Name: Gilbert Crispin
Suffix: Baron of Bec & Castellan of Tillières
Death: 1045 1
Note: 1 2|
Change Date: 3 JUL 2008
Gilbert Crispin I
One of Crispin's and Heloise's sons was Gilbert Crispin I., 985-1045, 'who because of the shape of his hair was to be known as Crispin. For in his early youth he had hair that was brush-like and stiff and sticking out, and in a manner of speaking bristling like the needles of a pine tree. This gave him the name of Crispin, from 'crispus pinus, 'pine hair'. Gilbert Crispin I. was also noted by Milo Crispin as being 'of renowned origin and nobility.' [Milo Crispin, How The Holy Virgin Appeared To William Crispin The Elder And On The Origin Of The Crispin Family, ed. Migne, cols. 735-744, 1856.] Duke Robert I. established Gilbert Crispin at Tillières to defend this important border castle for him.*
Gilbert married Gunnor d'Anjou, 1000-1090, second cousin, as said, of William the Conqueror. Gunnor d'Anjou was the daughter of Baldric the Teuton, 969-1035, Lord of Bacqueville-en-Caux, great-grandson of Robert de Vermandois, and Alix de Brionne, 975-1045, niece of Gilbert de Brionne, 989-1040. [W. Pickering, Histories of Noble British Families, vol.ii. 1846.] By present-day standards, it might seem unusual that a niece is so much older than her uncle, but such chronologies were by no means rare in the societies under question, wherein marriages between very young girls and much older men were common.
* This seems odd - surely his name came from his father?s name?
We may fairly consider, however, that William Crispin I was the son of Gilbert, Baron of Bec and Castellan of Tillières, who defended that fortress against the French King Henry, and reluctantly surrendered it to him by command of the boy-duke William at the commencement of his reign. According to Père Anselm, who quotes, however, no authority, his mother was Gonnor, sister of Fulk d'Aunou, the companion of the Conqueror. She was also the mother of four other children -- Gilbert, who succeeded his father as Baron of Bec; Robert, who died without issue; and two daughters -- Emma, married to Pierre de Condé, and Elise, wife of Robert Malet.
Father: Crispin de Bec
Mother: Heloise of Guines
Gonnor d 'Aunou or de Courcy
- Gilbert Crispin
- Guillaume I Crespin
- Baldwin de Brion
- Hesilia Crispin
- Emma Crispin
- Anne de Clare
- Text: THE ORIGINS OF THE STANHOPE FAMILY
With some account of the associated families of Beaumont, Bertram, Colville, Crispin, Everly, Mowbray, and Percy.
By Michael Stanhope.
- Type: Book
Periodical: The Conqueror and His Companions
Author: J.R. Planché, Somerset Herald
Publication: Tinsley Brothers, London
Detail: HUGH DE BEAUCHAMP