Name: *Roger of Valognes
Name: Roger of Valognes
Birth: ABT 1080 in Hertfordshire, England 1
Death: BET 1141 AND 1142 in Hertfordshire, England 1
Roger de Valognes was an Anglo-Norman nobleman who held lands around Benington in Hertfordshire.
Roger was the son of Peter de Valognes. Peter was a tenant-in-chief in Domesday Book with lands in East Anglia. Roger married Agnes, a sister of Pain fitzJohn and daughter of John fitzRichard. Agnes and Roger had five sons – Peter, Robert, Geoffrey, Roger and Philip. Besides his children, Roger had a brother William, and two sisters.
Roger succeeded to his father's estates near Bennington after 1109, the lands which is generally considered to be a barony. He appears on documents connected with Stephen's first Easter court held in 1136, where Roger is listed along with the other barons supporting Stephen's succession to the throne.
Roger issued a confirmation charter to Binham Priory, founded by his father, that is slightly unusual in that it mentions a "decree that where there is no son the daughters divide their father's land by the spindles, nor can the elder take from the younger half of the inheritance by violence or injury". This charter was discussed by William Stubbs, who dated the charter to shortly before 1141. Later historians have attempted to discover which king issued the decree, with general consensus deciding on King Henry I of England. The historian Pauline Stafford has related this decree to Henry's attempts to have his daughter Matilda succeed him on the throne of England, and sees this charter as recording this important step taken by the king towards that goal. A further unusual feature of this charter is that it mentions the negotiations that took place prior to the issuing of the charter, in this case, where Theobald of Bec persuaded Roger to be more generous than he had originally intended with the grant.
Roger died around 1141 or 1142. His heir to his lands was first his eldest son Robert, who died without children in 1158. The lands then passed to Roger's second son Robert. The third son, Philip, became the first hereditary chamberlain of Scotland, an office that remained in his family.
Father: Peter of Valognes b: ABT 1045 in Valognes, Cotentin Manche, Normandy, France
Mother: *Albreda De Rie b: ABT 1050 in Ryes, Calvados, Normandy, France
*Agnes FitzJohn b: ABT 1108 in East Anglia, England
- Roger of Valognes b: ABT 1128 in Hertfordshire, England
- Robert of Valognes b: ABT 1130 in Hertfordshire, England
- Peter of Valognes b: ABT 1132 in Hertfordshire, England
- Geoffrey of Valognes b: ABT 1134 in Hertfordshire, England
- Phillip of Valognes b: ABT 1136 in Hertfordshire, England
- *Sibyl of Valognes b: ABT 1140 in Hertfordshire, England
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