Robert Fitz Martin (c.1084 - 1159) MP

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Birthplace: Cemmaes, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
Death: Died in Barnstaple, Devon, , England
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About Robert Fitz Martin

Robert fitz Martin (c. 1095?–c. 1159) was a Norman knight and first Lord of Cemais, Wales.

[edit] Life

Robert fitz Martin was born some time in the late 11th century to Geva de Burci, heiress of Serlo de Burci, and an otherwise unknown man called Martin. De Burci's second husband was William de Falaise, with whom she had a daughter, Emma de Falise, who married William de Courcy, son of Richard de Courcy of Courcy-sur-Dives; they received the manor of Stoke (renamed Stoke-Courcy, now Stogursey) in Somerset from William, and became the ancestors of the Baron Kingsale and the de Courcy family.

Robert inherited the lands of William, and of his grandfather, Serlo de Burci, in Somerset, Dorset, and Devon. At some point early in the reign of Henry I he participated in the Norman invasions of Wales, and obtained for himself the barony of Cemais, located between Fishguard and Cardigan, setting his caput at Nanhyfer, or Nevern. The lands were regained by the Welsh during the rebellion of 1135-1136. Robert spent the years 1136-1141 serving the Empress Maud during The Anarchy, and her son, Henry II. His activities from 1142 to 1155 are unknown.

[edit] Family

By the reign of Henry II he had a new wife – Alice de Nonant of Totnes (died 1194) – and three young children.

Robert seems to have died about 1159, survived by his wife Alice and their children. Of them, Robert fitz Robert was dead by 1162 and buried in Totnes Priory; Sybil is known to have married a Warin de Morcelles and was alive in 1198; William fitz Robert fitz Martin, (c. 1155–1209) inherited the family property, and via a marriage with Angharad, a daughter of Rhys ap Gruffydd, regain the lost territory of Cemais. The family would continue to hold lands in both England and Wales until the extinction of the senior line in 1326. Cadet lines lines still flourish in England, Wales, Ireland and beyond.

Along with his first wife, Maude Peverell, sister of William Peverel the Younger, he founded St Dogmaels Abbey between 1115 and 1119.

He also led the desperate yet successful defense of Cardigan Castle following the Norman defeat at the Battle of Crug Mawr.

He is an ancestor to, among others, the Martyn family of The Tribes of Galway.

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Robert Martin's Timeline

1055
1055
1084
1084
Cemmaes, Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
1110
1110
Age 26
Dartingham, Devon, , England
1132
1132
Age 48
England
1140
1140
Age 56
England
1159
1159
Age 75
Barnstaple, Devon, , England
1855
1855
Age 75
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