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Agnès de Widnes

Also Known As: "Widness", "Widnes"
Birthplace: Widnes, Lancashire (now Cheshire), England
Death: 1112 (39-41)
Halton, Cheshire, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Yarfrid de Widness, Baron of Widnes and Mathilde de Widnes, Baroness of Widnes
Wife of William FitzNigel, Lord of Halton, Constable of Chester
Mother of Leucha fitzNeel de Halton; Agnes, heiress of Halton and Widnes; William FitzNeel, Baron Halton, Constable of Chester; childless and Matilda "Maud" FitzWilliam, of Halton

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About Agnes de Widnes, heiress of Widnes

Yorfrid's older daughter was heiress to the barony of Widnes, which included the Lancashire manors of Widnes, Appleton, Cronton and Rainhill. This barony was governed by her husband, usually noted to have been William FitzNigel 2nd Baron Halton (though some more recent accounts have her married to Nigel de Cotentin, 1st Baron Halton, and therefore the mother of William 2nd Baron). William 2nd Baron was father to a William 3rd Baron Halton and Widnes, who died with no issue. The barony was then passed through his sister Agnes to her husband Eustace fitzJohn (son of John FitzRichard), who became the 4th Baron of Halton & Widnes.

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Agnes Fitz Nigel
Born: Abt 1090, Manche, Normandy
Marriage: Eustace Fitz John Baron of Halton 726,797
Died: Cheshire, England 797
General Notes:

The Register Book of Inglebye, Pedigree taken from Foster's Pedigrees, pg. VI, married Eustace fitz John, killed 1157 797

Ormerod's History of Cheshire, Vol. I, p. 690, Barons of Halton pedigree:
Ivo, Vicount of Cotentin, in Normandy
Nigel, barn on Halton, son of Ivo, vicount of Coletin, in Normandy
William fitz Nigel, 2nd baron of Halton and constable of Chester, died 1133
Agnes, sister and co-heir, second wife of Eustace Fitz John, heir to Serlo, his uncle, 4h baron of Ilalton and constab. of Chester, slain 1157 713

Noted events in her life were:

Background Information. 726
Agnes was heiress to her brother William. She married Eustace Fitz John, one of the most powerful Barons in the time of King Henry I. Eustace founded the Abbey of Alnwick in Northumberland and the Abbeys of Walton and Malton in Yorkshire. He Held the Castle of malton against King Stephen in 1137, and commanded a division of the Scotch Army against against him at the Battle of the Standard of the following year. Because of this, he forfeited all his lands, which King Henry II restored to him. He was slain in the wars against the Welsh in 1157. Eustace was the son of John Monoculus, Lord of Knaresborough, Yorkshire, heir to his brother Serlo de Burgh, who was created by William the Conqueror, Constable of Knaresborough. John Monoculus was son of Eustace de Burgh, a noble Norman.

Fenwick Allied Ancestry, pg. 37

Background Information. 141
Eustace married, 2nd, Agnes, elder sister and coheir of William and daughter of William Fitz Neel, both Barons of Halton in the palatinate of Chester and Constables of Chester. Eustace died in July 1157, being slain when part of Henry II's army was ambushed in the pass of Consyllt, near Basingwerk, in North Wales. His widow married Robert Fitz Count, apparently an illegitimate son of an Earl of Chester. He became Constable of Chester jure uxoris and died in or before 1166.

Cockayne's Complete Peerage, (Vescy), Vol. XIIB, pp. 272-274

Agnes married Eustace Fitz John Baron of Halton, son of John "Monoculus" Fitz Richard of Saxlingham and Cecily 726.,797 (Eustace Fitz John Baron of Halton was born before 1100 in Knaresborough Castle, Yorkshire, England 141,160 and died in 1157 in Ambushed near Basingwerk Abbey, Flintshire, Wales 141,160.)

Marriage Notes:

This marriage was confirmed by The Visitation Cheshire, 1580 Barons of Halton

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Agnes de Widnes, heiress of Widnes's Timeline

Widnes, Lancashire (now Cheshire), England
Halton, Cheshire, England (United Kingdom)
Halton Castle, Runcorn, Cheshire, England
Age 40
Halton, Cheshire, England
Halton, England