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Robert d'Harcourt Seigneur d’Harcourt, de Cailleville, de Beauficel et de Boissey-le-Châtel
(-Bef 1118)
(-After 1148)
Robert Peverel
(-After 1127)
Ivo d'Harcourt
(-After 1166)
Rohese Peverel
Robert [I] d'Harcourt
(-After 1202)


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1. Isabel de Camville

Robert [I] d'Harcourt 2

  • Marriage (1): Isabel de Camville in 1193 1
  • Died: After 3 Jul 1202 1

  General Notes:

ROBERT de Harcourt (-after 3 Jul 1202). "Robertus de Harvecurt" confirmed "Stantonam" to Garendon abbey, donated by "pater meus Yvo de Harvecurt et Willielmus frater eius", by undated charter. "…Sim de Hareucort…Rob de Hareucort…"witnessed the charter dated to [1152/67] under which the monks of Leicester abbey authorised the establishment of the church of St Mary the Less, Leicester. The Red Book of the Exchequer, listing scutage payments in [1194/95], records "de his qui non habent capitales honores…Roberto de Haroucourt" paying "de dimidia marca" in Oxfordshire. "...Rob de Harac't..." witnessed a charter of King John dated 3 Jul 1202.

m [ISABEL] de Camville, daughter of RICHARD [II] de Camville of Stanton, Oxfordshire & his wife ---. Her parentage and marriage are indicated by the 1192/93 Pipe Roll which records "Robertus de Harecourt dominus de Bosewarda" owing for land "in Stanton...Horton et Sutton, in socha de Rooleya, quod eum contingit de hereditate uxoris sue; que rex Henricus [King Henry II] dedit Ricardo de Camvill [Richard [I] de Camville] et heredibus suis, quos habet de Millesent uxore eius, sicut carta domini regis Henrici testatur". She is named Isabel in secondary sources but the primary source on which this is based has not been identified. The earliest reference to her name "Isabel" appears to be Dugdale's mid-17th century Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated which names "Isabella soror et hæres [Ric. de Camvile] ux Roberti de Harecurt de Bosworth", citing the same 1192/93 Pipe Roll entry quoted above which does not name Robert's wife. A tomb in Worcester Cathedral records her son "Sir William de Harcourt, son of Sir Robert de Harcourt, and Isabel de Camville, an. 1209". However, a letter dated 31 Dec 1805 clarifies that this monument was erected in the early 19th century. The Victoria County History of Oxfordshire cites Hatton's Book of Seals as the source which names "the elder Richard de Camville's daughter Isabel" as Robert's wife, but Hatton's extract of the charter in question makes no reference to her name although his commentary does say that the heir of Richard de Camville was "his daughter Isabel who married Robert de Harcourt" (citing the same 1192/93 Pipe Roll). It is chronologically impossible that Robert [I]'s wife was the daughter of Richard [I] de Camville. The error seems to be based on Nichols, who says that Robert de Harcourt married "Isabel" daughter of "Milicent, wife of Richard de Camvill [Richard [I] de Camville]". Concerning her name, Domesday Descendants says that "Milisent de Camville" was Robert [I]'s wife. This is presumably based on the 1192/93 Pipe Roll quoted above. However, a careful reading of that source indicates that the last element "sicut...testatur" applies to the whole clause "que...eius", indicating that "Millesent uxore eius" was the wife of "Ricardo de Camvill" and was named in the document as mother of "heredibus suis".

Robert [I] & his wife had four children: William, Alice, Robert and Ivo. 1

Robert married Isabel de Camville, daughter of Richard [II] de Camville and Unknown, in 1193.1


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

2 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), XII/2, p. 364.

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