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Hugh le Bigod was one of the twenty-five medieval barons who were surety for Magna Carta in 1215.
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Hugh was the son and main heir of Roger le Bigod and Ida de Toeni. His birth date is uncertain but his parents married around Christmas 1181, so a guesstimate of about 1185 may not be unreasonable.
Possible additional children were:
In December 1215 Hugh was excommunicated, alongside his father and others, for his part in rebellion against King John. Hugh and Roger remained in rebellion until September 1217.
In 1221 Roger le Bigod died. Hugh paid homage for his father's lands on 2 August 1221, and became 5th Earl of Norfolk overall, and 3rd of the second creation. Hugh also inherited the positions of Steward of the royal household and warden of Romford Forest, Essex.
In the years 1221 to 1225, he
In 1222 Hugh was granted the right to hold a market at Dovercourt, Essex.
On 11 February 1224-5 he witnessed the confirmation of the Magna Carta.
Hugh died before 18 February 1224-5, within days of his witnessing the Magna Carta confirmation. His wife survived him, going on to marry William de Warenne, one of the Illustrious Men listed as King John's advisers in the Magna Carta.
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Blomefield's Topographical History of Norfolk suggests that Hugh was "said" to have had a son Simon, but gives no evidence for this. There is no support for the relationship in Cokayne's Complete Peerage or other reliable sources more recent than Blomefield.
John Bigod has previously been shown on WikiTree as a son of Hugh. John's profile has no good sourcing, and he may never have existed.
The Wikipedia entry for William Devereux says (as at 27 November 2021) that his first wife was a daughter of Hugh Bigod and Maud Marshall. Wikipedia gives just one source for William Devereux's first wife being their daughter - an edition of a Welsh Assize Roll. The relevant paragraph in this book can be found on Familysearch, and whoever wrote this part of the Wikipedia article would appear to have misread it. The paragraph relates to a dispute between William Devereux and Roger Bigod, Bigod-41. It mentions a Roger Bigod as uncle of Roger, Bigod-41, not as uncle of William Devereux: the uncle is Roger Bigod, Bigod-39. There is no mention of a Hugh Bigod.
Wikipedia's own article on Hugh Bigod lists no daughter who married William Devereux.
For the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015, Professor Nigel Saul wrote a set of biographies of the Surety Barons. He and the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary Committee generously gave permission for them to be reproduced on WikiTree. They can be viewed here.
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