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Hugh (Beauchamp) de Beauchamp

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Hugh de Beauchamp formerly Beauchamp
Born [date unknown] in Normandie, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married before 1070 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about in Bedford, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified 27 Apr 2019 | Created 1 Feb 2011
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British Aristocracy
Hugh (Beauchamp) de Beauchamp was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.
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Keats-Rohan has an entry for him:[1]

Hugh De Belchamp
Important royal official and major tenant-in-chief in Bedfordshire, of which he was sheriff during William I's reign and early in William II's. He succeeded Ralph Taillebois in the office, having, in all probability, married Ralph's daughter and principal heiress. His fief became the barony of Beauchamp. From Beauchamps, cant. La Haye Pesnel, dépt Machne, in west Normandie, according to Melletier; for other possibilities, Loyd, 20-1, s.v. Broilg. Sanders, 10[2]; G.H. Fowler, "The Beauchamps, barons of Bedford", in Beds. Hist. Rec. Soc. i, 1-24.[3]

Loyd, cited above, was actually setting out a proposal of J.H. Round which Chambers and Fowler call ingenious:[4]

In his introduction to the Bedfordshire Domesday[5] Round points out that three, if not four, under-tenants of Beauchamp of Bedford derived their names from places within the single canton of Tilly-sur-Seulles [...] These facts suggest further that the original home of the Beauchamps is to be sought in Calvados, but of the only two Beauchamps in that department one is a fief in Moyaux, cant. Lisieux, 76 kil. E of Tilly-sur-Seulles, and the other in Vouilly, cant. Isigny, 32 kil. W of it, and it is impossible to draw any sound inference from such evidence.

Hugh had issue:

  • Simon. d. about 1137. According to Sanders and Rohanhis daughter and heir married Hugh Poer, brother of Walerand Count of Meulan, but she did not inherit the barony of her father. The heir of Simon was instead Miles son of Robert.
  • Robert, known only with certainty as the father of the generation who succeeded him brother Simon, starting with Payn.

Sanders and Keats-Rohan both estimate that Hugh died about 1114.


  1. Keats-Rohan, Domesday People, p.260
  2. Sanders, English Baronies, p.10
  3. internet archive link to Chambers and Fowler's article
  4. Loyd, Origins of Some Anglo-Norman Families, p.20
  5. VCH Beds, p.201

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On 1 Nov 2018 at 17:05 GMT Darlene (Athey) Athey-Hill wrote:

I've removed it.

On 30 Oct 2018 at 19:12 GMT Andrew Lancaster wrote:

The heraldry is almost certainly not real because too early. Of the children it seems only Simon and Robert can be found in a real source? If we can't find a source for those children they should be disconnected.

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