BEATRICE, daughter of --- (-24 Mar ----). A charter which records the foundation of Motisfont Priory, Hampshire states that "dominus Willielmus Briwer, fundator ecclesiĉ de Mottesfount" donated land "in Muchelmares" and revenue from land "in villa de Burbache" for the soul of "Beatricis uxoris suĉ qui obiit IX Kal Apr". The Complete Peerage states that Dugdale calls the wife of William de Briwere "Beatrice de Valle, says she was the mistress of Rainald Earl of Cornwall", but does not cite a primary source on which this information is based. The chronology does not appear to favour the subsequent marriage of the mistress of Earl Renaud to William de Briwere. The marriages of the latter´s children are recorded in the first decade of the 13th century, their births being therefore estimated to [1185/1200]. Even if Earl Renaud´s mistress gave birth to the earl´s illegitimate son in the last decade of his life (when he would have been in his sixties), it is unlikely that she could have continued bearing children into the later 1190s.
Title: Lady of Torre and Karswell. 3
1 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), I, p. 22; X, p. 453.
2 Charles Worthy, <i>Devonshire Wills: A Collection of Annotated Testamentary Abstracts, Together with the Family History and Genealogy of Many of the Most Ancient Gentle Houses of the West of England</i> (Bemrose and Sons, Ltd. , 1896), p. 462.
3 Thomas Christopher Banks, <i>The Dormant and Extinct Baronage of England: or, An Historical and Genealogical Account of the Lives, Public Employments, and Most Memorable Actions of the English Nobility who have Flourished from the Norman Conquest to the Year 1806</i> (Horace's Head, Fleet Street, London, GB, J. White, 1807), p. 304.
4 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com, Ed Mann, 14 Jul 1998.
5 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), 143-27, 184a-7.
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