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Maurice fitz Robert fitz Harding

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  • Name Maurice fitz Robert fitz Harding  [1
    Born of Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Alternate birth Abt 1120  Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 16 Jun 1190  [2
    Buried Brenford, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I8509  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of Barbara Hagan, Ancestor of DDB, Ancestor of FF, Ancestor of FW, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    Father Robert fitz Harding,   b. of Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1169 
    Mother Eva,   d. 12 Mar 1170 
    Family ID F6630  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Alice de Berkeley 
    Married Between 1153 and 1154  Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. Maud fitz Maurice
    +2. Thomas de Berkeley,   b. Abt 1170,   d. 29 Nov 1243  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F4859  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Justice itinerant in Gloucester, 1190. He enlarged the castle of Berkeley, which gave its name to his descendants.

      "Maurice FitzRobert FitzHarding, otherwise de Berkeley, feudal Lord of Berkeley, s. and h., who "may bee called Maurice the Make Peace," b. about 1120, in Bristol, received (at the same date as his father) a confirmation of the grant of Berkeley from Henry II, in 1155, and again 30 Oct. 1189 from Queen Eleanor, Regent to her son Richard I. In 1190 he was Justice Itinerant in co. Gloucester. He enlarged the Castle of Berkeley, which thenceforth became the chief seat of, and gave name to, the family. He m., in 1153 or 1154, at Bristol, Alice, 1st da. (but not h. or coh.) of his dispossessed predecessor, Roger de Berkeley, feudal Lord of Dursley (formerly "fermer" of Berkeley), with whom he had the manor of Slimbridge, as by agreement between their respective fathers. He d. 16 June 1190, and was bur. in the church of Brentford, Midx. His widow d. at an 'extreame old age.'" [Complete Peerage II:125-26]

      "[I]n 1153 [the future Henry II] sanctioned, if not arranged, a marriage between Maurice and Alice, the daughter of the dispossessed Gloucestershire tenant-in-chief and lord of Berkeley, Roger. The agreement between Robert and Roger, which was formalized in Robert's Bristol house in Henry's presence, also provided for the transfer of additional Berkeley land to Maurice. Its terms created through Maurice, Alice, and their heirs the second house of Berkeley with relentless determination: should Robert's son or Roger's daughter die before the nuptials, their places would be taken by their respective brothers and sisters so long as the supply would last." [Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1346] J. N. Langston, "The Giffards of Brimsfield." Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucester Archaelogical Society 65:105, 1944.

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

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