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Ranulph de Gernons

Male Bef 1100 - 1153  (> 53 years)


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  • Name Ranulph de Gernons  [1
    Born Bef 1100  Guernon Castle, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1100  [4
    Alternate birth Abt 1105  Guernon Castle, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Died 16 Dec 1153  [2, 4, 7
    Alternate death 17 Dec 1153  Gresley, Derbyshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8, 9
    Buried Abbey of St. Werburg, Chester, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I3985  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Ranulf le Meschin,   d. Abt 1129 
    Mother Lucy of Bolingbroke,   b. of Spalding, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1138 
    Married Abt 1098  [2, 4, 8
    Family ID F2555  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda of Gloucester,   d. 29 Jul 1189 
    Married Bef 1135  [10, 11, 12
    Children 
    +1. Hugh of Chester,   b. Abt 1141,   d. 30 Jun 1181, Leek, Staffordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 40 years)
    Last Modified 18 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F185  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Also called Ranulf of Chester. Earl of Chester. Vicomte d'Avranches.

      Of his death, Complete Peerage says "being supposed to have been poisoned by his wife and William Peverell, of Nottingham", but the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, while noting the claims that he died of poison, says nothing about his wife being involved.

      "Most contemporary verdicts upon Ranulf were unfavourable. Although Orderic Vitalis acknowledged his resourcefulness and daring, the Gesta Stephani criticized 'the cunning devices of his accustomed bad faith' (Gesta Stephani, 192–3), and Henry of Huntingdon, through a speech supposedly by the royalist spokesman at the battle of Lincoln, called him 'a man of reckless daring, ready for conspiracy...panting for the impossible', prone to defeat or, at best, to Pyrrhic victories (Historia Anglorum, 734–5). Clearly, his strategy during the civil war was to take every opportunity to enhance his territorial position, especially in the north midlands, and such commitments as he made, either to the king or to the Angevins, were calculated to that end. Other magnates followed similar policies, but Ranulf (II) was exceptionally ruthless in pursuit of his ambitions, and accordingly he was hated by many and trusted by none." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1016] Medieval English Ancestors of Robert Abell by Carl Boyer III. Santa Clarita, California, 2001.

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

    3. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980., year only.

    4. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008.

    5. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013., date only.

    6. [S150] Burke's Peerage., place only.

    7. [S977] The Blackmans of Knight's Creek: Ancestors and Descendants of George and Maria (Smith) Blackman by Henry James Young. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 1980.

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

    9. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., date only; given as an alternate date in volume 14.

    10. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    11. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., "about 1141".

    12. [S145] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr. 8th edition, William R. Beall & Kaleen E. Beall, eds. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2004, 2006, 2008., "abt. 1141".