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Ernulf de Hesdin

Male - Abt 1091

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  1. 1.  Ernulf de Hesdin was born in in of Keevil, Wiltshire, England; died about 1091.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: of Hesdin, Picardy, France
    • Alternate death: 1097, Antioch, Anatolia


    Also Ernulf, Seigneur de Hesding; Arnulf.

    From the size and extent of his landholdings listed in Domesday he must have been a favorite of the Conqueror, but despite many unsourced claims little is actually known of his life. Modern interest in him appears to have developed after the 1850s, when Shropshire historian Robert William Eyton proved that he was the father of the Avelina who married Alan fitz Flaad, making Ernulf an ancestor both of the Stewart dynasty and of the FitzAlan earls of Arundel.

    He was accused of supporting de Mowbray's rebellion in 1095. According to the Hyde chronicle, which claims this accusation was unjust, his representative in the ensuing trial-by-combat defeated the king's champion, but Ernulf was so disgusted by the accusation that he renounced his lands in England and left forever, enlisting in the First Crusade where (it is claimed) he died at Antioch.

    He is the subject of a quite meticulous Wikipedia article which provides a painstaking account of what is known and what is only hypothesized about him.

    Family/Spouse: Emmeline. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    1. Maud de Hesdin died after 1133.
    2. Aveline de Hesdin died after 1148.

Generation: 2