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Walter Giffard

Male - Aft 1066


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  • Name Walter Giffard  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1066  [3, 4
    Person ID I6502  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of AP, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of LDN, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Walter Giffard 
    Family ID F2531  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Agnes Flaitel 
    Children 
    +1. Rohese Giffard,   d. Aft 1113
     2. Walter Giffard,   b. Abt 1015,   d. 15 Jul 1102  (Age ~ 87 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F3964  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Lord of Longueville. One of the fifteen proven companions of William the Conqueror. Complete Peerage (II:386-87) has him as "s. of Osborn de Bolebec, by Aveline, sister of Gunnor, wife of Richard, Duke of the Normans", and many reputable sources reflect this. But like much of our understanding of Norman family relationships prior to the Conquest, this comes to us from the twelfth-century chronicler Robert de Torigny, and in the case of this Walter Giffard's parentage, the chronological difficulty has casued many to suspect that de Torigny compressed two generations into one, and that Osborn de Bolebec and Wevia (the likely actual name of the woman called "Aveline" by CP) were his grandparents, not his parents.

      Some have argued that this Walter's father was Osbert or Osbern Giffard of Brimpsfield, son of Osborn and Wevia and progenitor of three generations of Eliases Giffard. Keats-Rohan (Domesday People, p. 456), on the other hand, calls this Walter "Son of Walter Giffard of Bolbec." In the absence of firm information we're going with the hypothesis that Torigny inadvertantly combined two generations and both of them were named Walter.

  • Sources 
    1. [S874] Todd A. Farmerie, "Robert de Torigny and the family of Gunnor, Duchess of Normandy.".

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

    3. [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.

    4. [S1201] Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166 by K. S. B. Keats-Rohan. Woodbridge, Suffolk: The Boydell Press, 1999.