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Elias [I] Giffard
(-Abt 1130)
(-After 1121)
Richard FitzPons
(-After 1127)
Matilda of Gloucester
(-After 1127)
Elias [II] Giffard
(-After 1166)
Bertha FitzRichard
(-After 1167)
Elias [III] Giffard
(Abt 1145-Bef 1190)


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1. Matilda de Berkeley

Elias [III] Giffard 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1145 4
  • Marriage (1): Matilda de Berkeley 1
  • Died: Bef 29 Sep 1190 2 3

  General Notes:

ELIAS [III] Giffard (-after 1190). Military fee certifications in the Red Book of the Exchequer, in 1166, record that "Elias Giffard" held land from "comitis Patricii" in Wiltshire, also record the knights“ fees in Wiltshire held from "baronię Elię Giffardi", and that "Elias Giffard" held one knight“s fee from the bishop of Worcester in Worcestershire. The Historia sancti Petri Gloucestrię records that "Helias Giffard junior et Berta mater eius" donated "octo libratas terrę in Willyngwyke" in exchange for "Cronham quam pater eius dederat quando factus fuerat monachus", confirmed by "Helias filius eorum", and that "Berta uxor Helię Giffard" donated "terras in Wllingwuke…tempore Hamelini abbatis" [abbot from 1148 to 1179]. "Helyam Giffard" reached agreement with Gloucester St Peter concerning "ecclesiam Sanctę Marię de Boytona" to Gloucester St Peter by charter dated to [1179/1205]. "Helyas Giffardus" donated land "in Ullingwika" to Gloucester St Peter, and confirmed the donation of land "in Ullingewike" donated by "mater mea", by undated charter. "Helyas Giffardus" confirmed the donations of land "in Ullingewike" to Gloucester St Peter made by "Helyas Giffard pater meus et Berta mater meus" by undated charter.

m MATILDA de Berkeley, daughter of MAURICE FitzRobert de Berkeley & his wife Alice de Berkeley. Smyth states that "the daughter of…lord Maurice was married to Osbert Gifford kt, by whome hee had issue, Osbert Gifford and others, which Osbert became servant to King Henry the third in the eighth year of his raigne", citing a charter at Berkeley, close roll and fine roll records. The chronology of the Giffard family suggests that Matilda must have been one of her parents“ older children and that her husband must have been Elias. This suggested identification of her husband appears to be corroborated by the charter dated to after 1220 under which "Thomas de Berkeley" granted "the reversion of the land in Foxcote which his wife Lucy holds in dower" to "Osbert Gyffard his nephew" [who is identified as Osbert [II] Giffard, son of Elias Giffard].

Elias [III] & his wife had two children: Elias and Osbert.

[FMG/Medieval Lands]


Elis III m. Maud, daughter of Morice fitz Robert fitz Hardinge, of Berkeley: which Elis III owed 100 marks 'pro fine terre sue' in 1166 and died before Michaelmas 1190, when William le Mareschal owed 140 marks for the custody of the lands of Elis Giffard. Elis III was son and heir of Elis II (who became a monk in Gloucester Abbey), by Berta (living 1167), sister of Walter de Clifford, of Clifford and Glasbury, and daughter of Richard fitz Ponce. In 1130 Elis II rendered account of 100 marks of silver for the relief of his father's lands, being son and heir of Elis I, by Ala, his wife. Before 1096 Elis I had succeeded his father Osbern Giffard, the Domesday tenant of Brimpsfield, Stoke, Rockhampton, Elston, Orcheston, etc.

[Complete Peerage V:639 note (c)] 1

Elias married Matilda de Berkeley, daughter of Maurice de Berkeley and Alice de Berkeley.1


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

2 William Henry Turton, <i>The Plantagenet Ancestry</i> (1968), 119.

3 George Edward Cokayne, "Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom" (Sutton Publishing Ltd., 2000), V:639 (b).

4 Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups -, Joseph Cook, 21 Sep 2003.

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