Ellie Wood Keith Genealogy

William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Warenne

William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Warenne

Male Abt 1040 - 1088  (~ 48 years)

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  • Name William de Warenne 
    Suffix 1st Earl of Warenne 
    Born Abt 1040 
    Gender Male 
    History William was the son of Rodulf I de Warenne and BĂ©atrice, and a grand nephew of Gunnor, wife of Richard I, duke of Normandy. As a young man he helped secure Duke William\'s hold on Normandy, most notably in the campaigns of 1052 through 1054 which culminated in the Battle of Mortemer. After this battle Roger de Mortemer forfeited most of his lands, and the duke gave them to William. The de Warenne surname derives from the castle of that name on the River Varenne, which flows through the territory William acquired in Upper Normandy.

    William was one of the nobles who advised Duke William when the decision to invade England was being considered. He fought at Hastings, and afterwards received the Rape of Lewes in Sussex, and subsequently lands in twelve other shires. In addition to the cluster around Lewes, there were clusters around the castles he built at Castle Acre in Norfolk and Conisborough in Yorkshire. He also built castles at Lewes (Sussex) and Reigate (Surrey). By the time of the Domesday survey he was one of the wealthiest landholders in England with holdings in 12 counties.

    About 1070 he married Gundred, said to be the sister of Gerbod the Fleming, earl of Chester. They had two sons and a daughter, of whom William II would have progeny. There is a story that William and Gundred visited the abbey of Cluny in France. Because they found there \'such great holiness and religion and charity\' they felt compelled to take some of it home with them. \'And so we sent and asked the Abbot Hugh and all the holy body to give us two, or three, or four holy monks from their holy flock to whom we might give the church, which we had converted from wood to stone, below our castle at Lewes.\'

    William fought against rebels at the Isle of Ely in 1071 where he showed a special desire to hunt down the Saxon rebel Hereward \'the Wake\' who had murdered his brother the year before.

    William was loyal to William II Rufus, and it was probably in early 1088 that he was created earl of Surrey. He died shortly afterwards, on 24 June that year, of wounds he received while helping suppress the rebellion of 1088.  [1
    Died 24 Jun 1088 
    Person ID I2441  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2018 

    Father Rodulf I de Warenne 
    Relationship putative 
    Mother Beatrice 
    Relationship putative 
    Family ID F1569  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gundred,   b. Abt 1053,   d. 27 May 1085, Castle Acre, Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years) 
    Married Abt 1070 
    Children 
    +1. William de Warenne, 2nd 3Earl of Warenne,   b. Abt 1070,   d. 11 May 1138  (Age ~ 68 years)
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F1568  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00015372&tree=LEO.