GUNDRED, daughter of --- (-[1200/08]). Documents show that "Gundred, widow of Hugh Earl of Norfolk", disputed her husband´s inheritance after his death in favour of her son Hugh. She married secondly, as his second wife, Roger de Glanville . A charter of King Henry II confirmed donations to Bungay Nunnery by "Rogeri de Glanvill et Gundredć comitissć uxoris meć" of property at Bungay. It is probably a safe conclusion that Roger de Glanville´s "countess Gundred" was the widow of the earl of Norfolk as no other countess of this name has been identified at that time in England. According to The Complete Peerage, she was "apparently" Gundred of Warwick, daughter of Roger Earl of Warwick & his wife Gundred de Warenne of Surrey. This parentage is deduced from a charter under which "Willelmus de Lancastre" donated pasture rights in "feodum meum in Lonisdale et in Aumundernesse" to Leicester, St Mary de Pré, with the consent of "Willelmi filii mei et heredis et Gundree uxoris mee", for the souls of "…Gilberti patris mei et Godithe matris mee et Jordani filii mei et Margarete filia Comitisse", by charter dated to [1156/60], witnessed by "Willelmo filio meo et herede, Gundr fil Comitisse…". The Complete Peerage makes the assumption that "Gundrede uxoris mee" and "Comitisse" in this document refer to the same person. A charter of King Henry II which records that "primus Willielmum de Lancaster, baronem de Kendale, qui prius vocabatur de Tailboys" married "Gundredam comitissam Warwic", certainly suggests that this assumption is probably correct, but the question is not entirely without doubt. However, greater problems arise when attempting to link the supposed daughter of Roger Earl of Warwick with these two marriages. The Complete Peerage cites a series of documents based on which, it suggests, the link is a reasonable assumption. However, on closer examination, the only one of these documents which provides any indication of a connection is the Red Book of the Exchequer, in which the 1166 return of William Earl of Warwick (Gundred´s supposed brother) shows that he had received Bungay (subject of the donation in the charter quoted above) in exchange from the Earl of Leicester. However, this provides only circumstancial evidence regarding the link and, if this is the only indication available, it cannot safely be concluded that the link is proved beyond all doubt. The safest position is therefore to show Gundred´s parentage as unproven. 2
Gundred married Hugh Bigod 1st Earl of Norfolk, son of Roger Bigod Sheriff of Norfolk & Suffolk and Adelise de Tosny.1 (Hugh Bigod 1st Earl of Norfolk was born about 1095 3 and died before 9 Mar 1177 4.)
1 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>. .... 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), 155-1. .... Some Corrections and Additions to the Complete Peerage, www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/cp/index.shtml, Volume IX: Norfolk (Proposed Section).
2 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>.
3 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>. .... 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), 155-1.
4 Charles Cawley, <i>Medieval Lands</i>. .... Charles Mosley, <i>Burke's Peerage & Baronetage</i> (Burke's Peerage, 1999), 2090.