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Gaulter de Somerville


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  • Name Gaulter de Somerville 
    Born of Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I8830  Ancestry of PNH & TNH
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2018 

    +1. Roger de Somerville
    Last Modified 10 Jan 2018 19:07:42 
    Family ID F4994  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "IN the time of the Norman Conqueror Robert Marmion, having, by the gift of that King, the Castle of Tamwort Com. Warr. with the Territory adjacent; thence expelled those Nuns he found there, unto a place called Oldbury (about four miles distant). After which, within the compass of a Twelvemoneth, as it is said, making a costly entertainment at Tamworth Castle, for some of his Friends, amongst which was Sir Walter de Somervile, Lord of Whichover (in Com. Staff.) his sworn Brother; it hapned, That, as he lay in his Bed, S. Edith appeared to him in the habit of a veiled Nun, with a Crosier in her hand, and advertised him, That if he did not restore the Abby of Polesworth (which lay within the Territories belonging to his Castle of Tamworth) unto her Successors, he should have an evil death, and go to Hell: And, that he might be the more sensible of this her admonition, she smote him on the side with the point of her Crosier, and so vanished away. Moreover, that, by this stroke being much wounded, he cryed out so loud, that his Friends in the House arose; and finding him extreamly tormented with the pain of his wound, advised him to confess himself to a Priest, and vow to restore them to their former possession. Furthermore, that having so done, his pain ceased; and that, in accomplishment of his vow (accompanied with Sir Walter de Somervile, and the rest) he forthwith rode to Oldbury; and craving pardon of the Nuns for the injury done, brought them back to Polesworth; desiring, That himself and his friend Sir Walter de Somervile, might be reputed their Patrons; and have burial for themselves and their heirs, in the Abby, viz. The Marmions in the Chapter-house, and the Somerviles in the Cloyster." [Sir William Dugdale, The Baronage of England, 1675]

  • Sources 
    1. [S39] A History of the Parish of Tatenhill in the County of Stafford by Sir Reginald Hardy. London: Harrison and Sons, 1907.