Drew de Montacute (de Monte Acuto)

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Drogo (Dreux) de Montaigu (de Montacute)

Also Known As: "Montagud", "Montagu", "Montaigu", "Montague", "Montacute", "Drew"
Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Montaigu-les-Bois, arrondissement of Coutances, commune of Gavay, France
Death: 1125 (91)
Shepton Montagu, Wincanton, Somerset, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Mathieu De La Ferte Mace
Husband of Unkown WIfe of Drogo de Montacute
Father of William de Montacute (Montague) and *Drogo de Montagu

Managed by: Andrew Dean Kemp
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About Drew de Montacute (de Monte Acuto)

Drogo de Montacute


Drogo was a 'riend of the family' of William the Conqueror .

From the Domesday book , Somerset, 45,12 (written around 1080):

Drogo of Montacute holds KNOWLE (Park). Alnoth held it before 1066; it paid tax for 1 1/2 hides. Land for 3 ploughs; as many there. 6 villagers, and 4 slaves with 1 cottager. Meadow, 15 acres; woodland 4 furlongs in length and 3 furlongs in width. 26 pigs. Formally 40s; value now L4. Drogo holds it from the King. From this land 1 hide of land has been taken away which was there before 1066. Thurstan son of Rolf holds it, & an Englishman from him. Value 20s.

The original reads Drogo de Montagud with the name written vertically, that is, the last name is above the first and they both share the same D.

Also of interest, Drogo is not the only Montacute on the page. The Domesday book, Somerset, 45,18, describes Drogo's brother Ansger as follows:

Ansger of Montacute holds PRESTON (Plucknett) from the King. Alfward held it before 1066; it paid tax for 2 hides. Land for 1 plough, which is there, in lordship, with 1 slave; 8 smallholders. Meadow, 10 acres. 1 cob; 5 cattle; 80 sheep. Formerly 15s; value now 40s.

The original reads Ansgervs de Montagud. Ansger de Montaigu was one of Williams 'companions' , that is, officers.

Drogo de Montagud also owned lands in Devon. From the Domesday book, Devon, 15,23-24:

Drogo holds HONITON from the Count. Aelmer held it before 1066. It paid tax for 5 hides. Land for 18 ploughs. He has 2 hides in lordship. 24 villagers, 6 smallholders and 3 slaves with 16 ploughs and 3 hides. Meadow, 18 acres; woodland, 50 acres. A mill which pays 6s 6d; 2 salt-workers who pay 5s. Pasture 1 league long and 5 furlongs wide. 2 cattle; 4 pigs; 100 sheep, less 20. Value formerly and now L6.

Drogo holds 'WOMBERFORD' from the Count. Wulfward held it before 1066. It paid tax for 1 virgate of land. Land for 3 ploughs, which are there, with 1 slave and 6 villagers. Meadow, 3 acres; woodland, 40 acres; pasture, 40 acres. 7 cattle; 50 sheep. [Value] formerly 3s; now 5s.

In the Falaise Roll, Crispin and Macary describe the brothers Drogo and Ansger as follows:

"From the parish of Montaigu-les-Bois, in the arrondissement of Coutances, commune of Gavay. Ansger de Montaigu, with his brother Dreu, came to England at the conquest in the train of the earl of Mortain. The former (Ansger, ed.) held lands-in-chief in the counties of Devon and Somerset, and as an under-tenant of the count of Mortain in Dorset, and of the bishop of Countances in the same county. It is apparent that he died without posterity, as there is no record of any in England. Dreu, his brother, held several manors in Somerset, among which were Shipton and Sutton. The first was his seat, which was later called Shepton-Montague, and the latter was designated Sutton-Montague. He was the father of William de Montagu, who succeeded him towards the end of the reign of Henry I. He left much posterity in England, among whom were the earls of Salisbury and Manchester. The name appears on the Dives roll, as well as that of Leland." (Crispin and Macary)

Robert de Montacute was a senior witness to the charters for the abbeys of Dunfermline and Holyrood by King David of Scotland. In The Anglo-Norman Era in Scottish History, Barrow notes:

"... suggesting once again a Somerset link with the Scottish court... It may not be fanciful to envisage these west country lords traveling north to prospect the possibilities of future settlement not so much on their own behalf as on behalf of their followers and dependents...

Robert de Montagu was presumably a younger son of Drogo de Montagu... a William son of Robert de Montagu appears in 1198... It may be noted that a gift to Bruton by Henry Lovel was made for the soul of the younger Drogo de Montagu."(Barrow)

Henry Lovel was the son of a Ralph Lovel that was among those who encouraged King David of Scotland to invade England in 1138.

Norman and Viking history seems quite disjoint. To understand these times, it also helps to study feudalism [1] .

The laws which William the Conqueror [1] imposed on England are of interest. A hide is a unit of land measurement, usually considered 120 acres. One has to be careful, since in early times the exact measurement of land was not considered important, but rather how hard it was to work.

A virgata is a unit of land measurement, usually considered 30 acres, that is, 1/4 of a hide.

Sources: The Domesday Book. The Anglo-Norman Era in Scottish History, G.W.S. Barrow. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England, Crispin and Macary.

Family Research and History Section Maintained by Bruce R. Montague: brucem@mail.got.net http://www.cse.ucsc.edu/~brucem

Drogo de Montacute, or Montague

Parents unknown

Friend of the family of Guillaume le Conquerant

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Shepton Montague, Somersetshire, England
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Shepton Montagu, Wincanton, Somerset, England