Sir Robert de Beaumont

Sir Robert de Beaumont

Male 1046 - 1118  (~ 72 years)

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  • Name Robert de Beaumont 
    Title Sir 
    Born About 1046  Pont-Audemer, Beaumont, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 Jun 1118  Meulan, Yvelines, Ile-de-France, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4491  avefamily
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Family Isabel de Vermandois 
    +1. 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)
    +2. Isabel de Beaumont
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F1390  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • 1st Earl of Leicester. At Hastings 1066 with Wm the Conq.

      Trusted adviser to William. Led an unfantry force on the right side up Senlac Hill at the Battle of Hastings. Rewarded with 91 estates. Present in the hunting party in Hampshire when King William Rufus was killed with an arrow.

      Seigneur (Lord) of Beaumont, Pont-Audemer, Brionne, and Vatteville. [1]These were critically important castles in Normandy.[2] From 1081 he was Comte (Count) of Meulan also, which an inheritance through his mother. [1]
      In England he became the first Anglo-Norman Earl of Leicester (not counting any earls before 1066). His very significant English lands were centred there and in neighbouring Warwickshire.[1]
      He was at the battle of Hastings. Keats-Rohan, explains the original medieval source:[3] "According to William of Poitiers, his first engagement as a knight was on the field of Hastings, where he performed outstandingly well."
      Birth: He was born about 1046.[1][4]
      Death and burial: [2]
      "On 5 June 1118 Count Robert I of Meulan died at one of his English residences. His end was not a happy one: life at King Henry's court tended to put a burden on the consciences of its inmates."
      "The count's corpse was carried back to Normandy and buried in the chapter house of his family's foundation of St Peter of Préaux, near his father, Roger de Beaumont, and his uncle, Robert fitz Humphrey."

      He married in 1096 to Isabel (also called Elizabeth) de Vermandois, daughter of Hugh de Crépi (called "the Great"), Count of Vermandois. Orderic Vitalis wrote that this was his second wife, but Complete Peerage thinks his account is unlikely to be correct, as the lady named, Godechilde daughter of Ralph de Toeni, married when Robert was still, and was still quite young at this marriage.[1]
      The issue of Robert de Meulent by Isabel was a daughter named Emma, born, according to Orderic, in 1102; two sons (twins), baptised Waleran and Robert, born in 1104; a third son, known as Hugh the Poor, afterwards Earl of Bedford, and three other daughters, Adeline, Amicia, and Albreda, all of whom must have been born after 1104, when their father, then Earl of Leicester, was well stricken in years. Orderic, indeed, says he had five daughters, the fifth being named Isabel, after her mother. [What old source was this copied from?]
      Emma de Beaumont (b.1102)
      Waleran IV de Beaumont, Count of Meulan, 1st Earl of Worcester (b. 1104), eldest twin and heir.
      Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester & Earl of Hereford (b. 1104), twin
      Hugh de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Bedford (b. circa 1106)
      Adeline de Beaumont
      m.1 Hugh IV of Montfort-sur-Risle
      m.2 Richard de Granville of Bideford (d.1147)
      Aubree/Alberada de Beaumont m. Hugh II of Châteauneuf-Thimerais.
      Agnes de Beaumont (nun)
      Maud/Matilda de Beaumont m. William Lovel. (c.1102)
      Isabel/Elizabeth de Beaumont
      mistress of King Henry I.
      m.1 Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke
      m.1 Hervé de Montmorency, Constable of Ireland

      ? 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Cockayne, Gibbs, et al., Complete Peerage, 2nd ed., Vol.7 p.523
      ? 2.0 2.1 Crouch (2008) The Beaumont Twins, pp.3-4
      ? Keats-Rohan, "Robert Comes De Mellent" in Domesday People, p.371
      ? Richardson, Royal Ancestry (2013) Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol. V p. 271-274 #5. Isabel (or Elizabeth) de Vermandois