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Walter fitz Robert

Male Bef 1134 - 1198  (> 64 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Walter fitz Robert was born before 1134 in of Little Dunmow, Essex, England (son of Robert fitz Richard and Maud de Senlis); died in 1198 in Little Dunmow, Essex, England; was buried in Dunmow Priory, Little Dunmow, Essex, England.

    Family/Spouse: Maud de Lucy. Maud (daughter of Richard de Lucy and Rohese de Boulogne) died after 1170. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Robert fitz Walter was born in in Little Dunmow, Essex, England; died on 9 Dec 1235.
    2. Alice fitz Walter

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Robert fitz Richard was born in in of Dunmow, Essex, England (son of Richard fitz Gilbert and Rohese Giffard); died before 1136; was buried in St. Neot's Priory, Cambridgeshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 28 Nov 1137

    Notes:

    Also called Robert de Clare, because apparently people were assigned de Clare as a surname entirely at random in the twelfth century. Steward to kings Henry I and Stephen.

    Robert married Maud de Senlis in 1112. Maud (daughter of Simon I de Senlis and Maud of Northumberland) died after 1158. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Maud de Senlis (daughter of Simon I de Senlis and Maud of Northumberland); died after 1158.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1140
    • Alternate death: Between 1158 and 1163
    • Alternate death: Bef 1165

    Notes:

    Also called Maud de St. Liz.

    Children:
    1. Maud de Senlis was born about 1125; died after 1185.
    2. 1. Walter fitz Robert was born before 1134 in of Little Dunmow, Essex, England; died in 1198 in Little Dunmow, Essex, England; was buried in Dunmow Priory, Little Dunmow, Essex, England.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Richard fitz Gilbert was born about 1033 in of Bienfaite and Orbec, Normandy, France (son of Gilbert fitz Godfrey); died before Apr 1088; was buried in St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Bef 1035
    • Alternate birth: 1035
    • Alternate death: May 1089
    • Alternate death: Abt 1090

    Notes:

    Also called Richard "de Bienfaite", Richard de Clare, and Richard de Tonbridge. Joint chief justiciar of England in William's absence; in this role he suppressed the revolt of 1075.

    Richard married Rohese Giffard. Rohese (daughter of Walter Giffard and Agnes Flaitel) died after 1113. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 5.  Rohese Giffard (daughter of Walter Giffard and Agnes Flaitel); died after 1113.

    Notes:

    Or Rohais; Rohaidi; Roaxdis.

    Ancestral Roots 8 has her as a daughter of the Walter Giffard who d. 1102; this poses some chronological difficulty. Complete Peerage, Domesday People, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography all agree that she was a sister, not a daughter, of that Walter Giffard.

    Children:
    1. 2. Robert fitz Richard was born in in of Dunmow, Essex, England; died before 1136; was buried in St. Neot's Priory, Cambridgeshire, England.
    2. Avice fitz Richard died after 1112.
    3. Adelisa de Clare
    4. Rohese fitz Gilbert de Clare was born about 1055 in St.-Martin-de-Bienfaite-la-Cressonniere, Calvados, Normandy, France; died in 1121; was buried in Abbey of Bec, Eure, Normandy, France.
    5. Gilbert fitz Richard de Clare was born about 1060; died in 1117.

  3. 6.  Simon I de Senlis (son of Landri de Senlis and Ermengarde); died about 1111 in La Charite-sur-Loire, Nievre, France.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1111 and 1113
    • Alternate death: Bef 1113, La Charite-sur-Loire, Nievre, France

    Notes:

    Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton, jure uxoris. "Went to Jerusalem cruce signatus, and returned safely, but, setting out again, d. at the Abbey of La Cherité-sur-Loire, in France, circa 1111." [The Wallop Family, citation details below.]

    From the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

    Senlis, Simon (I) de [Simon de St Liz], earl of Northampton and earl of Huntingdon (d. 1111x13), magnate, was the third son of Landri de Senlis, lord of Chantilly and Ermenonville, and a lady Ermengarde. The derivation St Liz (de sancto Licio) appears to be an attempted etymology for Senlis (Silva necta). His elder brother Guy de Senlis (d. 1124), a generous benefactor to Notre Dame de Senlis and St Martin des Champs, inherited the patrimony, his sons becoming prominent supporters of the Capetian kings, with three in succession holding the title of grand butler of France. Another brother, Hubert, became a canon of Notre Dame, Paris. Both the foundation charter of Sawtry Abbey, founded by his son Simon (II) de Senlis (d. 1153), and the late register of St Andrew's Priory, Northampton, believed Simon (I) to have come to England in 1066 and to have been patronized by William I; but his absence from Domesday Book (1086) suggests that his arrival, or at least his endowment, took place under William Rufus. [...]

    According to the De comitissa, Simon de Senlis made a successful pilgrimage to Jerusalem. This was almost certainly after the first crusade, for Suger notes that Simon was captured during William Rufus's Vexin campaign of 1098 against the Capetian heir-apparent, Louis, and subsequently ransomed. Earl Simon witnessed Henry I's charter of liberties issued at his coronation on 5 August 1100 and may have accompanied Henry on his campaign against Robert de Bellême's castle at Tickhill in 1102. He attests royal charters in England from 1100 to 1103, in 1106 and 1107, and in 1109 and 1110.

    At Northampton Earl Simon probably constructed the first castle and walled the considerable settlement that had expanded beyond the earlier defences. Although the earliest surviving fabric of the round church of the Holy Sepulchre in Northampton dates to the second quarter of the twelfth century, it is possible that its foundation was inspired by Simon's pilgrimage. Here he also founded the church of All Saints and the Cluniac priory of St Andrew (between 1093 and 1100) as a dependency of La Charité-sur-Loire. When Hugh of Leicester, steward of Countess Maud, established monks of La Charité at Preston Capes (c. 1090) in emulation of his lord, Earl Simon granted them the endowments of the secular college at Daventry to which they subsequently moved (between 1107 and 1108). The earl also made grants to Lincoln Cathedral.

    Simon de Senlis embarked on a second journey east, but died at La Charité, 'the eldest daughter of Cluny', and was buried there in the great new priory church. It is possible that his body was subsequently moved to the priory of St Neots, which he had patronized. The date of his death is uncertain. He attests a grant of Henry I to Bath Abbey on 8 August 1111 at Bishop's Waltham, as the king was crossing to Normandy, and this may mark the earl's own outward voyage. By midsummer 1113, however, David of Scotland was recognized as earl of Huntingdon, marrying Simon's widow, Maud, although the earldom of Northampton reverted to the crown.

    Simon married Maud of Northumberland before 1091. Maud (daughter of Waltheof and Judith of Lens) was born about 1072; died in 1130; was buried in Scone, Perthshire, Scotland. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  4. 7.  Maud of Northumberland was born about 1072 (daughter of Waltheof and Judith of Lens); died in 1130; was buried in Scone, Perthshire, Scotland.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Between 1130 and 1131
    • Alternate death: 1131
    • Alternate death: Bef 1132

    Notes:

    Also called Maud of Huntingdon.

    Children:
    1. 3. Maud de Senlis died after 1158.
    2. St. Waltheof died on 3 Aug 1159.
    3. Simon II de Senlis was born about 1103; died in Aug 1153; was buried in St. Andrew's, Fife, Scotland.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Gilbert fitz Godfrey was born about 1010 (son of Godfrey fitz Richard); died in 1040 in Eschafour, Eu, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 1040
    • Alternate death: 1041

    Notes:

    Also called Gilbert de Brionne; Giselbert; Gilbert Crispin. Comte d'Eu & Brionne. Assassinated.

    Children:
    1. Baldwin fitz Gilbert died in 1090.
    2. 4. Richard fitz Gilbert was born about 1033 in of Bienfaite and Orbec, Normandy, France; died before Apr 1088; was buried in St Neots, Huntingdonshire, England.

  2. 10.  Walter Giffard (son of Walter Giffard); died after 1066.

    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.

    Walter married Agnes Flaitel. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  3. 11.  Agnes Flaitel (daughter of Gerard Flaitel).

    Notes:

    Also called Ermengarde Flaitel.

    Children:
    1. 5. Rohese Giffard died after 1113.
    2. Walter Giffard was born about 1015; died on 15 Jul 1102; was buried in Longueville-sur-Scie, Normandy, France.

  4. 12.  Landri de Senlis was born in in of Chantilly, Oise, Picardy, France.

    Landri married Ermengarde. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  5. 13.  Ermengarde
    Children:
    1. 6. Simon I de Senlis died about 1111 in La Charite-sur-Loire, Nievre, France.

  6. 14.  Waltheof was born in 1027 in of Potton, Bedfordshire, England (son of Siward and Ælfled of Bernicia); died on 31 May 1076 in Winchester, Hampshire, England.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: 31 May 1075, Winchester, Hampshire, England

    Notes:

    Earl of Northumberland.

    "He was present at the marriage of Ralph de Wader at Exning, Cambridgeshire, where the guests entered into a conspiracy against the king. In this he was to some slight extent implicated, but acting on the advice of Archbishop Lanfranc, he crossed over to Normandy to the king, and disclosed the matter to him. The conspiracy having been crushed, the king kept Walthoef with him. But he was accused by his wife, Judith, of more than a mere knowledge of the plot. After a year's deliberation, during which he was imprisoned at Winchester, Waltheof was executed at Winchester, Hampshire 31 May 1075 (or 1076). Two weeks afterward the king allowed his body to be removed to Croyland Abbey, Lincolnshire, where the abbot buried him in the chapterhouse; his remains were subsequently translated into the church near the altar. At an unknown date, Judith was granted the manor of Elstow, Bedfordshire by her uncle, King William the Conqueror. Sometime prior to 1086, she founded a nunnery at Elstow and endowed it with her will." [Royal Ancestry]

    Waltheof married Judith of Lens after Jan 1070. Judith (daughter of Lambert II of Boulogne and Alice of Normandy) was born about 1054; died after 1086. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  7. 15.  Judith of Lens was born about 1054 (daughter of Lambert II of Boulogne and Alice of Normandy); died after 1086.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Abt 1090

    Notes:

    AR8 says (in a note to 148:22) that, contrary to what was stated in previous editions, Judith was "Adelaide's child by her first marriage to Enguerrand II", but Stewart Baldwin, in the Henry Project's discussion of the three marriages of William I's sister Adelaide, assembles a convincing argument that Judith was a daughter of Lambert of Lens after all. A 19 Nov 2009 post to SGM by John P. Ravilious adds further evidence for the identification of Lambert as her father.

    To be fair, Peter Stewart is unconvinced.

    Children:
    1. Alice of Northumberland died after 1126.
    2. 7. Maud of Northumberland was born about 1072; died in 1130; was buried in Scone, Perthshire, Scotland.