This page traces the family of Robert Fitz Walter, the Leader of the Magna Charta Barons in 1215 from the Lords of Clare to the descendants of King Henry II.
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Sources used include:
Douglas Richardson: Plantagenet Ancestry, Baltimore, 2004 (click to visit the website)
Gary Boyd Roberts: Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, Genealogical Publishing, Baltimore, 2004
G.E. Cokayne: The Complete Peerage, Sutton Publishing, 2003 (with thanks to John Rees)
Frederick L. Weis and Walter L. Sheppard: The Magna Charta Sureties, 1215, Baltimore, 1999
Frederick L. Weis and Walter L. Sheppard: Ancestral Roots, 7th Edition, Baltimore, 1999
Sidney Painter: William Marshal, University of Toronto Press, 1997
Richard Thomson: An Historical Essay on the Magna Charta, London, 1829
The item above indicates that Magna Charta Surety Robert Fitz Walter's mother was "Maude de St. Liz, or Lucy . . .." Maude de St. Liz was his grandmother and Maud de Lucy was his mother. See Generations One and Two below.
Robert Fitz Richard de Clare, Lord of Baynard and Little Dunmow, and Steward to King Henry I.
Died between 1134 and 1136
Robert was a son of Richard
Fitz Gilbert de Clare, Lord of Clare, and his wife Rohese Giffard.
Robert married Maud (Matilda) de St Liz, daughter of Simon de St Liz, Earl
of Huntingdon and Northampton (died in 1111) and
of Huntingdon, Countess of Huntingdon and Northumberland (born in 1072
and died in 1130/31). Robert died between 1134 and 1136, and Maud
then married to Saher
de Quincy. Maud died between 1158 and 1163, probably about 1140.
Robert Fitz Richard and Maud de St. Liz had a son:
Walter Fitz Robert, of Little Dunmow.
Died in 1198
Walter married first to Maud de Bohun and secondly to Maud de Lucy, daughter of Sir Richard de Lucy, Justicar of England.
Walter and his second wife, Maud de Lucy, had the following children:
|References Thomson: p.504. Weis, Ancestral: 148-26. Roberts: p.562-563.|
Robert Fitz Walter of Woodham, Lord of Dunmow Castle
Died December 9, 1235
Robert Fitz Walter was frequently at odds with King John. In 1203, Robert and Saher de Quincy were in charge of the Castle of Ruil in France which they surrendered to the King of France without putting up much resistance. In 1215, Robert was the leader of the Magna Charta Barons. Then, when King John attempted to welsh on the Magna Charta in 1216, Robert Fitz Walter was among the deputation that invited Louis the Dauphin (son of King Philip II Augustus of France and later King Louis VIII "the Lion" of France 1223 - 1226) to invade England. To make matters even worse, he actually assisted the Dauphin during the invasion. Thus, it is easy to understand why there were a lot of hard feelings between Robert and King John - - - and all indications are that King John wasn't an easy person to get along with in the first place. For futher details, see Richard Thomson: An Historical Essay on the Magna Charta, London, 1829, pages 504-511.
For the story of Louis the Dauphin's invasion of England, see Sidney Painter: William Marshal, University of Toronto Press, 1997, especially chapters IX, X, and XI.
Robert married Rohese, and they had a son:
|References Thomson: p.504-511. Richardson, Magna Carta: p.344-345. Weis, Magna Charta: 50-1. Weis, Ancestral: 148-27. Painter: p. 133, 212.|
Sir Walter Fitz Robert of Woodham-Walter, Burnham, Roydon, Dunmow, etc.
Died before April 10, 1258
Walter Fitz Walter married Ida Longespée, daughter of William Longespée and Ela of Salisbury, not to be confused with her sister of the same name who married Sir William de Beauchamp. Walter and Ida had the following children:
Regardless of who his wife was, Walter had the following children:
|References Weis, Magna Charta: 50-2. Weis, Ancestral: 30-27, 148-28. Richardson, Plantagenet: p.326-327. Richardson, Magna Carta: p.345. Roberts: p.455.|
Ela Fitz Walter
Ela married William de Odyngsells, of Maxstoke, co. Warwick (born circa 1235 and died in on April 19, 1295) and was a son of William and Joan Odyngsells. William de Odyngsells was, among other things, Justicar of Ireland. In 1294 the king granted him the castle of Dunamon in Connaught in Ireland.
Ela and William had the following children:
|References Weis, Magna Charta: 50-3. Weis, Ancestral: 30-28. Richardson, Plantagenet: p.553. Richardson, Magna Carta: p.628. Roberts p.455.|
Margaret de Odyngsells
Born circa 1277 (aged 18 in 1295)
Died circa 1330
Margaret married first to Sir John de Grey of Rotherfield (born circa 1272 and died on October 17, 1311) and was son and heir of Robert de Grey by Joan, daughter of Thomas de Valoines of Shabbington, Buckinghamshire. John de Grey fought in Scotland in 1298, 1299 and 1300. He was present at the siege of Caerlaverock.
Margaret and John had a son:
|References Weis, Magna Charta: 50-4. Weis, Ancestral: 30-29. Richardson, Plantagenet: p.553-554. Richardson, Magna Carta: p.628-629.|
Sir John de Grey, First Lord Grey of Rotherfield
Born on October 9, 1300
Died on September 1, 1359
John de Grey, Knight of the Garter,
1st Lord Grey of Rotherfield was a Founder Knight of the Order of the Garter
in 1348. John Grey had an argument with William la Zouche Mortimer, 1st
Lord Zouche in January 1331/32 and he drew his knife in the presence of
the King. He was committed to prison and was pardoned on March 27, 1332.
John was summoned to Parliament from November 15, 1338 to December 15,
John married first to before 1311/12 to Katherine, daughter and heir of Sir Bryan Fitz Alan. They had one son, John de Grey, 2nd Lord Grey of Rotherfield. Katherine died before August 7, 1328. John married secondly before 1343 to Avice Marmion, daughter of Sir John Marmion, 2nd Lord Marmion.
John and Avice had the following children:
|References Richardson, Plantagenet: p.554-555. Richardson, Magna Carta: p.629-630. Roberts: p.403. Weis, Ancestral: 30-30, 219-31. Weis, Magna Charta: 50-5.|
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