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Katherine de Stafford married into the de La Pole family, who in turn became Morley, my maternal grandmother's line.


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ap Rhys...ap Llewellyn abt 1215...ap Llewellyn abt 1240...Bardolf...Basset 1247...Basset abt 1295...de Beauchamp...Beaumont
Bruce...Cantilupe...Capet...Caroling...Cherleton...Corbet abt 1223...Corbet abt 1243...d'Acre
d'Aubigny abt 1223...d'Aubigny 1225...D'Auverne...d'Anjou...d'Aquitqine...d'Ivrea...d'Orleans
de Audley...de Beauchamp...de Beaugency...de Beaumont...de Blois abt 1000...de Blois abt 1022
de Blois abt 1047...de Blois abt 1100...de Bohun...de Boulogne...de Bourges...de Bourgogne...de Brampton abt 1168...de Brampton abt 1190
de Braose...de Briennes...de Briouze...de Brittany abt 1021...de Brittany abt 1047...de Briwere 1114...de Briwere abt 1202
de Burley...de Cambrai...de Camoys...de Camville...de Castile...de Cauz...de Chateaudun
de Chaworth...de Clare abt 1120...de Clare 1317...de Clifford...de Colville...de Condet...de Crepi
de Dammartin 1235...de Dammartin abt 11 06...de Deux-Bourgogne...de Ferrers 1173...de Ferrers abt 1220...de Ferrers abt 1380...de Fiennes
de Gael...de Glanville...de Gournay...de Grey abt 1198...de Grey...de Hastings...de Hainaut...de Lacy abt 1196
de Lacy 1237...de Langley...de Lemisi...de Lovel...De Merle...de Moeles...de Montfort
de Mortimer...de Moulte...de Multon...de Neustrie..de Normandy...de Ossary...de Picguiny
de Pitres...de Poitiers...de Ponthieu...de Port...de Quincy...de Ramsay...de Ros abt 1255...de Ros abt 1380
de Rus...de Somery abt 1220...de Somery 1204...de St Helena...de Stafford...de Totnes abt 1070...de Totnes 1093...de Toulouse
de Tours...de Venuz...de Vermandois...de Vaux...de Vermandois 915...de Vermandois 950...de Vermandois 1067
de Whitney...Deveraux...Ddu...d'Evereaux abt 1120...d'Evereaux 1143...Duncansdottir...Einarsson
Fitzalan...FitzBagot...Fitzgilbert abt 1143...Fitzgilbert abt 1220...Fitzhubert...Fitzmaurice...Giffard...Hasting...Hlodversson...Le Bon
le Mereschal...Longspee abt 1271...Longspee abt 1285...Lothgingen...MacKenneth...MacMurrough...Marshall
Mechyll...Meroving...Meullent...O'Toole...Plantagenet abt 1260...Plantagenet abt 1345...Regenwaldsdatter
Rognvaldsson...Rouen...Sigurdsson...St Clair...Strange...St Valery...Talbot...Thorfinsson
Thorstensdottir...Vernon...von Wormsgau...


M1 Charibert de NEUSTRIE (b abt 640) m unknown

Child of Charibert and unknown
Chrodebertus b 665 Neustria


M2 Chrodebertus de NEUSTRIE m unknown

Child of Chrodebertus and unknown
M3......Lambert b 598 Neustria


M3 Lambert de NEUSTRIE m unknown

Child of Lambert and unknown
M4......Chrodebertus b 620 Neustria


M4 Chrodebertus de NEUSTRIE m Doda de POITIERS (b 629)

Child of Chrodebertus and Doda
M5......Lambert b 670 Neustria


M5 Lambert de NEUSTRIE m Chrotlind MEROVING (b abt 679)

Child of Lambert and Chrotlind
M6......Rutpert b 710 Wormsgau d 764

B1 Berenger (an East Frank) b abt 740 m unknown

Child of Berenger and unknown
Hunrioch di Fruili b abt 760 Giulia, Lazio, Italy


M6 Rutpert von WORMSGAU m Williswint (b abt 725 d 768)
M7......Thuringbert b 745 Wormsgau d 1 Jun 770

B2 Hunrioch di FRUILI m Engeltrone of Paris

Note: Engeltrone was the daughter of Begon and Alpais de Paris

Child of Hunrioch and Engeltrone
B3......Amadeus b 809 Italy


M7 Thuringbert von WORMSGAU m Theoderata von WORMSGAU (b abt 770 d 12 Jul 807) Child of Thuringbert and Theoderata
M8......Rutpert b abt 789 d 840

B3 Amadeus von IVREA d'Oscheret Comte Burgundy m Maria di MONTSERRATO b abt 800

Children of Amadeus and Maria
B4......Fulk d (Archbishop of Reims) Jun 17 900
B5......Anscarius b abt 850 Toulouse, France d Mar 902 Ivrea, Torino, Italy
B6......Gui d (Comte de Pombia) Jan 889 in Tebbia


M8 Rutpert III von WORMSGAU m Wiltrud d'ORLEANS (b abt 792) Child of Rutpert and Wiltrud
M9......Rutpert IV b abt 820 d 25 Aug 866 Brissarthe, Anjou (killed by Normans)

B5 Anscarius d'IVREA Margrave of Ivrea m Giselle de VOLSCA of Nevers

Child of Anscarius and Giselle
B7......Adelbert b 880 d 17 Jul 923 Torino


M9 Rutpert IV von WORMSGAU (Comte du Blois) m Adelhide CAROLING (b abt 824 Tours d 866) 864

Child of Rutpert and Adelhide
M10......Robert b 15 Aug 860 Bourgogne d 15 Jun 923 Soissons, Picardy

1 Einar "Turf" ROGNVALDSSON (b 874) m unknown

Note: Einar was the son of Ragnavald I "The Wise" EYSTEINSSON. and was Earl of Orkney
See Einar's ancestors

Child of Einar and unknown
2......Thorfinn "Skull cleaver" EINARSSON b 890 d 936

3 Duncan of Caithness (b 871) m Groa THORSTEINSDOTTIR (b 873)

Child of Duncan and Groa
Grelod b 898

B7 Adelbert di IVREA (Marquis of Ivrea) m Gisela b 880 Perugia, Italy

Note: Gisela's parents were King Berenger I of Italy and Bertila of Spoleto.

Child of Adelbert and Gisela
B8......Berenger II


M10 Robert I CAPET de BOULOGNE (King of the West Franks) m (a) Alpaidia CAROLING (b abt 818) (b) Beatrice (Bertha) de VERMANDOIS (b abt 880 d 31 Mar 931) Versailles (c) Adele

Child of Robert and Beatrice
M11......Adela b 889 d 31 Mar 962 St Quentin
M12......Hildebrante b 891 Vermandois d 931 St Quentin m Herbert II de VERMANDOIS
M13......Emma b 898 d 934
Hugues b 898 Paris d 16 Jun 956 Deurdan
M15......Amaury b 920 Evreux d 983 Montford-l'Aumery m Judith de CAMBRAI

2 Thorfinn "Skull Cleaver" EINARSSON m 4 Grelod DUNCANSDATTER

Child of Thorfinn and Grelod
5......Hlodve b 920 d 988

6 Kenneth (King of Scotland b 930 Argyll d 995 Finela's Castle, Fettercain, Dal Riata, Scotland) m Anleta O'TOOLE (Princess of Leinster)

Note: Kenneth was the son of Malcolm, King of Scotland. Anleta was the daughter of Tuathal O'TOOLE (King of Leinster)

Child of Kenneth and Anleta
Malcolm b 954 Argyll , Dal Riata, Scotland d.25 Nov 1034 Glamis Castle, Angus, Forfarshire

A1 Richenda de BOURGES (b 892 Blois) m Thibault de TOURS (b 854 Blois d 842)

Children of Theobald and Richenda
A2......Theobald b 913 Blois d 16 Jan 978
A3......Gerlette b 913 Tillieres, Normandy

B8 Berenga II (King of Italy) m Willa d 963

Note: Willa was the daughter of Boson d'Arles, margrave of Tuscany and Willa of Burgundy

Child of Berenga and Willa
B9......Adalberto b abt 932 Ivrea d 30 Apr 971 Autun, Burgundy
B10....Otto d 21 Sep 1026
B18 ....Adelbert el Joven


M14 Hugues "Magnus" CAPET (Comte de Paris and Grand Duke of France) m Hedwige von SACHSEN bef Sep 910

Children of Hugues and Hedwige
M15......Herbert dob unknown
Note: Herbert became Bishop d'Auxerre
M16...... Hugh b 23 Aug 926 Paris d 14 Oct 996 Les Juife
M17...... Beatrix b 939 d 23 Aug 987 m Freidrich von LOTHRINGEN (Duke of Upper Lorraine)
M18...... Emma b 943 d 19 Mar 968 m Richard I "Sans Peur" de NORMANDIE 969
M19...... Otto b 944 d 22Feb 965
M20...... Henri b 946 Nevers d 15 Oct 1001
M21...... Odo b 948

7 Malcolm II (King of Scotland) m Edith de OSSORY (b 962)

Child of Malcolm and Edith
8......Anleta b 986

5 Hlodve THORFINNSSON m Audna of Ireland b 928

Child of Hlodve and Audna
9......Sigurd Digri b 960 d 23 Apr 1014

A2 Theobald I (Le Tricheur") m Luitgarde de VERMANDOIS (b 920 d 27 May 977)

Children of Theobald and Luitgarde
A4......Emma b 954 Blois d aft 27 Dec 1003
A5......Eudes b abt 955 Blois d 1 Nov 995
A6......Hildegarde b after 943

B9 Adelbert II (King of Italy 950 to 963) m Gerberga (Countess of Macon)

On 15 December 950, both Adelbert and his father were crowned kings of Italy after the death of Lothair II. His father tried to force Adelaide, widow of the late Lothair, to marry Adalbert and cement their claim to the kingship. When she refused and fled, she was tracked down and imprisoned for four months at Como.
In 951, King Otto I of Germany invaded Italy and rescued Adelaide, marrying her himself. He forced Berengar and Adalbert to do homage to him for their kingdom in 952. In 953, Adalbert began besieging Count Adalbert Azzo of Canossa, in his Canossan castle, where Adelaide had taken refuge two years prior. In 957, Liudolf, Duke of Swabia, invaded Lombardy and caused Berenagar to flee, though Adalbert gathered a large force at Verona. He was defeated, but Liudolf died prematurely and his army left.
In 960, he joined his father in attacking the pope, John XII. Otto came down at the pope's call and defeated the two co-kings and was crowned Emperor. Adalbert fled to Fraxinet, then under the Saracens. From there he fled to Corsica. When he returned, he tried to take Pavia, the Italian capital, but was defeated by another invading Swabian army, this time under Burchard III. Only the interference of his brothers Conrad and Guy, who died fighting, saved him to fight another day, which he never did. His negotiations with the Byzantine Empire fell through and he retired with his wife Gerberga to Burgundy, where he died at Autun sometime between 971 and 975. His widow married Otto-Henry, Duke of Burgundy, and his son, Otto-William, inherited through his stepfather the county of Burgundy and is thus the forefather of the Free Counts and the Hohenstaufen emperors.

Children of Adelbert and Gerberga
B19......Otto Guillaume b 958 Lombardia
B20......Williberga b 965 Wlfingen d 1052 Mompelgard, Germany
B21......Gisela b abt 966 Este, Tuscany d 1014 Italy
B22......Arduino dob unknown
B23......Gilberto b dob unknown
B24......Amedeo b b dob unknown


M16 Hugues CAPET (Comte de Paris and King of France) m Adelahide de POITOU (b 952 Germany d 15 Jun 1004) 968

Children of Hugues and Adelahide
M22......Adwige b 962 m Cte Rainier IV de HAINAUT
M23......Gisele b 970 d abt 1000 m Cte Hugues de PONTHIEU
Robert II b 27 Mar 972 d 20 Jul 1031 Melun, Ile de France
M25......Adele b 984 d 1075

9 Sigurd Digri HLODVERSSON (Jarl of Orkney) m 8 Anleta MacKENNETH

Child of Sigurd and Anleta
10......Brusi b 987 d 1031

A5 Eudes I de BLOIS m Bertha de BOURGOGNE (b 967 Bourgogne) d aft 16 Jan 1016

Child of Eudes and Bertha
A7......Eudes II b abt 990 d 15 Nov 1037 Lorraine

B19 Otto Guillaume (Count De Bourgogne) m Ermentrude of Rheims

Adalbert King of Italy fled to Burgundy after he was expelled from Italy by Emperor Otto I. His widow married Hugh Duke of Burgundy [Capet], who adopted their son Otto-Guillaume as his heir. Otto-Guillaume acquired the county of Mcon, in the duchy of Burgundy, by marrying the widow of the previous count.

Children of Otto and Ermentrude
B25......Renaud b 986 Bourgogne
B26......Judith dob unknown
B27......Agnes b 995 Bourgogne
B28......Ernald b abt 1000 St Symphoro, France
B29......Brunone dob unknown
B30......Irmtrud d 1055 Altdorf Eichstatt, Bayern



Child of Brusi and Ostrida
11......Robert b 1005 Argyll d 1046 Papa Stronsay, Orkney

A7 Eudes (Odo) II de BLOIS . m Ermengarde d'AUVERGNE (b 991 Auvergne d 10 Mar 1040) abt 1014

Child of Eudes and Ermengarde
A8......Bertha b 1015 Brittany d 11 Apr 1085

N1 Nevia SVEINSDATTER m Humphrey de HARCOURT (Seigneur de Beaumont b 980 Pont-Audemer d 28 Sep 1044) abt 1015

Child of Humphrey and Nevia
N2......Roger b 1022 Pontaudemer d 29 Feb 1094 d 29 Nov 1094 Shrewsbury

B28 Ernald de CHAWORTH m unknown

In 1063 the inhabitants of Maine had been forced to accept the Norman yoke, and we find Bouchard by the side of Duke William at the assizes at Domfront in 1064.
In the expedition, which two years later was to give William the possession of England, everything points to the belief that Bouchard or some member of his family was at the battle of Hastings. (The name of Chaworth is on the roll of Battle Abbey.)
The male line, that of Bouchard de Chaources, shortly became extinct, but from his brother, Hugh, who assured to the Abbey of La Couture the possession of Saint Mars sous Ballon, 1090-1096, descended the family which eventually settled in England

Children of Ernald and unknown
B31......Bouchard b abt 1022 St Symphoro,Italy
B32......Hugh b 1025 St Symphoro,Italy


M24 Robert II "Le Pieux" CAPET (king of the Franks) m (a) Rosele d'IVREA 988 (b) Bertha des DEUX-BOURGOGNES 996 (c) Constance Taillefer de TOULOUSE 998

Children of Robert and Constance
M26......Adelaide b 1003 Nevers
M27......Henri b 18 Sep 1008 Reims d 2 Aug 1060 Vitry aux Loges
M28......Robert b 1011 d 21 Mar 1075 Fleury-sur-Ouche
M29......Constance b 1014
M30......Hugues b b 1007 d 17 Mar 1025

11 Robert le BRUCE m Felicia of Normandy

Note: See Felicia's ancestors here

Child of Robert and Felicia
Robert b 1030 Normandy d 1089

13 Count Allan III de BRITTANY (Count of Rennes b 998 d 1 Oct 1040) m A8 Bertha de BLOIS (b 1002 Blois d 13 Apr 1085

Note: Allan was the son of Geoffrey of ANJOU and Havelive ROUEN. Bertha was the daughter of Eudes (Odo) II de BLOISE (b abt 990 d 15 Nov 1037 Lorraine who married Ermengarde d'Auverne (b 991 Auverne d 10 Mar 1040) 1010

Child of Allan and Bertha
14......Emma b 1025 Rennes d 1094
14a....Havoise b abt 1040 Bretagne d 1072

N2 Roger de BEAUMONT Earl of Meulan m Adeline de MEULAN (b 1014 d 1081) abt 1040 Ile de France

Children of Roger and Adeline
N3......Henry b 1045 d 20 Jun 1123
Note: Henry became Earl of Warwick
N4......Robert b 1046 d 5 Jun 1118

B32 Hugh de CHAWORTH m unknown

Child of Hugh and unknown
B33......Patrice b abt 1052 Chaworth d 1086 Salisbury


M27 Hugues "Magnus" CAPET (Duke of Vermandois and Bourgogne) m Adele de VERMANDOIS (b 1065 Valois d 23 Sep 1120) 1067

Children of Hugues and Adele
M31......Agnes b 1065 d 1125 m Bonifacio del Vasto di SALUZZO (Marchese della Liguria Occidental)
M32......Emma b 1075 m Raoul de GAEL bef 1108
M33......Maud b 1080 d 1130 m Raoul de BEAUGENCY 1111
M34......Constance b 1085
M35......Isabel b 1081 Valois d 13 Feb 1130 m (a) Robert de BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER (1st Earl of Leicester) (b) William de WARENNE (2nd Earl of Surrey)
Note: For William's relatives see the Bardolf branch here
M36......Raoul b 1085 d 1152 m (a) Eleonore de BLOIS (b) Adelaide d'AQUITAINE
M37......Beatrice b 1091 d aft 1144 m Hugues de GOURNAY
See the de Gournay branch here

12 Robert le BRUS m 14 Emma de BRITTANY

Children of Robert and Emma
15......William b 1049 Briouze, Normandy d abt 1100 Bramber, Sussex
16......Adam b 1050 Briouze, Normandy d 1093 Bramber, Sussex m Emma de RAMSAY
17......Robert b 1051
Note: Robert became the Earl of Annandale

N4 Robert de BEAUMONT (1st Earl of Leicester) m Isabel (Elizabeth) de CREPI or VERMANDOIS (b 1085 d 1131 St Nicaise, Meulan) 1096

Note: Isabel subsequently married William de WARENNE>

Children of Robert and Isabel
N5......Isabel b 1096 d 1147
N6......Eleanor b 1100
N7......Adeline b 1102
N8......Robert (Waleran) b 1104 d 10 Apr 1166
N9......Maud (Mabel) b 1106 d 1189

B33 Patrick de CHAWORTH m Matilda de HESLIN (b 1057 Toddington Bedfordshire d 1133 Kempsford

Children of Patrick and Matilda
B34......Morgan b 1080 Chaworth
B35......Robert b 1083 Alfreton d 1127
B36......Hugh b abt 1085 Chaworth
B37......Pagen b abt 1089 Gloucestershire
B38......Sybil b 1090 Kempsford d 1147 Bradenstoke, Wiltshire
B39......Patrick b 1093 Kempsford d 1155 Kempsford
B40......Cecily b 1110 Wishford d 1155


(1st Earl of Leicester)

When Robert was 20 he accompanied Duke William to England and distinguished himself at the battle of Hastings, and received large grants of lands in co. Warwick, with smaller holdings in cos. Leicester, Northants, and Wilts. On 14 July 1080, as Robert de Bellomonte, he witnessed the foundation charter of Lessay, and next year he inherited from his mother's family the Comt? of Meulan. Thereafter he is continuously styled Count (Comes) of Meulan. After the death of the Conqueror he adhered to William Rufus, and was high in favour at his court. He quarrelled with Robert of Normandy about the castellanship of Brionne, in consequence of the exchange of Brionne for Ivry made by his father. He was imprisoned, but was released at the intercession of his father, who eventually succeeded in obtaining Brionne in fee. He succeeded to the greater part of his father's lands in Normandy, including Beaumont, Pont-Audemer, Vatteville and Brionne. This paternal inheritance, added to his French comt? and his great possessions in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, made him one of the most powerful vassals of the Crown. He became one of the chief lay ministers of William Rufus, with whom he sided against Robert Courtheuse in 1098, and when William invaded the French Vexin in 1097 he received the troops in his fortresses of the comt? of Meulan. After the death of William Rufus he became one of the chief advisers of Henry I. On the death of Ives de Grandmesnil on Crusade, Robert retained his estates, which Ives had mortgaged to him circa 1102. Thereby he acquired one-quarter of the town of Leicester, the whole of which was later granted to him by the King. Robert thus added largely to his already vast possessions. In 1104 he was one of the Norman barons who adhered to Henry on his arrival in Normandy. He was present in the King's army at Tenchebrai, 28 September 1106. In 1110 he was besieged at Meulan by Louis VI, who took the castle by storm, but in the following year he retaliated by a raid on Paris, which he plundered. After obtaining the whole town of Leicester he is said to have become Earl of Leicester, but, being already Count of Meulan, was never so styled.

Children of Robert and Isabel

M38......Adeline b abt 1092 Leicester m Hugues III de MONTFORT
Isabel b 1094 Leicester d 6 Jan 1147 Carmarthen m (a) Henry I "Beauclerc" King of England 1130 Tunbridge (b) 36 Gilbert de CLARE M40......Eleanor b 1100 Leicester m Sir Hamon de MASSEY
M41......Robert b 1104 (Twin with Waleran) m Amice de GAEL
M42......Waleran b 1104 (Twin with Robert) m Agnes de MONTFORT

Robert styled himself Earl of Leicester in the confirmation of his charter on behalf of Bec and St. Nicaise-de-Meulan in 1119. He and his brother Waleran were brought up at the court of Henry I with great care on account of the King's gratitude to their father. They accompanied Henry when he interviewed Pope Calixtus at Gisors, November 1119 where they astonished the Cardinals by their learning. On 8 September 1131 Robert was one of the five Earls who witnessed Henry's charter to Salisbury at the Northampton Council, and both the brothers were present at the deathbed of Henry L In the anarchy which followed Stephen's accession he engaged in private warfare with his hereditary enemy, Roger de Tosny, whom he captured with the assistance of his brother Waleran. In 1137 the twins returned to England with Stephen. Meanwhile, during Robert's absence in England, his possessions in Normandy were overrun until he came to terms with Roger de Tosny. In June 1139 the two brothers took a leading part in the seizing of the Bishops of Salisbury and Lincoln at Oxford. At about this time he received from Stephen a grant to him as Earl of Leicester and to his heirs of the town and castle of Hereford "et totum comitatum de Herefordisc.," excepting the lands of the Bishop, those of the Abbot of Reading and of other churches and abbeys holding in chief of the King, and excepting also the fees of Hugh de Mortimer, Osbert son of Hugh, and others, "cum aliis omnibus rebus et libertatibus quae ad omnia prefata pertinent cum quibus Gul. filius Osbern unquam melius vel liberius tenuit." This grant was made at Newton (probably near Leominster) at a time when Miles of Gloucester had already taken possession of the county for the Empress, and therefore cannot have been effectual to bestow either the lands or the Earldom of Hereford, if such was Stephen's intention. After the defeat of Stephen, 2 Feb. 1141, Robert appears to have made a truce with the Angevin party in Normandy until he should return from England, and devoted himself to his foundation of St. Mary de Pr? at Leicester, which was accomplished in 1143. According to the narrative of St. Mary's, he became a canon regular there circa 1153, and so remained until his death, but the story conflicts with his known public career. In that year Henry, son of the Empress, anticipating his succession to the throne (which was agreed by the Treaty of Waningford in November 1153), gave Robert and his son Robert charters, dated at Bristol, "restoring" to them the lands then held by the elder, Robert, and granting them the Stewardship of England and of Normandy, whereby he doubtless secured their support of his claims to the crown. Robert was at the siege of Torigny in October 1154 with Henry II just before his accession, attended his Coronation in December 1154, and rapidly rose in the new King's favour. He received a confirmation charter of the grant made at Bristol and thus became Steward of England and of Nor:mandy. He was made Justiciar in the following year, and he acted as Viccroy part of the time with Richard de Luci during the King's absence from England from December 1158, after Eleanor left the country until his rcturn 25 January 1162/3. He was present at the Council of Clarendon, 13-28 January 1163/4, and was the first to attest the "Constitutions," to which he procured the assent of Thomas Becket. He took part with the Crown in its struggle with Becket, but sought to reconcile the King and the Archbishop at the Council of Northampton in October 1164. As Justiciar he pronounced sentence on the Archbishop, who cut short his address by denying the jurisdiction of the court. In 1165 he again acted as Viceroy on the King's departure. In the spring of 1166 he went to Normandy with the King, but was in England again in October, and retained the Justiciarship until his death two years later.

M43......Alice b 1105 Beaumont d 11 JUl 1191 Rheims
M44......Hugh b 1110 Meulan d aft 1142 Bedford
M45......Maud b 1116 Meulan d aft 1189 m (a) Simon de MONTFORT (b) William de LOVEL

The de Braose coat of arms

The ancestors of the de Braose family

The story of the de Braose family starts with the house of Yngling in Sweden in about 214AD. Njord was king of the Swedes, son of Yngvi, a king in Turkey and is an example of the strong viking links with the Black Sea. His grandson, Yngi-Frey was also a King in Sweden and a gold torque found in Romania engraved in Scandinavian runes "To Ingwy of the Goths" is thought to refer to him.

A drawing of the torque by Henry Trenk in 1876

Fourteen generations of the family passed without historical accounts yet being available, until we come to Adils Ottarsson who married a Danish princess, Yrsa Helgasdottir about 594. The story is recorded in one of the great sagas - the Skjoldunga Saga - as follows:

Adils was a long time king, became very rich, and went also for several summers on Viking expeditions. On one of these he came to Saxland with his troops. There a king was reigning called Geirthjof, and his wife was called Alof the Great; but nothing is told of their children. The king was not at home, and Adils and his men ran up to the king's house and plundered it, while others drove a herd of cattle down to the strand. The herd was attended by slave-people, churls, and girls, and they took all of them together. Among them was a remarkably beautiful girl called Yrsa. Adils returned home with this plunder. Yrsa was not one of the slave girls, and it was soon observed that she was intelligent, spoke well, and in all respects was well behaved. All people thought well of her, and particularly the king; and at last it came to this that the king celebrated his wedding with her, and Yrsa became queen of Sweden, and was considered an excellent woman.

King Halfdan's son Helge ruled at that time over Leidre. He came to Sweden with so great an army, that King Adils saw no other way than to fly at once. King Helge landed with his army, plundered, and made a great booty. Helge took Queen Yrsa prisoner, carried her with him to Leidre, took her to wife, and had a son by her called Rolf Krake. When Rolf was three years old, Queen Alof came to Denmark, and told Queen Yrsa that her husband, King Helge, was her own father, and that she, Alof, was her mother. Thereupon Yrsa went back to Sweden to King Adils, and was queen there as long as she lived. King Helge fell in a war expedition; and Rolf Krake, who was then eight years old, was taken to be king in Leidre. King Adils had many disputes with a king called Ole of the Uplands; and these kings had a battle on the ice of the Venner lake, in which King Ole fell, and King Adils won the battle. There is a long account of this battle in the "Skjoldunga Saga", and also about Rolf Krake's coming to Adils, and sowing gold upon the Fyrisvold. King Adils was a great lover of good horses, and had the best horses of these times. One of his horses was called Slongve, and another Raven. This horse he had taken from Ole on his death, and bred from him a horse, also called Raven, which the king sent in a present to King Godgest in Halogaland. When Godgest mounted the horse he was not able to manage him, and fell off and was killed. This accident happened at Omd in Halogaland. King Adils was at a Disa sacrifice; and as he rode around the Disa hall his horse Raven stumbled and fell, and the king was thrown forward upon his head, and his skull was split, and his brains dashed out against a stone. Adils died at Upsal, and was buried there in a mound. The Swedes called him a great king. Thjodolf speaks thus of him:

"Witch-demons, I have heard men say,
Have taken Adils' life away.
The son of kings of Frey's great race,
First in the fray, the fight, the chase,
Fell from his steed -- his clotted brains
Lie mixed with mire on Upsal's plains.
Such death (grim Fate has willed it so)
Has struck down Ole's deadly foe."

Adils' great grandson was called Braut-Onund Ingvarsson and in his days there was peace in Sweden, and he became rich . King Onund went with his army to Estland to avenge his father, landed with his army and ravaged the country round far and wide; took a great booty and returned in autumn to Sweden. In his time there were fruitful seasons in Sweden. Onund was the most popular of kings.
Onund bestowed great diligence and expense on opening the woods and cultivating the cleared land. He also made roads through the desert forests; and thus cleared land is found all through the forest country, and great districts are settled. In this way extensive tracts of land were brought into cultivation, for there were country people enough to cultivate the land. Onund had roads made through all Sweden, both through forests and morasses, and also over mountains; and he was therefore called Braut-Onund (Onund Land-clearer). King Onund had a house built for himself in every district of Sweden, and went over the whole country in guest-quarters.

Once more we skip two generations to Olaf "Tree Feller" Ingjaldsson who was King in Vestfold and Jutland. His father was nicknamed "Evilheart" and had been so cruel to his subjects that they rose up against him and killed him. When Olaf heard of his fathers death he sought refuge with his followers in Nerike, because many of his kinsmen lived there, but the Swedes attacked Nerike and Olaf, his kin and followers headed west through mountainous forests to what became Varmland in Norway. Here he cleared forest to make fertile land, and the Swedes heard about it and then called him "Tree Feller". The new king of Sweden ruled harshly and many swedes left the country for Varmland.
Unfortunately there was a period of famine and as was the custom with the people, Olaf was blamed, being accused of neglecting his sacrifices to the gods, which was thought to be the cause of the famine rather than the weather! The Swedish settlers surrounded his house and set it on fire with Olaf inside.

Olaf's son was called Halfdan "Whiteleg" Olafsson, and he became king of Norway, and conquered a large part of Hedemark, Toten, Hadeland and a part of Vestfold. When his brother Ingjald Olofsson died, he inherited Wermelandia. Halfdan died of old age in Toten and was transported to Vestfold where he was buried under a mound in Skiringssal. His son Ivar became Jarl of the Upplanders.

Ivar's great grandson Ragnvald "The Wise" Eysteinsson was Earl of Maer. He accompanied Harald Fairhair ( his uncle) on his great expeditions to the west, to Ireland and to Scotland. Here, Rognvald's son Ivarr was killed. In compensation King Harald granted Rognvald Orkney and Shetland. Rognvald himself returned to Norway, giving the northern isles to his brother Sigurd Eysteinsson.
His children included two people who have great significance: Rollo Ragnavldsson, who became the first Lord of Normandy and Einar 'Turf' Ragnvaldsson. Einar was Earl of Orkney, but it is possible that he was with his older brother Rollo, when Rollo ravaged the French coast and was ultimately granted Normandy in payment for stopping the offensive. Or it could have been his son, Thorfinn :Skull cleaver born in 890 and who died in 936 who accompanied or followed his uncle Rollo.

Thorfinn had a son Hldolve, who married Princess Audna of Ireland so perhaps it was he who went to Normandy - or even his son Sigurd Digri Holvesson but here the story takes an odd turn. He was a Jarl of Orkney and had a son called Brusi Sigurdsson whose son Robert was born in Argyll and who died in Papa Stronsay. Roberts son Robert, known as Robert Le Brus, certainly did have very striong connections with Normandy, for he married Felicia of Normandy and his children were born at Briouze in Normandy.

This rather begs the question - where did the name of the village Bruize come from? It seems quite possible that Robert le Brus or his father was granted land in which a settlement was established - of "Brus" - very similar to Brouiz. This is mere speculation, of course but it does seem a strong possibility. If it were the case then the person to whom land was given could have been either Brusi or Robert.

Robert junior born 1030 and died 1089 had three sons - William, Adam and Robert - Robert became Earl of Allandale, but William de Braose was the first Lord of the Rape of Bramber. Which takes us nicely to the history linked below.

See a brilliant history of the de Braose family from the 11th century onwards

15 Sir William da BRIOUZE m Agnes St CLAIR (b 1047 St Clair sur Elle, Manche d 1100 Barnstaple) abt 1067

Agnes was the daughter of Waldron St Clair and Helen le BON

William - known in French as Guillaume de Briouze. his name is recorded in lists of those present at the Battle of Hastings. He became the first Lord of Bramber Rape in Sussex by 1073 and built Bramber Castle. William made considerable grants to the abbey of Saint Florent, Saumur to endow the foundation of Sele Priory near Bramber and a priory at Briouze. He continued to fight alongside King William in the campaigns in Britain, Normandy and Maine.
He granted the right of the manor at Armegitone (Ashington?) near Bramber to his only surviving son Philip, witnessed by 17 Robert; this gift was confirmed by the king in January 1080. By 1093 William was holding "certain lands in the Diocese of St David - the town and castle of new Radnor and probably Builth Wells - and it is likely that they passed to William in 1093 when other land transactions involving the Mortimers took place.

The gatehouse remains at Bramber Castle today

Children of William and Agnes
18......Matilda b 1068
19......Adam b 1071
20......John b 1072
21......Philip b 1073 d 1134, Palestine
22......Hortense b 1074
23......Amicia b 1076
24......Philena b 1078

25 Judhael de TOTNES (b 1049 Mayenne d 1123 Barnstaple) m Adele de PICGUINY (b 1050 Picguiny Somme)

Note: Juhel was the son of Alured de TOTNES and Adele was the daughter of Comte Guermond de PICGUINY and Adele

Child of Juhel and Adele
Aenor b 1084 Barnstaple

N9 Maud de BEAUMONT m William de Vernon de REVIERS (b 1095 Shipbrook, Northwich d 1174) Child of William and Maud
N10......Joan b 1120
N11......William b 1148


21 Sir Philip (Crusader) de BRAOSE (Lord of Bramber) m 26 Aenor de TOTNES abt 1093

This was the Philip who had the Radnor Lordship granted by King Henry I. The de Braose family held onto Radnor for over 100 years, apart from 1110-12 when they were dispossessed after trouble with King Henry. The castle at New Radnor was one of their posessions. Three generations of them controlled the area until 1207 when Philip's great grandson, William III had an argument with King John that turned into full-scale hostilities resulting in his lands and castles being seized by the Crown.

Sir Philip also provided for a Motte and Bailey near Builth Wells as shown below

It is now in the grounds of Caer Beris Hotel. His tomb was at Horsham as ahown below

Children of Sir Philip and Aenor
27......Basilia b 1094 Barnstaple m Odo de DAMMARTIN
28......John b 1098 Barnstaple
29......Maud b 1108 Barnstaple d 1151
William b 1112 Barnstaple
31......Philip b 1112 Barnstaple
Note: Philip - was left in charge of Wexford when Henry II left Ireland in 1172. Later that year he received a grant of North Munster ( without the City of Limerick) but was unable to take possession.
32......Gillian b 1114 Barnstaple m Fulk de MERLE

34 Dormot MACMURROUGH m unknown

Note: Dermot was the son of DonchadMacMURROUGH

Child of Dormot and unknown
Eva MACMURROUGH of Leinster, Ireland

36 Gilbert de CLARE (b 21 Sep 1100 Clare) m M39 Isabel Elizabeth de MEULAN (b 1096 Meulan, Ile de France d 1147)

Gilbert was the son of Gilbert FitzRichard de CLARE, 1st Earl of Pembroke and Abbot of Ely with Adeliza de CLAREMONT. Gilbert was made Earl of Pembroke in 1138 by King Stephen. In the period of unrest and indecisive civil war known as the Anarchy, when followers of Stephen, Henry I's nephew, struggled with the Empress Maud, Henry I's daughter, Gilbert Earl of Pembroke sided with each one. He already held Chepstow, on the Welsh-English borders. In 1144 he pushed far into South Wales and established himself at Carmarthen.

Child of Gilbert and Isabel
37......Richard dob unknown
37a....Basilia dob unknown m Raymond "Le Gros" FITZWILLIAM

38 Walter FitzEdward d'EVERAUX (b 1082 Salisbury d 1147 Chitterne, Wilts) m B38 Sybil Matilda de CHAWORTH

Note: Walter was the son of Edward d'EVERAUX, Sheriff of Wiltshire, and Maud FITZHUBERT (b 1070 Reims d 1130). Walter was the 1st Earl Salisbury

Children of Walter and Sybil
39......Mathilde b 1110
40......Hedwige b 1118 d 1152
41......Patrick b 1120 d 7 Apr 1168
41a....Haywise b 1123 Evreux d Jan 1152 Braine, Picardy
42......Sybil b 1127 Bradenstoke d 3 Jun 1165 Pembroke

43 Gilbert le MARESCHAL (b 1096 Beck, Staffs d 1130 Winterbourne Monkton) m Marguerite de VENUZ (b 1096) abt 1115

Gilbert was the son of Robert GIFFARD of Cheddar. He founded the priory of Clare where he was buried

Child of Gilbert and Marguerite
John "The Marshal" FITZGILBERT b 1116 Pembroke d 1164 Pembroke

45 Henry de BRIWERE (b 1114) m N10 Joan de Vernon REDFERS (b 1120)

Note: Joan was the daughter of William de Vernon REVIERS (b 1095 Shipbrook) and Mabel de BEAUMONT

Child of Henry and Joan
46......William b 1145 d 1213

The Stafford coat of arms

See the ancestors of Nicholas here
T1 Nicholas de STAFFORD (b abt 1066 d aft 1137) m Maude de MOULTE abt 1090

Child of Nicholas and Maude
Robert b abt 1101 d after 1177 bur 1184 Stone Staffs


30 William da BRAOSE (Sheriff of Hereford, Lord Bramber) m Bertha de Gloucester de PITRES 1148

William was very fortunate in his marriage to Bertha who was the daughter of Miles de GLOUCESTER and Sybil de NEUFMARCHE . All of her brothers died young without heirs so she brought a number of important lordships to the de Braoses in 1166. These included Brecon and Abergavenny. William became Sheriff of Hereford in 1174. His interest in Sussex was maintained as he confirmed the grants of his father and grandfather for the maintenance of Sele Priory and extended St. Mary's, Shoreham. He laso founded the priory of Cornworthy, near Totnes and in 1205 he was given the honour of Totnes.

The seal of Cornworthy, showing the only known image of the priory

Children of William and Bertha
47......Matilda (Maud) b 1146 m John de BRAMPTON
William b 1146 Bramber, Sussex d 9 Aug 1211 Corbeil, France bur St Victor, Paris
49......Sybil b 1149 d bef 1228 m (a) William de FERRERS (Earl of Derby) 1173 Sussex (b) Adam de PORT
50......Roger b 1150
51......Bertha b 1151 m William de BEAUCHAMP 1175 Bramber, Sussex
Note: William and Bertha had a son, Walter, who married
Joan Isabella MORTIMER
52......Philip b 1152
53......Isabel b 1154
54......Engeram b 1154
55......Reginald b 1156
56......Gillian b 1158
57......John b 1160 d 1205 m Amabil de LIMESI
58......Maud b 1162 d 29 Dec 1210 m John de BROMPTON
59......Giles b 1165

37 Richard 1 de CLARE m 35 Eva MACMURROUGH 29 Aug 1170 Watford, Ireland

Child of Richard and Eva
60......Isobel b 1168 d 1220

44 John "The Marshal" FITZGILBERT m (a) 42 Sybil d'EVEREAUX abt 1143 Pembroke (b) Aline PIPARD of Walter PIPARD

In 1138 John took possession of the castles of Marlborough and Ludgershall in Wiltshire as castellan and proceeded to strengthen both and in 1141 the Empress Maud took refuge in Ludgershall castle as she fled from Stephen's army.John was the son of Gilbert, the marshal of the royal household of King Henry I. The office was responsible for everything connected to the horses of the royal household, the hawks and the hounds as well. He had the general duty of keeping order in the royal court/household, arranging for the billeting of members of the court

On the pipe roll of 1130 John is found paying twenty-two pounds for seisin to his father's lands and ministerium and forty marks for the office of Marshal of the court. In 1138 John took possession of the castles of Marlborough and Ludgershall and strengthened both. He was a supporter of Matilda as Queen and when Winchester fell to Stephen's forces Matilda fled to Ludgershall Castle.

Children of John and Sybil
61......John b 1144
62......William b 1145 d 1213 Devon
63......Anselm b 1154
64......Margaret b 1160 Marleborough d aft 1242 m Roger de SOMERY (baron of Dudley) abt 1205

T2 Robert de STAFFORD (Sheriff of Stafford) m Avice 1135

Note: Robert was Chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster

Child of Robert and Avice
T2a....Robert b 1136 Stafford Castle d 1193
T3......Millicentb 1150 d bef 1224 bur Stone, Staffs


46 William de BRIWERE (Lord of Horsley) m Beatrix de VAUX (b 1149 d 1216)

Children of William and Beatrix
65......Margaret b 1172 d bef 1232
66......Isabel b 1b 1172 d aft 1233
67......Grace b 1186 d 1223
68......Alice b 1188 d aft 1215
69......Joan b 1190 d 1233

48 William (The Ogre of Abergavenny) de BROASE (4th Lord of Bramber) m Maud Matilda St VALERY (b 1150 Bramber d 1210 Corfe, Windsor aka "Lady of Hay") bef 1170

William was Lord of Bramber, Gower, Abergavenny, Brecknock, Builth, Radnor, Kington, Limerick and the three castles of Skenfrith, Grosmont and Whitecastle.

Grosmont castle ruins

In 1175, William de Braose carried out the Abergavenny Massacre, luring three Welsh princes and other Welsh leaders to their deaths. His principal antagonist was a Seisyll ap Dyfnwal, of Castell Arnallt near Llanover in the valley of the River Usk near Abergavenny, whom he blamed for the death of his uncle Henry. After having invited the Welsh leaders to a Christmas feast at Abergavenny Castle under the pretence of peace and the start of a new era at the end of the year (a traditional time for settling outstanding differences amongst the Welsh), he had them murdered by his men. This resulted in great hostility against him among the Welsh, who named him the "Ogre of Abergavenny". Gerald of Wales exonerates him and emphasises the religious piety of de Braose and his wife and de Braose generosity to the priories of Abergavenny and Brecon. William de Braose did however reputedly hunt down and kill Seisyll ap Dyfnwal's surviving son, Cadwaladr, a boy of seven.

Abergavenny Castle

In 1192 William de Braose was made sheriff of Herefordshire, a post he held until 1199. In 1196 he was made Justice Itinerant for Staffordshire. In 1195 he accompanied King Richard I of England to Normandy and in 1199, William de Braose fought beside Richard at Chalus, where the king was mortally wounded.
He then supported King John's claim to the throne of England, supported the new king in making various royal grants and was in attendance with John in Normandy at the time of Arthur of Brittany's death in 1203. Arthur was John's nephew and was seen by many as the rightful heir to the English throne. De Braose served in the war of 1204 against King Philip II of France in France.

The good times could not last, however. William was stripped of his office as bailiff of Glamorgan and other custodies by King John in 1206. Later he was deprived of all his lands and, sought by John in Ireland, he returned to Wales and joined the Welsh Prince Llywelyn in rebellion. He fled to France in 1210 via Shoreham "in the habit of a beggar" and died in exile near Paris. Despite his stated intention to be interred at St. John's, Brecon, he was buried in the Abbey of St. Victoire, Paris by Stephen Langton, the Archbishop of Canterbury, another of John's chief opponents who was also taking refuge there. His wife and son William were starved to death in captivity at either Windsor or Corfe Castle.

1209 - "The same year William Broase and his son perished of hunger at Windsor while imprisoned"
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

Children of William and Maud
70......Maud Matilda b 1173 d 1209 Llanbadarn Fawr m Gruffydd ap RHYS d 29 Dec 1210
70a....Joane b 1174 Gower d 1244

"That year, (1210) on the feast-day of Thomas the Martyr, Maud de Braose, mother of the sons of Gruffydd ap Rhys, died at Llanbadarn Fawr, after she had received communion, confession and penance and taken the habit and she was buried with her husband at Strata Florida." (Brut y Tywysogyon). After his father's death in 1197, Gruffydd was handed over to the English government by Gwenwynwyn, lord of Powys, imprisoned in Corfe castle, then brought in to negotiate with Powys during Gwenwynwyn's campaign against William de Braose's stronghold at Painscastle. His wife Maud was kept as his hostage, and an entry on the Pipe Roll for 1198 shows her in Bridgenorth castle. A little boat was hired to take her by the Severn to Gloucester (Pipe Roll, 10 Richard I., p. 108)

William b 1775 d 9 Aug 1211 of starvation Windsor Castle m Maud de CLARE
72......Margaret or Margery b 1176 m Walter de LACY
72a....Laurette b 1178 Tavistock d 1266 Canterbury
72b....John b 1180 Bramber d 26 Mar 1205

Margaret founded an Augustinian convent in memory of her parents and brother on land donated by King John at Aconbury in Herefordshire, near the village of Holme Lacy. She was buried there in the Priory Church, which is now disused and locked

The Prory Church, Holme Lacy
A charter of Henry III records a donation by "Walterus de Lacy" to the Hospital of Ludlow, Shropshire, for the souls of "Margeri? uxoris me?"

73......Leuca b 1181 d 1236 m Geoffrey de CAMVILLE
Reginald b 1182 d 1228
75......Giles db 1182 d 11 Nov 1215 bur in South aisle of Hereford Cathedral
Note: Giles became Bishop of Hereford from 1200 to 1215
75a....Annora b 1190 d aft 1241 m Hugh de MORTIMER

Annora - was captured and imprisoned by King John in 1210 when attempting to flee from Ireland with her mother. Annora was released in October 1214, the year her husband succeeded to his lands. When he died in 1227 the king allowed her to keep an income of 100 shillings from land in Charlton and Cherrington, parts of the manor of Tetbury, to maintain her as a recluse.
The Church Guide of St. Mary's Iffley alludes to a mysterious person called Annora, the anchoress, who lived for nine years enclosed in a cell beside the church in the thirteenth century. (An anchoress is a recluse - someone who lives apart from other people.)
You can see the story of Annora here

See the Morley branch here

T3 Millicent de STAFFORD m Hervey Fitz BAGOT (b 1140 d bef 25 Aug 1214)

Child of Hervey and Millicent
T4......Hervey bef 1194 Stafford
T5......William dob unknown m Alditha VERNON


62 William "The Protector" FITZGILBERT MARSHALL m 60 Isobel FitzRichard de CLARE Aug 1189 London

Note: The remarkable history of this man is given here

Children of William and Isobel
76......Walter b 1189
77......Gilbert b 1190
78......Richard b 1191
79......Matilda (Maud) b 1192 d 1227
80......Isobel b 1200 d 12 Jan 1240
81......Joan b 1202 d 1234
82......Eva MARSHALL b 1206 d aft 1246
83......William b 1207
84......Sibyl b 1209 d 27 Apr 1245

71 William de BRAOSE m Matilda (Maud) de CLARE

Note: Matilda was the daughter of Richard de CLARE and Amicie de GLOUCESTER

See Matilda's ancestors here

1172 - ""The same year (1195) a great slaughter was made of the Welsh at Castle Matilda (Painscastle) by the Lady Matilda, wife of Lord William Braose."
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

Children of William and Matilda

71b......John dob unknown d 1232
71c......Giles dob unknown d aft 8 Jul 1226
71d......Philip dob unknown
71e......Walter dob unknown d 1233/4 m Haywise de LONDON

Haywise was the daughter of Thomas and Eva de LONDON
After the conflict between King John and the Braose family, Walter and his three brothers were held in captivity and in 1218, the council of magnates who were running the country after the death of King John ordered Bartholomew de Podio, seneschal of Angoul?me, to release Walter and his brother Philip. (Patent Rolls Henry III Vol 1, p134)
Walter became a significant military figure in South Wales, having custody of the castle of Carmarthen in 1233. He died during the war of 1233/4 between the crown and Richard Marshall, Earl of Pembroke.

71f......Gilbert dob unknown
71g......Richard dob unknown
71h......Maud b 1200 m Henry de TRACY

Note: By Henry's marriage to Maud he retained control of the manor of Tawstock which had previously been the maritagium of her aunt, Loretta, Countess of Leicester. Loretta had experienced difficulty in regaining the manor from Henry after she returned from exile. Loretta may have granted it as a marriage gift.

75b John de BRAOSE m (a) Margaret ap LLEWELLYN

Nicknamed "Tadody" by the Welsh when he was hidden in Gower as a child after King John had killed his father and grandmother, he was later in the custody of Engelard de Cigogny (castellan of Windsor) along with his brother Giles. Cigogny was ordered to give the two boys up to William de Harcourt in 1214. But John was not freed. Peter de Maulay, constable of Corfe castle was ordered to free John into the care of the bishop of Winchester and Hubert de Burgh in 1216. Peter was again ordered to release John and Giles in 1218. This time the order seems to have been carried out.
John disputed his uncle Reginald's claim to the Braose lands, sometimes resorting to arms. Llywelyn helped him to secure Gower (1219). In 1221, with the advice and permission of Llewelyn, he repaired his castle of Abertawe (Swansea). He purchased the Rape of Bramber from Reginald and his son, William, in 1226. In that year John confirmed the family gifts to Sele Priory, near Bramber, and to the Abbey of St. Florent, Saumur, and added others. After the death of Reginald (1228) he became Lord of Skenfrith, Grosmont and Whitecastle, the three Marcher castles, by charter from the king but he lost these in 1230 to Hugh de Burgh at the same time as Gower became a subtenancy of de Burgh's Honour of Carmarthen and Cardigan. After his death, Margaret married Walter de CLIFFORD John and Llywelyn remained in the care of their mother. They are afterwards associated with tenements which had previously been held by Cliffords. (John at Culminton, Llywelyn at Sinton.) A writ for novel disseisin was issued against Walter Clifford in 1259 for a tenement in Syneton. The same person issued a writ against Llywelyn de Braose in 1270 about a tenement in Cyneton. The case was heard in 1272. (Assizes 56 Hen III) Llywelyn called John Giffard and his wife Matilda to warranty. (Walter de Clifford was Llywelyn's stepfather, Matilda his halfsister.)

Children of John and Margaret
75c......William b 1220 d 1291
75d......Richard dob unknown d before 18 June 1292 bur at Woodbridge Priory, Suffolk.
75e......John dob unknown
75f......Llewellyn dob unknown

74 Reginald de BRAOSE (7th Lord of Abergavenny) m (a) 67 Grace de BRIWERE (b) Gwladys DDU (b 1187 d 1251 Windsor)

Reginald supported Giles in his rebellions against King John. They were both active against the King in the barons' war. Neither was present at the signing of Magna Carta because they were still rebels who refused to compromise. King John aquiesced to Reginald's claims to the de Braose estates in Wales in May 1216. He became Lord of Brecon, Abergavenny, Builth and other Marcher lordships but was very much a vassal of Llywelyn Fawr, Prince of Gwynedd and now his father-in-law. Henry III restored Reginald to favour and the Bramber estates (confiscated from William by King John) in 1217. At this seeming betrayal, Rhys and Owain, Reginald's nephews who were princes of Deheubarth, were incensed and they took Builth (except the castle). Llewelyn Fawr also became angry and besieged Brecon. Reginald eventually surrendered to Llewelyn and gave up Seinhenydd (Swansea). By 1221 they were at war again with Llewelyn laying siege to Builth. The seige was relieved by Henry III's forces. From this time on Llewelyn tended to support the claims of Reginald's nephew John concerning the de Braose lands. Reginald was a witness to the re-issue of Magna Carta by Henry III in 1225.

Seal of Reginald de BRAOSE

Note re Gwladys - she remarried to Roger de MORTIMER

Child of Reginald and Grace
85......William b 1197 Brecknock d 2 May 1230 Abergavenny
85a....Matilda (Maud) dob unknown m Rhys MECHYLL of Deheubarth

86 Harvey de STAFFORD (b 1194 d 12 May 1237) m Petronille de FERRERS (b 1220)

Child of Harvey and Petronille
87......Robert b 1220


85 William de BRAOSE (Lord of Abergavenny) m 82 Eva MARSHALL 2 May 1230 Pembroke

William was caught sleeping with Llewellyn Fawr's wife and Llewellyn had him hanged. Llewellyn then wrote letters to her and her brother, William, Earl of Pembroke. Llywellyn was enquiring whether the marriage between his son, Dafydd, and Isabel de Braose should still go ahead. Evidently they agreed that it should. Nevertheless Llewelyn and Dafydd were never satisfied with the distribution of William's lands among his four heiresses and this led to further armed conflicts in the marches.
You can see the letters here
Eva continued to hold Braose lands and castles in her own right after the death of her husband. Dugdale mentions her as holder of Totnes in 1230. It is recorded in the Close Rolls (1234-7) that Henry III granted 12 marks to her to strengthen the castle at Hay.

1230 - "William Braose was killed by Llewelyn in Wales"
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

Children of William and Eva

88......Isabel b 1220 m Dafydd ap LLEWELLYN
89......Eva b 1221 d 28 Jul 1255 m William de CANTILUPE or CANTILOW

effigy of Eva in Abergavenny church

90......Matilda b 1224
Matilda (Maud) b 1226 d Mar 1300

1300 - "...On the seventeenth calends of April (16 March) the Lady Matilda Mortimer, of joyous memory, the wife of the nobleman Lord Roger Mortimer died."
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

92......Bertha b 1228 m Walter de BEAUCHAMP of Elmley, Worcestershire
93......Eleanor b 1230 m Humphrey de BOHUN (Earl of Hereford)

75c William de BRAOSE m (a) Aline de MULTON (b) Agnes de MOELES (c) Mary de ROS

Aline was the daughter of Thomas de MULTON , Lord of Gisland. Agnes was the daughter of Nicholas de MOELES who was custodian of the royal castles of Cardigan and Carmarthen. This marriage brought the manor of Woodlands in Dorset to William. Mary was the daughter of Robert de ROS who was on the baronial side in the war of 1264/5. Prince Edward escaped from his custody at Hereford and Robert later surrendered Gloucester castle to the prince. Robert was pardoned soon after the battle of Evesham at the request of Prince Edward. Mary held Weaverthorpe in Yorkshire.

Child of William and Aline
75g......William (d 1326)

75ga....Aline m John de MOWBRAY 1298 Swansea
Child of William and Agnes
75h......Giles (of Knolton and Woodlands) m (a) Beatrice, de Saint HELENA (b) Maud de WHITNEY

Children of William and Mary
75i......Richard dob unknown of Tetbury
75j......Peter dob unknown of Tetbury
75k......Margaret b abt 1278 d bef 1319 m Ralph de CAMOYS

: In 1307, Ralph and Margaret were summoned to attend the coronation of Edward II in the train of the King and Queen. Between 1308 and 1310 Ralph performed military service against the Scots. Ralph married his second wife, Elizabeth, in 1319 and later became constable of Windsor Castle.

Part of Margaret's memorial

Margaret is represented by Britain's earliest full length brass memorial of a woman. It is set in the floor of Trotton church, near Midhurst in Sussex, where she was buried.

75l......William dob unknown

75d Richard de BRAOSE m Alice le RUS (d 1301)

Note: Alice was the widow of Richard Longespee. A feet of a fine between Richard and his older brother William regarding the manor of Akenham in Suffolk was made in 1271 - you can see a translation here

Children of Richard and Alice
75m......Giles b 1273
75n......Richard b 1280 Stradbroke d bef 18 Oct 1363
75o......Margaret dob unknown M Roger de COLVILLE
75p......Sibyl dob unknown m Constantine de MORTIMER (of Attleborough)
75q......Mary dob unknown


91 Matilda (Maud) de BRAOSE m Roger de MORTIMER (Baron of Wigmore b 1231 Cwmaron Castle, Powys d 27 Oct 1282 Wigmore) 1247

See the Morley branch here

Note:Matilda was my 25 x great grandmother

Matilda's effigy in New Radnor Church

The effigy was brought into the church at its rebuild about 1835, having been in the graveyard and become severely weathered

Children of Roger and Maud Matilda
94......>B>Ralph dob unknown d 1276
94a....William dob unknown d bef 1297
Note: William inherired one third of the Manor of Crendon, but title reverted to his mother on his death, and passed to his brother Edmund
94b....Isabella b 10 Aug 1248 m (a) John Fitzalan, 7th Earl of Arundel (b) Robert de Hastings
95......Roger b 1256
Edmund b abt 1258 d 16 Jul 1304 Wigmore
97......Margaret b 1262

98 Harvey de STAFFORD (b 1194 d 12 May 1237) m Petronille de FERRERS (b 1198)

Note: Petronille was the daughter of William de FERRERS and 49 Sybil de BRAOSE

Child of Harvey and Petronille
Robert b 1220

100 Thomas CORBET (b 1182 Corbet, Shropshire d Sep 1274) m Isabel Beatrice de VALLETORT (b 1191 Harberton, Devonshire)

Children of Thomas and Isabel
Alice b 1225
102......Emma b 1226
103......Peter b 1235

75n Richard de BRAOSE m Alianore SHELTON (b 1282 Stradbroke)

Child of Richard and Alianore
79r......Eleanor b 1325 Stradbroke d 1375 m John de WINGFIELD 1355

104 Roger de SOMERY (b 1208 Dinas Powys, Wales d 26 Aug 1273 Staffordshire) m (a)Nicole d'AUBIGNY 1225 (b) Annabilia CHAUCOMBE 1248

Note: Roger was the son of Ralph de SOMERY and Margaret MARSHALLChildren of Roger and Nicole
105......Ralph b 1227
105a....Margaret b 1229
105b....Joan b 1225 d 1282
Margaret b 1232 d bef 18 Jun 1293
107......Mabel b 1234 d 1312
107a....Cecelia b 1236
107b....Nicholas b 1238 d 1295

107c....Maud b 1240 d 1302) Children of Roger and Annabilia
107e....John b 1250
107f....Roger b 1255 d 1291
107g....Cecelia b 1267 d 1293

108 Henry de GREY (b 1176 Turrock d 1219) m Isolde de BARDOLF (b 1182 Turrock d 18 Jun 1246)

Note: Isolde's parents were Hugh BARDOLF and Isabel de CONDET

Children of Henry and Isolde
109......Richard b 1200
110......Hugh b 1202
John b 1205
112......Robert b 1206

113 Gilbert "The Surety" de CLARE (b 1180 Hertford d 25 Oct 1230 Penrose, Brittany) m Isobel MARSHALL (b 9 Oct 1200 d 17 Jan 1240 Berkhampstead)

Note: Gilbert's parents were Richard de CLARE (4th Earl Hertford, 6th Earl Clare) and Amica MEULLENT

Children of Gilbert and Isobel
114......Maud b 1210
115......Joan b 1210
116......Susan b 1217
117......Amica b 1220
Richard b 4 Aug 1222 d 15 Jul 1262
119......Adeliza b 1228
120......William b 1228
121......Agnes b 1229
122......Gilbert b 1229
123......Isabel b 8 Nov 1230 d 1251

124 John de LACY (Earl of Lincoln b 1192 Lincoln d 22 Jul 1240) m (a) Alice de AQUILA (b) Margaret de QUINCY (b 1208 Lincoln d bef 30 Mar 1266 Clerkenwell

John de Lacy (Lacie), 7th Baron of Halton Castle, and hereditary constable of Chester, was one of the earliest who took up arms at the time of the Magna Charta, and was appointed to see that the new statutes were properly carried into effect and observed in the counties of York and Nottingham. He was excommunicated by the Pope. Upon the accession of King Henry III. he joined a party of noblemen and made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and did good service at the siege of Damietta. In 1232 he was made Earl of Lincoln and in 1240, governor of Chester and Beeston Castles. He died July 22, 1240, and was buried at the Cisterian Abbey of Stanlaw, in co. Chester. The monk Matthew Paris, records: "On the 22nd day of July, in the year 1240, which was St. Magdalen's Day, John, Earl of Lincoln, after suffering from a long illness went the way of all flesh." He married (1) Alice, daughter of Gilbert de Aquila, but by her had no issue. She died in 1215 and, after his marked gallantry at the siege of Damietta, he married (2) Margaret Quincy only daughter and heir of Robert de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, by Hawyse, 4th sister and co-heir of Ranulph de Mechines, Earl of Chester and Lincoln , which Ranulph, by a formal charter under his seal, granted the Earldom of Lincoln, that is, so much as he could grant thereof, to the said Hawyse, "to the end that she might be countess, and that her heirs might also enjoy the earldom;" which grant was confirmed by the king, and at the especial request of the countess, this John de Lacy, constable of Chester, was created by charter, dated Northampton, November 23, 1232, Earl of Lincoln, with remainder to the heirs of his body, by his wife, the above-mentioned Margaret. In the contest which occurred during the same year, between the king and Richard Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, Earl Marshal, Matthew Paris states that the Earl of Lincoln was brought over to the king's party, with John le Scot, Earl of Chester, by Peter de Rupibus, Bishop of Winchester, for a bribe of 1,000 marks. In 1237, his lordship was one of those appointed to prohibit Otto, the pope's prelate, from establishing anything derogatory to the king's crown and dignity, in the council of prelates then assembled; and the same year he had a grant of the sheriffalty of Cheshire, being likewise constituted Governor of the castle of Chester. The earl died in 1240, leaving Margaret, his wife, surviving, who remarried William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke.

Children of John and Margaret
Maud b 1223 d bef 10 Mar 1288
126......Edmund b 1230
127......Idonia b 1230

128 Sir William de FIENNES (Lord of Wendover, b 1245 d 11 Jul 1302 Courtral, Flanders) m Blanche de BRIENNES (d 1245)

Note: Blanche was the daughter of Jean de BRIENNE (Grand butler of France) and Jeanne de CHATEAUDUN

Children of William and Blanche
Margaret b 1262 d 7 Feb 1334
130......John b 1278
75g William de BRAOSE m Elizabeth de SULLY (b 1263 d 1328)

Child of William and Elizabeth
75r......Joan b 1305 Bramber d 23 Jun 1324 m Edmund BACON
See the Bardolf branch here


Plaque at Wigmore Abbey

96 Sir Edmund de MORTIMER (7th Baron Wigmore, 1st Baron Mortimer) m 129 Margaret de FIENNES abt 1270

1285 - "Lord Edund Mortimer was belted a knight at Winchester by the lord king on the feast of the nativity of the Blessed Mary (8 September). Also the same took as wife Margaret, the daughter of Lord Willliam Fiennes, a cousin of the Queen, in London..." and in 1306 "Roger Mortimer and Edmund Mortimer ...were made knights...
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

Children of Edmund and Margaret
131......Isolde b 1270 d 1328
132......Sir Roger b 25 Apr 1287 d 29 Nov 1330

1288 - "A son called Roger was born to Lord Edmund Mortimer around the feast of the apostles Philip and James.(1 May)."
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

133......Maud b 1290 d 18 Sep 1312 m Theobald VERDUN (b 1278 d 1317)
133b....Walter b bef 1294
133c....Margaret b bef 1296
133d....Sir Edmund b bef 1300
133e....John b 15 Dec 1298 d 1318

1172 - "...On the feast of Sts Urbicus and Valerian (15 Dec) a son was born to Lord Edmund Mortimer named John."
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

133f....Elizabeth b bef 1302
133g....Hugh b 1308 b 1308 m Phillipe BEAUCHAMP (b 3 Apr 1335 Warwick d 6 Aug 1386 Stone) 1367

99 Robert de STAFFORD m 101 Alice CORBET

Child of Robert and Alice
134......Nicholas b 1246 d 1 Oct 1287

111 Sir John de GREY m (a) Joan (b 1121) (b) Emma de CAUZ (c) Emma de GLANVILLE

Child of John and Joan
135......Haywise b 1246

Child of John and Emma de Cauz
136......Reynold dob unknown

Child of John and Emma de Glanville
137......Emma dob unknown

118 Richard de CLARE (Earl of Gloucester) m 125 Maud de LACY 25 Jan 1237 Lincolnshire

Children of Richard and Maud
138......Isabel b May 1240
139......Gilbert b 22 Sep 1243 d 7 Dec 1295 bur 22 Dec 1295 Abbey Tewksbury,
140......Thomas b 1245 d 29 Aug 1287
141......Bogo b 1248
142......Margaret b 1250
143......Eglentine b 1257

144 Roger de SOMERY (b 1208 Dinas Powys d 26 Aug 1273 Staffordshire) m Nicole d'AUBIGNY Note: Roger was the son of John "The Marshal" FITZGILBERT and Sybil DEVEREUX

Children of Roger and Nicole
145......Joan b 1225 d 1282
Margaret b 1232 d 18 Jun 1293
147......Mabel b 1234 d 1312

Bassett coat of arms

148 Ralph BASSETT b 1215 d 4 Aug 1265 Battle of Evesham (on side of de Montford) m 106 Margaret de SOMERY b 1229 d 1293

Children of Ralph and Margaret
149......Ralph b 1247 Drayton Bassett d 31 Dec 1299 Drayton Bassett
150......Maud b 1264

151 Ferdinand "The Saint" de CASTILE (b 1199 d 1252 Seville) m Joanna de DAMMARTIN(Countess of Ponthieu) abt 1235

Note: Ferdinand was the son of King Alphonso of Leon and Berengaria de CASTILE

Child of Ferdinand and Joanna
151a....Ferdinand b 1239
Eleanor b (Princess of Castile) b 1241 d 28 Nov 1290 Harby, Notts
152a....Louis b 1243 d 1269
152b....Simon b 1244 died young bur Toledo Monastery
152c....John b 1245 died young bur Cordoba Cathedral

152 Eleanor of CASTILE m Edward "Longshanks" PLANTAGENET (King of England b 17 Jun 1239 Westminster d 7 Jul 1307

Children of Edward and Eleanor
154......Katherine b 1263
155......Eleanor b 18 Jun 1264
156......Joan b Jan 1265
157......John b 1266
158......Henry b 1268
159......Joan b 1272 d 23 Apr 1307
160......Alphonso b 24 Nov 1273
161......Margaret b 15 Mar 1275
162......Berengeria b 1 May 1276
163......Mary b 11 Mar 1279
164......Elizabeth b 7 Aug 1282
165......Edward b 25 Apr 1284 d 21 Sep 1327


139 Gilbert de CLARE (The Red Earl) m 159 Joan de ACRE

Children of Gilbert and Joan
172......Margaret b 1282 d 9 Apr 1342
173......Eleanor b Oct 1292 d 30 Jun 1337
174......Elizabeth b 16 Sep 1295 4 Nov 1360

134 Nicholas de STAFFORD m Alionore de LANGLEY

Child of Nocholas and Alionore
153......Edmund b 15 Jul 1273 d 26 Aug 1308

149 Sir Ralph BASSET m 135 Haywise de GREY (b 1245 Shirland, Derbyshire d 1343 Drayton Bassett) abt 1261

RALPH BASSET served in the French/Scottish wars. He succeeded his father 4 August 1265. He held lands of Ralph Basset of Weldon 1284/5; he was summoned to attend the King at Shrewsbury, 28 June 1283 and was summoned to Parlliament 23 June 1295 to 10 April 1299I, by writs directed Radulfo Basset de Drayton, whereby he is held to have become LORD BASSET OF DRAYTON. ) Ralph fought for King Henry III against the Welsh at Chester. In 1265 he was made governor of castles in Salop & Bruges as a reward for his fighting. He died 31 December 1299, and was buried at Drayton Bassett

Note: Haywise was the daughter of Sir John de GREY, Chief Justice of Cheshire and his wife Joan

Children of Ralph and Haywise
166a....Maud b 1264
166b....Richard b 1265 d 1314
166c....Anselme b 1272 d 1290
166d....Margaret b 1273
166e....Margaret b 1275
166f....Maud b 1276 d 17 Mar 1335 Wilton Herefordshire m John de GREY Lord of Wilton 1289
166......Ralph b 1279 Drayton Bassett d 28 Oct 1343 m Joan de GREY (b 1289 d 1353) 1304
167......Margaret b 1280 Drayton, Staffs d 17 Mar 1336 Tysoe, Warwickshire
167a....Joan b 1284
167b....John b 1285 d 1343
167c....Elizabeth b 1286
167d....Alianore b 1287
167e....Maud b 1300 d 1337

131 Isolde MORTIMER m Hugh de AUDLEY (b 1250 d 1325)

Note: Hugh was the son of James of AUDITHLEY and Ela de LONGSPEE. Hugh was Was the 8th Earl of Gloucester and Ambassador to France 1341.

Children of Hugh and Isolde
168......Hugh b 1289 d 10 Nov 1347
169......Alice b 1304 d 12 Jan 1373

132 Roger de MORTIMER m Joan de GENEVILLE (d 1356)

Roger was the first Earl of March. He was a very powerful and ambitious Marcher Lord. He was the first of several members of his family to attempt to seize the throne of England. He fought the Scottish Wars and made attempts to remove the King's favorites, at first with some success. In 1323 he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, but escaped to France, an event he later commemorated by building St Peter's chapel in the outer bailey of Ludlow Castle.
In France, Mortimer formed an alliance with Queen Isabella, who had deserted her effeminate husband, King Edward II of England. They raised an army, invaded England and forced Edward to abdicate in favor of his youngest son, the future Edward III. Mortimer entertained Isabella at his castles on the Welsh borders and they became famous lovers. Meanwhile, Edward II was cruelly murdered at Berkeley Castle in 1327.
Following Edward's death, Mortimer, acting as regent, was the virtual ruler of England, but he over-reached himself and aroused the anger of other barons. In October 1330 he was arrested at Nottingham and sentenced to death. He was executed at Tyburn in London.

1301 - "..on the same year on the vigil of St Matthew the Apostle (20 September) Roger, the son of Edmund Mortimer was betrothed at Pembridge to Joan, the daighter of Peter Geneville..."
- an entry in the Wigmore Chronicles translated by Paul M Remfry. A copy of his book "The Wigmore Chronicles 1066 to 1377" may be obtained here

Children of Roger and Joan
132b......Margaret b 2 May 1304 m Thomas BERKELEY (b 1293 d 1361)
132c......Matilda b bef 1305 m John CHARLTON (b bef 1315 d aft 1360)
132d......Edmund b 1306 d 1331 m Elizabeth BADLESMERE (b 1313 d 1355)
132e......Catherine b 1310 d 1371 m Earl Thomas BEAUCHAMP (b 1314 d 1369)
132f......Blanche b bef 1315 d 1347 m Peter GRANDISON (b bef 1315 d 1358
132g......Joan b bef 1315 d bef 1351 m James AUDLEY (b 1313 d 1386)
132h......Agnes b bef 1330 d 1368 m Earl Lawrence of PEMBROKE (b bef 1324 d 1348
132i......Geoffrey b bef 1330


153 Edmund de STAFFORD m 167 Margaret BASSET

Children of Ralph and Margaret
170......Ralph b 24 Sep 1302 d 21 Aug 1372 Tunbridge Castle, Kent
171......Margaret b 24 Dec 1301 d 31 Aug 1372
171a....Richard b 1302 d 1381
171b....Catherine b 1304 d 1376
171c....Elizabeth b 1305 d 1376
171d....Humphrey b 1305 d 1320
171e....Mary b 1305 d 1352
171f....Jacobus b 11306 d 1320
171g....Margaret b 1306
171h....William b 1306 d 1320

168 Hugh de AUDLEY m 167 Margaret de CLARE 28 Apr 1317

Child of Hugh and Margaret
175......Margaret b 1318 d 7 Sep 1347


170 Ralph de STAFFORD m (a) Katherine HASTANG abt 1326 (b) Margaret de AUDLEY (b 1320 d 7 Sep 1348 Tunbridge) 6 Jul 1336

Ralph was created Earl of Stafford 5 Mar 1350. He was knight banneret 1326/7; served in the Scottish wars 1327-37; was present at the Battle of Sluys 1340; Steward of the King's Household 1340/1, Keeper of the Great Seal 1342 ; served in Brittany c. 1342, in Scotland 1343 and in Gascony 1344; Seneschal of Aquitaine 1344/5-45/6 and 1346; fought at the Battle of Cr?cy 1346; a Founder Knight of the Garter 1348; present at the naval battle of Winchilsea 1348 ; served in France again 1352-60 and in Ireland 1361-62

Child of Ralph and Katherine
176......Hugh b 1334 d 13 Oct 1386
177......Beatrice b 1337 m (a) Maurice FITZMAURICE 1350 (b) Thomas de ROS (4th baron de Ros) (c) Sir Richard de BURLEY

Children of Ralph and Margaret
178......Ralph dob unknown d 1347 m Lady Maud PLANTAGENET
179......Joan dob unknown d bef 1397 m (a) John CHERLETON (3rd baron Charleton) (b) Gilbert TALBOT
180......Elizabeth dob unknown d 3 Aug 1376 m Fulk STRANGE (3rd Baron Strange) (b) John de FERRERS
181......Margaret b 1339 m Sir John STAFFORD
182......Katherine b 1348 m Michael de la POLE 13 Apr 1383
See the De La POLE branch

(see Katherine de Stafford)

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