Name: Anselm Gournay
Change Date: 13 DEC 2010
How does all this fit in?:
?The first authentic account relating to Barrow Gurney appears to be derived from Domesday, in which it is described as Berve, and included in the property of the Bishop of Coutances, who held a life interest in numerous other estates in the neighbourhood. " Nigel holds of the Bishop (of Coutances) Berve. Edric held it in the time of King Edward and gelded for 10 hides." Upon the death of the Bishop the manor reverted to the Crown and was granted by Rufus to Robert Fitz-Harding, the progenitor of the Lords of Berkeley.
Robert Fitz-Harding died in 1170. He left five sons and two daughters.
Robert, the fourth son, was Lord of Beverstone, Kingsweston, English-combe, and Barrow. He married first Hawisia, daughter of Robert de Gournay, by whom he had a daughter, Eva.
His second wife was Alice, daughter of Robert de Gaunt, by whom he had a son, who took his mother's name of Gaunt. He founded the Hospital of St. Mark's and the Gaunts' Chapel, now the Lord Mayor's Chapel, Bristol.
Upon his death the manor of Barrow reverted to his half-sister, Eva, who became a great heiress and married Thomas de Harptree, Lord of Farrington and Harptree.
Thomas de Harptree left a son, Robert, who took the name of Gournay. He died in 1269, leaving two sons, Anslemn and John.
Anslemn married Sibilla, daughter of Hugh de Vironne, by whom he had three sons, the latter of whom was the father of Sir Thomas de Gournay, who took part in the murder of Edward II. in Berkeley Castle and was beheaded in 1333. Elizabeth de Gournay conveyed the manor of Barrow Gurney in marriage to Sir John Ap Adam, Lord of Beverstone....?
The Domesday Book of 1086 records that Englishcombe, Somerset, was held by Nigel de Gournay, who would have won his lands in Englishcombe, Twerton, Swainswick and Barrow Gurney by fighting for William I of England. His original home must have been Gournay, which was half-way between Dieppe and Paris.
Father: Hugh De Gournay b: BEF 1205 in Norfolk
Mother: Sarah Peronne
- Robert or Roger Gournay
- Type: Book
Periodical: WEST COUNTRY CHURCHES
Author: W.J. Robinson