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William d'Aubigny

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  • Name William d'Aubigny 
    Born of Buckenham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Oct 1176  Waverley Abbey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Alternate death 12 Oct 1176  Waverley Abbey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4, 5
    Buried Wymondham Priory, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    Person ID I4671  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2018 

    Father William d'Aubigny,   b. of Buckenham, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1139 
    Mother Maud le Bigod,   d. Bef 1139 
    Family ID F5635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice of Louvain, Queen Consort of England,   b. Abt 1103,   d. 25 Mar 1151, Afflighem Abbey, Brabant, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years) 
    Married Between Dec 1136 and Aug 1139  [1, 6
    Children 
    +1. William d'Aubigny,   d. 24 Dec 1193
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2015 
    Family ID F1846  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Earl of Lincoln; Earl of Arundel. Hereditary Chief Butler of England; Privy Councillor to Henry I.

      Also called William d'Albini; William "Strong Hand".

      "William d'Aubigny de Albiniaco or in the Anglo-Latin of Dugdale and other writers, de Albini, surnamed 'the strong hand,' Lord of the manor of Buckenham, Norfolk, son and heir of William D'Aubigny (died 1139), Pincerna Regis, by Maud, daughter of Roger le Bigod, probably by his 2nd wife, Alice, sister and coheir of William de Tosny, Lord of Belvoir, daughter of Robert de Tosny of the same, was b. early in the reign of Henry I. On his marriage with the Queen Dowager, he acquired with her, in 1138 or 1139, the Castle and Honour of Arundel, which had been settled on her in dower, whereby it may be considered that, according to the admission of 1433, he became Earl of Arundel. There is conclusive evidence from various charters, that at, or about the time of, and probably soon after, his said marriage, he was recognised as Earl of Lincoln, and he may be assumed to have been so created in the summer of 1139. In this year he gave shelter to the Empress Maud, at Arundel Castle, but ever after adhered to Stephen. He can be shown to have very soon lost the Earldom of Lincoln, and in 1141 he attested a charter of Stephen as Earl of Sussex, (being from time to time thereafter so described, as, e.g. where he witnesses a charter to the Abbey of Barking under that name) and may be assumed to have been so created by Stephen in 1141, after that King had regained his freedom. Early in 1142, the Earldom of Lincoln had already passed to another, viz. William de Roumare. In his own later charters he is styled, and in a charter, before 1150, of the Queen Dowager to the Abbey of Reading, she styles him Earl of Chichester. He was influential in arranging the treaty of 1153, whereby the Crown continued with King Stephen for life, though the inheritance thereof was secured to Henry II. To this instrument he subscribed as "Comes Cicestrie." Henry II, by a grant undated, but supposed to have been in 1155 (the year after his accession), confirms to him as 'William, Earl of Arundel, the Castle of Arundel, with the whole honour of Arundel and all its appurtenances,' and, by the same instrument, bestows on him the third penny of the pleas of the county of Sussex unde Comes est. No doubt, however, he was more generally known as "Earl of Arundel," and as such (only) he is spoken of by his son and heir (who styles himself Earl of Sussex) in a charter to the Priory of Wymondham; and as Earl of Arundel (only) he is described in the record of his death in the Annals of Waverley. He was justly held in great esteem by Henry II, and was one of the embassy to Rome in 1163/4, and to Saxony (on the espousal of the Princess to the Duke of Saxony) in 1168. He was also in command of the Royal army in August 1173, in Normandy, against the King's rebellious sons, where he distinguished himself for his 'swiftness and velocity,' and, on 29 September following he assisted at the defeat, near Bury St. Edmunds, of the Earl of Leicester, who, with his Flemings, had invaded Suffolk. He m., in 1138 (the 3rd year of her widowhood) Adeliz, Queen Dowager of England (widow of Henry I), 1st daughter of Godefroy a? la Barbe, Duke of Lothier (i.e. Lorraine Inférieure), Count of Brabant and Louvain, by his 1st wife, Ide, daughter of Albert III, Count of Namur. His wife, the Queen Dowager, retired in 1150 to a nunnery at Afflighem, in South Brabant, where she d., and was bur. 23 April 1151, aged about 48. He survived her 25 years, and d. 12 October 1176, at Waverley Abbey, Surrey, and was bur., with his father, at Wymondham Priory, Norfolk. [Complete Peerage I:233-35, as corrected in Volume XIV.]

      "According to K.S.B. Keats-Rohan [Prosopon, no 9 (1998)], Roger le Bigod's children by Alice were born from the late 1090s onwards. If so, and if William were a grandson of the marriage, he must have been born rather later than suggested above." [Chris Phillips, Some Corrections and Additions to The Complete Peerage]

  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Royal Ancestry, by Douglas Richardson. Kimball G. Everingham, ed. 2013.

    2. [S2158] Pedigree and Progress: Essays in the Genealogical Interpretation of History by Anthony Wagner. London: Phillimore & Co., 1975., year only.

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

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

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

    6. [S128] The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant. Full citation details here., "in 1138".