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Judith de Lens, Countess of Huntingdon

Also Known As: "Judith of Lens", "Judith de Lens", "Judith de Normandie", "Judith de Boulogne", "Juditha de Lens"
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Birthplace: Lens, Artois, Flemish region, Holy Roman Empire (now Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France)
Death: Died in Lens, Artois, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Lambert II de Boulogne, comte de Lens and Adelaide of Normandy
Wife of Waltheof, Earl of Northumbria and Ives de Taillebois
Mother of Matilda de Senlis; Uchtred FitzWalthe, Lord of Tynedale; Adelisa de Huntington,; Waldef Tailboys and William De Tailbois
Sister of Saier "Dougall" de Lens; Gauthier de Lens and Justine de Boulogne
Half sister of Sybille de Boulogne; Guy I, comte de Ponthieu; Piers (Peter) de Valognes, I; Adelaide (Adeliz) de Ponthieu, Countess of Aumale; Foulques de Montreuil and 3 others

Occupation: Countess of Huntingdon, Countess of Northumbria, Countess
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About Judith de Lens, Countess of Huntingdon

Judith of Lens

From Wikipedia

Countess Judith (born in Normandy between 1054 and 1055, died after 1086), was a niece of William I of England|William the Conqueror. She was a daughter of his sister Adelaide of Normandy, Countess of Aumale and Lambert II, Count of Lens.

In 1070, Judith married Earl Waltheof, 1st Earl of Northampton|Waltheof of Huntingdon and Northumbria. They had three children, the eldest daughter, Maud, 2nd Countess of Huntingdon|Maud, brought the earldom of Huntingdon to her second husband, David I of Scotland.

In 1075, Waltheof joined the Revolt of the Earls against William. It was the last serious act of resistance against the Norman conquest of England. Judith betrayed Waltheof to her uncle, who had Waltheof beheaded on 31 May 1076.

After Waltheof's execution Judith was betrothed by William to Simon I of St. Liz, 1st Earl of Northampton. Judith refused to marry Simon and she fled the country to avoid William's anger. He then temporarily confiscated all of Judith's English estates.

Judith founded the Abbey at Elstow Bedfordshire in about 1078. She also founded churches at Kempston and Hitchin.

She had land-holdings in 10 counties in the English Midlands|Midlands and East Anglia. Her holdings included land at:

  • Earls Barton, Northamptonshire
  • Great Doddington, Northamptonshire
  • Grendon, Northamptonshire
  • Merton, Oxfordshire
  • Potton, Bedfordshire

The parish of Sawtry|Sawtry Judith in Huntingdonshire is named after the Countess.

From the Domesday Book

In Potton|POTONE Hugh holds ½ virgate of land from the Countess. Land for 1 plough; it is there, with 1 smallholder. The value is and was 5s; before 1066, 2s. Earl Tosti held this land in Potton, his manor.

Countess Judith holds POTONE herself. It answers for 10 hides. Land for 12 ploughs. In lordship 3½ hides; 3 ploughs there. 18 villagers and 2 Freemen with 8 ploughs; a ninth possible. 13 smallholders and 3 slaves. 1 mill, 5s; meadow for 12 ploughs; pasture for the village livestock. In total, value £12; when acquired 100s; before 1066 £13. King Edward held this manor; it was Earl Tosti's. There were 4 Freemen who had 1 hide and 1 virgate; they could grant to whom they would.

In (Cockayne) HATLEY Countess Judith holds 3 hides and 2½ virgates as one manor. Land for 6½ ploughs. In lordship 1 hide and ½ virgate; 2 ploughs there. 8 villagers with 4½ ploughs; woodland, 4 pigs. Value £6 5s; when acquired 100s; before 1066 £6. Earl Tosti held this manor. It lies in Potton, the Countess' own manor. A Freeman had 1 virgate; he could grant and sell, and withdraw to another lord.

Ranulf brother of Ilger holds EVERTON from the Countess. It answers for 5 hides. Land for 5 ploughs; 2 ploughs there; 3 possible. 4 villagers; 5 smallholders. Meadow for 1 plough. Value £3; when acquired 100s; as much before 1066. Earl Tosti held this manor. It lay in Potton, the Countess' own manor.

Source

  • Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America Before 1700 by Frederick Lewis Weis, Lines 98A-23, 130-25.

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From Medieval Lands database:

JUDITH (1054-after 1086). JUDITH de Lens, daughter of LAMBERT de Boulogne Comte de Lens & his wife Adelais de Normandie (1054-after 1086).

Her marriage is recorded by Orderic Vitalis who calls her the king's "consobrina"[461]. A manuscript records that “Juditha comitissa…uxor Waldevi comitis Huntingdon, et neptis Gulielmi Conquestoris” founded Elstow priory[462].

Her parentage is further clarified by the foundation charter of Saint-Martin d´Auchy narrates the church´s foundation by “Guerinfrido qui condidit castellum…Albamarla” and names “Engueranni consulis qui filius fuit Berte supradicti Guerinfridi filie et Adelidis comitisse uxoris sue sororis…Willelmi Regis Anglorum” and “Addelidis comitissa supradicti Engueranni et supradicte Adelidis filia…Judita comitissa domine supradicte filia”[463].

The Vita et Passio Waldevi Comitis records that “Waldevus” married “rex Willelmus…neptem suam Juettam filiam comitis Lamberti de Lens, sororem…Stephani comitis de Albemarlia”[211]. A manuscript records that “Juditha comitissa…uxor Waldevi comitis Huntingdon, et neptis Gulielmi Conquestoris” founded Elstow priory[212]. Her marriage is recorded by Orderic Vitalis who calls her the king's "consobrina"[213]. Orderic Vitalis says Waltheof's marriage with Judith was arranged by King William "to strengthen the bonds of friendship" with her future husband[214]. She deposed against her husband when he was accused of involvement in the conspiracy of the Earls of Norfolk and Hereford in 1075[215].

m (1070) WALTHEOF Earl of Huntingdon, son of SIWARD Earl of Northumbria & his wife Ælfled of Northumbria (-executed St Giles's Hill, Winchester 31 May 1076, bur Crowland Abbey).

http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/NORTHERN FRANCE.htm

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Judith was one of the accusers of her husband, the Earl Waltheof, in his treason against King William (Judith's uncle), but after his execution, she arranged for him to be honorably buried in 1076.

She was recorded in the Domesday book as "Judith the Countess" and to have held estates in many counties, most of them apparently gifts from the King, her uncle, and held Huntingdon in dower in 1086.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_of_Lens for considerably more information, including the Domesday Book accounting.

In Domesday, founded nunnery of Elstow, near Bedford

Also see "My Lines" ( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/p63.htm#i8094 ) from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA ( http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cousin/html/index.htm ) -------------------- -------------------- BIOGRAPHY: event in Bedfordshire, England. ·founded the Nunnery of Elstow, near Bedford event in 1086. ·recorded in the Domesday book as "Judith the Countess" and to have held estates in many counties, most of them apparently gifts from the King, her uncle, and held Huntingdon in dower ·a daughter of Adelaide of Normandy by a second marriage to Lambert of Lens rather than a posthumous daughter of her first husband Enguerrand of Ponthieu

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maud,_Countess_of_Huntingdon

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Judith de Lens, Countess of Huntingdon's Timeline

1054
1054
Lens, Artois, Flemish region, Holy Roman Empire (now Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France)
1070
1070
Age 16
Artois, France
1072
1072
Age 18
Northumberland, England
1074
1074
Age 20
Tyndale, Eastlothian, Scotland
1085
1085
Age 31
Clifford Castle, Clifford, Herefordshire, England
1086
1086
Age 32
Lens, Artois, France
1086
Age 32
1935
December 16, 1935
Age 32
December 16, 1935
Age 32
December 16, 1935
Age 32