Hubert de Vaux, Gillesland

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Hubert de Vaux, Gillesland

Also Known As: "Hubert de Vallibus", "Lord of Gilsland", "baron of gillesland", "Lord of Vaux"
Birthplace: Irthington, Cumberland, England
Death: 1164 (58-59)
Gilsland, Cumberland, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Seigneur Robert (Harold) de Vallibus de Vaux and Beatrice de Munchensy
Husband of Grecia of Cumberland
Father of Robert de Vallibus, Baron Gillesland; Adam of Castle Carrock; Eustace de Vaux of Castle Carrock and Beatrice de Valle
Brother of Randulph de Vaux, of Tremayne; Robert de Vallibus, Baron Dalton and Gilbert de Vaux

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  • Hubert de Vallibus, commonly called Vaux, (elder son of Harold de Vallibus from Normandy). William the Conqueror dispossessed the Thane of Gilsland to reward a Norman henchman, Hubert de Vallibus, who took over the Thane's castlesteads (1070), and later handed them over to his son Robert, who founded the Priory at Lanercost (1166).
  • Hubert married into the Gracia family and was the 1st Feudal Lord of Gilsland.


  • The Norman Castle of Vaux or De Vallibus is mentioned by Orderic Vitalis: and then Terra di Vallibus continued in the possession of the family to which it gave their name until the time of King John. Two brothers, Robert and Aitard de Vaux, appears in Domesday as mesne-lords in Norfolk. The former was probably the same Robert de Vals or de Vaux who, six years before, gave his Tithes to St. Evrault [orderic Vit. 576]. Both of them held of Roger Bigod. "Robert de Vallibus, who held Pentney of Bigod, founded a Priory there for the souls of Agnes his wife and their children."
  • Hubert de Vaux, the grandson of the founder of Pentney Priory, Robert Vaux, and son of the second Robert Vaux, received from Henry II, a grant of the barony of Gilsland, one of the three great fiefs into which Ranulph de Meschines had divided the frontier district of Cumberland. Hubert earned his share of the reconquered territory by helping to drive out the Scots. Hubert died in 1164, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert. Robert died without issue and his brother Ralph succeeded him. The line terminated with Ralph's grandson, Hubert II, whose daughter Maud, Landy of Gilsland, carried the barony to the Multons; and her great-great-grand-daughter Margaret again transferred it to the Dacres. ~The Battle Abbey Roll, Vol. I, pg. 295-296
  • Hubert de Vaux acquired the Barony of Gillesland by grants from Ranulph de Meschines, upon whom the Victorious Norman had conferred the whole county of Cumberland. This Hubert was succeeded by his son Robert de Vaux, or Vallibus. ~Burke's A General and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerages of England, Ireland, and Scotland, Extinct, Dormand and Abeyance, pg. 532
  • In a Charter of henry II, Hubert de Vallibus "totam terram quam Gilbertus filus Boet tenuit," or all of Gill's land, know as Gilsland. There was and addition in the chater (de incremento) of Corby and Catterlen. All these lands, Hurbert de Vallibus was to hold to him and his heirs forever, per serviciam duorum militum, meaning due to his military service to the crown. ~Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, Vol. IV, p. 451

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Reconstruction drawing, by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, of the Château de Coucy, which probably influenced the design of Dirleton

The Norman family of de Vaux originated in Rouen, northern France, and settled in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. Two de Vaux brothers, or cousins, were among a number of Anglo-Norman knights invited to Scotland, and granted land, by King David I of Scotland in the 12th century. Hubert de Vaux was given the barony of Gilsland in Cumbria, at that time part of Scotland.


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Hubert de Vaux, Gillesland's Timeline

Irthington, Cumberland, England
Basse-Normandie, France
Carrick Castle, Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Irthington, Cumberland, England
July 21, 1149
Stoke, Devonshire, England
Age 59
Gilsland, Cumberland, England