d'Aubigny, Earls of Arundel
William d'Aubigny, Seigneur of St. Martin-Aubigny, b abt 1010, Normandy. He md Daughter de Plessis abt 1033. She was b abt 1014.
Children of William d'Aubigny and Daughter de Plessis were:
- William d'Aubigny, Seigneur of St. Martin-Aubigny, b abt 1035. See LINE A
- Roger d'Aubigny b abt 1040. See LINE B
William d'Aubigny, Seigneur of St. Martin-Aubigny, b abt 1035, of Saint-Martin-Aubigny, Coutances, La Manche, France. The identity of his wife is not known.
Child of William d'Aubigny was:
Nigel/Nele d'Aubigny b abt 1070, of Cainhoe, Bedfordshire, England, d bef 1107. He md Amice de Ferrieres abt 1099, daughter of Henry de Ferrieres, Sire de Ferrieres and Chambrais, and Bertha.
Henry d'Aubigny b abt 1105, of Cainhoe, Bedfordshire, England, b bef 1162. He md Cecilia de Chaworth abt 1128, daughter of Patrick de Chaworth and Maud de Hesdin.
Child of Nigel/Nele d'Aubigny and Amice de Ferrieres was:
Child of Henry d'Aubigny and Cecilia de Chaworth was:
Robert d'Aubigny b abt 1145, of Cainhoe, Bedfordshire, England, d 1191. The identity of his wife is not known.
Robert d'Aubigny b abt 1177, of Cainhoe, Bedfordshire, England, d bef 5 Nov 1221. The identity of his wife is not known.
Child of Robert d'Aubigny was:
Child of Robert d'Aubigny was:
Asceline d'Aubigny b abt 1218, of Cainhoe, Bedfordshire, England, d aft Feb 1239/40. She md Ralph de St. Amand Jun 1234, son of Amauri de St. Amand and Iseult Pantulf.
Roger d'Aubigny b abt 1040. He md Amice abt 1068. She was b abt 1052.
Children of Roger d'Aubigny and Amice were:
- Sir William "Pincerna" d'Aubigny, Lord of Buckenham, b abt 1072. See LINE B1
- Sir Nigel/Nele d'Aubigny, Lord of Mowbray, b abt 1084. See LINE B2
Sir William "Pincerna" d'Aubigny [a], Lord of Buckenham, b abt 1072, of Buckenham, Norfolk, England. He md Maud Bigod abt 1097, daughter of Roger Bigod and Adelize/Alice de Toeni.
Child of William "Pincerna" d'Aubigny and Maud Bigod was:
Sir William d'Aubigny [b], "Strong Hand", 1st Earl of Arundel, Earl of Sussex, b abt 1104, of Buckenham, Norfolk, England, d 12 Oct 1176. He md Adelize of Louvain 1138, daughter of Godfrey I of Brabant, Count of Louvain, Duke of Lower Lorraine, "the Bearded", and Ida de Namur.
Children of William d'Aubigny and Adelize of Louvain were:
Sir William d'Aubigny [c], Earl of Arundel, Earl of Sussex, b abt 1139, d 1196. He md Maud de St. Hilary 1173/74, daughter of James de St. Hilary and Aveline. She was b abt 1138, of Buckenham, Norfolk, England, d 24 Dec 1193.
Children of William d'Aubigny and Maud de St. Hilary were:
- William d'Aubigny b abt 1139.
- Alice d'Aubigny b abt 1139, d 11 Sep 1188. She md Sir John d'Eu, Count d'Eu, Lord of Hastings, abt 1155, son of Sir Henry d'Eu, Count d'Eu, Lord of Hastings, and Margaret of Champagne.
- Olivia d'Aubigny b abt 1143, d young.
- Ralph d'Aubigny b abt 1145; md Sibyl de Valognes.
- Geoffrey d'Aubigny b abt 1146.
- Henry d'Aubigny b abt 1147.
- Agatha d'Aubigny b abt 1149, d young.
Sir William d'Aubigny [d], Earl of Arundel, Earl of Sussex, b abt 1175, d 1 Feb 1220/21. He md Mabel of Chester abt 1194, daughter of Sir Hugh of Kevelioc, Earl of Chester, and Bertrade de Montfort.
- William d'Aubigny b abt 1175.
- Maud d'Aubigny b abt 1177; md Gilbert of Strathearn, Earl of Strathearn.
- Agnes d'Aubigny b abt 1179; md William de Mowbray.
Children of William d'Aubigny and Mabel of Chester were:
- Maud/Mabel d'Aubigny b abt 1196, d 1238-1242. She md Robert de Tattershall bef 1222, son of Walter de Tattershall and Iseult Pantulf.
- William d'Aubigny, Earl of Sussex and Arundel, b abt 1198, d bef 7 Aug 1224 (prob unmd).
- Cicely d'Aubigny b abt 1200, Arundel, Sussex, England; md Roger de Mohaut.
- Isabel d'Aubigny b abt 1203, Arundel, Sussex, England, d bef 1240. She md Sir John Fitz Alan, Lord of Clun and Oswestry, abt 1215, son of William Fitz Alan and Daughter de Lacy.
- Nichole d'Aubigny b abt 1205, Arundel, Sussex, England, d bef 1254, Staffordshire, England. She md Roger de Somery abt 1218, Leicestershire, England, son of Ralph de Somery, Lord of Dudley, and Margaret Marshal.
- Hugh d'Aubigny, Earl of Sussex and Arundel, b abt 1215, d 7 May 1243; md Isabel de Warenne 1234.
Sir Nigel/Nele d'Aubigny, Lord of Mowbray, b abt 1084, d abt 26 Nov 1129. He md  Maud de l'Aigle aft 1107, and  Gundred de Gournay Jun 1118, daughter of Gerard de Gournay and Edith de Warenne.
Child of Nele d'Aubigny and Gundred de Gournay was:
Roger de Mowbray.
The origin of the Earls of Arundel was Aubigny, in the arondissemont of Coutances, dept. of La Manche. It is also stated that they never bore such a name as "de Albini". There is also no connection of the d'Aubigny Earls of Arundel with the Lords of Belvoir. This has confused many historians and genealogists, and erroneously inspired many creative attempts to connect them. The only actual connection beween these two distinct families, is that a William of each line, living as contemporaries, married sisters, both daughters of Roger Bigod.
a. He is stated, by Round, to have emigrated from the Contentin in Normandy, to England during the reign of Henry I.
b. Surnamed "the Strong Hand" and variously seen as "de Albiniaco" or "de Albini", the latter being the Latin form. By his marriage with the Queen Dowager (in her third year of widowhood), he acquired, ca 1138 or 1139, the castle and honour of Arundel. Shortly after his marriage he was also recognized as Earl of Lincoln, a title which he lost a short time later. By 1141, and thereafter, he was described as Earl of Sussex, likely granted to him by King Stephen, of whom he was an adherent. In another charter (bef 1150) of his wife, the Queen Dowager, to the Abbey of Reading, she describes him as Earl of Chichester. He was influential in arranging the treaty of 1153, by which the Crown continued with King Stephen for life, while the inheritance of such was secured to Henry II. He was justly held in high esteem by Henry II, being one of the King's embassy to Rome in 1163/64, and also to Saxony in 1168. He was also commander of the Royal Army in August of 1173 in Normandy, against the King's rebellious sons, where he is said to have distinguished himself with "swiftness and velocity". He survived his wife by 25 years and was buried with his father, at Wymondham Priory in Norfolk.
c. He was not immediately Earl of Arundel, that dignity having been, in accordance with the policy of Henry II, retained by the Crown upon the death of his father, but it was restored to him by Richard I 27 Jun 1190. He was, although, styled Earl of Arundel before he received possession. He was made the Custos of Windsor Castle in 1191, and in 1194 was one of the Receivers of monies raised for the King's ransom.
d. A favorite of King John, he is stated to have "consistently taken the winning side", first being with the King at Runnymeade 15 Jun 1215, abandoning him in favor of Louis VIII of France when King John abandoned Winchester the following June, then returning to King John's allegiance after the Royalist victory at Lincoln in July 1217. Shortly afterwards, he was appointed Justiciar, the young King, Henry III, having restored to him his forfeited possessions. He embarked on the Crusade of 1218, and was present at the taking of Damietta in Nov 1219, but died shortly before 30 March 1221 in Cainell, near Rome. His sons, William and Hugh, successively Earls of Arundel and Sussex, both died s.p., and upon the death of the younger son, Hugh, his four sisters were found to be his coheirs. The earldom of Sussex reverted to the Crown.
CP: Vol I[233-239]; AR: Line 149[24-27], Line 126[29-30], Line 139; SGM: Mr. Todd Farmerie
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