Testa de Nevill includes a writ of King John dated 1212 which records "Ricardus de Lucy" holding "Coupland" in Cumberland, adding that King Henry I had first granted it to "Willelmo Messchin antecessori predicti Ricardi".
m as her first husband, CECILY de Rumilly, daughter and heiress of ROBERT de Rumilly [Romilly] of Skipton & his wife---. "Willielmus de Meschines et Cecilia uxor mea" founded Bolton Priory by undated charter. "Cecilia de Romeli" donated property to Bolton Priory by undated charter which names "gener meus Willielmus nepos regis Scotić Duncani". "Willielmus filius Ranulphi" confirmed the foundation of St Bee´s priory, Cumberland by undated charter, dated to [1105/20], which refers to donations by himself and "uxoris meć Cecilić…concessione Ranulphi filii mei". She married secondly, as his second wife, Henry de Tracy of Barnstaple.
William & his wife had five children: Ranulf, Matthew, Alice, Matilda and Avice. 1
William married Cecily de Rumilly, daughter of Robert de Rumilly and Cecily.1