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We have a very definite indication
that Hugh de Grandmesnil's great granddaughter Pernel (Petronilla) married
Sir Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester. Their daughter Margaret
married Saher de Quincy; thereby giving our family a connection to this
Companion of William the Conqueror.
|26. SIR ROBERT DE BEAUMONT, b. bef. 1135, d. Durazzo,
Greece, 1190, 3rd
Earl of Leicester, Crusader 1179; m. ca. 1155, Petronilla (or Pernell) de Grandmesnil,
d. 1 Apr. 1212, dau. of Hugh de Grandmesnil, and great-granddau. of Hugh de Grandmesnil, a Companion of William the conqueror at the Battle of Hastings,
1066. (CP IV 670 chart III, VII 520, 530-533; Old-CP VIII 168).
27. MARGARET DE BEAUMONT, d. prob. on 12 Jan. 1234/5
but shortly before
Click for Margaret de Beaumont's descendants through Saher de Quincy.
|1. Robert de Grentemesnil married Hawise de Giroie and they
had a son:
|2. Hugh de Grandmesnil, the Domesday tenant and a Companion
of William the Conqueror. He was banished from Normandy by duke William
in 1058 for very little cause, but was pardoned in 1063, at which time
he was given the custody of the castle of Neufmarché-en-Lions. In
1067 he was one of those who, with William Fitz Osberne and bishop Odo,
were invested with the government of England during the king’s absence.
Hugh received 100 manors, mostly in Leicester, of which county he was sheriff.
He was one of the Normans who interceded with king William on behalf of
his son, Robert Courteheuse. On the ascension of William Rufus to the throne
he supported duke Robert, but later becoming dissatisfied with the conduct
of the young duke, he left his cause and attached himself to the king.
In 1090, though quite an old man, he was in Normandy opposing Robert de
Belesme in his strongholds at Fourches and La Conebe on the river Orne.
Having died in England 22 February, 1094, his body was taken to Normandy,
where it was buried on the south side of the chapter house of St-Evroult
next to his wife, who had previously been interred there.
Hugh married married Adeliza, daughter of Ivo, count of Beaumont-sur-l’Oise, who brought him Brokesbourne in Herefordshire, and three lordships in Warwickshire. Hugh and Adeliza the following children:
|3. Robert de Grandmesnil who inherited his father's Norman lands
married 1st to Agnes, a daughter of Ranulph de Bayeux, 2nd to Emma, a daughter
of Roberft d'Estouteville, and 3rd to Lucy, a daughter of Savary FitzCana.
Robert had a daughter:
|4. Hugh de Grandmesnil who is named as the father of Pernel
de Grandmesnil in the foundation narrative of Leicester Abbey; and although
the story there told is fictitious, Pernel was a benefactress of the abbey,
and it is possible that the writer may have had before him a document such
as a list of obits giving the authenic name. This alternating nomenclature,
viz. Hugh - Robert - Hugh, was a very usual system.
4. William de Grandmesnil who is commemorated in a charter of Pernel (Petronilla) de Grandmesnil to St-Evroult. This is is referred to in David Crouch: The Beaumont Twins: The Roots and Branches of Power in the Twelfth Century, Cambridge University Press; 2008 as being mentioned in Cartulary St-Evroult, vol. ii, fol. 33v, in the Bibliotheque Nationale, a latin manuscript, 11055, 11056 and as well in The Complete Peerage, ed. V. Gibbs and others, London,1910-59, page 91, footnote 140.
|5. Pernel (Petronilla) de Grandmesnil born circa 1134, died
in 1212, married Sir Robert de Beaumont. Pernel
and Robert de Beaumont had the following children: