Alain "le Noir" de Rohan (d 1127), vicomte de Castelnoec, vicomte de Porhoët

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Alain "le Noir" de Rohan (d 1127) (de Porhoët), vicomte de Castelnoec, vicomte de Porhoët

Also Known As: "Alain", "Alan"
Birthplace: Rohan, Morbihan, Bretagne (Brittany), France
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Eudes I, vicomte de Porhoët and Emma de Léon
Husband of Villana de Castille
Father of Alain II, vicomte de Rohan et de Castelnoec; Josselin de Rohan and Jean de Rohan
Brother of Josselin, Vicomte de Porhoët; Wihenoc de Porhoët; Geoffroy I, vicomte de Porhoët and Bernard de Porhoët

Occupation: Earl of Brittany, VICOMTE DE CASTENOËC, Vicomte, de Rohan, de Castelnoec, Sieur, de la Nouée, Vicomte de Castennec en Beuzit, Vicompte de Rohan, Seigneur de la Nouée
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About Alain "le Noir" de Rohan (d 1127), vicomte de Castelnoec, vicomte de Porhoët

Conflicting information exists about his parentage: Eudo and Anne, or Geoffrey and Hawise?


The la Zouche family descended from Alan la Zouche, sometimes called Alain de Porhoët and Alan la Coche (c. 1093-1150), a Breton who settled in England during the reign of Henry II. He was the son of Vicomte Geoffrey I de Porhoët and Hawise of Brittany. He married Adeline (Alice) de Belmeis, daughter of Phillip de Belmeis and Maud la Meschine and died at North Molton in North Devon. He obtained Ashby in Leicestershire (called after him Ashby-de-la-Zouch) by his marriage. His son was Roger la Zouche (c. 1175 – bef. 14 May 1238) and he was the father of Alan la Zouche (1205–1270) and Eudo la Zouche.

Alan was justice of Chester and justice of Ireland under Henry III of England. He was loyal to the king during the struggle with the barons, fought at the Battle of Lewes and helped to arrange the peace of Kenilworth. As the result of a quarrel over some lands with John de Warenne, 6th Earl of Surrey, he was seriously injured in Westminster Hall by the earl and his retainers, and died on 10 August 1270. Alan's grandson from the marriage of his son Roger to Ela Longespée, Alan la Zouche, was summoned to Parliament on 6 February 1299 as Baron la Zouche of Ashby. He was governor of Rockingham Castle and steward of Rockingham Forest. However, this barony fell into abeyance on his death in 1314.


The first recognised Vicomte de Porhoët was Guithenoc (abt. 990-1040CE), was born in Guilliers. He married Allurum (994-?) of Guilliers. He became Vicomte, and in about 1008 he moved to La Trinite, in Porhoet. Both Guilliers and Porhoet are located in the modern day French Departement of Morbihan in the province of Brittany.

In Porhoët Guithenoc built Josselin Castle, which he named for his son, Josselin (1020–1074). It is still owned by the descendants of Porhoët and is the longest continuously held private estate in the world.

Vicomte Josselin de Porhoët had three sons with the surname Rohan: Mainguy De Rohan, Jostho de Rohan, and Roger de Rohan. He had a fourth son, the third vicomte de Porhoët, Eudo I de Porhoët (1049-?).

Eudo (or Eudes) I married Anne de Leon (1065-?). They had two children, Vicomte Geoffrey de Porhoët (1092–1141) and Alain I de Rohan

Geoffrey is said to have married Hawisa Fergant of Brittany (abt. 1105-?). They had two sons, one of which was as Odo II or Odo, Viscount of Porhoët (1122-?).

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Alain "le Noir" de Rohan (d 1127), vicomte de Castelnoec, vicomte de Porhoët's Timeline

Rohan, Morbihan, Bretagne (Brittany), France
Age 8
Guilliers, Morbihan, France
Age 10
Guilliers, Morbihan, France
Age 35
Age 42
East Brittany