Ralph de Mortimer (c.1055 - 1137) MP

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Nicknames: "Ranulph de Mortemer", "Ranulph de Mortimer"
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Birthplace: Saint-Victor-en-Vaux, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
Death: Died in Wigmore, Ludlow, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation: Baron, de Wigmore, Sieur, de Saint-Victor-en-Caux
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About Ralph de Mortimer

Ralf de Mortimer -------------------------

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The founder of the English House of Mortimer of Wigmore.

Ralf de Mortimer was born in Normandy before 1070 and died soon after 4 August 1137. He was the son of Roger filii Episcopi Mortimer and one Advisa. Before 1086 he had been granted Wigmore Castle by William the Conqueror. In the 1090's he was instrumental in conquering the Welsh district of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren and founding the castles of Diniethon and Cymaron in Maelienydd.

He rebelled against the Crown in 1088 and 1118 when he lost his English lands. These were turned over to King Henry I's loyal lieutenant, Pain Fitz John. On Pain's death in 1137 Wigmore Castle was reclaimed by Ralf's son, Hugh de Mortimer.

References

Remfry, P.M., Wigmore Castle, 1066 to 1181 (ISBN 1-899376-14-3)

Ranulph de Mortimer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ranulph de Mortimer (or Ralf de Mortimer) was Lord of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and Seigneur of St. Victor-en-Caux in Normandy. He died soon after 4 August 1137.

He was the son of the Norman lord Roger de Mortimer. His father had originally possessed the castle of Mortemer in Normandy, but had lost it after angering William the Conqueror after the Battle of Mortemer. Roger was an uncle of William de Warenne, 1st Earl of Surrey, and a descendent of a sister of Gunnor, the wife of Richard I of Normandy.

Ranulph was a Marcher Lord and was granted his lands in the Welsh Marches by William the Conqueror. Most notably, he acquired Wigmore Castle after William Fitz Osbern's son Roger de Breteuil joined the Revolt of the Earls.

Like many of the Marcher Lords, Ranulph took part in the Rebellion of 1088 against William Rufus. He presumably submitted to the king when the revolt failed, for he did not lose his lands.

He married Millicent, whose parentage is currently unknown, and their daughter Hawise de Mortimer (died after 1127) married Stephen, Earl of Albemarle before 1100.

Ranulph's son Hugh de Mortimer rebuilt Cymaron Castle in 1144. Wigmore Castle remained the Mortimer family home.

Sources

Remfry, P.M., Wigmore Castle, 1066 to 1181 (ISBN 1-899376-14-3)

Davies, Norman The Isles: A History, p. 281

Tout, T.F. "Ralph (I) de Mortimer". Dictionary of National Biography 39. 130-131.

Weis, Frederick Lewis Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonist Who Came To America Before 1700 (8th ed.), line 136-24

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Ralph de Mortimer - was born before 1082, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.

Ralph married Milisent Ferrers. Milisent was born before 1086, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.

Ralph - - The Mortimers took their name from Mortimer-en-Brai, a lordship in Normandy, and they became established in England by Ralph, who, if he was not at (the Battle of) Hastings, certainly followed William (the Conqueror) across the Channel soon afterwards. The latter bestowed upon the family their role as Marcher Lords, and the township and Wigmore Castle, in north Herefordshire, was adopted by them as their seat.


Their span of influence lasted for the next four centuries. Their line ended with Edmund Mortimer, the fifth Earl of March, who died without issue. However, Edward IV was the grandson of Anne, Edmund's sister, so it could be said that a Mortimer did eventually become King of England.


While there were a couple of occasions when Mortimer power ebbed and all the house's lordships were confiscated by the crown, its story is generally one of looking for the "main chance" to expand their authority and territory. They did this by force, by expedient marriage arrangements and settlements, or by mixture of both.

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i. Hugh de Mortimer was born in 1108, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died in 1185 .

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  • Ralph De Mortimer Lord of Wigamore

born Normandie

died aft 1104

father:

  • Roger De Mortimer

mother:

  • Hawisa (De Valois)

siblings:

unknown

spouse:

  • Milisent wife of Roger De Mortimer

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children:

  • Hugh De Mortimer born 1108 Of, Wigmore, Herefordshire, England died 1189

William De Mortimer

  • Robert De Mortimer born about 1100 Wigmore, Herefordshire, England

Hawise De Mortimer

biographical and/or anecdotal:

Accompanying the Duke of Normandy in his expedition against England, he was one of his principal commanders at the decisive battle of Hastings; and shortly after, as the most puissant of the victor's captains, was sent into the marches of Wales to encounter Edric, Earl of Shrewsbury, who still resisted the Norman yoke. This nobleman, after much difficulty, and a long siege in his castle of Wigmore, Mortimer subdued, and delivered into the king's hands. When, as a reward for his good service, he obtained a grant of all Edric's estates, and seated himself thenceforward at Wigmore. Independently of these great Welsh territorial possessions, Ralph Mortimer enjoyed by the bounty of his royal master sundry lordships and manors in other parts of the realm, which he held at the time of the General Survey. In the beginning of Rufus's reign, Mortimer took part with Curthose, but he subsequently changed sides, and being constituted general of the forces sent to oppose that prince in Normandy, by King Henry I., he totally routed the enemy, and brought Curthose prisoner to the king.

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LDS -------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph,_seigneur_de_Mortimer -------------------- Ranulf de Mortimer was Lord of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and Seigneur of St. Victor-en-Caux in Normandy. He was the founder of the English House of Mortimer of Wigmore in the Welsh Marches, in what is today the county of Herefordshire.

Ranulf was also called Ralf de Mortemer-en-Bray, and also Ralph de Mortimer of Wigmore.

Ranulph was a Marcher Lord and was granted his lands in the Welsh Marches by William the Conqueror. He had holdings in Herefordshire and Shropshire. Most notably, he acquired Wigmore Castle after William Fitz Osbern's son Roger de Breteuil joined the Revolt of the Earls of 1075. Before 1086 he had been granted Wigmore.

Like many of the Marcher Lords, Ranulph took part in the Rebellion of 1088 against William Rufus (King William II). In 1089 he took money from William Rufus for support against Robert Curthose. He had presumably submitted to the King when the 1088 revolt failed, for he did not lose his lands. In 1090 he was backing William with his castles in Normandy. A few years later, wavering, he did give support to Robert.

In the 1090s he was instrumental in conquering the Welsh district of Rhwng Gwy a Hafren and founding the castles of Dinieithon (near present Llandrindod Wells, not lasting out the twelfth century, and Cymaron (1093, between Llanbister and Llangunllo) in Maelienydd (old Radnorshire, now in Powys).

He rebelled against the Crown twice again under Henry I of England, trying to replace him by his son-in-law Stephen.

Ranulf died before 1104.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralf_de_Mortimer for more information.

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Ralph de Mortimer's Timeline

1055
1055
Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
1078
1078
Age 23
Wigmore, Herefordshire, England
1090
1090
Age 35
Wayland, Norfolk, , England
1100
1100
Age 45
County of Herefordshire, United Kingdom
1107
1107
Age 52
Of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England
1137
August 5, 1137
Age 82
Wigmore, Ludlow, Hertfordshire, England
1992
May 1, 1992
Age 82
September 15, 1992
Age 82
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