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Ernulf de Hesdin

Male - Abt 1091


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  • Name Ernulf de Hesdin  [1, 2, 3
    Born of Keevil, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth of Hesdin, Picardy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died Abt 1091  [6
    Alternate death 1097  Antioch, Anatolia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Person ID I5544  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 

    Family Emmeline 
    Children 
    +1. Maud de Hesdin,   d. Aft 1133
    +2. Aveline de Hesdin
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F4357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 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.

  • 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. [S789] The Wallop Family and Their Ancestry, by Vernon James Watney. Oxford, 1928.

    3. [S1223] The Cheney Family in England, 1066-1635 by Jack D. Cheney. Lander, Wyoming, 2001.

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

    5. [S845] J. Horace Round, Studies in Peerage and Family History. Westminster: Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, 1901.

    6. [S73] Political Society in Lancastrian England: The Greater Gentry of Nottinghamshire by S. J. Payling. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.

    7. [S160] Wikipedia.