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William fitz Robert

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  • Name William fitz Robert  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Nov 1183  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Buried Kernsham Abbey, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Person ID I5790  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Robert of Gloucester,   b. Abt 1090,   d. 31 Oct 1147, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Mother Mabel fitz Robert,   d. 29 Sep 1157 
    Married Bef 1122  [3
    Family ID F2180  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Hawise of Leicester,   d. 24 Apr 1197 
    Married Abt 1150  [3, 4, 5
    Children 
     1. Isabel,   d. 14 Oct 1217
    +2. Amice of Gloucester,   d. 1 Jan 1225
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F5507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Earl of Gloucester. Governor of Wareham Castle, 1144.

      "After Henry II's accession in 1154 William's status with his royal cousin began to change. The honour of Eudo Dapifer, which Henry had earlier promised to the earl's son, was given to another. Gloucester understandably yielded place of honour at court to members of the royal family like the king's brother William, and even to Robert, earl of Leicester, who was chief justiciar; but William was also regularly outranked by his uncle, Reginald, earl of Cornwall, who held no central administrative office. In the 1150s there is evidence of a certain ambivalence in Henry's government about Gloucester's right to be exempted from geld and other remittances. The earl's infrequent court appearances indicate that he was becoming a political outsider. Even though he was ultimately favoured by the bountiful royal fiscal patronage accorded to members of his class, served as a royal justice, and was promised that he would enjoy all the estates his father had held, William was to die with his career, earldom, and house in ruins." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

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

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

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

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