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Monday, August 24, 2020

Lord Maurice de Londres

 189118312. Lord Maurice de Londres

~1100, Maurice born in Wales, England, s/o §§Lord William de Londres & Matilda ?. [See Family notes.]

By 1126, Maurice’s father died.

4/1128, Miles of Gloucester, Richard fitz Pons, … and Maurice fitz William de Londres named in a letter issued by Pope Honorius II. (S) Anglo-Norman Studies 21, Battle Conference 1998, P39.

By 1130, Richard de Grainville held land of Maurice de Londres of Ogmore. (S) Birch, Neath Abbey, Appendix II, P309.

1135, Maurice holding the castle of Oystermouth was attacked by Gwenllian, wife of Gruffydd ap Rhys [and d/o 159917840. King Gruffydd ap Cynan.] Maurice also held the stone castle of Ogmore built by his father. In the battle, Gwenllian and her son Morgan were defeated and killed. (S) Carmarthen and it Neighbourhood, Spurrell, 1879, P81.

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

1136, the Battle of Maes Gwenllian was fought a short distance away from the castle of Kidwelly. The account mentions Maurice de Londres, Lord of Kidwelly [Carmarthenshire] as one of the leaders of the Normans.

1137, Maurice acquired the castle when Geoffrey, the constable died.

1140, Maurice attacked again [unsuccessfully] at Oystermouth by Cadell ap Rhys. [Another s/o Gwenllian.]

1141, Maurice gave Ewenny priory to the monks of St. Peter’s, Gloucestershire. [Maurice’s tombstone in the Priory describes him as ‘the founder’.]

[Undated] ‘To David, by the grace of God, Bishop of St. Davids, … Maurice de Londres his obedient … greeting … I have given and granted … to God and Saint Mary of Kedweil and to the monks of Schyrborne 12 acres around the church of St. Cadoc … this gift is made for the health of my soul, and of all my ancestors, William de Londres my son hearing and granting and giving with me. …’ (S) A History of Kidwelly, Jones, 1908, P114.

Maurice died.

(S) Inv. of Ancient Monuments in Wales, V5, 1917, P46ff.

Family notes:

1093, William de Londres companion of Robert fitz Haymon in the invasion and conquest of Glamorgan, Wales.

1101, William de Londres dispossed of Kidwelly and given to Howel ap Gronow (d.1103).

By 1107, William de Londres had built a stone castle at Ogmore.

1113, William de Londres again in possession of the manorial property in Kidwelly.

1116, William de Londres forced to abandon the castle of Ogmore by Welsh attacks.

1122, William made a peace agreement with Gruffydd ap Rhys.

Child of Maurice and ?:

i. William de Londres (94559156), born ~1135 in England.

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