Philip FitzRobert de Gay, Castellan of Cricklade

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Philip FitzRobert de Gay (de Gai), Castellan of Cricklade

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Birthplace: Bristol, Gloucestershire, or Wooton Basset and Broadtown, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert de Caen, 1st Earl of Gloucester and Maud fitzRobert fitzHamon de Creully, Dame de Creuilly
Husband of Cecilia de Berkeley
Father of Aliva or Aline de Gai
Brother of William FitzRobert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester; Roger FitzRobert, Bishop of Worcester; Hamon Fitzrobert, of Gloucester; Richard FitzRobert, Sire de Creully; Maud FitzRobert, Countess of Chester and 1 other
Half brother of Robert fitzRobert, nat. s/o Earl of Gloucester; Richard, Bishop of Bayeux and Mabel fitzRoy, Illgt. d/o Robert de Caen

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About Philip FitzRobert de Gay, Castellan of Cricklade

FARINGDON CASTLE: WHERE SON BETRAYED FATHER

In 1144, Robert / Earl of Gloucester built a castle in Faringdon Clump (an old Iron Age hill fort) at the behest of his son, Phillip. Phillip had been holding Cricklade Castle (Wiltshire) for his aunt, the Empress Matilda, but had suffered badly from Royalist attacks and wanted another stronghold in the Thames Valley. Unfortunately, no sooner had the place been built than King Stephen arrived to lay siege to it. Robert refused to send reinforcements and, after only a four day siege the castellan, Brian de Soulis, capitulated. Soon after Phillip, exasperated by his father's inactivity, surrendered Cricklade and joined King Stephen's cause. Rumor had it that the two Imperialists had conspired together, letting the enemy into Faringdon in order to safeguard their own futures.

Source -- David Nash Ford's Royal Berkshire History

www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/faringdon-cast.html

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Philip FitzRobert de Gay, Castellan of Cricklade's Timeline

1122
1122
Bristol, Gloucestershire, or Wooton Basset and Broadtown, Wiltshire, England
1147
1147
Age 25
Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, England
1155
1155
Age 25
England
1159
1159
Age 25
Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, (Present UK)