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Gerard de Gournay, Baron of Gournay

Also Known As: "Gerald"
Birthplace: Gournay-En-Bray, Normandy, France
Death: before circa 1104
although some say he died on crusade, records show him returning to England and then embarking on another trip to the East with his wife Editha, where he died (year unknown, before 1104)
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugues III de Gournay, Seigneur de Gournay et Brai and Basilia Flaitel
Husband of Edith de Warenne
Father of Aimée (Amicie) de Gournay; Gundred de Gournay and Hugues IV Baron de Gournay
Brother of Guillaume de Gournay; Robert DeMontfichet and Hawise de Gournay

Occupation: Sieur de Gournay-en-Bray, de Yarmouth
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About Gerard de Gournay, Baron of Gournay

Note from Pam Wilson (11/24/2015): Following the logic of Charles Cawley at FMG, I'm adding a first wife, name unknown, speculated to have been the mother of daughter Amicie since Edith would have been too young. See discussion below.

GERARD de Gournay (-Palestine after 1104). "Domino meo Hugone Gurnacensi et filio eius Girardo et uxore eius Basilia" consented to the donation by "Radulfus cognomine Havoth" to Jumièges by charter dated to [1040][1685], although presumably the document is misdated. "Domino meo Hugone Gurnaiensi et filio eius Girardo et uxore eius Basilia" consented to a donation to Jumièges abbey by "Radulphus cognomina Havoth cum uxore mea" on his entering the abbey as a monk, by undated charter[1686]. "…William de Gornai…Girard de Gornai…" witnessed the charter dated 1082 under which William I King of England donated property to the abbey of la Trinité de Caen[1687]. “Odo comes et Stephanus filius eius”[1688]. Orderic Vitalis records that “primus Normannorum Stephanus de Albamarla filius Odonis Campaniæ comitis” fortified “castellum suum super Aucium flumen” at the expense of William II King of England and placed there a garrison against “ducem” [Robert III Duke of Normandy] and that “Gornacensis Girardus” followed his example and delivered “Gornacum et Firmitatem et Goisleni Fontem” [Gournay, La Ferté-en-Brai, Gaillefontaine] to the king, dated to [1089/90][1689]. Orderic Vitalis records that “comes Ebroicensis” requested Robert [III] Duke of Normandy to return “Bathventum et Nogionem, Vaceium et Craventionem, Scoceium [Bavent, near Troarn, Noyon-sur-Andelle, Gacé, Gravençon, Ecouché], aliosque fundos Radulfi patrui mei...Caput Asini” to him and grant “Pontem Sancti Petri” [Pont Saint-Pierre] to “ Guillelmo Bretoliensi”, which the duke agreed to, except “Scoceium” which was held by “Girardus de Gornaco...qui de eadem parentela prodierat, filius...Basiliæ Girardi Fleitelli filiæ”, dated to [1089][1690]. He and his wife participated in the First Crusade but he died before the capture of Jerusalem[1691]. Albert of Aix names "…Gerardus de Gorna…" among those who took part in the siege of Nikaia, dated to mid-1097 from the context[1692]. Baudry names "Girardus de Gornaio" among those on the First Crusade in 1097[1693]. Guillaume of Jumièges records that ”Giraldus” left for Jerusalem but died while away[1694]. Henry II King of England confirmed the possessions of the abbey of Bec, including donations by "Hugonis de Gornaco et Girardi filii…Girardi de Gornaio et Basilie matris sue", by charter dated to [1181/89][1695].

[m firstly ---. As discussed below, one possibility for the parentage of Amicie, wife of Richard Talbot, is that she was the daughter of Gérard de Gournay by an earlier otherwise unrecorded marriage.]

m [secondly] ([1084/92]) as her first husband, EDIVE [Edith] de Warenne, daughter of WILLIAM [I] de Warenne Earl of Surrey & his first wife Gundred --- ([1072/80]-after 1155). Guillaume of Jumièges records that ”Giraldus” left for Jerusalem “cum uxore sua Edithua sorore Willelmi comitis de Warenna”, who married secondly “Drogoni de Monceio”, by whom she had “unum filium...Drogonem”[1696]. Her birth date is indicated bearing in mind that she had children by both her marriages. The date of her first marriage is estimated assuming that she was about 12 years old at the time. She married secondly Dreux [I] Seigneur de Moncy. Her second marriage is confirmed by Orderic Vitalis who names "Hugo filius Girardi de Gornaco" and "Drogo, vitricus eius"[1697].

Gérard & his [first/second] wife had [one child]:

i) [AMICIE de Gournay (before [1085]-[after 1100]). Her marriage and family connection are indicated by Orderic Vitalis who records that "Hugo filius Girardi de Gornaco" rebelled against King Henry I after the marriage of his sister Gundred in Jun [1118], and captured “municipium...Plessicii” which he granted to "nepoti eius Hugoni Talabot"[1698]. The passage indicates that Hugh Talbot was at least a young adult at the time, so not born later than [1100], which would place his mother´s birth no later than [1085]. There are therefore at least three possibilities for her parentage. Firstly, if she was the child of Gérard de Gournay by his known wife Edive de Warenne, Edive would have been born in the early part of her estimated birth date range shown above and Amicie born soon after the marriage. Secondly, given that that chronology is tight, Amicie could have been the daughter of Gérard by an earlier otherwise unrecorded marriage. Thirdly, the word “nepos” in Orderic could indicate a more distant family relationship than nephew, maybe first cousin, in which case Amicie could have been the daughter of Hugues [III] de Gournay, although the more remote the relationship the less likely the appointment of Richard Talbot as custodian of the castle by Hugues [IV] de Gournay. On balance, the most likely case appears to be the second. Her name is indicated by two charters of King Henry II: Henry II King of England confirmed the possessions of the abbey of Valmont, including donations by "…Richardi Tallebot et Amicie uxoris eius et Hugonis et Willelmi filiorum suorum…", by charter dated to [1181/83][1699]. Henry II King of England confirmed the possessions of the priory of Sainte-Foi de Longueville, including donations by "Ricardi Thalebot et Avitie uxoris sue et Hugonis filii sui", by charter dated to [Mar/Jun] 1189[1700]. m RICHARD Talbot, son of ---.]

Gérard & his [second] wife had two children:

ii) HUGUES [IV] de Gournay ([1098/1100]-1180). Orderic Vitalis names "Hugo filius Girardi de Gornaco" and "Drogo vitricus eius"[1701]. - see below.

iii) GUNDRED de Gournay ([1100/1105]-after 1155). Guillaume of Jumièges records that “Nigello de Albinneio” married “Gundredam filiam Giraldi de Gornaco” by whom he had “filium...Rogerium de Moubraio”[1702]. Orderic Vitalis records the marriage in Jun [1118] of "Hugo filius Girardi de Gornaco...sorore sua...Gundrea...consilio regis" to “Nigello de Albinneio”[1703]. In another passage she is named as second wife of Nigel d'Aubigny[1704]. The 1130 Pipe Roll records "Gunderede uxori Nig de Albin" in Leicestershire[1705]. ”Gundreda, uxor Nigelli de Albini” donated property to the Hospital of St Leonard, York by undated charter which names “Rogero de Molbray filio suo”[1706]. An undated charter notes the donation of ”Hospitale Sancti Michaelis Archangeli” to Whitby Monastery, at the request of “Dominam Gundredam uxorem Nigelli de Albini” for the soul of “Rogero de Moubray filio eorum”[1707]. m (Jun [1118]) as his second wife, NELE de Albini, son of ROGER de Albini & his wife Amice --- (-21 or 26 Nov 1129).

The Perlustration of Great Yarmouth: With Charleston and Southtown, Volume 1 By Charles John Palmer, 1872 [On Google Books]

Among the followers of William the Conqueror was a Norman knight, named De Gournay from his ancestral castle in France, who in reward for his services obtained large possessions in England. After the suppression of the revolt of Guader, the Saxon Earl of Norfolk in 1075, some of his forfeited estates passed to the Gournays, including the manor of Caister next Yarmouth,* where the earl had built a house, called in Domesday book manerium. In a pedigree of the family of Bardolph or Bardolf (for the name is written either way), signed by William Dethick, Garter, and William Camden, Clarenceux, in the hand-writing of Sir Henry Spelman and now preserved at Keswick, it is stated that William, Lord Bardolf, married Julia, daughter of Hugh Gournay, and that she brought as her dower, with other possessions, "the castle of Yarmouth." There is no record of the Gournays ever having had a castle at Caister, but merely a manor.

  • Thero was a donation of tho tithes of Caister and Cantley to the chapter of St. Hildevert at Gournay; and Hugh do Gournay granted, by charter, the churches of those parishes to the canons of tho same order, which grant was confirmed by tho Bishop of Norwich. These documents are printed in the Record of the Home o f Gurmy, where is also a copy of an agreement between the above chapter and William Rufus, dean of Flegg, concerning the tithes of Caister. That parish was at one time much more extensive than at present, and three churches belonging to it are believed to have been swallowed up by the sea.


Daniel Gurney, Esq. 1845 The record of the house of Gournay. Volume 1 [on Google Books], pp. 63-39


GERARD DE GOURNAY first occurs in the foundation deed of the Abbey of the Holy Trinity at Caen, by William the Conqueror and his Queen Matilda, in 1082." (Appendix IX.) About the same time, he, in conjunction with Hugh and Basilia, his father and mother, confirmed a donation from Ralf Havot, one of their vassals, of land at Bosc-Huon, a village near Gournay, to the abbey of Jumieges. See the charter. (Appendix VI.) In conjunction with his mother Basilia, he gave to the monastery of Bec half of the whole manor of Longueil, the church of Brefmoutier, with the land and tithe, and its appurtenances, as also the manor of Boisgerard; also the church of Massy, previously given to that abbey by his father. He also gave the manor of Lessingham, in Norfolk,b to the same abbey, and founded a priory there. The abbey of Bec subjected this priory to that at Okeburn in Wiltshire, the chief of all the houses in England belonging to that foreign monastery. It was seized, in common with other alien lands, during the wars with France; and was, together with all alien priories, dissolved at the Parliament of Leicester, an. 2 Henry V.c

It is probable Gerard de Gournay and his father Hugh III. made other donations to the abbey of Bec, but it is uncertain what they were, as nearly all the muniments of that abbey have perished, a great loss in the documentary evidence of this part of our record.

Gerard de Gournay married Editha, or Ediva, daughter of William de Warren, first Earl of Surrey, by Gundred, said by some authorities to be daughter of William the Conqueror.*1 This William de Warren was Count of Guarenne in Normandy, a feoff situated near St. Aubin en Caux. He was related to the Dukes of Normandy through his mother, one of the nieces of the Countess Gunnora, wife of Richard I. and was in high favour with William the Conqueror, whom he accompanied to England. In 1073 he was made Grand Justiciary of England, jointly with Richard de Bienfaite;a he was also one of the generals who assisted to suppress the rebellion of Ralph de Guaer, Earl of the East Angles, in 1074. Probably some of the estates of the latter were given to Earl Warren, as at the survey he held 296 manors, of which 139 were in Norfolk. He was much under the influence of Lanfranc Archbishop of Canterbury, and sided with William Rufus on the occasion of Odo's rebellion in favour of Curthose, partly through the persuasion of that prelate. The earldom of Surrey was conferred upon him in 1087 by William Rufus. He founded the priories of Lewes, in Sussex, and Castle-Acre, in Norfolk, near his castles at those places. The Lady Gundred his wife died at Castle-Acre in 1085, and he himself in 1089 ; they were both buried at Lewes Priory.b (Appendix XIII.)

Gerard de Gournay, by his wife Editha, daughter of this great and powerful earl, received, with her, estates both in Normandy and England, as appears by a law-suit undertaken by his grandson Hugh de Gournay V. in the reign of John.c It is impossible, however, to trace what the estates were. Mapledurham-Gurney, in Oxfordshire, belonged at the survey to Earl Warren,d and was afterwards in the Gournays,e and therefore was doubtless part of the inheritance of this lady; indeed, in consequence of this marriage, and the great estates the Gournays acquired by it, Camden says that they came of the same stock as the Warrens, Earls of Surrey, and the Mortimers.' Many of the fiefs of the Gournays, amongst others Caistor, had belonged to Ralf de Guader the Saxon Earl of Norfolk. It appears from Domesday Book that this Earl had built a manor-house at Caistor. At the survey most of his lands were in the king's hands, who afterwards gave them to

* a Roman de Rou, vol. ii. p. 241.

  • b Watson's House of Warren, vol. i. pp. 60, 61.
  • c Abbreviatio Placitorum, p. 79.
  • d Domesday. Oxfordshire, vol. i. 158.
  • e Abbrev. Placit, Oxon. 56—58 Hen. III. p. 184.
  • f Gough's Camden, vol. i. p. 56.

various retainers (Appendix XIV.), and amongst others some to the Gournays. These English possessions of the Gournays formed together the English barony of Gournay, which as before stated was a barony by tenure. (Appendix XV.)

Like his father-in-law William de Warren, Gerard de Gournay was a decided supporter of William Rufus, against Robert Curthose, in 1090, when the former prince sent over persons to tamper with the Norman barons, the subjects of his elder brother their Duke. On this occasion, Gerard placed in the hands of Rufus, Gournay, La Ferte", Gaillefontaine, and his other fortresses; of these the Castle of La Fert6 was besieged by the forces of Duke Robert and the King of the French, who succeeded in taking it. Following the example of Gerard de Gournay, Robert Earl of Eu, Walter Giffard, Lord of Longueville, Ralph de Mortimer, and almost all the other barons of Caux and Brai went over to the same side." Curthose soon after called in the assistance of Fulke Count of Anjou, who gave it upon condition of obtaining in marriage the beautiful Beldrade, daughter of Simon de Montfort, and niece of William Count of Evreux, who consented to the marriage, provided certain manors of Raoul de Gacé, surnamed Tete d'Ane, were given to him and his nephew William de Breteul. This was agreed to, with the exception of the Castle of Escouche, possessed by Gerard de Gournay, who was a man of such power and valour that no one had the courage to dispossess him of it, more especially as he greatly delighted in the place, and frequently made his residence there; and considering also that he said he had a right to it, because of his mother Basilia, daughter of Gerard Flaitel.b From the misconduct and maladministration of Curthose, petty wars existed at this period throughout Normandy. One of these, between the Counts of Evreux and Conches, originated in some offensive words spoken by Isabella, the countess of the latter, against Heloise, the wife of the former. Each roused their friendly knights to assert their cause; and plundered and burnt each others' possessions. They were both spirited, loquacious, and beautiful, and

* a Ordericus Vitalis, lib. viii. p. 681.

  • b Histoire MS. de Gournay. Ord. Vital, p. 681.

governed their husbands, but they differed in temper; Heloise was cunning and persuasive, fierce and penurious; Isabella was liberal and courageous, good-humoured, merry, and convivial. She rode among the knights, armed as they were, and was as dexterous in the use of their weapons." The Count of Evreux being the most powerful, Ralph de Toni, Count of Conches, applied to William Rufus for assistance, who, rejoicing in this opportunity of interfering in the affairs of Normandy, commanded Stephen Count of Aumale, Gerard de Gournay, and other captains of troops, over whom he had control in the duchy, to assist the Count of Conches(b) against him of Evreux. The result of which was that the siege of Conches was raised, and a peace concluded between the parties.

In the year 1090, the inhabitants of Rouen, principally the nobles, wished to take Rufus for their prince, Conan, son of Gilbert Pilate, being their head; upon which Conan sent to the garrison of Gournay, and the royal troops, and proposed that they should take possession of Rouen; but this scheme was not successful.(c)

Peace was at length made between the two brothers, Rufus and Curthose; amongst the articles of which the Duke gave up to his good brother the King of England the county of Eu, the castle of Aumale, the land and appurtenances of Gerard de Gournay and of Raoul de Conches, and the abbey of Fescamp, and all other places which he had taken.4 Accordingly we find that in 1091, the Count d'Eu, Stephen d'Aumale, Gerard de Gournay, Raoul de Conches, and a great many other Norman barons acknowledged William Rufus for their sovereign.6 At the same time prince Henry, youngest son of William the Conqueror, had possessed himself of the castle of Domfront, and almost all the Cotentin.' In short, in a few years Normandy was reduced to such a state of disorganization by the laxity and feebleness of Duke Robert, that he determined to assume the cross; and, mortgaging his duchy to his brother the King of England for ten thousand marks of silver, he set out on this expedition to the Holy Land,

* a Ord. Vital, pp. 687, 688.

  • b Ibid. p. 688.
  • c Ibid. p. 689.
  • d Ibid. p. 693.
  • e Ibid.
  • f Ibid. p. 698. William de Jumieges, lib. viii. ch. 7.

accompanied by many Normans of high birth; among others by Gautier de St. Valery, Rotrou son of the Earl of Mortagne, Ralph de Guaer the banished Earl of the East Angles, Gerard de Gournay, and others: all of these the chronicler describes as "eximise strenuitatis milites." a

The Norman crusaders left their own country in the month of September 1096; they wintered in Apulia; and early in the next year, crossing the Adriatic to Durazzo, proceeded to Constantinople, where they did homage to the Emperor Alexius. Having passed the Bosphorus, they laid siege to Nice, in Asia Minor; at that time a place of great strength. Albert of Aix, who himself accompanied the expedition, mentions Gerard de Gournay as amongst the valiant knights who pitched their tents before this great fortress of the Infidels .b The first assault was conducted on Ascension Day 1097 (14th April of that year). The sultan made a great effort to relieve his capital; and, descending from the mountains with 50,000 men, a bloody battle ensued between him and the Christian forces, in which the latter were victorious; and the crusaders, thus left at liberty, pushed their attack with vigour, and the place surrendered to them on the 20th June, after a siege of nearly two months. The historians of Gournay state that Gerard de Gournay died in this expedition on the 8th of the ides of May (7th May 1097); but I think erroneously as to the year; the day of the month is probably correct, as his obit was celebrated at Beauvais on that day; e but Ordericus Vitalis expressly mentions Gerard de Gournay amongst the distinguished leaders who marched from Nice, in the month of June following, in that division of the Christian army headed by Boemond and Robert Curthose.d The army of the crusaders had been divided into two on leaving Nice; the other division was led by the celebrated Godfrey of Bouillon; that under Boemond and Robert of Normandy was attacked by the Saracens, and in imminent peril, when Godfrey and his troops came to their assistance. It is recorded that Robert Curthose, supported by Gerard de Gournay,8 Robert de Barneville, and the rest of his renowned knights, received the charge of the Moslems with undaunted firmness; and, seizing the white standard, he rushed among the Turks with cries of " Diex il volt," and thus restored the fortune of the fight until Godfrey came to his assistance.

* a Ordericus Vitalis, lib. ix. p. 724. Sismondi's Hist, des Francois, vol. iv. p. 546. Hist. MS. de Gournay. Dugdale's Baronage, vol. i. p. 430.

  • b Albert of Aix, lib. ii. p. 73, French edition.
  • c In an ancient obituary of the church of Beauvais, quoted by M. de la Mairie in his Histoire de Gournay: "VHI Idus Maii ob. Girardus de Gornaco, cujus Alius Hugo dedit nobis herbagium de Boimonte."
  • d Ordericus Vitalis, lib. ix. p. 729.

I find no further mention of Gerard de Gournay, in the histories of the crusades; but he certainly accompanied Robert Curthose throughout the first crusade to Jerusalem, and probably returned into Normandy with him in 1099. The rolls of the abbey of St. Sauveur in the Cotentin afford positive evidence of his having reached Jerusalem, and returned into Normandy. Payn of Elbeuf, one of his vassals, accompanied him to the holy city; and on his return became a monk at St. Sauveur; he gave to that religious house all his land in Neuville sur Dieppe, which donation Gerard de Gournay his lord confirmed, and afterwards Hugh IV, his son, and it is expressly stated in the charter, that Payn of Elbeuf had accompanied Gerard to Jerusalem. (Appendix XXII.)

The original rolls of St. Sauveur are in the possession of M. De Gerville of Valognes; the one referred to reads thus: "Paganus de Guellebov, monachus noster, dedit terram de Novavilla, quae est in honore Girardi de Gornaiacho, Sancto Salvatori, Gaufrido sacerdote de Alvers, et Willelmo Gradario, et Willelmo Roillet et Gaufrido Pistore nostro testibus." This donation is clearly made by the returned crusader in the lifetime of his lord, Gerard de Gournay, in the monastery itself, evidenced by the priest of Alvers, the next parish, and the baker of the monks. On the very same roll are two other grants to the abbey, to the last of which is the date 1104, in which year it is, therefore, evident that Gerard de Gournay was still living.

From this it is certain that Gerard went to the Holy Land in the first crusade; and, although not fortunate enough to be immortalised by the muse of Tasso, he was the companion in arms of Godfrey and Boemond

* a Wiffen's House of Russell, vol. i. p. 35.

and Tancred, and, returning to Normandy, after a few years again attempted to visit the scenes of his former exploits; and, accompanied by his wife Editha, set out on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem; and died on the journey, on the 8th of the ides of May, but in what year does not appear. It is thus I interpret the words of William of Jumieges—Giraldus tandem Hierusalem petens cum uxore sua Editha, in ipso itinere mortuus est. (Appendix XVI.)

Upon this Editha, his widow, returned into Normandy, and remarried to Dreux de Monceaux, or de Moncy.8 By her second husband, Editha had a son, Dreux de Monceaux, who, or else his father, witnessed the foundation charter of the Abbey of Dunstable in England by Henry I. The name of their descendants frequently occurs in the Monasticon Anglicanum.

Gerard de Gournay left issue by Editha de Warren his wife,

  1. 1st. Hugh, his son and heir, of whom hereafter.
  2. 2nd. , a daughter, married to Richard de Talbot.
  3. 3rd. Gondree, married to Neil d'Albini.b

M. De La Mairie says, in his History of Gournay, that some authors give to Gerard another son, Renaud de Gournay, who had a son Hugh.

Walter de Gournai was, I think, undoubtedly another son of Gerard; he held lands in Suffolk under the Dampmartins in the reign of Stephen ;c and was ancestor of the Gournays of West Barsham in Norfolk. It appears a portion of the great fief of Bray was severed, probably at the death of Gerard, in favour of his son Walter, and his descendants/ to be held by the tenure called paragium, which I have before noticed. I shall give the details of this Norman fief in the Second Part of this Record, which treats of the descendants of Walter de Gournay.

* a Hist. MS. de Gournay. Dugdale's Baronage, vol. i. p. 430. Roman de Rou, vol. ii. p. 251. Watson's House of Warren, vol. i. p. 76. This family were of Money, or Monceaux le Chatel, in the Beauvoisis, where they were of great power. Money itself is the chief town of a deanery. See M. Louvet's History of Beauvais, vol. i. p. 102, where the overbearing character of this Drugo de Moncy appears.

  • b Dugdale's Baronage, vol. i. p. 430. Hist. MS. de Gournay. William de Jumieges, lib. viii. c. 8. Watson's House of Warren, vol. i. p. 76.
  • c Liber Niger Scaccarii, vol. i. p. 299.
  • d Les Olim, ou Registre des Arrets—par Le Comte de Beugot, tom. i. p. 85. Paris, 1839.


   * Birth: 1070, Normandy, France
   * Partnership with: Edith DE WARENNE
         o Child: Gundred DE GOURNAY Birth: 1090, Northumberland, England

Descendants of Gerard DE GOURNAY


     2 Gundred DE GOURNAY
       =Nigel DE AUBIGNY
           3 Roger DE MONTBRAY
             =Alice DE GAUNT
           3 Henry DE AUBIGNY
             =Cecily DE CHAWORTH

10 Sir Gerald de GOURNAY m Edith de WARRENNE

Edith was the daughter of William, Earl of WARENNE and Gundred of England and Grandaughter of King William, Duke of Normandy Gerald was a staunch supporter of William Rufus against his brother Robert Curthose, using his fortresses at Gournay, La Ferte, Gaillefontaine and Eacouche, which latter he had come into as the inheritance of his mother, Basilia. After the problem of the two brothers was settled, Gerard went on the first crusade in 1096, when he was killed in battle. After his death Editha remarried to Dreux de MONCEAUX

See the Sauveur branch here

Chilkdren of Gerald and Edith
  • 12......Hugh IV b abt 1076 d 1180 (This death record is in my view doubtful, but he was said to be of great age)
  • 13......Gunnora (Gundred) b abt 1078 m Sir Richard TALBOT of Swanscombe
  • 14......Gundredb abt 1097 Northumberland m Neil d'AUBIGNY Jun 1118 Note:Neil was the son of Roger d'Aubigny and Amice de Mowbray
  • 15......Amice dob unknown m Richard de TALBOT aft 1181
  • 16......Haywise dob unknown The Annals of Bermondsey record the donation by "Hawisia de Gurnay" of "ecclesiam de Inglescombe in comitatu Somerset" to the abbey in 1112
  • 17......Walter dob unknown

Baron of Yarmouth

Gerard de Gournay, Baron of Yarmouth, was a grand Seigncur. He married Edith, daughter of William, Earl of Varenne in France, and 1st Earl of Warren and Surrey, in England, so created by William, the Conqueror, with whom he came to England in 1066. They had five children: Hugues III, Gautier, Anseau, Gonnor and Gundred. He went on the First Crusade and died on the way home on the 8th of May, 1097. Edith, who had accompanied him, was taken back to Normandy by Drogon, a Chevallier and friend of Gerard, who after married her, and they had a son. Drogon had rich manoirs of his own, but Henry I, of England, under pretense of danger to Gerard's children, put senechals in all their manoirs, took their fortresses, and took Gerard's children to himself. Of the above children their daughter, Gundred de Gournay, married Nigel d'Albini, and Gonner.

(Kin of Mellcene Thurman Smith, page 469)

Gerard de Gournai was also called seigneur de Gourny-en-Brai Gerold de Gournay.

He married Edith de Warenne, daughter of Guillaume I de Varennes, 1st Earl of Surrey and Gundred of Flanders, before 1091.

See "My Lines"

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

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Birth: unknown Normandy, France Death: 1104

Gerard de Gournay was the son of Hugh de Gournay and Basilia Flatel. He lived during the reign of William Rufus and was in high favor, adhering to him against Robert Curthose in 1089 [Ord. Vital; Dugdale's Baronage, vol i. p. 430]. He married Editha, daughter of William Earl Warren, by Gundred. After 1096, Gerard de Gournay assumed the cross and accompanied Robert Curthouse into the Holy Land on the first crusade. He later returned on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, along with his wife Editha, but died on his way there. His widow married, as her second husband, Dreux de Monceaus. Gerard founded the priory of Lessingham in Norfolk, which was attached to the Abbey of Bec in Normandy. ~ The Record of the House of Gournay, pp. 17-18, 22 From Gen-Medieval Archives: Gournay Family Pedigree. 193 From: (Douglas Richardson) Subject: Gournay Family Pedigree Date: 19 Jan 2003 17:36:28 -0800 Gerard de Gournay, of Caister, Norfolk, seigneur of Gournay-en-Brie, la Ferte-en-Brie, and Gaillefontaine, founder of Lessingham Priory, Norfolk, son and heir. He married before 1091 Aidieve or Ediva de Warenne, daughter of William de Warenne, lst Earl of Surrey, by Gundred, sister of Gerbod, Earl of Chester, and daughter of Gerbod. Her maritagium included the manor of Mapledurham, co. Oxford. They had one son, Hugh, and one daughter, Gundred. He and his father witnessed the foundation charter of Holy Trinity Caen in 1082 by King William the Conqueror. In 1090, he stood by William Rufus against Duke Robert, and, on their reconciliation, his allegiance and castles in Normandy were transferred to Duke Robert. He and his mother confirmed all of his father's gifts to the Abbey of Bec. He accompanied Robert, Duke of Normandy, on a crusade in 1096, and was with Bohemond in the advance from Nice in Bythinia. Gerard de Gournay was living in 1104, and is said to have died on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. His widow, Aideve, married (2nd) Drew de Monceaux (living 1131). They had one son, Drew. [Sources cited: Delisle and Berger, Actes de Henry II vol. 1, no. 325 (mentions wife "Edwa" [recte Ediua] (not seen). Daniel Gurney, Record of the House of Gournay (1858), pp. 22 (chart), 63-72. Bedfordshire Historical Record Society 7 (1922): 153-157; 19 (1937): charts fol. pg. 99. Oxfordshire Record Society 7 (1925): 7-15. Curia Regis Rolls 6 (1932): 272-273. Paget (1957), 266: 1-4 (sub Gurnay); 569:1 (sub Warren)

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 Hugues de Gournay (1040 - 1093)
 Basilia Flaitel

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Gerard de Gournay, Baron of Gournay's Timeline

Gournay-En-Bray, Normandy, France
Age 19
Gournay-en-Bray, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
Age 31
Gournay-en-Bray, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
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Gournay, Normandy, France
Age 38
although some say he died on crusade, records show him returning to England and then embarking on another trip to the East with his wife Editha, where he died (year unknown, before 1104)