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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lord Maurice Fitz Robert & Alice de Berkeley

19989664. Lord Maurice Fitz Robert & 19989665. Alice de Berkeley

~1130, Maurice born in England, s/o 79959330. Robert Fitz Harding & 79959331. Eve ?.

12/22/1135, Stephen of Blois succeeded Henry I as King of England.

~1145, Alice born in England, d/o 39979330. Sir Roger de Berkeley.

1140’s, Maurice raised at Bristol and tutored by a school master named Matthew.

1153, Henry Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and Count of Anjou … granted to Nigel son of Arthur the land of Cumma [Combe] … which the said Nigel gave to his wife Ald[eva], daughter of Robert Fitzharding, as a dowry, … Witnesses: …, Robert son of Hard[ing], Maurice his son, … (S) UKNA.

1153, Henry Duke of Normandy and Aquitaine and Count of Anjou … granted likewise to Maurice son of Robert … (S) UKNA.

1153, To settle the dispute over Berkeley lands: a contract where Sir Robert Fitz-Harding, Lord and Baron of Berkeley, in the house of Robert Fitz-Harding in Bristowe, in the presence of King Stephen and Henry, Duke of Normandy, and Earl of Anjou, and by his ascent and in the presence of many others, both clerks and laymen; it was agreed that Maurice, eldest son and heir of Robert Fitz-Harding, should marry Alice, daughter of Roger de Berkeley, receiving with her the town of Slimebrigge … (S) The great governing families of England, Sanford, 1865, P217. [At the same time Maurice’s sister Elena contracted to marry Alice’s brother Robert.]

1153, Maurice married to Alice, who’s dower was the manor of Siston, including the town of Slimbridge.

10/25/1154, Henry II succeeded Stephen as King of England.

1154, King Henry II and Maurice son of Robert FitzHarding. Grant by Henry, as king, of Berkeley, to hold by service of 5 knights. Witnesses: Reginald earl of Cornwall, Roger earl of Hereford, Richard de Humez, Constable … (S) Desc. Cat. of Charters and Muniments, Fitzharding, 1892, P7.

By 1166, Alice’s father died.

1166, The settlement of 1153 is recorded in the Red Book of the Exchequer. (S) UKNA, BCM.

Bef. 1170, Robert, son of Harding, to all his liegemen … I have given and granted to my son Maurice the land which I had in Brist, of the barony of Richard Foliot, … the land … of the barony of Richard de Saint Quintin in Great Street, … and the land … barony of Gilbert de Umfravill, to him and his heirs … land which I had in Bradestrete, in which I first dwelt, … also the stone house which I built upon Frome, … provide that Eva my wife shall hold that land during her life, … (S) The Spectator, V301, 2006, P763.

1170, Maurice succeeded his father.

1170-1190, Roger de Berkeley [Alice’s brother] confirmed to Maurice son of Nigel … Witnesses: Sir Maurice de Berkeley, Nicholas his brother, Robert de Berkeley, Richard his brother, … (S) UKNA.

1171, Maurice created Lord de Berkeley.

1175-80, Grant from Humphrey de Bohun, king’s constable, to Maurice, son of Robert, of the land of Foxcote. Witnesses … Adam son of Nigel and Maurice son of Nigel, nephews of Maurice lord of Berkeley.

1185-89, Maurice de Berkeley and William his son, with the consent of Robert his son and heir, Maurice has granted to William, in fee, the half of his land of Gosinton. (S) UKNA.

1185-91, An agreement that the chaplain of the hospital, which Maurice de Berkeley had built at Longbridge, should do fealty to Berkeley church in the presence of the abbot and Maurice … Witnesses: William, bishop of Llandaff, Lady Alice de Berkeley, Robert de Berkeley [Alice’s brother] … (S) UKNA.

1186, Maurice de Berchal' [Berkeley] son of Robert, son of Harding, to Adam son of Nigel, son of Arthur, Maurice's nephew. Gift which donor's father made to the father of Adam and Aldeva, the donor's sister and wife of Nigel, from the land of Kingescot'. (S) UKNA.

9/3/1189, Richard I succeeded Henry II as King of England.

10/13/1189, Queen Eleanor, mother of Richard II, confirmed to ‘Maurice de Berkeley’ and his heirs Berkeley and Berkeley Harnesse, will all appendages, to be holden in Barony of the Lord King Richard, my son … by the service of 5 Knights … on a fine 1000 marks. (S) Journals of the House of Lords, V60, 1828, P493.

11/3/1189, Richard I crowned king of England.

1190, Maurice a Justice Itinerant of Gloucestershire.

6/16/1190, Maurice de Berkeley, “the Make Peace” died; buried at the church of Brentford, Middlesex.


Alice bought several holdings, some of which she granted to her younger sons, and 'lyved till extreame old age'.

1190-1215, Alice widow of Maurice de Berkeley and Thomas de Berkeley her son. Alice has granted to Thomas her land in Redcliff Street. (S) UKNA.

(S) Charters and Records of Neales of Berkeley, Neale, 1906. (S) UKNA, BCM.

Children of Maurice and Alice:

i. Robert de Berkeley, born ~1166 in England.

Robert married Juliana, d/o Robert de Ponte de L’Arche [died 11/1217.]

1195-96, Robert granted half of Gossington in Herness to his youngest brother William in exchange for half the manor of Portbury.

1199, Robert de Berkeley renders an Account of 60 Marks for having his Charters confirmed. (S) Journals of the House of Lords, V60, 1828, P493.

1201, “Robert de Berkeley renders an Account of 60 Marks for having his Charters confirmed, which he hath of King Henry of the Honor of Berkeley. … He hath paid it into the Treasury, and he is quit.” (S) Same.

Robert married 2nd Lucy ? [said to be a niece of William Longespee, Earl of Salisbury].

7/1204, Robert granted Herbert de Moreville's half of Portbury manor (which was in the king's hands because Moreville was a Norman.)

5/13/1220, Robert died; his brother Thomas his heir.

ii. Maud de Berkeley (47280425), born ~1168 in England.

iii. Thomas de Berkeley (9994832), born ~1175 in England. [2nd son]