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Robert d' Avranches - de Hougham

Robert d' Avranches - de Hougham

Male 1160 - Bef 1230  (~ 89 years)

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  • Name Robert d' Avranches - de Hougham 
    Born Between 1140 and 1160 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1230 
    Notes 
    • Recent research would seem to suggest that Robert was actually the son of Ruallo who was himself the grandson of Rualon but until the link is confirmed this tree stays with the traditional history Furthermore, the ancestral tree of Robert requires confirmation as a close look at the dates would seem to show anomalies -RY Oct 2000
      Having just acquired a copy of MHP's working papers for her book, I see that see she states that Rualon is PROBABLY the father of Robert, which gives more credence to the opening paragraph. -RY Feb 2004

      The First Hougham. He took the surname of Hougham, the meaning being the same as Avranches - a home in a hilly place. Part Norman and part Saxon: "hough" - on a hill "ham" - home.
      He is recorded on the Derring roll of Arms in the College of Arms at the commencement of the pedigree of Houghams .
      Also it records 4 other Robert de Hougham in sequence.
      He is recorded in a list of Knights with King Richard 1 at the siege of Acre on Crusades in 1191.
      In 1189 by deed of grant he granted the manor of Boxley which he owned to the abbey of Maidstone in return for certain services from the abbots there, according to this same same deed of grant he owned the manor of Wavering and had let part of it prior to this date 1189
      He held the manor of Wavering of the King: "in capite in wavringe 40 s rent rendering this service from it that when ever he king shouild march to Wales, he should find a horse to the value of 5s with a wallet and a broche for 40 days at the kings cost" A broche was a large vessel of leather in which to carry wine..
      He is given in the Rotary Escheat Role for the manor of Wavering as Robert de Hougham Lord of Hougham, and so owned the manor of Hougham.
      References: Derring roll of Arms; 1190 List of Knights; 1189 Deed of Grant Records Maidstone Abbey; All Eschest Roles; Assessment of Knights Fees; Inquisitions of Wavering 1191 -1307

      Robert de Hougham I accompanied King Richard 1st "The Lion Heart" to Palestine in the Crusades. He is the first Hougham (as far as known by 1946) to be knighted and receive Coat of Arms. -The arms being "Ar 5 chevs, sable”
      At about same time as this Robert was a John de Hougham of Whitstable, Kent, England who stood pledge for Ralph de Ditton.
      From Ireland’s History of Kent vol.II.p.136 -. l37."The Parish of Hougham lies along the high Eastern hills of the
      county of Kent.The manor was held by a family that took it's name of Hougham from this Parish (Hasted's Kent, vol.9, p. 452. and Ireland's -v.2.p,137 "Chilham was the principal seat of manor of Hougham. (Sometimes called Huffam and and Hicham and Hugham In Domesday Book.)
      Hasted's Kent.vol.9.p.202. "Hougham of Dover, who in allusion to the arms of their superior Lords, the Averanches,or Albrineas Albrincas, Lords of the Barony of Folkstone - of whom they hold their lands, bore for their arms" (also vol. 9. p. 452-a Statement by Philpott) Arms, Argent ,5 Chevronnels, sable.

      Hasted' s.vol.II.p.27."Fulbert de Lucie assumed name of Dover (Fulbert de Dover) had Baronial residence at Chilham. His descendant Richard de Dover - manor of Hougham held by Knights service - by family who took it's name from this Parish. -Robert Hougham-knight-of Hougham manor near Dover.
      Suggested connections.Philpott says "That the Arms of Hougham was borne by them in token of their holding under the family of Avranches, Lords of Folkestone, such being a common practise in days of heraldy. The family of Everenge -Everlnge in like manner ---- either to mark their descent from or feudal connection with the same Lords of Folkestone. Here again is the assumption that although Houghams bore the name of their manor yet they WERE EITHER COLLATERAL DESCENDANCY OF THE FAMILY OF AVRANCHES OR CONNECTED WITH THEM BY MARRIAGE
      The position of Weddington favors this assumption as it is adjacent to the lands which were part of the Barony of Folkestone, and in the tenure of d’ Avranches in the 12th Century."
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    Person ID I2202  Roy~Royes | Hougham, Luther-Royes
    Links To This person is also Robert Hougham The First in the tree "hougham" at The Hougham/Huffam Family Tree 
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2013 

    Father Rualon d' Avranches, Sheriff of Kent
              b. Abt 1070
              d. 1135, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Maud de Monville 
    Married Abt 1095 
    Family ID F740  Family Group  |  Family Chart

    Children 
    +1. Robert de Hougham, II
              b. Abt 1175
              d. Bef 26 Jul 1258  (Age ~ 83 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 02:30:18 
    Family ID F191  Family Group  |  Family Chart

  • Histories
    Dover Castle and the d' Avranches
    Dover Castle and the d' Avranches
    Robin Young has written this article about Dover Castle and the link to the d' Avranches and hence the Houghams.
    How reliable is our data?
    How reliable is our data?
    Examines key points in the family trees where there are questions marks

    Overviews
    032. COMPARATIVE CHART 0900-1500
    032. COMPARATIVE CHART 0900-1500
    This chart compares the Avranches/Hougham line with that of the Dukes of Normandy and the English throne, based on Solomon Hougham 1475-1518, a key figure in the Hougham pedigree.
    Emma of Normandy is 27xgreat aunt of May Royes.
    1037 AVRANCHES to HOUGHAM
    1037 AVRANCHES to HOUGHAM
    Ancestors of Solomon Hougham c1475-1518 to William d'Avranches 1037-1087

  • Sources 
    1. [S41] Kent history and topography 1797-1801, E. Hasted, (W Bristow (England, 1797, 1801)).

    2. [S76] History of the County of Kent, W.H. Ireland, (George Virtue, London,1828).