Category: Ballard-1432 Ballard Pre Surname Notes

Categories: Ballard-1432


D'Albini, Honor of Belvoir, Leicestershire.

BOSC-LE-HARD - is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Haute-Normandie region in northern France. [Breton]

William de St Martin was the Patron/Ancestor of the Warrene family, Father of Hugh de Coutances and William de Warrene, Hugh de Coutances had the following children, Roger de Mortimer, Ralph de Warrene and Walter de St Martin aka de Burnham.

The Ballard's historically are recorded/connected with the Warenne family in Medieval documents and Walter de St Martin who became known as "de Burnham" was a male line Y dna descendant of the Warenne family. The Warenne and Mortimers being the same Y line there is a place called Ballard’s near Mortimer lands.

extract:"Canterbury, The MANOR of CARDON'S a tenement called Balord's, and another called Mortimer's, and all other lands in Cliff and Higham, late belonging to the above Monastery, to hold in capite by knight's service; before the end of which year he had the king's licence to alienate this manor, with Ballard's and Drap's, with their appurtenances in Cliff, with other premises"

Lay Subsidies of Yorkshire Conigburg(m. 5.) Warann' de Conigburg. Johannes Bellard' habet (j) affrumm, precium iiijs; et j boven, precium vs et j juvencam................etc. [Conisburg. Castle built by William de Warren]. The fourth Earl de Warenne (William of Blois) died without issue. 1163-Isabel, widow of the fourth earl, married Hamelin Plantagenet, illegitimate brother of King Henry II. Hamelin took the arms of de Warenne.1170-1190 The present Conisburg Castle was built by Hamelin de Warenne (Plantagenet).1202-The fifth earl died and was succeeded by his son William, whose first wife was Maude, daughter of the earl of Arundel. After her death he married Maude, the daughter of William Marshall of Pembroke, and after his death the king presented her with the earl marshal's staff as hers by right.1215-Magna Carta was signed, with Earl de Warenne principal to its ratification.1240-The sixth earl died and was succeeded by his son John, aged 5. He was married at 12 years of age to a half-sister of King Henry III, Alice of Acquitane. The youngest daughter of Earl de Warenne married John Bailiol and became queen of Scotland.1296-King Edward I appointed Earl de Warenne guardian of the land (Scotland) and gave him the additional title of earl of Strathern. original Conisbrough Castle was built by William De Warenne the 1st Earl of Surrey who was the son-in-law of William 1st or William the Conqueror as he is better known. Upon the third earls death in 1147 the castle passed to his daughter Isabel De Warenne as William had no male heirs, while the castle that still stands today was designed and built by Isabel's second husband Hamelin Plantagenet who was the illegitimate half-brother of Henry II.

Hamon de Albini aka Bellers Knights Templar brother of Roger de Mowbray and son of Nigel de Albini, was lord of Lord of Ketelby Bellars in 1160, Nigel was buried at Le Bec, St Martin, Normandy Hamon's son Sampson de Albini aka Bellers married Emma the daughter of Sir Walter de Folville, they had a son Ralph Bellers.

CLIFTON REYNES, Buckingham, Manor - Robert de Ros, overlord in 1284–6 - Roger De Boscroard Roger de Boscroard, from Bosc-le-Hard, Seine-Maritime, cant. Bellencombre. The under-tenants in 1086 were William de Borard (Boscroard, Bosco Roardi, Bosco Rahara, Bosco Roaldi) and his brother, apparently named Roger. They had also taken possession of 3 virgates formerly held by Suert and Turbert, which they had concealed to the king's damage, as the men of the hundred asserted. (fn. 19) The Borards also held Stathern in Leicestershire, and a Simon de Borard is mentioned in 1166 as holding three fees in that country of William Daubeney. (fn. 20) A late Simon de Borard revolted against King John, but returned to his allegiance in 1217. (fn. 21) A son of the same name, (fn. 22) who came of age before 1230, (fn. 23) held Clifton in the middle of the century, (fn. 24) and is said to have died some time after 1260, the latest reference found bearing date October 1261. (fn. 25) His successor, Richard de Borard, probably his son, (fn. 26) is mentioned in 1278, (fn. 27) and is returned as lord of Clifton in 1284. (fn. 28) He is mentioned in connexion with Stathern in 1290, (fn. 29) and in 1293 paid £20 to be exempted for life from bearing the arms of a knight.

NOTE a Y DNA test for the family of BALLARD, STRATHERN, STRACHEN, & TUFFT are all carrying matching, SNP's

From one of two independant lines of D'Albini. One line held the Honour of Belvoir originated from St Sauveur of which, five generations held the title of vicomte of Cotentin - the other line came from St Martin d’Aubigny the earliest of which, is recorded (nd) as Lord William, the progeny of whom later held the Honour of Arundel. This William D’Albini (1) married the sister of Grimold (sic) du Plessis and produced three sons; Nigel who the Domesday Survey of 1086 associates with Cainhoe in Bedfordshire where his motte and bailey castle still remains, Richard who held the abbacy of St Albans and the eldest Roger D’Albini whose marriage to Amice d’Mowbray (sister of Geoffrey bishop of Coutances and Roger de Mowbray) generated three brothers Nigel D’Albini who was later re-named d’Mowbray on the orders of Henry I (Roberts 2004), Rualoc and finally William (2) who eventually rose to become pincerna or butler to Henry I. Hepworth’s recent genealogical study of the Daubeney family reveals that the St Sauveur line lost the title of vicomte when both Niel de Sauveur and his son William were banished from Normandy following the Battle of Val és Dunes in 1047. According to Douglas (pp.49-54) they apparently belonged to a group of vicomtes from western Normandy whose main objective was to overthrow William Duke of Normandy and replace him with Guy of Burgundy. The family subsequently relocated to Aubigné in Brittany and the next generation saw the emergence of William d’Aubigné (de Bosco de Rohardi) who became butler to William I of England. Douglas (ibid p.146) cites references to the office of butler variously referred to as pincerna or buticularis around the time of the Conquest and to the prestige the position held. Hugh of Ivry is recorded as being butler to William Duke of Normandy who crossed over to England in 1066. However, his continuation in office back at Normandy and his death a year before that of the Conqueror’s clearly indicates that William had two butlers, one for Normandy and another for his new kingdom of England. Regarding the Belvoir line, Roger d’Aubigné (Calvus) d’Ivri followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming butler to King William whilst also holding the rank of castellan of Rouen; he is also recorded as having rebelled against the Conqueror’s eldest son William Rufus. Married twice, Roger’s union with Adeliza de Grantmesnil produced four sons including William d’Aubigné Brito who subsequently married Cecily Bigod, daughter of the earl of Norfolk. After the Conquest. For the sake of clarity the two dynasties which emerged from the eleventh-century i.e. the titles of Arundel, Rising, Wymondham and Buckenham will henceforth be referred to as D’Albini while those attributed to the Belvoir line will be termed d’ Aubigné. To understand how the D’Albini and d’Aubigné lines were eventually drawn together, a third family group, namely Todeni needs consideration here. Robert de Todeni was lord of Belvoir and builder of the first castle in that region of north-east Leicestershire. There is a common factor linking d’Aubigné (de Bosco de Rohardi) and Todeni; that is both men married Adeliza Oswulf Frane in sequence. First, Adeliza married William d’Aubigné which generated the Belvoir line, then second to Robert de Todeni which contributed to the development of the Arundel line. Adeliza and Robert then produced six children, one of which was also called Adeliza married Roger Bigod; thus forming the ‘illusive’ Norfolk connection. This marriage not only resulted in a son Hugh but more importantly two daughters each of whom were paired to important Williams of that age; Cecily to William d’Aubigné Brito and Maud to William D’Albini (2), butler to Henry I; the former developed into the Belvoir and Rutland lines while the latter led to that of Arundel. Arundel and Rising.After the Conquest, Rising was confiscated from the errant Archbishop Stigand who held Rising as a subordinate part of his Norfolk manor of Snettisham (cite Domesday) and the site briefly passed to King William’s half-brother Odo who later fell from grace due to his rebellion and lost Rising together with many other properties. The royal connection passed briefly to Rufus then Henry I who assigned William D’Albini as his butler and to whom subsequently gave Rising as a gift. The marriage of William D’Albini to Maud Bigod sparked a period of significant building activity in Norfolk which probably resulted in a motte and bailey defense at Denton but certainly included the building of a stone castle at Old Buckenham. The same William also founded the priory Wymondham in 1107 (Martin-Jones 1953 p.17) and was also responsible for building the first stone church within the manorial enceinte of Rising which later became the castle yard. William and Maud had two children, Olive and William’s namesake – it is this William D’Albini (3) who helped transform Rising into something we see today. His fortuitous marriage to Henry I’s second wife and widow Adeliza produced a family of four children; daughters Adeliza and Olive, and sons Reyner and William D’Albini (4). This William married Maud de St Hillare of Normandy and the couple generated two sons, Godfrey and yet another William (5) who married Mabel le Meschin who may have had distant family links with William d’Aubigné Brito and thus strengthened the association with Belvoir. The next stage of this study considers how the aristocratic line of D’Albini drew to a close. William and Mabel produced six children two males William (6) and Hugh who married Isabel de Warenne (Brown 1999 p.15) – daughter of William earl of Surrey and lord of Castle Acre, both men died without issue leaving the remaining four sibling daughters. Of the female descendants recorded we know nothing of Nichola apart from her marriage to Roger de Somery. However, genealogical studies reveal that Isabel married John Fitzalan and thus developed the Arundel line, Maud married Robert de Tattershall to whom the Honour of Buckenham passed, but more importantly it was Cecily who married Roger de Montalt who ultimately gained Rising as part of her dowry. © Norman Fahy 2006 BRITO (ALBINI BRITO)

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