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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Baron Randulph de Broc & Lady Damietta de Gorram

 973529254. Baron Randulph de Broc & 973529255. Lady Damietta de Gorram

~1135, Randulph born in France.

~1150, Damietta born in Maine, France, d/o §§William de Gorram of La Tanniere.

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

Aft. 1157, King Henry gave the manor of Saltwood with its castle to Randulf [forfeited by Henry of Essex.] (S) Hist. of Saltwood Castle. [Saltwood castle about 15 miles from Canterbury Cathedral.]

1/1158 at York, Ranulph de Broc a royal charter to Blythe priory, Nottingham. (S) CH&I.HII, P34.

10/1163, The ecclesiastical hierarchy was summoned to Westminster to hear complaints about the governance of the English Church. Thomas À Becket was dismissed from royal favor. On his departure from the meeting Randul shouted ‘li traítres s’en va’ [the traitor goes away].

1/1164, The king again summoned the bishops and demanded they swear to uphold the customs of the church as it was in the time of King Henry I. [The Constitutions of Clarendon.]

1/1164, Becket and others had fled after the meeting and taken refuge with nuns. They sent Master William de Capes went to king Henry to beg for mercy for the retainers of the archbishop, because the “de Brocs” were to him [Becket] the fiercest of enemies. King Henry then made Randulph de Broc declare throughout Northampton that his men must let the archbishop's own vassals freely leave [the town] in broad daylight.

1/25/1164, Randulph de Broc entrusted with the Archbishopric of Canterbury. (S) CH&I.HII, P77.

11/2/1164, Thomas À Becket went into exile.

1165-70, Randulf del Broc apparently took cathedral funds, funneling them into the king’s treasury.

6/12/1166, From Vézelay, France, Archbishop Becket excommunicated multile persons including Radulf de Broc, for usurping the goods and possessions of the Church of Canterbury. (S) CH&I.HII, P94.

3/10/1169, Archbishop Becket at Sens, now with the Pope’s approval, again excommunicated multiple persons including Robert de Broc [nephew of Randulf who was his lieutenant.] (S) CH&I.HII, P120.

10/5/1170, The King decides to adjourn court while Randulf de Broc gathers information on the ‘stock’ belonged to each Archiepiscopal estate. (S) CH&I.HII, Eyton, 1878, P151.

12/1170, Randulph de Broc harrassed Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Cantebury, on his return to England.

12/25/1170 at Canterbury cathedral, Becket in his sermon says that the Brocs have committed violent trespass on the lands and effects of the Archbishopric. (S) CH&I.HII, P152.

12/28/1170, Archbishop Becket murdered by 4 of the King’s knights. Randulf was present but not implicated in the murder.

4/15/1173, Henry II’s 3 eldest surviving sons: Henry, Richard & Geoffrey rebelled against him; supported by their mother. Ranulf de Broc identified as a supported of King Henry II. (S) CH&I.HII, P172.

10/13/1173, Robert de Beaumont, earl of Leicester, who had joined the confederacy of the King’s rebelling sons, captured the castle of Hagenet, Suffolk, defended by Randal de Broc in service to the King. Randulf escaped, but the castle was burned down. (S) CH&I.HII, P177.

1/1/1176 at Windsor, Randal Broc attested a confirmation by the King of the will of Hugh de Periers. (S) CH&I.HII, P198.

1187, Ranulph de Broc holding half a knight’s fee in the honor of Arundel.

Ranulf died.


By 8/8/1204, ‘Odeline’, heiress of Berwick, Chetton and Eudon, Shropshire; and Frelbury, Southants, died.

(S) La Vie De Saint Thomas Becket by Guernes De Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Siddle, Durham Univ. E-Thesis, 1980. (S) The Gentleman’s Mag. and Hist. Rev., V195, 1854, P575. (S) The Life and Letters of Thomas À Becket, V2, Giles, 1846, P335. (S) Historical Memorials of Canterbury, Stanley, 2018, P70. (S) CH&I.HII, Eyton, 1878.

Child of Randulph and Damietta:

i. Alice de Broc, born ? in Maine, France.

Alice married William Harang.

ii. Clemence de Broc, born ? in Maine, France.

Clemence married William Malesoveres.

iii. Edelina de Broc (486764627), born ~1170 in England.

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