Beatrice de Offley

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Beatrice de Offley (de Offaly)

Birthplace: Offaly, Offaly, Ireland
Death: Died in England, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Wife of Walter FitzOtho, Castellan of Windsor
Mother of William FitzWalter de Windsor, Constable of Windsor, Keeper of Windsor Forest; Maurice FitzWalter; Walter FitzWalter de Windsor; Robert FitzWalter, of Windsor, Sheriff of Norfolk and Delicia (FitzOtho)

Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Beatrice de Offley

The Chronicle of Abingdon records that "Walterus filius Oteri, castellanus de Uuildesore" restored "duas silvas…Virdelæ et Basceat, apud Winckefeld nostram villam" to the abbot of Abingdon, dated to [1100/16], and that "uxorem suam Beatricem cum filio suo Willelmo" effected the transfer 8 Sep. (Chronicon Monasterii de Abingdon, Vol. II, p. 132.

She may have been a Staffordshire Offley, rather than from Offaly in Ireland. The Offley family was in residence at High Offley within a century of this time. ("Offley" is a Saxon, not an Irish, name, deriving from "Offa" (Saxon name, in fact the name of one of the most powerful Kings of Mercia) and "-leage", woodland clearing.)

There is also some question as to whether Great Offley in Herts, or High Offley in Staffordshire, is the older. The Hertfordshire and Staffordshire Offleys are both listed in Domesday, and each as two associated properties - Great and Little Offley in Hertfordshire (Offelie and Altera Offelie), and High Offley (Offelie) and Bishops Offley (Offeleia) in Staffordshire.

The assertion that she was "Gladys [ferth] Ryall ap Conyn" is modern, bogus, and may originate from - was certainly popularized by - the infamous Emma Siggins White. Emma, or her source, seems to have gotten Gerald of Windsor's *mother* (documented in at least one place as "Beatrice") mashed up with his *mother-in-law*: Gwladys ferth Rhiwallon (ap Cynan), wife of Rhys ap Tewdwr and mother of Nesta ferth Rhys. (Then she, or her source, hideously garbled the name on top of it.)

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Beatrice de Offley's Timeline

Offaly, Offaly, Ireland
Age 16
Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Age 17
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
Age 18
Horsford, St. Faith's, Norfolk, England
Age 20
Windsor, Windsor and Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
Age 33
Age 48
England, United Kingdom