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Robert d' Avranches, Viscount of Devonshire

Robert d' Avranches, Viscount of Devonshire

Male 1067 - Aft 1130  (> 64 years)

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  • Name Robert d' Avranches 
    Suffix Viscount of Devonshire 
    Born 1067 
    Gender Male 
    Other Names d' Abrincis 
    Died Aft 1130  Okehampton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Viscount of Devonshire, heriditary Sheriff of Devonshsire, Castalan of Exeter

      Was adopted by his uncle Richard de Brion/Redvers and inherited the Barony of Okehampton of his half brother Ralph Avenell

      When King William I (the Conqueror) had conquered England, he gave to those men who came over with him great estates and among them was Baldwin de Brionis (so named from a place in Normandy) who was given many estates and the Barony of Okehampton. Baldwin was the second son of Gilbert de Crispin, Count of Brioniis, son of Godfrey, Count d' Eu, natural son of Richard, the first of that name, Duke of Normandy. Richard was the greatgrandfather of William the Conqueror.

      Baldwin married Albreda, niece of the Conqueror. Because he was so close in kin to the Conqueror he was given, in addition to the Barony of Okehampton, the Castle of Exeter, and the Custody of the whole county of Devon. They had issue: Richard, Adela and Emma.

      Adela was married to "a Kentish Knight", Emma married first, William Avenel, by whom she had issue Ralph, and second to William de Abrincis, by whom she had Robert. Robert de Abrincis was dearly loved by Richard de Brionis, who treated him as his heir but Robert married a daughter of Godwin Dole and departed "out of England" beyond the seas. They had a daughter named Matilda who was married to the Lord of Aincourt.

      Baldwin was succeeded by his son Richard, a stout soldier in his young years but very devout in his later years and left no heirs.

      His whole estates and honors went to his sister Adela (or Adelicia). Ralph Avenel (son of her sister Emma) was heir to these estates but he refused to marry the daughter of of Reginald, Earl of Cornwall, and instead he married a daughter of RichRichard de Redvers, Earl of Devonshire. Reginald was so infuriated he sent for Robert de Abrincis' daughter Matilda (from beyond the seas). King Henry II , on the advice of Reginald, Earl of Cornwall, gave her to Robert, natural son to King Henry I and brother of Reginald. They had daughters Hawise and Matilda, who became the heirs of de Brionis estates, (other sources say they were halfsisters) who married Reginald de Courtenay and his son (or brother?) William de Courtenay.

      Reginald de Courtenay and Hawise were benefactors of the Abbey of Ford and were buried there. This Robert husband of Matilda, who was one of at least 13 natural sons of King Henry I, was the son of Edith, sister to Ive, son of Forme, son of Segewold, who were great barons of the north. She named him Robert FitzEde and he became Earl Marshal of England and,in right of his wife, Baron of Okehampton from whom Hawise inherited the estates.Robert FitzEde died in 1172 and Matilda died in 1173 he was buried in Osney Abbey.

      SOURCE NOTES for Hawise follow:
      She was the eldest daughter (or granddaughter? she seems to be a daughter of Robert FitzEde and another source The Complete Peerage says she was the daughter of William Curcy dead by 1162 and his wife Maud d' Avranches and a granddaughter of Robert d' Avranches ) of Robert d'Abrincis(or Avranches), Baron of Oakhampton.
    Person ID I2673  Roy~Royes | Hougham
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father William d' Avranches,   b. 1037-1047, Avranches, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1087, Okehampton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Emma de Brion,   b. Abt 1050, Brionne, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1142, Okehampton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92 years) 
    Family ID F741  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family de Dol,   b. Dol-de-Bretagne, Ile-et-Vilaine, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ?  
    +1. Maud d' Avranches,   b. Abt 1095, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1173  (Age ~ 78 years)
    Last Modified 28 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F1313  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S142] Plantagenet genealogy (Bradford), Kevin Bradford.