Name: GILBERT (NOTES) "STRONGBOW" (L) DE CLARE
Birth: 21 SEP 1100 in TUNBRIDGE, KENT, ENGLAND
ALIA: GILBERT FITZGERALD (NOTE)(L) DE PEMBROKE & CLARE
Title: EARL DE PEMBROKE & CLARE
1 AKA GILBERT (NOTES) "STRONGBOW" (L) DE CLARE 1ST EARL OF PEMBROKE
Event: AKA Gilbert “Strongbow*” (NOTES) (L) Fitz Gilbert de Clare, Lord of Orbec and Bienfaite, Lord of Strigoil
2 Striguil (Chepstow) & 1st Earl of Pembroke
3 AKA 1ST EARL OF PEMBROKE GILBERT (NOTES) "STRONGBOW" (L) DE CLARE
Death: BET 06 JAN 1146 AND 06 JAN 1149 in FROME, SOMERSET, ENGLAND
SOME SOURCES SAY GILBERT WAS THE FATHER OF AGNES (NOTES) DE ST. CLARE (L) DE SAINT CLARE BUT HE IS NOT SHOWN SO HERE BECAUSE SHOWING MORE THAN ONE SET OF PARENTS COULD CAUSE MY "FAMILY TREE" PROGRAM TO MALFUNCTION.
THIS INFORMATION WAS RECEIVED FROM Alton Rogers firstname.lastname@example.org IN APRIL 2009.
(PA and MCA numbers pertain to pages in the books Plantagenet Ancestry and Magna Carta Ancestry.)
Gilbert “Strongbow*” Fitz Gilbert de Clare, Lord of Orbec and Bienfaite, Lord of Strigoil/Striguil (Chepstow) & 1st Earl of Pembroke
He was born 21 Sep 1100 in Tonbridge, Kent, England and died 1148/49 in England.
Buried: Tintern Abbey, Chapel Hill, Monmouthshire, Wales
Regarding the burial of Gilbert de Clare at Tintern, the following received in an e-mail from Richard.Turner@Wales.GSI.Gov.UK July 7, 2006:
“In 1531 William Fellows made a visitation to Tintern Abbey before the Dissolution. He wrote:
“In the Chapiter house of the sayde monastery lyeth Sir Gilbert Strangebowe aforesaid”.
The chapterhouse at Tintern is early 13th century in date and the present abbey church was
started in 1269, so this burial slab would not have been in it s original position when Fellows visited. Unfortunately, we cannot relate any of the surviving slabs to this
Note: Tintern Abbey was destroyed after 1536 during the reign of Henry VIII in the Dissolution. Photos of its ruins are in the book “Historic Britain From The Air” and many places on the internet such as www.castlewales.com
Chepstow Castle in Wales: www.chepstow.co.uk/castle.html
Of Gilbert fitz Richard I’s sons, Gilbert was the only one to achieve any great prominence, being the founder of the great cadet branch of the family and father of one of the most famous men in British history, Richard “Strongbow” de Clare. Gilbert fitz Gilbert de Clare was high in the favor of King Henry I, perhaps because his wife Isabel, daughter of Robert de Beaumont (de Meulan), Count of Meulan (Paris) and 1st Earl of
Leicester, was one of Henry’s favorite mistresses. When Gilbert’s uncle Roger died without heirs, Henry granted Gilbert the lordships of Bienfaite and Orbec in Normandy and when another uncle, Walter, Lord of Netherwent in South Wales, died in 1138 without issue, King Stephen gave Gilbert this lordship in addition to the lordship of Pembroke and the Welsh castles of Strigoil (Chepstow) and Usk. At this time also, Gilbert was created Earl of Pembroke.
At Gilbert’s death in 1148, he was succeeded by his son Richard fitz Gilbert, also known
as “Strongbow” and became famous as the leader of the Norman invasion of Ireland.
In just two generations, the cadet branch of the Clares became one of the most important families in Britain.
* Strongbow: Both Gilbert and his son Richard had the name “Strongbow”. The men of Netherwent (Gwent) in south-easternmost Wales in the Welsh Marches, of which both Gilbert and his son Richard held the lordship, were known for their archer skill and use of an unusually long and strong bow which was unique at the time. It is believed that the ability and skill to use this bow by his men earned both Gilbert & his son the name “Strongbow”. (Gilbert’s seal shows him holding a long arrow in his right hand.)
He married 1130 Elizabeth (Isabel) de Beaumont (de Meulan)
She was born c.1112 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England and died c.1172 in England.
She was a daughter of Sir Robert de Beaumont, Earl of Leicester, Count of Meulan and Elizabeth (Isabel) de Vermandois, daughter of Hugh Magnus, scion of the French royal family and a descendant of Charlemagne, King of the Franks (742-814).
She was the youngest mistress of King Henry I and had a daughter by him about 1129. King Henry gave her in marriage to her first husband Gilbert de Clare in 1130. She married second, Herve de Montmorency, Constable of Ireland. Montmorency was one of the oldest and most distinguished families in France. See file More 14 # 12.
Note: see the key link www.castlewales.com for information on the Strongbow father and son and William Marshal and family.
Father: GILBERT (NOTES) FITZRICHARD (L) DE CLARE b: BET 1054 AND 1130 in CLARE, SUFFOLK, ENGLAND OR PEMBROKE, PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES
Mother: ADELIZA (NOTES) DE CLERMONT (L) DE CLAREMONT b: BET 1058 AND 1130 in CLERMONT, FRANCE OR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND
ISABEL (NOTES) (L) DE BEAUMONT-LE-ROGER b: BET 1089 AND 1126 in LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE, ENGLAND
in TUNBRIDGE CASTLE, KENT, ENGLAND
- RICHARD STRONGBOW (NOTE)FITZGILBERT (L) DE CLARE b: BET 1125 AND 1130 in TUNBRIDGE, KENT, ENGLAND
- BASILIA (L) DE CLARE b: ABT 1140