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Henri de Ferrieres, Sier de Ferrieres et Chambrais

Henri de Ferrieres, Sier de Ferrieres et Chambrais

Male Abt 1050 -

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  • Name Henri de Ferrieres 
    Suffix Sier de Ferrieres et Chambrais 
    Born Abt 1050 
    Gender Male 
    History Henri was the son of Walkelin de Ferrières, seigneur of Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire, Eure in upper Normandy. Henri and his wife Bertha had three sons, Enguenulf, William and Robert, of whom Robert is recorded as having progeny. A daughter Amicia married Nigel d\'Aubigny, probably the brother of Henry I\'s butler.

    Henri is thought to have taken part in the Battle of Hastings, and in consequence was rewarded with much land in the subdued nation. His elder brother William fell in the battle. Henri became a major landholder and was granted 210 manors throughout England and Wales, but notably in Derbyshire and Leicestershire, by William I for his conspicuous bravery and support at Hastings.

    He first served William I as castellan of Stafford and in about 1066 or 1067 he was granted the lands in Berkshire and Wiltshire of Goderic, former sheriff of Berkshire, and, by the end of 1068 he also held the lands of Bondi the Staller in present day Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Northamptonshire, and Essex. He is thought to have been appointed the first Anglo-Norman High Sheriff of Berkshire.

    Following this in 1070 was the Wapentake of Appletree, which covered a large part of south Derbyshire, granted to Henri on the promotion of Hugh d\'Avranches to become earl of Chester. At the centre of this was Tutbury Castle where he rebuilt and founded the Benedictine priory in 1080.

    His major landholdings, however, were those of the Anglo-Saxon Siward Barn, following a revolt in 1071, including more land in Berkshire and Essex and also Gloucestershire, Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. These included part of the wapentakes (hundreds) of Litchurch and Morleyston, which contained an area to be known as Duffield Frith. To command an important crossing over the Derwent he built Duffield Castle. In the wapentake of Hamston was the west bank of the River Dove, where he built Pilsbury Castle. He was a key administrator in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and among the most powerful Anglo-Norman magnates. In 1086 he was a _legatus_ (\'commissioner\') on the West Midland circuit of the Domesday survey.

    The date of Henri\'s death is uncertain, but it would seem to be between 1093 and 1100. He was buried in Tutbury Priory. Enguenulf died shortly afterwards and the English estate passed to Robert, whom King Stephen later made the first earl of Derby.  [1
    Buried Tutbury Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2915  Ellie Wood Keith
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 

    Father Walkelin de Ferriers,   d. 1201 
    Relationship putative 
    Relationship putative 
    Family ID F1914  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Bertha 
    +1. Robert de Ferrieres, 2nd Earl of Derby,   b. Abt 1110,   d. Bef 1160  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 7 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F1913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    1. [S64] Genealogics, Leo Van de Pas, http://www.genealogics.org/getperson.php?personID=I00139201&tree=LEO.