Hamon Belers (d'Aubigny)

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Hamon d'Aubigny (de Albini), [possible son of Nigel and Gundred d'Aubigny]

Also Known As: "Hamo", "de Albini alias d'Beler", "de Aubigny"
Birthplace: Epworth Castle, Axholme, Lincoln, England
Death: 1203 (98-108)
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
Place of Burial: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Nele d'Aubigny, Lord of Mowbray and Gundred de Gournay
Husband of wife of Hamon d'Aubigny
Father of Sampson de Bellers; Robert de Albini and Baldwin de Albini
Brother of Robert d'Aubigny, [son of Henry and Cecilia]; Gundred d'Aubigny; Henry de Albini; Richard de Albini and Sir Roger I de Mowbray, of Masham

Occupation: Lord of Ketelby Bellars in 1160
Managed by: Scott David Hibbard
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About Hamon Belers (d'Aubigny)

From http://balder.prohosting.com/shissem/Hissem_Mowbray.html

Possibly the father of Baldwin. At the court of Henry I the following were listed,

"Henri, roi, Ranulfe, chancelier, Willaume de Warenne, Eustache de Breteuil, Neel d’Aubigny, Hamon, pannetier [supervised the bakery], Willaume d’Aubigny, grand echanson du Roy [cup-bearer, or butler, to the King] . . ." - from "Histoire de la congre´gation de Savigny" by Claude Auvry If this were our Hamon, he would be Nigel and William's uncle.

(2) Baldin de Boullers (d'Aubigny) (c1075) Lord of Montgomery. de Aubigny. He married Sybil de Falaise.

(3) Maud de Boullers (c1110) Bollers, Boulers. She married Richard Fitzurse.

Was he the same as Hamo Beler? Much controversy surrounds this, as demonstrated in the discussion from GEN-MEDIEVAL below:


Re: Belers of Ab Kettleby

From: mjcar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 14:42:35 -0800 (PST) On Feb 20, 4:30 pm, mj...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

A 1453 case shows that John Belers, esquire, claimed the following pedigree:

a. William Belers b. Hamon Belers ff 1274, alleged benefactor to Vaudey Abbey c. Ralph Belers d. Ralph Belers [ff 1338; married Agatha] e. [Sir] James Belers [d c1411]; married [2ndly] Margaret; issue: f. John Belers, son and heir g. John Belers, ff 1453

By comparison, here are the Belers of Kirby Belers:

i. Ralph de Belers ii. Roger de Belers, ff 1255-1256 iii. William de Belers, married Amice iv. Sir Roger de Belers, d 1326 v. Sir Roger de Belers, c1319-1380

Burke's 'Landed Gentry' (1862), p 82 provides a pedigree for the family of 'Bellairs of Kirby Bellars'. This purports to link the two Belers lines - but it is at slight variance with the lineage given in 1453, and contains what appears to be an internal error:

1. Nigel d'Albini, brother of William Pincerna 2. Hamon de Belers, lord of Eye Kettleby, 1160 (brother of Roger Mowbray) 3. Ralph, married Emma, daughter of Sir Walter de Folville of Ashby Folville

4a. William de Belers, married Isabel 5. Hamon de Belers, died 1304 6. Sir Ralph de Belers, died 1345, married Emma, daughter of Sir Walter de Folville 7. Sir Richard de Belers, married Agatha Bingham 9. Sir James de Belers

4b. Roger de Belers, sheriff of Lincs; died 1277 5. (son) 6. Roger de Belers, died 1326

A *third* version of the pedigree is provided by 'Leicestershire Pedigrees and Royal Descents', W.G.D. Fletcher, 1887, p 23 et seq, to which my attention was kindly drawn by the ever-attentive Will Johnson. Thus:

1. Hamon de Albini, brother of Roger de Mowbray 2. Sampson, married Emma daughter of Sir Walter Folville, kt 3. Ralph ff 1216 4. Hamon, hostage to Jing John in 1216; married Mabel, daughter of John Mansel 5. William ff 1235-1273, married Alice 6. William, married Isabel, daughter of Sir Robert de Aungeville 7. Roger, sheriff of Lincs 1256, married Amicia (d 1277) 8. William, ff 1286; married Amicia 9. Roger (d 1326) married Alice, daughter of William (sic) Wakebridge by Julia.

It seems it is going to be a challenge to deconstruct these conflicting versions, and see what kind of pedigree can be put back together from reliable (preferably primary) sources.

First of all, it seems extremely unlikely that Hamo de Belers, the apparent founder of the family, was a brother of Roger de Mowbray. According to 'Early Yorkshire Charters'. he witnesses some of Roger's charters (as do a Ralph and Robert de Belers) but he appears well down in the list of witnesses and is not identified as Roger's brother.

We know Hamo was living in 25 Henry II (1178-1179), when he is named in the Pipe Roll: "Hamo Beler et homines sui de insula de Axiholm" - Hamo Beler and his men of the Isle of Axholme (Pipe Roll Soc. vol xxviii, p 50).

We also know that a Sampson Beler held land at Kettleby and Kirby Bellars during the time of King John, since he is named as the tenant in suits there, eg 1 John (1199-1200) - Leics Arch. Soc. vol 23 1895-6, pp 214, 398.

A much later Hamo Beler of Leics - possibly the one named in the pedigree of Sir James Beler - died in about 1304 (IPM, PRO C 133/107/4).

Further confirmation of the accuracy of the 1453 pedigree is found in a lease in the National Archives, dated 14 Edward III (1340-1341):

"Giles son and heir of Sir Henry de Erdington, knight, to Ralph, son of Sir Ralph Beler, knight, Agatha his wife and James their son - Synsonby, Leics (PRO E 210/6985).


Leicestershire Pedigrees and Royal Descents


William George Dimock Fletcher - 1887 - ‎Families of royal descent

HAMON DE ALBINI, who took the name of Beler, (perhaps from the " Cella de Bello Loco," which was given by his great- uncle, Earl Robert, to St. Alban's,


Name: Hamon BELLERS , of Kettleby 1

ALIA: Hamon de /Belers/

Birth: ABT 1121 in Ab Kettleby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England

Father: Nele d' AUBIGNY , Lord of Mowbray b: ABT 1072 in St. Martin d'Aubigny, Manche, Normandy, France

Mother: Gundred de GOURNAY b: 1097 in Gournay-en-Bray, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France

Marriage 1 Spouse


Sampson BELLERS , of Kettleby b: ABT 1142 in Ab Kettleby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England

Sources:Title: Newsgroup: soc.genealogy.medieval, at groups - google.com Page: Michael Andrews-Reading (mjcar), 19 Feb 2008 Text: pedigree contained in "The Folville and Beler Tomb at Ashby Folville [etc]", Leicestershire & Rutland Notes & Queries, vol I, 1891, p. 77. Pedigree is not confirmed by SGM.

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Hamon Belers (d'Aubigny)'s Timeline

Epworth Castle, Axholme, Lincoln, England
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England (United Kingdom)
Age 103
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England