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Robert (Beaumont) de Beaumont-le-Roger (abt. 1046 - 1118)

Robert "Comte de Meulan" de Beaumont-le-Roger formerly Beaumont aka de Meulan
Born about in Pont-Audemer, Beaumont, Normandy, Francemap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1096 (to 1115) [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Meulan, Yvelines, Ile-de-France, Francemap [uncertain]
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Biography

Seigneur (Lord) of Beaumont, Pont-Audemer, Brionne, and Vatteville. [1]These were critically important castles in Normandy.[2] From 1081 he was Comte (Count) of Meulan also, which an inheritance through his mother. [1]
In England he became the first Anglo-Norman Earl of Leicester (not counting any earls before 1066). His very significant English lands were centred there and in neighbouring Warwickshire.[1]
He was at the battle of Hastings. Keats-Rohan, explains the original medieval source:[3] "According to William of Poitiers, his first engagement as a knight was on the field of Hastings, where he performed outstandingly well."
Birth: He was born about 1046.[1][4]
Death and burial: [2]
  • "On 5 June 1118 Count Robert I of Meulan died at one of his English residences. His end was not a happy one: life at King Henry's court tended to put a burden on the consciences of its inmates."
  • "The count's corpse was carried back to Normandy and buried in the chapter house of his family's foundation of St Peter of Préaux, near his father, Roger de Beaumont, and his uncle, Robert fitz Humphrey."

Family

He married in 1096 to Isabel (also called Elizabeth) de Vermandois, daughter of Hugh de Crépi (called "the Great"), Count of Vermandois. Orderic Vitalis wrote that this was his second wife, but Complete Peerage thinks his account is unlikely to be correct, as the lady named, Godechilde daughter of Ralph de Toeni, married when Robert was still, and was still quite young at this marriage.[1]
The issue of Robert de Meulent by Isabel was a daughter named Emma, born, according to Orderic, in 1102; two sons (twins), baptised Waleran and Robert, born in 1104; a third son, known as Hugh the Poor, afterwards Earl of Bedford, and three other daughters, Adeline, Amicia, and Albreda, all of whom must have been born after 1104, when their father, then Earl of Leicester, was well stricken in years. Orderic, indeed, says he had five daughters, the fifth being named Isabel, after her mother. [What old source was this copied from?]
  • Emma de Beaumont (b.1102)
  • Waleran IV de Beaumont, Count of Meulan, 1st Earl of Worcester (b. 1104), eldest twin and heir.
  • Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester & Earl of Hereford (b. 1104), twin
  • Hugh de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Bedford (b. circa 1106)
  • Adeline de Beaumont
m.1 Hugh IV of Montfort-sur-Risle
m.2 Richard de Granville of Bideford (d.1147)
  • Aubree/Alberada de Beaumont m. Hugh II of Châteauneuf-Thimerais.
  • Agnes de Beaumont (nun)
  • Maud/Matilda de Beaumont m. William Lovel. (c.1102)
  • Isabel/Elizabeth de Beaumont
mistress of King Henry I.
m.1 Gilbert de Clare, 1st Earl of Pembroke
m.1 Hervé de Montmorency, Constable of Ireland

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Cockayne, Gibbs, et al., Complete Peerage, 2nd ed., Vol.7 p.523
  2. 2.0 2.1 Crouch (2008) The Beaumont Twins, pp.3-4
  3. Keats-Rohan, "Robert Comes De Mellent" in Domesday People, p.371
  4. Richardson, Royal Ancestry (2013) Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol. V p. 271-274 #5. Isabel (or Elizabeth) de Vermandois


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We need a source for the daughter Havoise (has profile) and indeed Agnes (who has no profile but is mentioned). Also the paragraph about when the children were born is clearly from an old book, but which?
posted by Andrew Lancaster
There are numerous confused duplicates on Wikitree with the surname Meulan
posted by Andrew Lancaster
For extensive and well sourced biographical information see:

Vaughn, Sally N. Anselm of Bec and Robert of Meulan?: The Innocence of the Dove and the Wisdom of the Serpent. Berkeley: Calif.?: University of California Press, 1987.

This publication is available to read online but not download

posted by Vivienne Caldwell
Roger was indeed Comte de Meulan in 1081 and succeeded as Seigneur de Beaumont-le-Roger, de Vieilles & de Pont-Audemer in 1090.

He was granted Leicester by Henry I and it's suggested this would have included the title of Earl, but he is not recorded as ever having used it.

I have edited the b. date, the CLN, OLN and added his 1st wife. Everything herein is per the FMG.

ROBERT de Beaumont-le-Roger

If the birth year is only a guess perhaps we should set it a bit earlier, because apparently he was at Hastings in 1066 (although remarked as being a young man). See for example Wikipedia's article on the Companions of William.
posted by Andrew Lancaster
De Beaumont-438 and Beaumont-29 appear to represent the same person because: These two persons appear to be one and the same

Beaumont-29 married Elizabeth Capet, daughter of Hugh Magnus Capet and Adelaide de Crepi De Beaumont-438 also married Elizabeth Capet, daughter of Hugh Magnus Capet and Adelaide de Crepi

posted by Steven Ringer
De Beaumont-438 and Beaumont-29 are not ready to be merged because: Birth date reqiures confirmation.
posted by Tim Perry

Robert is 25 degrees from Cecil B. DeMille, 31 degrees from Rosalie Neve and 14 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.