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Robert IV Dauphin

Male Abt 1150 - 1235  (~ 85 years)


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  • Name Robert IV Dauphin  
    Born Abt 1150  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Mar 1235  [1
    Person ID I12750  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2017 

    Father Guillaume VII d'Auvergne,   b. Abt 1120,   d. Abt 1169  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Marquise d'Albon,   d. 21 Aug 1196 
    Married Abt 1150  [1
    Family ID F7778  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Guillaume II de Clermont,   b. Abt 1175,   d. Between 17 Oct 1239 and 19 Nov 1240  (Age ~ 64 years)
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F7777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Comte de Clermont.

      From Leo Van de Pas:

      Robert Dauphin was born about 1150, the son of Guillaume VII 'le jeune', comte d'Auvergne, and Marquise d'Albon. He was not the count of Auvergne as his father had been dispossessed of Auvergne by his uncle, who ruled Auvergne as Guillaume VIII, known as 'le vieux', and passed Auvergne to his son. Robert called himself Dauphin in memory of his mother, whose brother Guigues V d'Albon was the first to take the title of Dauphin de Viennois.

      Robert became count of Clermont on the death of his father about 1169. As his apanage he received the lordships of Issoire, Chamalières, Montrognon, Plauzat, Champeix, Crocq, Aurières, Neschers, Chanonat, Chauriat and Rochefort, as well as the castellany of Vodable, encompassing the estates of Solignat, Ronzières, Antoing, Mazerat, Longchamp, Le Broc, Mareughol, Bergonne, Collanges, etc. This domain, with its capital of Vodable, was designated as the dauphiné d'Auvergne, and Robert was its first dauphin. He abandoned the arms of the counts of Auvergne and replaced them with those of Albon de Viennois. His seal showed a dolphin with the inscription _Sigillum Delphini._

      Robert was renowned for his patronage of the arts, and was himself a troubadour, called in Occitan 'el bons Dalfins d'Alvernhe'. Many troubadours were employed by him or sang at his court, including Peirol, Perdigon, Peire de Maensac, Gaucelm Faidit, and Uc de Saint Circ. His cousin Robert d'Auvergne, bishop of Clermont, and Richard 'the Lionheart', exchanged erotic verses with him.

  • Sources 
    1. [S49] Genealogics, by Leo Van de Pas.