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Friday, February 17, 2012
G26: 40003892 Gournay-Coucy
40003892. Hugh de Gournay & 40003893. Millicent
~1092, Hugh born in France, s/o 80007784. Gerard de Gournay & 80007785. Ediva de Warren.
Aft. 1104, Hugh’s father died; Hugh a ward of his stepfather
Dreux de Monceaux.
Hugh educated in the court of King Henry I.
Hugh 1st married Beatrice, born in France, d/o Count
Hugh de Vermandois & Adele of Vermandois.
1112, Hugh confirmed donations to the abbey of Bec made by his
father, grandfather, and grandmother.
1118, Hugh joined Stephen, Count of Aumale, in support of
William Clito, son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, on the throne.
6/1118, In a marriage arranged by Hugh, his sister Gundreda,
“La belle Gondree” married Neil de Albini.
6/1118, Hugh, in open rebellion, attacked the castle of Plessis
and imprisoned the governor. [King Henry recovered the castle.]
1118-19, Hugh fortified his castles of Gournay, La Ferte, and
Gaillefontaine and made forays into Pays de Caux. He took many persons,
including women and children, captive for ransoms. King Henry countered with an
attack into Pays de Brai with a thousand men, and unsuccessfully layed siege to
8/20/1119, At the battle of Bremule, France, King Henry
defeated the alliance of French forces. Between the two sides a thousand
knights were engaged. This battle solidified Henry’s claim to Normandy. (S) Dictionary
of Battles, Eggenberger, 1967, P61.
1120, Amaury de Montfort and Hugh made peace with King Henry.
1120, Hugh pardoned for his revolt by King Henry I.
~1120, Millicent born in France, d/o §Thomas de Marla, lord of Coucy
& Milisende, d/o Guy de Crecy.
[Grand aunt of 47277615. Yolande de Coucy.]
[–––Aleaume & Millicent–––]
Millicent 1st married to Aleaume Fitz Adam.
1127, Hugh founded the Cistertian abbey of Beaubec, near
1134, King Henry made Hugh and William de Roumare commanders of
12/26/1135, On the death of Henry I, and in a coup, Stephen de
Blois became King of England, throwing the country into civil war.
1136, King Stephen granted Hugh the manors of Wendover, co.
Buckingham and Houghton Regis, co. Bedford.
After King Stephen was perceived as favoring the Flemings, Hugh
and other Norman barons opposed Stephen in support of Geoffrey of Anjou. [A
3-year peace was concluded between Geoffrey and Stephen. The peace did not
last. With the support of Louis VII of France and Hugh, Geoffrey captured most
1137, King Stephen arrested Hugh de Gournay at Pontaudemar.
1138, Hugh was in England in support of King Stephen at the
siege of Shrewsbury. [Hugh witnessed a charter of King Stephen at this time to
4/7/1141 at Winchester, Empress Matilda acknowledged as “Lady
of England and Normandy” by Bishop Henry.
12/25/1141, Stephen again crowned King. [The civil war would
continue for 12 more years.]
1144, ‘Gornacensis dominus et … Hugo filius meus’ donated
property to Saint-Leu d´Esserent, for the soul of ‘Beatricis … uxoris meæ.’
[–––Hugh & Millicent–––]
Hugh married 2nd widow Millicent de Coucy.
1147-1149, Hugh accompanied King Louis VII of France to the
Holy Land on crusade.
1149-55, Hugh witnessed a charter of his nephew Roger de
1151, When war erupted between Henry, duke of Normandy, and
King Louis of France, Hugh sided with Louis. Henry, duke of Normandy [future
Henry II of England] captured La Ferte and destroyed the fortress.
12/19/1154, Henry II crowned king of England.
1172, Hugh and his wife conceded to the Abbot of St. Sauveur
the property of Neuville-Ferrieres.
1173, Rebelling against his father King Henry II, young King
Henry captured the castle of Gournay, taking 166 prisoners including Hugh and
his son Hugh.
1180, Hugh died “at a great age” in the Holy Lands; Millicent
(S) The Record of the House of Gournay, Gurney, 1845, P84.
·Thomas de Marla, lord of Coucy, attended the 1st
crusade in 1096; married 2nd Dame de Montaigu; died 1130.
·Thomas, s/o Enguerrand, lord of Coucy [died
1116] & Ada, d/o Letard de Roucy, heiress of Marla.
·Enguerrand, s/o Dreux de Boves, s/o Alberic I,
lord of Coucy and Boves.
Children of Hugh and Millicent: i. Gerard de Gournay, born ? in England.
1151, Gerard died.
ii. Hugh de Gournay (20001946), born ~1145 in England. iii. Gunnora de Gournay (39979237), born ~1160 in England.
Aidieve married Nicholas de Stuteville of Kimberley, Norfolk.