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  • ID: I15088
  • Name: Roger Bigod
  • Suffix: Earl of E Anglia
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: ABT 1060 1
  • Death: 8 SEP 1107 in Earsham, Norfolk
  • Burial: Abbey of Whetford, Norfolk
  • Residence: Framlingham, Suffolk
  • Occupation: Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk
  • Note:

    Roger Bigod or le Bigot, a feudal Baron, the first of this great family that settled in England and was, in the Conqueror's time, possessed of six lordships in Essex, 117 in Suffolk. At the accession of King Henry I, being a witness of the King's laws and staunch in his interests, he obtained gifts of land from the crown, and was Lord Stewart of the King's household.
    It is probable that Roger was married only once, although he is usually credited with two wives of the same name on the inconclusive evidence of a pro anama clause in a charter of his son William.
    Roger and his wife Adelisa gave charter for Rochester priory which referred to their sons and daughters and was attested by their children William, Humphrey, Gunnor and Matilda.
    This charter tellingly refers to King Henry, making it highly unlikely that Roger acquired a second wife and second family before his death in 1107. It is likely that Roger?s children were born from the late 1090s onwards, and that the youngest of them were Hugh and Cecilia.
    Roger?s daughters Gunnor and Matilda were married soon after 1107. Gunnor?s marriage to Robert fitz Swein of Essex had perhaps been arranged by her father. Matilda was married to William de
    Albini pincerna by Henry I who bestowed 10 Bigod fees on her as a marriage portion. The
    marriages certainly took place before Adelisa de Tosny became the heiress to Belvoir on
    the death without issue of her eldest sister Albreda, some time between 1115/18 and 1129
    Roger Bigod d. 1107 m.(1) Adeliza de Grentmesnil, dau of Hugh; m.(2) Alice de Todeni, whose eldest son William Bigot was Steward to the Household of King Henry I d. on the Blanch Nef, 25 Nov 1120.
  • _UID: AD70F43631D64E048C2896FEC888E0DCF46A
  • Change Date: 25 AUG 2006

    Father: Robert or Roger Bigod b: ABT 1034 in Avranches, Normandy, France
    Mother: St Saveur

    Marriage 1 Adeliza de Grantesmesnil de Toeni
    • Married:
    1. Has Children Jane Bigod
    2. Has Children Maud Le Bigod
    3. Has Children Gunnora Bigod
    4. Has Children Hugh Le Bigod
    5. Has Children Cecilia Bigod

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      Title: Jim Weber
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