Sir Robert de Beaumont

Sir Robert de Beaumont

Male 1135 - 1190  (55 years)

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  • Name Robert de Beaumont 
    Title Sir 
    Born 1135  Beaumont, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 31 Aug 1190  Durazzo Province, West Albania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3734  avefamily
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Father Robert de Beaumont,   b. 1104, Eure, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1168, Castle at Brackley, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Amice de Gael,   b. 1108, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1168, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Family ID F1389  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Petronilla de Grandmesnal,   b. Abt 1135, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1212, Ware, Hertfordshire, Englandmap Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years) 
    +1. Margaret De Beaumont,   d. 12 Jan 1234/5
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F1388  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    • Robert was the only son of Robert, second earl of Leicester, and Amice (daughter of Ralph de Gael). He was born after a number of elder sisters. He inherited from his father large estates in England and Normandy.

      After 1154 he seems to have spent much of his time in charge of the Leicester lands in Normandy. By 1159 he had received from the king the marriage of Petronilla, daughter & heir of William de Grandmesnil.

      The seal he used before his father's death demonstrates that he had taken the surname de Breteuil. This has some significance in that it reveals him stressing his descent from William fitz Osbern.

      Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester (1168–1190) was an English nobleman, one of the principal followers of Henry the Young King in the Revolt of 1173–1174 against his father Henry II. He is also called Robert Blanchemains (meaning "White Hands" in French) and Robert Harcourt. Lord High Steward 1168–1190 [1].

      When the revolt of the younger Henry broke out in April 1173, Robert went to his castle at Breteuil in Normandy. The rebels' aim was to take control of the duchy, but Henry II himself led an army to besiege the castle; Robert fled, and the Breteuil was taken on September 25 or 26.

      Robert apparently went to Flanders, where he raised a large force of mercenaries, and landed at Walton, Suffolk, on 29 September 1173. He joined forces with Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, and the two marched west, aiming to cut England in two across the Midlands and to relieve the king's siege of Robert's castle at Leicester. However, they were intercepted by the king's supporters and defeated in battle at Fornham, near Bury St Edmunds, on 17 October. Robert, along with his wife and many others, was taken prisoner. Henry II took away the earl's lands and titles as well.

      He remained in captivity until January 1177, well after most of the other prisoners had been released. The king was in a strong position and could afford to be merciful; not long after his release Robert's lands and titles were restored, but not his castles. All but two of his castles had been destroyed, and those two (Montsorrel in Leicestershire and Pacy in Normandy) remained in the king's hands.

      Robert had little influence in the remaining years of Henry II's reign, but was restored to favour by Richard I. He carried one of the swords of state at Richard's coronation in 1189.

      Robert took part in the third crusade and died at Durazzo (others say Dyrrachium), in 1190, probably at the end of August. He was buried in Leicester Abbey.


      He had three sons, William de Breteuil (who predeceased him in 1189), Robert, who succeeded him as earl, and Roger, who was elected bishop of St Andrews in 1189. He also had several daughters, among them: Amice married first Simon de Montfort the younger, count of Évreux, and second William des Barres the elder; Margaret married Saer de Quincy (d. 1219); Hawise entered the priory of Nuneaton as a nun, and another daughter, Petronilla, is mentioned in the obituary of Lyre Abbey.

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