Gauthier I “l'Ancien” Giffard, Seigneur de Longueville (c.1010 - 1084) MP

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Nicknames: "Walter Giffard", "Walter de Bolbec", "The Elder", "Walter /Giffard/"
Birthplace: Longueville-sur-Scie, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Death: Died in Longueville-sur-Scie, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Occupation: Earl of Buckingham and Earl of Langueville, in Normandy., LORD OF LONGUEVILLE, EARL OF BUCKINGHAM, 'THE ELDER', 1015-1084ALTB-D, 1st Earl of Buckingham, Comte, Sieur, de Longueville, Lord of Longueville, Earl of Buckingham
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About Gauthier I “l'Ancien” Giffard, Seigneur de Longueville

Gautier-Giffard 1er (Walter Giffard I), Seigneur de Longueville

Companion Of William The Conqueror At The Battle Of Hastings; contributed 60 ships towards the invasion of England in 1066. He received grants of 107 lordships (48 in Buckinghamshire) as his reward, and was given the county of Buckingham. NOBILITY.htm (MEDIEVAL LANDS)

son of Osbern de Bolbec and Avelina de Crepon:

GAUTHIER Giffard (-before 1085). Guillaume de Jumièges names "Gautier-Giffard 1er et Godefroi" as the sons of Osbern de Bolbec & his wife[466]. Seigneur de Longueville, Normandy. "…Walterius Giffardus…" witnessed the charter dated 29 Aug 1060 under which "milite…Richardo…fratribus Willelmo…atque Balduino" donated "Gausberti Villa" to Chartres Saint-Père[467]. He took part in the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and received grants of 107 lordships (48 in Buckinghamshire) as his reward[468]. Orderic Vitalis states that the king "gave [Walter Giffard] the county of Buckinghamshire", in the chronicler's description of post-conquest grants made by King William, without specifying that he was created earl[469].

m ERMENGARDE, daughter of GERARD Flaitel & his wife ---. Guillaume de Jumièges records that "Gautier-Giffard 1er" married an unnamed daughter of "Girard Flatel", his other daughter "Basilie veuve de Raoul de Gacé" marrying Hugues de Gournay[470]. Gauthier & his wife had [five or more] children:

i) WALTER Giffard (-in England 15 Jul 1102, bur Longueville, Normandy[471]). Guillaume de Jumièges names "Gautier-Giffard le second" as son of "Gautier-Giffard 1er" & his wife[472]. He succeeded his father in his lands. He was created Earl of Buckingham [after 1093] by King William II, although known contemporarily as Earl Giffard[473]. - EARLS of BUCKINGHAM.

ii) WILLIAM Giffard . Bishop of Winchester. The History of the foundation of St John´s abbey, Colchester names “Rohaisam…soror Willielmi Giffardi episcopi Wintoniæ” as wife of “Ricardi…filius Gilberti comitis”[474]. "…Willelmi Giffardi episcopi…" subscribed a charter dated 14 Sep 1101 under which Henry I King of England donated property to Bath St Peter[475].

iii) ROHESE Giffard (-after 1113, bur [Colchester]). Guillaume de Jumièges records that "Gautier-Giffard 1er" & his wife had several daughters, of whom Rohais married "Richard fils du comte Gilbert"[476]. According to the Genealogia Fundatoris of Tintern Abbey, Monmouthshire, ”Rohesia” married secondly “Eudoni dapifero Regis Normanniæ” after the death of “Ricardo filio comitis Gisleberti” and that they were both buried “tempore Henrici primi” in “castrum Clecestriæ…cœnobio in honore sancti Johannis” which Eudo constructed[477]. According to the Complete Peerage, this genealogy is “probably erroneous” but it does not explain the basis for the doubts[478]. From a chronological point of view, the connection would be tight, assuming that the death date of Richard FitzGilbert is correctly estimated to [1090] and the birth of Rohese´s granddaughter by her alleged second marriage, Beatrix, is correctly assessed at [1105]. An alternative perspective is provided by the History of the foundation of St John´s abbey, Colchester which names “Eudoni…major domus regiæ” and “Roasya uxor eius…Gilbertum comes, Rohaisæ frater”[479], who would have been the daughter of this Rohese Giffard.

m [firstly] RICHARD FitzGilbert de Brionne, son of GILBERT de Brionne "Crespin" Comte d'Eu & his wife --- (before 1035-[1090], bur St Neots, Huntingdonshire).

[m secondly EUDES de Rie dapifer, son of HUBERT de Rie & his wife ---(-1 Mar 1120, bur Colchester).]

iv) daughters . Guillaume de Jumièges records that "Gautier-Giffard 1er" & his wife had several daughters[480].

v) [AMFRIDA (-2 Jan [1099/1100]). The Chronicon Beccense records a donation by "tres matronæ nobiles…Basilia uxor Hugonis de Gornaco, et Amfrida neptis ipsius Basiliæ, et Eva uxor Guillelmi Crispini", who lived at the abbey, adding that they died on three Sundays, "Amfrida…IV Non Jan…Basilia…XVII Kal Feb…Eva…X Kal Feb" [dating the passage to 1099 or 1100][481]. The parentage of Amfrida is uncertain. However, Ermengarde is the only sibling of Basilie Flaitel who is known to have had children, so it is possible that she was the daughter of Gauthier Giffard.]


Parents : Osbern de Bolbec et une sœur de Gunnor[8] (Avelina de Crepon)

Épouse (spouse): Ermengarde Flaitel, fille de Gérard Flaitel, un seigneur du Talou.

Enfants (children):

1. Gautier II Giffard, Earl of Buckingham ;

2. Rohaise mariée (1) à Richard de Brionne (Bienfaite), fils du comte Gilbert de Brionne; (2) Eudes de Rie

3. Raoul Giffard, bienfaiteur de l'abbaye de Montivilliers ;

4. Osbern Giffard[9].



WALTER "old Walter" de GIFFARD Lord of Longueville

ABT 1010 - 1084

ID Number: I18367

   * OCCUPATION: Companion Of William The Conqueror At The Battle Of Hastings; First Earl of Buckingham.
   * RESIDENCE: Normandy FR and ENG
   * BIRTH: ABT 1010, Longueville, Normandy, France
   * DEATH: 1084, France
   * RESOURCES: See: [S590] [S1014] [S2182] [S3197] [S3276] 

Father: OSBERN II de BOLBEC Lord of Longueville


Family 1 : AGNES Ermentrude de Fleitel FLAITEL

   * MARRIAGE: ABT 1025 
  1. +HUGH I de BOLBEC
  2. +WALTER de Bolbec GIFFARD 1st Earl of Buckingham


Gautier (Walter) Giffard

2. Walter Giffard, Lord of Longueville

"This Walter and his 'son' may or may not have been the same person. We do not follow the sources that say that the 1st Earl of Buckingham was son of Osborn de Bolbec, and that Rohese (who Richard FitzGilbert de Toneburge) was daughter of the 1st Earl, because the dates make that seem unlikely. Indeed, some of the sources are clearly confused with the dates, identifying children as having been born before their parents!"

m. Agnes/Ermentrude Fleitel (dau of Gerard de Fleitel)

2 Walter Giffard de Bolebec, Earl of Buckingham b: ABT 1010 d: 1085 + Ermentrude Agnes Fleitel b: ABT 1014

Companion of William I At Battle Of Hastings


Sir Walter Giffard [i], Lord of Longueville, b abt 1025, of Longueville, Normandy, d 1084, England. He md Agnes Flatel abt 1042, daughter of Girard Flatel. She was b abt 1028.

Children of Walter Giffard and Agnes Flatel were:

Rohese Giffard b abt 1045, d aft 1113. She md Sir Richard Fitz Gilbert, Lord of Clare and Tonbridge, abt 1058, son of Gilbert/Giselbert "Crispin", Count of Brionne and Eu, and Gunnora.

Walter Giffard, Earl of Buckingham, b abt 1055, d 15 Jul 1102; md Agnes de Ribemont.

(poss) Hugh de Bolebec b abt 1062.





of Ogunquit, Maine

(Copied from THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, October 1944 V. 21 No. 2 Pages 111 - 113)

   In his review of “The Falaise Roll” in The AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, July 1939 (pp. 56-63), this writer pointed out that a list of the tenants who can actually be proved to have been present at the Battle of Hastings is a very small one and must be based upon the named figures in the Bayeux Tapestry and upon William of Poictiers and Guy of Amiens, and the naming of certain persons by Orderic Vitalis, about whom he may be presumed to have had special knowledge. He further stated that the names recorded in the Roman de Rou of Robert Wace, the Battle Abbey Roll and its derivatives, the Dives Roll and the Falaise Roll cannot be accepted as proof of a man’s presence at the battle. He further pointed out that from certain other evidence a second list might be compiled of persons who were most probably present and expressed the hope that such lists would be compiled at some future dale. 
   It is very gratifying to be able to state that two such lists have at last been compiled by Prof. David Douglas and have been printed in an English Periodical called “History” for September 1943 (pp. 129-147) and it is a matter of satisfaction to note that Prof. Douglas has, quite independently, worked along the lines suggested in the review. The first list of those whose presence at the battle is assured, and which is in all probability final, consists of twenty-seven names. The second list of those who were probably present is based upon charter evidence, i.e., those who attested Duke William’s charters under circumstances which renders it most probable that they took part in the expedition. This writer was pleased to note that among these names Prof. Douglas lists Pons and suggests that he may be the progenitor of the Cliffords, as was suggested in the aforementioned review and still earlier in a note in the Genealogical Department of the "Boston Transcript". Prof. Douglas points out that his second list will probably be enlarged after an intensive and critical study has been made of the Norman charters, a thing which has not yet been done. 
   As these lists of Prof. Douglas are based upon evidence, which, to this writer, seems conclusive it seems well to place them before the American genealogical public, as ones upon which there may he complete reliance. 
   List of those who were certainly at Hastings:   (*  indicates those from whom descent can be traced.) 
  • Eustace Count of Boulogne.
  • Robert Count of Mortain.
  • WilIiam, son of Count Richard of Evreux.
  • Geoffrey, son of Rotrou, Count of Mortagne anti Perche.
Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. 
Geoffrey, Bishop of Coutances. 
  • William fitz Osbern.
  • Aimeri, Vicomte de Thouars, the Poictivin.
  • Walter Giffard.
  • Ralf de Toeni.
  • Hugh de Montfort.
  • Hugh de Grantmesnil.
  • William de Warenne.
  • Robert, son of Roger de Beaumont.
  • William Malet.
Gulbert d’Affray. 
Robert de Vitot. 
  • Engenulf de 1’Aigle.
Gerelmus de Panileuse. 

(*?) Robert fitz Ernis.

Roger, son of Turold. 
Turstin, son of Rou. 
Erchembald, son of Erchembald the Vicomte. 
  • Wadard.
A member of the house of Ponthieu (“Pontivi nobilis haeres”). Perhaps Count Gui I. 
   List of those witnessing Norman charters under circumstances which render it most probable that they accompanied time expedition: 
  • Gerald the Seneschal (grandfather of William de Roumare).
  • Rodulf the Chamberlain (? de Tancarville).
Hugh d’Ivry, the Pincerna. 
  • Richard fitz Gilbert (de Clare).
  • Pons (? ancestor of the Cliffords).
   In addition to these the following, who witnessed Duke William’s charter made at Caen on 17 June 1066 (Gall. Christ. XI, Instr. col. 59), were, I think, most probably at Hastings: 
  • Richard the Vicomte of the Avranchin (father of Hugh Lupus).
  • Ranulf the Vicomte of the Bessin.
  • Ralf Tesson.
  • Fulk d’Aunou.
  • Those from whom descent can be traced.

(Copied from THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, October 1944 V. 21 No. 2 Pages 111 - 113)


Walter Giffard de Bolebec - was born about 1010, lived in Longueville, Normandy, France and died in 1085/1102 in France . He was the son of Osbern de Bolebec and Avelina de Crepon.

Walter married Agnes Ermentrude Fleitel about 1025. Agnes was born about 1014, lived in Longueville, Normandy, France.

Walter - - Earl of Buckingham and Earl of Langueville, in Normandy.


i. Rochese Giffard was born about 1034 in Longueville, Normandy, France and died after 1133 .

Rochese married Earl Richard "De Tonbridge" FitzGilbert about 1054 in England. Earl Richard was born about 1024, lived in Bienfaite, Normandy, France. He was the son of Count Gilbert "Crispin" de Brionne and Constance de Eu. He died about 1090 in St. Neots, Huntingdonshire, England .


  • Walter Giffard Earl of Buckingham

born about 1010 Longueville, Normandy, France


  • Osbern de Bolbec

born about 0970/80 Longueville, Normandy, France

died 1063 France


  • Aveline (Wevia) de Crepon

born 0974 Longueville, Normandy, France

died France

married about 1001 France?


  • Godfroi Vicomte d'Arques born about 1000 died after 1035
  • Osborne Giffard born about 1004 of Brimesfield, Gloucestershire, England; died 1086 France

Berenger Giffard born: <1012 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France


  • Agnes Ermentrude Fleitel

born about 1014 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

died France

married about 1025 France ?


  • Rohese Giffard born 1034 Longueville, Normandy, France died after 1133
  • Walter Giffard born about 1030 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

died 15 July 1102 England buried Longueville, Normandy, France

Hugh Giffard born <1045 Beuff, Normandy, France

Adelaide Giffard born about 1036 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

William Giffard born about 1038 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

Isabella Constance Catherine Giffard born about 1041 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

Lora Giffard born about 1043 Of, Longueville, Normandy, France

biographical and/or anecdotal:

notes or source:


-------------------- Walter was 1st Earl of Buckingham, also seigneur de Longueville.

He was created Earl of Buckingham by his distant relation, William the Conqueror, in 1070.

He died after 1086.

See "My Lines"

( )

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

( ) -------------------- Walter was also called Gautier, seigneur de Longueville.

In 1053 he was already "past the prime of life."

He was a companion of Hugh de Gournay in the abortive attempt of Edward son of King Ethelred to recover the crown of England in 1035.

He was left by Duke William in command of the forces blockading the Castle of Arques in 1053. He was entrusted by Duke William with the defense of the district of Caux, in which Longueville is situate, on the occasion of the invasion of Normandy by Henry, King of France, in 1054.

He was joined William the Conqueror in the conquest of England, as the Lord of Longueville; he accompanied his sovereign to England and furnished the fleet, according to the List published by Taylor, with thirty vessels and a hundred men, in 1066.

Walter founded the Priory of St. Michel de Bolbec in 1079.

He was appointed by King William to superintend the compilation of the great survey of England, the Domesday Book, in 1084.

See "My Lines"

( )

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

( ) -------------------- Walter[a] was the son Osborne de Bolbec, Lord of Longueville and Avelina,[b] sister of Gunnora, Duchess of Normandy.[1][2] As such he was a cousin of William the Conqueror.[1] From the mid 1040s Walter's name appears among the loyal supporters of William the Conqueror.[3] Walter was at the Battle of Mortemer and was among the Norman barons who surprised and defeated Counts Odo and Renaud leading the French contingent attacking Normandy from the east.[4] In particular, he and another great vassal Robert of Eu encountered Odo's army encamped in the villiage of Mortemer with no sentries and the soldiers were drunk.[5] The Normans attacked the French in their sleep, most being either killed or taken prisoner.[5] While Odo himself escaped, when King Henry I learned of the fate of his brother Odo's army he promptly withdrew his remaining forces and left Normandy.[5] In 1054 Walter was in charge of maintaining the siege of Arques castle, against William of Talou, who had rebelled against the Conqueror.[6] Like many other Norman and French knights during the eleventh and early twelfth centuries, Walter served as a Christian knight in Spain (c. 1064-65) against the Saracens.[7] His epithet le Barbastre[c] was earned when he took part in the Siege of Barbastro, an undertaking sanctioned by Pope Alexander II against the Moors in 1064, one of the more famous exploits of that time.[7] By the time of the Conquest, Walter had returned to Normandy bearing a gift of the King of Spain for Duke William, a magnificent war-horse. The same Spanish war-horse duke William called for on the morning of the Battle of Hastings.[7] The Spanish king in question was in all probibility Sancho Ramírez of Aragon (1063–94) who was known for making friends and recruiting knights and soldiers from Northern France.[8] Walter was also one of the first, if not the first in England to go on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, which he did after the siege of Barbastro and before returning to Normandy.[8] In early January of 1066, after Duke William received news of the crowning of Harold Godwinson as king of England, he called together a meeting that included six of his key magnates, Walter Giffard being one of them.[9] After telling them of his plan to invade England and take the crown they all advised him they supported him fully but suggested he call a meeting of all his vassals, which William did.[9] In the preparation stage for the Battle of Hastings, Walter was one of the Norman magnates who provided ships for William's invasion fleet, in his case he provided thirty.[10] Walter was one of two who, having been offered the privilege of carrying William's standard in the battle, respectfully refused. Although by this time an older warrior with white hair, he wanted both hands free to fight.[11] As a reward for his participation, Walter was granted 107 lordships, 48 of which were in Buckingham.[12] The date of his death is not recorded, but his son Walter succeeded him before 1085

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Longueville-sur-Scie, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Age 12
Boulogne, Picardy, France
Age 15
France ?
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April 13, 1034
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Longueville, Normandy, France
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Longueville, Normandy, France
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Beuff (Normandy) France
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Brimsfield, Gloucestershire, England
Age 38
Longueville, Normandy, France