Name: *William of Lancaster
Name: William FitzGilbert
Birth: ABT 1100 in Kendal, Westmorland, England
Death: ABT 1170 1
Occupation: 5th Baron of Kendal 2
Occupation: Baron of Kendal 3
Occupation: Governor of Lancaster Castle 3
Occupation: 1180 Governor of Lancaster Castle 2
William de Lancaster I, or William Fitz Gilbert, possibly also referred to as William de Tailboys (de Taillebois), was the first person of whom we have any record to bear the name of Lancaster and pass it on to his descendants as a family name.
William de Lancaster is often described as having been a Baron of Kendal. In fact this is not so clear.
A major enfeoffment by Roger de Mowbray put William in control of what would become of the Barony of Kendal, Warton, Garstang, Wyresdale, and at least part of what would become the Wapentake of Ewcross in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Egremont Castle. During the Scottish occupation, according to several websites, William was castellan in the castle of Egremont under William Fitz Duncan.
According to a later grant to Gilbert Fitz Reinfrid, William must have held some position over the whole forest of Westmarieland (the Northern or Appleby Barony of Westmorland), Kendal and Furness. His claims in Furness may have gone beyond just the forest, but this appears to have put him in conflict with the claims of the Furness Abbey, and this conflict continued over many generations. His family may have had links there before him. Some websites report that his father Gilbert was known as "Gilbert of Furness".
Most securely, we can say that William's father was named Gilbert, and his mother was Godith. They are both mentioned clearly in a benefaction of William to St Mary de Pré. Indeed, William was often referred to as William the son of Gilbert.
William was also said to have descended from both Ivo de Taillebois and Elred of Workington, contemporaries of William the Conqueror, but the exact nature of the relationship is unclear and indeed controversial. Most likely, the connection is through daughters of these two men.
William married Gundreda, perhaps his second wife, who was said to be the daughter of William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey. She was the widow of Roger, the Earl of Warwick. Note that King Stephen's son, William, married Gundred's niece, Isabel de Warenne. This implies a very close relationship with the King's party.
IVO TAILBOYES, or TAILBOIS, brother of Fulke, Count of Anjou, a great benefactor of Ackerfield Abbey, had
ETHRED who had
KETELL who had
GILBERT who had
WILLIAM, Baron of Kendal (Nicholas' Peerage), Governor of Lancaster Castle, whence he probably assumed the surname of Lancaster; married Gundred, daughter of William, second Earl of Warren, and widow of Roger, Earl of Warwick, and had WILLIAM DE LANCASTER II, Steward to Henry II; married helewise de Stuteville, daughter of Robert de Stuteville.
(Fenwick Allied Ancestry, page 123-124)
Father: *Gilbert Kendal b: in Kendal, Westmorland, England
Mother: *Godith of Workington
*Gundred De Warenne b: ABT 1117 in Warwick, Warwickshire, England
- *Avice Avicia of Lancaster b: in Kendal, Westmorland, England
- *William of Lancaster II b: in Kendal, Westmorland, England
- Agnes Lancaster b: in Kendal, Westmorland, England
- Jordan Lancaster b: in Kendal, Westmorland, England
- Sigred Lancaster b: in Kendal, Westmorland, England
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