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Saturday, January 28, 2012
G26: 39979010 Meschines
39979010. Earl Hugh de Meschines &
39979011. Bertrade de Montfort
By 1139, Hugh de Kevelioc, born in Kevelioc, Monmouthshire,
Wales, s/o 79958020. Ranulph de Meschines & 79958021. Maud Fitz Robert.
12/16/1153, Hugh’s father died [poisoned] and he became heir to
his family’s estates on both sides of the channel.
12/19/1154, Henry II crowned king of England.
1155, Bertrade born
in Leicester, England, d/o 79958022. Simon de Montfort III & 79958023. Amicia de Beaumont.
Comite Cestriae a witness to a charter of King Henry II to the abbot and monks
of Shrewsbury. (S) Lancashire Pipe Rolls, Ferrar, 1902, P284.
to Hugh, Earl of Chester ; and Matilda, Countess of Chester, attested by
Thomas the Chancellor. (S) Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II,
Eyton, 1878, P36.
by Hugh, Comes Cestrie, … confirmation of Countess Matilda’s grant of Rapenduna
church to the Canons of Calc … (S) Desc. Catalogue of Debryshire Charters,
Bemrose, 1906, P243.
1163, Hug. Com.
Cestriae witnessed two agreements of King Henry with the Count of Flanders. (S)
Tracts Written in Controversy …, V1, 1869, P-LXXII.
1/1164,Constitutions of Clarendon … in the fourth year of the
papacy of Alexander, in the tenth year of the most illustrious king of the
English, Henry II., in the presence of that same king, … in the presence of the
following: Robert count of I`eicester, Reginald count of Cornwall, Conan count
of Bretagne, John count of Eu, Roger count of Clare, count Geoffrey of
Mandeville, Hugo count of Chester [Hugh de Kevelioc], William count of Arundel,
count Patrick, William count of Ferrara, …, and many other chiefs and nobles …
(S) Yale Law School, The Avalon Project.
1166, Hugh de Kevelioc, earl of Chester, his feif a palatinate;
and viscount de Avranches and Bayeux. (S) Collections for a History of
Staffordshire, V1, 1880, P230.
1166, Hugh of Chester, held 198 knights’ fees in England and
Wales. (S) War, Government and Aristocracy in the British Isles, Given-Wilson,
2008, P15. [Assessed on the aid of marrying the King’s daughter.] 1167, Hugh Cyveliok confirmed his father’s gift in frank almoign
to the nuns of Grenfelt to the bishop of Lincoln.
1169, While living in Montfort, France, Hugh married Bertrade.
[Bertrade a cousin of young King Henry, who “gave her away” at the wedding.] They
lived in Kevelioc, Merionethshire, Wales.
1171, Hugh in Normandy.
1171, Hugh comfirmed the grants of his father to the abbey of
St. Stephen’s in the diocese of Baueux.
1171, Hugh made a gift in frank marriage of his daughter Amicia
to Ralph Mainwaring.
4/1173, Earl Hugh part of the revolt of Henry II’s sons.
7/13/1173, Hugh defeated at the Battle of Alnwick. (S) Historical
Records of Bisley, Rudd, 1977, P10.
8/20/1173, Hugh was beseiged at the castle of Dol in Brittany.
8/26/1173, Hugh, and 80 other knights, surrendered to King
Hugh initially imprisoned at Falaise with the earl and countess
of Leicester [Robert de Beaumont
& Petronilla de Grandmesnil.]
7/1174, Hugh and the
earl of Leicester were returned to England.
8/1174, King Henry returned
Hugh to Normandy and imprisoned him at Caen, and then again at Falaise.
9/30/1174, Through negotiations at Montlouis, King Henry II
agreed to release all his prisoners except 4: the King of the Scots, the earl
of Leicester, the earl of Chester [Hugh], and Ralph de Fougeres. (S) Henry II,
Warren, 1973, P138.
10/1174, Hugh made peace with the king.
10/11/1174, Hugh a witness to the Peace of Falaise with William,
king of Scotland.
1/15/1177, The king held a great council at Northampton:
Robert, earl of Leicester, and Hugh, earl of Chester, are restored in blood
honours. (S) Court Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878,
3/16/1177, Hugh witnessed the Spanish award at a council held
1177, Hugh served in King Henry’s Irish campaigns with William
6/30/1181, Hugh, 3rd Earl of Chester,
died in Leek, Staffordshire; buried next to his father.
Grant in fee by Bretteya, Countess of Chester, to Ralph
Carbunel of Halton, for his homage and service, of half a knight’s fee which he
held of the countess. (S) Reports of Commissioners, House of Commons, 1874, P8.
7/12/1189, Bertrade died in Evreux, Eure, France.
(S) Encyclopedia Gritannica, V6, 1910, P107. (S) Rapport du
Comite Consultatif, Stephen, 1891, P164.
·7/4/1428, Inspeximus and confirmation … [a
series of charters to the convent of St. Werbergn, Chester, giving the pedigree
of this family starting with] … A charter of Ranulf Meschyn earl of Chester, a
charter of Ranulf his son. … A charter of Hugh son of Ranulf, earl of Chester, …
Children of Hugh and Bertrade:
i. Maud de Blundeville (79958031), born ~1170 in England.
ii. Earl Ranulph de Blundeville, born 1172 in England.
1187, King Henry married Ranulph, earl of Chester and viscount
of the Avranchin, to Constance of Brittany.
4/1194, Ranulph, Earl of Chester, and his brother-in-law David,
Earl of Huntingdon, laid seige to the Castle of Nottingham. Joined by newly
released from captivity King Richard, they stormed the castle to break the
1196, Ranulph, 4th Earl of Chester, arrested his
divorced wife Constance of Brittany, widow of Geoffrey Plantagenet and mother
of Arthur of Brittany. He shut her up in the castle of St. James in Normandy.
Before he died, Ranulph gave the Earldom of Lincoln to his
younger sister Hawise. (S) Collectanea Topographica Et Genealogica, Madden,
10/28/1232, Ranulph died; his heart was buried at Wallingford
Castle, his body was buried at St Werburg’s, Chester. Ranulph [aka Ralph] had
iii. Agnes of Chester (19989505), born ~1175 in England.
iv. Hawise de Chester (39979063), born 1180 in England.
v. Mabel of Chester (973530515), born ~1185 in England.