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Hugh de Mortimer

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  • Name Hugh de Mortimer 
    Born of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1148 and 1150  [1, 2, 3
    Person ID I7758  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, & others
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Ralph de Mortimer,   b. of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1104 
    Mother Melisende,   d. Bef 30 Mar 1088 
    Family ID F5005  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (Unknown first wife of Hugh de Mortimer) 
    Children 
    +1. Hugh de Mortimer,   b. of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 29 Sep 1181
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2018 11:15:58 
    Family ID F4829  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "Hugh de Mortimer attested a charter by Gerold, Abbot of St. Lucien at Beauvais [1100-28], in the time of Stephen, Count of Aumale. When King Stephen, circa 1140, granted to the Earl of Leicester the town and castle of Hereford et lotum comitatum Herefordisc., the fees of Hugh de Mortimer were with others excepted. In 1144 he initiated the reconquest of the Marches after the revolt of the Welsh on the death of Henry I, by successfully reoccupying the cantreds of Maelienydd and Elfael, and repairing the castles of Cwmaron and Colwen. In 1145 he captured and imprisoned the Welsh prince Rhys ap Howel, and in 1146 he slew Meredith, son of Madog ap Idnerth, late chieftain of Elfael and Maelienydd. In 1148 he blinded his prisoner Rhys ap Howel." [Complete Peerage]

      "The two Hughs are not always easily distinguishable in the sources, but it seems clear that the elder Hugh was involved in local Herefordshire feuds arising from the contest between Stephen and Matilda. That he was on the whole a supporter of Stephen may be deduced from that king's exception of Mortimer's lands in Herefordshire from the grant of that shire to Robert, earl of Leicester, probably made in 1144. He was also involved, and with some success, in episodes in the long struggle between the marcher lords and the Welsh for the cantrefs of Maelienydd and Elfael in Powys. [...] Information in the Wigmore chronicle has allowed a depiction of this Hugh as 'a swashbuckling, choleric man given over to pleasures and amusements, an evil-tempered and wilful lord, a quarrelsome neighbour, and a lusty warrior'." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

  • Sources 
    1. [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.

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

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