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Robert FitzRanulf, 3rd Lord Middleham and Spennithorne

Also Known As: "Robert FitzRalph; Robert De Taillebois FitzRalph; Robert De Taillebois FitzRanulf", "Robert Fitz Ralph", "3rd Lord of Middleham"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Middleham, North Riding, Yorkshire, England
Death: Died in Middleton, North Riding, Yorkshire, England
Place of Burial: Coverham Abbey, Yorkshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Ranulf FitzRibald, Lord Middleham and Spennithorne de Taillebois and Agatha FitzRibald
Husband of Emma Yorkshire; Azeline Taillebois and Helawise de Glanville
Father of William Fitzralph; Walran FitzRalph; Ranulf FitzRobert, 4th Lord Middleham and Spennithorne and Alice d'Alfreton
Brother of Agnes FitzRalph; Ribald FitzRalph and Radulph FitzRalph

Occupation: 3rd Lord of Middleham, 3rd Lord Middleham and Lord of Spennithorne
Managed by: James Duane Pell Bishop III
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About Robert FitzRanulf, 3rd Lord Middleham and Spennithorne

Robert TAILBOYS

Born: ABT 1158

Died: ABT 1185

Father: Ralph TAILBOYS

Mother: Agatha BRUCE

Married: Helewise GLANVILLE

Children:

1. Ranulf TAILBOYS

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CONAN, Earl of Richmond, gave the forest of Wensleydale, with common pasture, to Lord Robert Fitz Randolph.

1190 - Robert built Middleham Castle. It was an interesting and prominent example of castle-building in the middle ages. The dimensions were 210 feet by 180, and was encompassed by a deep moat. It was built along the ancient road from Richmond to Skipton to secure the area. It is located overlooking the Ure River between Masham and Leyburn in Yorkshire. When England changed from true Monarchial government to Parliamentary with the beheading of King Charles I (1625-49), attempts were made to destroy vestages of the old monarchy. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector during a part of the period of The Commonwealth (1649-60) was said to have been responsible for much of the destruction. It was during this period that an attempt was made to destroy Middleham Castle. The massive structure proved too formidable, and the attempt was only partially successful.

The setting for Scene V, Part III of William Shakespeare's play, "Henry VI" was in a park near Middleham Castle in Yorkshire.

1183 -Beauchief Abbey was built in 1183 by Robert, as an act of contrition because he knew of a plot to assassinate St. Thomas of Canterbury, and failed to warn the victim. (Ripley's Believe It Or Not, 1960).

This marriage brought the name Ranulf (Randolph) into the family.

Information Source:

1. Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. II, 1897, p.347.

-------------------- Robert TAILBOYS

Born: ABT 1158

Died: ABT 1185

Father: Ralph TAILBOYS

Mother: Agatha BRUCE

Married: Helewise GLANVILLE

Children:

1. Ranulf TAILBOYS

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CONAN, Earl of Richmond, gave the forest of Wensleydale, with common pasture, to Lord Robert Fitz Randolph.

1190 - Robert built Middleham Castle. It was an interesting and prominent example of castle-building in the middle ages. The dimensions were 210 feet by 180, and was encompassed by a deep moat. It was built along the ancient road from Richmond to Skipton to secure the area. It is located overlooking the Ure River between Masham and Leyburn in Yorkshire. When England changed from true Monarchial government to Parliamentary with the beheading of King Charles I (1625-49), attempts were made to destroy vestages of the old monarchy. Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector during a part of the period of The Commonwealth (1649-60) was said to have been responsible for much of the destruction. It was during this period that an attempt was made to destroy Middleham Castle. The massive structure proved too formidable, and the attempt was only partially successful.

The setting for Scene V, Part III of William Shakespeare's play, "Henry VI" was in a park near Middleham Castle in Yorkshire.

1183 -Beauchief Abbey was built in 1183 by Robert, as an act of contrition because he knew of a plot to assassinate St. Thomas of Canterbury, and failed to warn the victim. (Ripley's Believe It Or Not, 1960).

This marriage brought the name Ranulf (Randolph) into the family.

Information Source:

1. Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. II, 1897, p.347.

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ID: I08473 Name: Robert "3rd Lord of Middleham" FitzRalph 1 Sex: M Birth: 1110 in Middleham, Yorkshire, England Death: 1185

Marriage 1 Helewisa De Glanville Children Has Children Ranulf 4th Lord of Middleham FitzRobert b: 1180 in Middleham, Yorkshire, England

Sources: Title: http://www.public.asu.edu/~bgertz/family/d0021/g0000037.html#I998 Text: Robert FITZ RALPH 3rd Lord of Middleham 1110 - 1185 BIRTH: 1110, Middleham, Yorkshire, England DEATH: 1185 Father: Ralph FITZ RIBALD 2nd Lord of Middleham Mother: Agatha DE BRUS

Family 1 : Helewisa DE GLANVILLE +Ranulf FITZ ROBERT 4th Lord of Middleham

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Middleham Castle Middleham Castle in Wensleydale, in the county of North Yorkshire, England, was built by Robert Fitzrandolph, 3rd Lord of Middleham and Spennithorne, commencing in 1190. It was built near the site of an earlier motte and bailey castle. In 1270 it came into the hands of the Neville family, the most notable member of which was Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, known to history as the "Kingmaker", a leading figure in the Wars of the Roses. Following the death of Richard, Duke of York, at Wakefield in December 1460, his younger sons, George, Duke of Clarence, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, came into Warwick's care, and both lived at Middleham with Warwick's own family. Their brother King Edward IV was imprisoned at Middleham for a short time, having been captured by Warwick in 1469. Following Warwick's death at Barnet in 1471 and Edward's restoration to the throne, his brother Richard married Anne Neville, Warwick's younger daughter, and made Middleham his main home. Their son Edward was also born at Middleham and later also died there.

Richard ascended to the throne as King Richard III, but spent little or no time at Middleham in his two-year reign. After Richard's death at Bosworth in 1485 the castle remained in royal hands until the reign of James I, when it was sold. It fell into disuse and disrepair during the 17th century. It was garrisoned during the Civil War, but saw no action. The ruins are now in the care of English Heritage.

Description[edit]

Gatehouse of Middleham Castle The castle is a compact, massive structure, and though ruinous, most of the walls are intact. A simple rectangle in plan, the castle consists of a massive Norman keep surrounded by a later curtain wall, to which were then added extensive, palatial residential ranges.

The keep is similar to other large square keeps, but had only two stories. It is divided on both levels by an internal wall, and there are turrets at each corner and midway along each wall. The ground floor has two large, originally vaulted, chambers, and above are two grand halls surrounded by high windows. The entrance is by staircase to the first floor—as was common—and a later chapel outbuilding defends that approach. A repaired spiral staircase leads up to the top of the south-east corner tower, affording views of the surrounding town and countryside, including the original castle motte to the south-west.

The 13th century curtain wall surrounds the keep concentrically, making the castle into a compact and effective defensive structure, though it was built more for comfort than security. In the 15th century the Nevilles constructed an impressive range of halls and outbuildings against these walls, turning the castle into a truly magnificent residence, fit for nobles of their stature. Bridges at first-floor level were built to connect these to the keep, and the ceiling above the great hall was also raised, either to provide a clerestory or space for another chamber.

The entrance to the castle is through a tower in the north-east corner, though this was also a 15th-century modification. Only foundations remain of the original gatehouse, facing east into the now-vanished outer ward. Apart from this east wall, however, the circuit of the walls is fairly complete, though the walls of the residential buildings are gone. Some restoration was done on the castle in modern times, but there is extensive damage to the lower faces of the keep. Windows and doorways have crumbled away, floors have fallen in, and none of the battlements remain. Still, the castle is an impressive ruin, and the sense of its original strength and grandeur remains.

See also[edit] Castles in Great Britain and Ireland List of castles in England External links[edit] Wikimedia Commons has media related to Middleham Castle. Teachers' resource pack: English Heritage Visiting Information:English Heritage English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (321659)". Images of England. Coordinates: 54.284065°N 1.806900°W

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Robert FitzRanulf, 3rd Lord Middleham and Spennithorne's Timeline

1130
1130
Middleham, North Riding, Yorkshire, England
1165
1165
Age 35
England
1170
1170
Age 40
Norton, Derbyshire, England
1170
Age 40
1175
1175
Age 45
Pocklington, Yorkshire, , England
1180
1180
Age 50
Middleham, North Riding Yorkshire, England
1185
1185
Age 55
Middleton, North Riding, Yorkshire, England
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3rd Lord of Middleham and Spennithorne