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Ralph "The Staller"

Male Bef 1011 - 1070  (> 57 years)


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  • Name Ralph "The Staller"  
    Born Bef 1011  of Brittany, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1068 and 1070  [3, 4
    Alternate death Bef Apr 1070  [1
    Person ID I10125  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of Thomas Butler, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Children 
    +1. Ralph I de Gael,   b. Bef 1040,   d. Aft 1096, Palestine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 58 years)
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F6423  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Earl of Norfolk and Suffolk.

      "Ralph (the Staller), although said to have been an Englishman born in Norfolk, was more probably a Breton, or possibly of mixed English and Breton parentage. The date of his birth is uncertain, but he was probably b. before 1011. He is almost certainly identical with a Ralph the Englishman who (otherwise unknown) attested charters of Alan, Duke of Brittany, circa 1031 and in 1032. His first appearance in England seems to be in 1060, when he attests a charter of the Confessor as 'dapifer.' In 1061 he attests as 'minister,' and in 1062 as 'regis aulicus.' He also attests a charter of Abbot Aelfwig (1060-6) as 'steallere.' That Ralph was one of the royal Stallers is proved by the numerous passages in Domesday Book in which he is styled 'stalra' or 'stake.' The great survey proves that he held extensive estates in Norfolk, Suffolk, and Lincoln, and one estate in Cornwall, whether wholly by grant from the Crown, or partly by inheritance or by marriage to an English heiress, is uncertain. It is probable that he was also in possession, either by inheritance or marriage, of the barony of Gael in Brittany, from which his son took his name. It is possible, but unlikely, that he received his Earldom from the Confessor, in whose reign he made gifts from his lands in Norfolk to the Abbey of St. Riquier in Ponthieu. Ralph survived the Conquest, was taken into favour by the new King, and seems to have been appointed a joint commissioner with William, Bishop of London, and Ingelric (the Priest) apparently for a redemption of certain lands by Englishmen. He was cr. EARL OF NORFOLK AND SUFFOLK (or the East Angles), and was almost certainly the Earl Ralph to whom (jointly with Bishop Aethelmer of Elmham and the thegns of Norfolk and Suffolk) the Conqueror addressed a precept in the English language directing that Abbot Baldwin (of St. Edmundsbury) should deliver to the King the lands of his tenants slain fighting against the King. Probably he is also the Earl Ralph addressed, with the same bishop, in two royal notifications in the same language. He made grants with his wife to St. Benet of Hulme, at least one of these being after the Conquest. In Feb. or Mar. 1068 Ralph and his son were present at the Conqueror's court in England, and are referred to by the King as his friends in the charter confirming the Earl's gifts to St. Riquier. The name and parentage of his wife are unknown, but she was probably an Englishwoman and sister of a certain Godwin, who held land in Norfolk and was still in possession in 1069. Besides his son and successor Ralph, he seems to have had a son Hardwin, as a Hardwin brother of Earl Ralph is mentioned in Domesday Book under Suffolk. There is reason to believe that Ralph had either a sister or a daughter married to an Englishman, as an Alsi nepos of Earl Ralph is mentioned in Domesday Book under Suffolk. Ralph was still living in Feb. 1068, but probably died not later than 1069, and definitely before Apr. 1070." [Complete Peerage]

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here.

    2. [S991] Early Yorkshire Families ed. Charles Travis Clay and Diana E. Greenway. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973., date only.

    3. [S76] The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-ongoing).

    4. [S991] Early Yorkshire Families ed. Charles Travis Clay and Diana E. Greenway. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.