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Bertha FitzMiles de Hereford, Heiress of Brecon

Also Known As: "Bertha of Hereford", "Berthe de Hereford", "Bertha de Pitres", "Lady of Brecknock", "Lady of Abergavenny", "Lady of Hay", "Lady of Bramber"
Birthplace: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: circa 1204 (65-87)
Bramber, Sussex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Miles FitzWalter, 1st Earl of Hereford and Sybil de Neufmarché
Wife of William de Braose II, 3rd Lord of Bramber
Mother of William III de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber; Sybil de Braose; Reynold (Reginald) de Braose and Bertha de Beauchamp
Sister of Margaret de Hereford; Henry FitzMiles, Baron Abergavenny; Walter FitzMiles de Hereford, Sheriff of Hereford & Gloucester; Mahel FitzMiles; Lucy FitzMiles de Gloucester and Hereford, Lady of Blaen and 2 others

Occupation: Lady of Brecknock
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
Last Updated:

About Bertha de Hereford

Bertha of Hereford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bertha of Hereford, also known as Bertha de Pitres (born c.1130), was the daughter of Miles de Gloucester, 1st Earl of Hereford, and a wealthy heiress. She was the wife of William de Braose, Third Lord of Bramber to whom she brought many castles and Lordships, including Brecknock, Abergavenny, and Hay.

Abergavenny Castle in Monmouthshire, Wales, was one of the castles Bertha of Hereford brought to her husband William de Braose, Third Lord of Bramber


Bertha was born in England in about 1130. She was the second daughter[1] of Miles of Gloucester, 1st Earl of Hereford (1097- 24 December 1143) and Sibyl of Neufmarche. She had two sisters, Margaret of Gloucester, who married Humphrey de Bohun, by whom she had issue, and Lucy of Gloucester, who married Herbert FitzHerbert of Winchester, by whom she had issue. Her five brothers, included Roger Fitzmiles, 2nd Earl of Hereford, Walter de Hereford, Henry Fitzmiles, William de Hereford, and Mahel de Hereford.[2]

Her paternal grandparents were Walter FitzRoger de Pitres, Sheriff of Gloucester and Bertha de Bateden. Her maternal grandparents were Bernard de Neufmarche, Lord of Brecon, and Nesta ferch Osbern. The latter was a daughter of Osbern FitzRichard of Richard's Castle, and Nesta ferch Gruffydd.[3]Bertha was a direct descendant, in the maternal line, of Gruffydd ap Llywelyn (1007- 5 August 1063) and Edith (Aldgyth), daughter of Elfgar, Earl of Mercia.

Her father Miles served as Constable to King Stephen of England. He later served in the same capacity to Empress Matilda after he'd transferred his allegiance. In 1141, she made him Earl of Hereford in gratitude for his loyalty. On 24 December 1143, he was killed whilst on a hunting expedition.

Marriage and children

In 1150 [MedLands says before 1140 - possibly a contingent betrothal], she married William de Braose, 3rd Lord of Bramber (1112- 1192), son of Philip de Braose, 2nd Lord of Bramber and Aenor, daughter of Judael of Totnes. William and Bertha had three daughters and two sons, including William de Braose, 4th Lord of Bramber.

In 1173[4], her brothers all having died without issue, she brought the Lordships and castles of Brecknock and Abergavenny, to her husband. Hay Castle had already passed to her from her mother, Sibyl of Neufmarche in 1165, whence it became part of the de Braose holdings.

In 1174, her husband became Sheriff of Hereford.

Her children include:

  1. William de Braose, 7th Baron Abergavenny, 4th Lord of Bramber (1144/1153- 11 August 1211, Corbeil), married Maud de St. Valery, daughter of Bernard de St. Valery, by whom he had 16 children.

2. Roger de Braose
3. Bertha de Braose (born 1151), married c.1175, Walter de Beauchamp (died 1235), son of William de Beauchamp and Joan de Walerie, by whom she had issue, including Walcherine de Beauchamp who married Joane de Mortimer.
4. Sibylla de Braose (died after 5 February 1227), married William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby (1136- 21 October 1190 at Acre on crusade), son of Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby and Margaret Peverel, by whom she had issue.
5. Maud de Braose, married John de Brompton, by whom she had issue.

Bertha died on an unknown date. She is the ancestress of the families de Braose, de Beauchamp, and de Ferrers.


  1. ^ The Complete Peerage, Vol.1, "Abergavenny"

2. ^ The Complete Peerage, Vol.1 "Abergavenny"
3. ^
4. ^ The Complete Peerage, Vol.1 "Abergavenny"
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Sir Miles Fitz Walter [b], Constable, Earl of Hereford, b abt 1095, of Gloucestershire, England, d 24 Dec 1143. He md Sibyl de Neufmarche abt May 1121, daughter of Sir Bernard de Neufmarche, Lord of Brecon, and Nesta.

Children of Miles Fitz Walter and Sibyl de Neufmarche were:

Margaret of Hereford abt 1124, of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England, d 1146. She md Humphrey III de Bohun abt 1137, son of Sir Humphrey II de Bohun, Constable of England, and Maud of Salisbury.

Bertha of Hereford b abt 1128, Gloucestershire, England. She md William de Braose, Lord of Abergavenny, abt Aug 1148, son of Philip de Braose, Lord of Briouze and Bramber, and Aenor de Totnes.

Lucy of Hereford b abt 1132, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England. She md Herbert Fitz Herbert abt 1160, prob Gloucestershire, England, son of Herbert Fitz Herbert and Sibyl Corbet.

Berthe De Pitres

Birth: 1130 in Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England


Sex: F



Spouses & Children

William De Braose (Husband)


Bertha De Braose

William De Braose

Sybil De Braose

Susan De Braose

Engeram De Braose

Reginald De Braose

Roger De Braose

Giles De Braose


Berta of Hereford (1123-) [Pedigree]

Daughter of Miles FitzWalter Earl of Hereford (1097-1143) and Sybil de NEUFMARCH (1090-1143)

   b. LATE 1123, Gloucester, Eng.

Married William de BRAOSE 1st Baron of Gwentland (1112-1179)


Maud de BRAOSE m(1) William de BEAUCHAMP Baron Elmley (1105-1170)

William de BRAOSE Lord Brecknock 5th Baron de Braiose (1144-1211) m. Matilda (Maud) de ST. VALERIE (1148-1210)

Sibyl de BRAIOSE (1150-1227) m. William de FERRERS 3rd Earl of Derby (1136-1190)

Bertha de BRAOSE (1151-)

References: [CP],[EnglishP],[PlantagenetA],[MRL],[AR7]

Heiress of Brecknock and Upper Gwent.

Bertha Hereford de Braose
BIRTH 1130
Gloucester, City of Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
DEATH unknown
Burial Details Unknown
MEMORIAL ID 173777352

Family Members

Miles Fitz Walter
Sibyl Neufmarche Fitz Walter
1100 – unknown

William De Braose

Mahel de Hereford
Roger Fitzmiles
Margaret of Hereford
Henry FitzMiles
Lucy of Hereford FitzHerbert

Bertha de Braose de Beauchamp
William III de Braose
Sybil de Braose de Ferrers

Possibly a child bride, but if so her husband was considerate enough to wait until she was of childbearing age.

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Bertha de Hereford's Timeline

Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Bramber Castle, Sussex, England
Bramber, Sussex, England
Bramber, Sussex, England
Age 79
Bramber, Sussex, England
June 23, 1934
Age 79
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Age 79
June 23, 1934
Age 79
June 23, 1934
Age 79