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Isabel (Bigod) FitzGeoffrey (abt. 1212 - 1250)

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Isabel FitzGeoffrey formerly Bigod aka le Bigod
Born about in Thetford, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Died in Thetford, Norfolk, Englandmap
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Isabel le Bigod was a descendant of Magna Carta surety barons Roger le Bigod and Hugh le Bigod.



Isabel (Bigod) FitzGeoffrey was a member of aristocracy in the British Isles.

Daughter of

  • Sir Hugh Bigod, Magna Carta Surety, 3rd Earl of Norfolk; b abt 1182 at Thetford, Norfolk, England, d: bef 18 Feb 1224/25, England.

and his wife

  • Maud Marshal 1207 Countess of Norfolk & Surrey , Pembrokeshire, Wales, daughter of Sir William Marshal and his wife Isabel de Clare, Countess of Pembroke in her own right.

Sister of

  • Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Norfolk;
  • Hugh Bigod, Chief Justice of England; b abt 1215, d Nov 1266; m: [1] Joanna Burnet abt 1232, [2] Joan de Stuteville bef 5 Feb 1243/44, daughter of Sir Nicholas de Stuteville and Devorguilla of Galloway.
  • Sir Ralph Bigod;
  • Matilda le Bigod;
  • John Bigod
  • William Le Bigod
  • Simon Bigod

Marriage to Gilbert de Lacy, and Issue

Marriage 1: (abt 1225) Gilbert de Lacy, of Trim and Ludlow

They had one son, Walter, and two daughters, Margery and Maud. [1]

Children of Gilbert de Lacy and Isabel Bigod were:

  1. Walter de Lacy
  2. Maud de Lacy b abt 1228, Herefordshire, England, d 11 Apr 1304, Meath, Ireland. She m: Sir Geoffrey de Geneville, Lord Geneville, Justiciar of Ireland, abt 1244, Meath, Ireland, son of Simon de Joinville, Seneschal of Champagne, and Beatrix of Burgundy.
  3. Margaret de Lacy eldest daughter, [2] Ewyas Lacy, Herefordshire, England, d 1256. She m. Sir John de Verdun, Lord of Westmeath, bef 14 May 1244, son of Theobald le Boteler and Rohese de Verdun.

Marriage to Sir John FitzGeoffrey and Issue

Marriage 2: (abt 1235) Sir John Fitz Geoffrey, Justiciar of Ireland, Lord of Shere, Knight, b abt 1205, Shere, Surrey, England, d 23 Nov 1258, England

Children of John Fitz Geoffrey and Isabel Bigod were:

  1. Isabel Fitz John b abt 1236, Shere, Surrey, England. She m: Sir Robert de Vipont, Lord of Appleby, abt 1259, Essex, England, son of Sir John de Vipont, Lord of Appleby, and Sibyl de Ferrers.
  2. Maud Fitz John b abt 1240, Bernard Castle, Warwickshire, England, d 16 Apr 1301, Grey Friars, Worcestershire, England. Countess of Warwick; She m: [1] Gerard de Furnival, and [2] Sir William de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, abt 1255, Worcestershire, England, son of Sir William de Beauchamp and Isabel Mauduit.
  3. Aveline Fitz John b abt 1242, Shere, Surrey, England, d abt 20 May 1274. She m: Sir Walter de Burgh, Earl of Ulster, abt 1255, Surrey, England, son of Sir Richard de Burgh, Lord of Connaught, and Egidia/Jill de Lacy.
  4. Sir John Fitz John b abt 1244, d abt 6 Nov 1275; He m: Margery Basset bef 18 Feb 1257/58.
  5. Sir Richard Fitz John b abt 1250, of Shere, Surrey, England, d 1297, Gascony; He m: Emma.
  6. Joan Fitz John b abt 1248, Shere, Surrey, England, d 4 Apr 1303. She m: Theobald le Boteler abt 1267-1268, Shere, Surrey, England, son of Theobald le Boteler and Margery/Margaret de Burgh.

Adam Fitzjohn is not named in Richardson and should not be added as a child of John Fitz Geoffrey and Isabel Bigod, (unless a reliable source is discovered with evidence to prove otherwise).


  1. Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry, 2013, Volume V, page 238
  2. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, Vol V, page 239
See also:
  • Magna Carta Ancestry 2011 2nd ed. Vol. IV p. 245-248
  • The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, The Barons Named in the Magna Charta, 1215, and Some of Their Descendants Who Settled in America During the Early Colonial Years, Fifth Edition, 1999, by Frederick Lewis Weis, Th.D., with Additions and Corrections by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., M.S., Genealogical Publishing Company.
  • The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct, or Dormant, by G. E. Cokayne, 6-Volume edition, reprinted 2000, Sutton Publishing, Ltd.
  • Burke's American Families with British Ancestry, excerpted from Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 16th ed., 1939, Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996.
  • 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), volume V, pages 238-242, VERDUN 8 - entry for ISABEL LE BIGOD.
  • Isabel Bigod, "Our Royal, Titled, Noble, and Commoner Ancestors and Cousins" (website, compiled by Mr. Marlyn Lewis, Portland, OR; accessed June 14, 2015)
  • John Fitz Geoffrey, Medieval Lands
The main source for medieval genealogy in the EuroAristo Project is the FMG database MEDIEVAL LANDS: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families by Charles Cawley,© Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, 2000-2013.


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On 18 May 2018 at 11:06 GMT Kathleen (Rogan) Foster wrote:

Isabel is the 25th great grandmother of Kathleen

On 30 Oct 2016 at 22:36 GMT Anonymous (Holland) Carroll wrote:

Source for Isabel Le Bigod: "Royal Ancestry" 2013, Douglas Richardson Vol. II. p. 179.

Thank you!

On 2 Aug 2015 at 14:00 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

Bigod-321 and Bigod-17 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same husband, same daughter, same son-in-law

On 31 Jul 2015 at 19:25 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:

Bigod-321 and Bigod-17 do not represent the same person because: wrong centuries

On 16 Jul 2015 at 20:43 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

Here's the Medieval Lands link for Gilbert de Lacy which discusses the problematic evidence for Isabel Bigod:

On 16 Jul 2015 at 17:10 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

Wait a minute, folks: We now have a person who was born in 1222, married two husbands and had eleven children, and then died at the age of 17.

On 14 Jun 2015 at 14:55 GMT Liz (Noland) Shifflett wrote:

Medieval Lands has entries for both Isabel and Aveline - John Fitz Geoffrey

On 15 Mar 2014 at 14:50 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

According to at Isabel and Aveline were the same person with two different husbands.

Isabel is 23 degrees from Jim Angelo, 21 degrees from Willis Carrier and 10 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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