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Robert FitzHarding, Lord of Berkeley

Nicknames: "Robert FitzHarding", "1st Lord of Berkeley"
Birthplace: Berkeley, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
Place of Burial: St. Augustine Monastery, Gloucster, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Harding FitzEadnoth, of Bristol and Livida De Meriet
Husband of Eva
Father of Maurice FitzRobert FitzHarding de Berkeley; Robert fitzHarding; Lord Robert Fizharding de Were; Aldena Fitz Harding; Alice Fitzharding and 6 others
Brother of Nicholaus Fitz Harding de Meriet; Elias Fitzharding; Jordan de la Warre; Maurice Fitzharding; Agnes Haseley and 4 others

Occupation: Lord Of Berkeley
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About Robert FitzHarding, Lord of Berkeley

Arms: Gules, a chevron argent.

All information that I have on this family, children, bothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, great grandparents.....etc, come from the following sources:


see: Discovering Shropshire History for more infomation on family.

2) Family descent information came from 1623, The Visitation of Shropshire.

3) 1633, The Visitation of London, anno domine.

4) The History of Parliament Trust : Simon Healy


6)The Harleian Society

7) The

8) The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy



Robert I, "the Devout," fitz Harding, Lord of Berkeley, was never written of as lord of Berkeley. "The life of Robert the Sonne of Harding, usuall [sic] stiled [sic] in writings, Rob fit Hardig, And Sr Robert fits Hard And Robert fitz Harding, And Robtus filius Hardingi, And Robtus filius Hardingi filij Regis Daciae And was the first Lord of Berkeley."

Robert had conferred upon him, for his attachment to the Empress Maud, the lordship of Berkeley and Berkeley Hernesse, the confiscated possessions of Roger de Berkeley, the adherent of King Stephen--but to reconcile the parties, King Henry who had restored to Roger his manor and castle of Dursley, caused an agreement to be concluded between them that the heiress of the ousted lord, Alice, should be given in marriage to the heir of the new baron, Maurice.

Robert married Prioress Eva of Bristol before 1120.

Robert founded the Abbey of St. Augustine, of which he afterwards became a Canon, in 1141 in Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Robert was a merchant of great wealth and influence in Bristol. He received from Henry of Anjou, shortly before Henry's accession as King Henry II, a grant (among others) of the Castle and "herness" of Berkeley in 1152/53.

Robert Dermot Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, on his arrival to solicit succor from King Henry II, in 1168 in Bristol, Gloucestershire,.

Robert was 75 when he died.

See "My Lines"

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from Compiler: R. B. Stewart, Evans, GA

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Robert FITZ HARDING Lord Berkeley was born 1094 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. He died 14 5 Feb 1171 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. Robert married Eve on 1115 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

Eve 1was born 1097 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. She died 6 12 Mar 1170 in St. Michael's Hill, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. Eve married Robert FITZ HARDING Lord Berkeley on 1115 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

They had the following children:

  M i Maurice I de BERKELEY Lord Berkeley was born 1116 and died 16 Jun 1190. 
  M ii Robert de BERKELEY was born 1118 and died 1194. 
  M iii Henry de BERKELEY Priest 1, 2 was born 1121 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. He died Aug 1188 in Rome, Rome, Italy. 
  M iv Nicholas de BERKELEY was born 1124 and died 5 May 1189. 
  M v Thomas de BERKELEY Archdeacon of Worcester 1, 2 was born 1126 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. 
  F vi Helena de BERKELEY was born 1128 and died 12 Jan 1209. 
  F vii Aldena de BERKELEY was born 1130. 
  F viii Margaret de BERKELEY was born 1134. 


Robert was the eldest son of Harding and succeeded him in his estates and in the office of Praepositus at Bristol. He rendered important services both with arms and money to the Empress Maud, daughter of Henry I, and her son Henry Plantagenet, afterwards Henry II, in their contest for the Crown with the usurper Stephen, to recompense which, Henry, on the ultimate success of his party, bestowed upon Robert the great Manor and Barony of Berkeley, which had been previously held from the crown by Roger (called Roger de Berkeley) the lord of Dursley. Roger however for some time held his inheritance by force of arms, and to settle the dispute the king gave Roger the Manor of Dursley in fee, on condition of his surrendering Berkeley to Robert; a double marriage was also arranged between the two families, Robert's eldest son Maurice marrying Alice the daughter of the Lord of Dursley, while Roger's son espoused one of the daughters of Robert Fitzharding. After this they all seemed to have lived in peace, and the new lord of Berkeley took quiet possession of his castle and manors.

In 1140, Robert commenced the long series of benefactions to the church for which his family were so remarkable, by building and endowing the monastery of St. Augustine at Bristol, the church of which is now the Cathedral. It was consecrated and dedicated on Easter Day 1148, when Robert laid upon the high altar his deed of gift by which he endowed it with many fair manors and lands, which still form the endowment of the Bishopric. He died in 1170, and was buried in St. Augustine's, in a monk's habit and cowl, having some time previously become a regular Canon therein.


  1. ID: I30044
  2. Name: Robert "Devout" Fitz Harding [Lord Berkeley
  3. Surname: Fitz Harding
  4. Given Name: Robert "Devout"
  5. Suffix: [Lord Berkeley
  6. Sex: M
  7. Birth: ABT 1095/1096 in Berkeley, Gloucester, England
  8. Christening: (Abt 75-1170/1)
  9. Death: 5 Feb 1170 in Bristol, Gloucester, England
  10. Burial: 1170 Monastery, St. Augustine, Gloucester, England
  11. _UID: AD237D649682DA4BBF9FC43051F048F8C101
  12. Change Date: 18 Jan 2002 at 00:00:00

Marriage 1 Eve Fitz Estmond [Prioress] b: ABT 1099 in Bristol, Gloucester, England

   * Married: ABT 1119 in Of, , , England
   * Sealing Spouse: 


  1. Has No Children Robert Fitz Harding b: ABT 1122 in Bristol, Gloucester, England
  2. Has No Children Nicholas Fitz Harding b: ABT 1124 in Baldwin St, Bristol, Gloucester, England
  3. Has No Children Thomas Fitz Harding b: ABT 1126 in Bristol, Gloucester, England
  4. Has No Children Henry Fitz Harding b: ABT 1128 in Baldwin St, Bristol, Gloucester, England
  5. Has No Children Elena Fitz Robert Fitz Harding b: ABT 1130 in Baldwin St, Bristol, Gloucester, England
  6. Has No Children Aldena Fitz Harding b: ABT 1132 in Bristol, Gloucester, England
  7. Has No Children Eva Fitz Harding b: ABT 1167 in Baldwin St, Bristol, Gloucester, England
  8. Has Children Maurice "Make Peace" Fitz Robert Fitz Harding [Lord Berkeley] b: ABT 1120 in Bristol, Gloucester, England


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