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Lord Roger fitz Richard & Alice de Vere & Baron Robert of Essex

 39979820. Lord Roger fitz Richard & 39979821. Alice de Vere & 159916242. Baron Robert of Essex

~1090, Robert fitz Swein of Essex born in England, s/o §§Swein of Essex.


Robert 1st married Gunnora, d/o Roger le Bigod.

1113-32, Robert mentioned, along with his wife, Gunnora, daughter of Roger le Bigot, and his father in a charter, where Robert Waste, tenant in the Huntingdonshire manor of Wereslai, grants 2 parts of the tithes to Eynesbuy, a cell of the Norman Abbey of Bec Hollouin. (S) Monasticon III, 472 viii.

1114-30, Warin fitz Gerold attested a charter of Robert fitz Swein of Essex. (S) Domesday People, Keats-Rohan, 1999, P208.

By 1120, Robert de Essex and Gunnora his wife, daughter of Roger Bigod, for the souls of their ancestors and of their son Henry, on the day of his birth, gave to Thetford Priory the Church of Fremingham.

1125, Alice born in England, d/o 1512946706. Aubrey de Vere & 1512946707. Alice FitzRichard.

1130, Robert of Essex excused 40s, his quota of an amercement levied on a district in Essex for a murder.

9/1130, Robert son of Swein renders account of 29s 2d for a plea of treasure. In pardon to the same Robert because he is ill and has nothing. And he is quit. (S) Pipe Roll 31 H.I, Green, 2012, P15.

10/1131, Robert de Essex, at Northampton, and at Westminster, attests 2 Charters of King Henry I concerning the Church of St. Martin's, Dover, given to Cantebury Cathedral. (S) Monasticon IV, 538 vii.

~1137, Roger born in England, s/o 159916240. Richard Fitz Eustace.

[––Robert & Alice––]

~1140, Robert of Essex married 2nd Alice.

12/19/1154, Henry II crowned king of England.

7/1157, King Henry II invaded Gwynedd; where he was nearly killed by the forces of Owain at the battle of Ewloe. Eustace fitz John, constable of Chester, and Robert de Courcy were slain. Richard was a member of the retinue of the King.

1157, King Henry granted Warkworth castle, Northumberland, to Roger.

1/1158 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Roger fitz Richard witnessed a charter of the King to Hubert de Vallibus. (S) Court, Household, and Itinerary of King Henry II, Eyton, 1878, P33.

1158, Et in donis per breve Regis Rogero filio Ricardi, £58 2s. [£32 2s in Werch.]

1160, Et in terris datis Rogero filio Ricardi £20 in burgo Novi Castelli. Et eidem £32 12s in Wercwurda. [Newcastle granted during pleasure.] (S) Anglo-Norman Studies, 2006, P76.

1160-63, Malcolm IV of Scotland confirmed a grant to Robert son of Swein of Northampton of 140 a. in the 'hanger' of Tottenham, together with half of a water-meadow. (S) Hist. of Middlesex, V5, 1976, Totenham.

By 1163, Robert of Essex died.


By 1163, Roger’s father died in Ireland.

[––Roger & Alice––]

~1164, Roger, of Clavering, married Alice de Vere.

1166, Roger held Clavering in capite, and Warkworth by 1 knight’s fee. (S) Complete Peerage, V2, 1889, P281.

1173, Roger, constable of Newcastle, defended it against a Scot invasion, but lost the castle at Warkworth. [King Henry’s sons were in revolt at this time.]

7/13/1174, Duncan, earl of Fife, burnt Roger’s castle and town of Warkworth.

1176, Et in terris datis Roero filio Ricardi £32 2s in Werchwurda.

By 1178, Roger’s father died.

By 4/1178, Roger died holding Warkworth [by fee], Acklington, Berling and Overbuston, and a fourth of Togston, by the service of 1 knight.


Aft. 1178, William, earl of Essex, gives to Adilicia of Essex (39979821), his mother’s sister, in free dower, the town of Aincho, over and above lands given to her in dower [in 1178] by Roger fitz Richard, her lord. Witnesses: Roesia Comitissa (756473353), Simon de Beauchamp (19989836), Geoffrey de Say (39979668), Geoffrey and William de Vere [brothers of Adilicia] … (S) Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society, 1889, P245.

1185, Alice of Essex is at the King’s disposal, and is 60 years old; and is aunt to Earl William (of Essex) and sister to Earl Aubrrey (189118256, of Oxford), and she has 2 sons, knights, and 1 daughter married to John, constable of Chester. Aynho, which is her manor, and which she holds of Earl William, is worth £30 a year . (S) Transactions – Essex, 1889, P244. [J. Round “re-interprets” the age of as Alice being “80” years old, which means her son Robert would have been born at age 60, and she would have lived to age 95. The “latin” record at the bottom of P244 clearly shows “lx” – 60 in Roman numerals.]

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

1200, Alice died [Likely in Essex.]

(S) Northumberland Families, V1, 1968, P15. (S) Memoirs Chiefly Illustrative, V2, 1858, P187-8. (S) Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society, 1889, P245.

Family notes:

·         Roger “a valiant knight” and lord and master of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

·         Rogerus filius Richard, nepos comitis Hugonis Bigot, duxit in uxorem Adelizam filiam Adelizae.

·         1086, The lands of Swein of Essex valued at £255.

Child of Robert and Alice:

Alice of Essex (79958121), born ~1142 in England.

Child of Roger and Alice:

i. Robert Fitz Roger (19989910), born ~1165 in England.

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