Juhel (Judhael) de Totenais, Lord Barnstable

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Juhel (Judhael) de Totenais (de Totnes), Lord Barnstable

Also Known As: "Juhael", "Juthael", "Johel"
Death: Died in Barnstable, Devon, , England
Immediate Family:

Son of Alured the Giant and N.N.
Husband of Bertha de Totnes
Father of Aenor Eva de Totenais

Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Juhel (Judhael) de Totenais, Lord Barnstable

See J. B. Williams, "Judhael de Totnes: the life and times of a post-Conquest baron," Anglo-Norman Studies 16 (1994), 271-279.

In Domesday People (p. 41-42), KSB Keats-Rohan writes that by 1069, at least, Juhel was established in the English borough of Totnes, in Devon. He founded a priory there (in the foundation documents naming his father as Alfred). However, he was exiled shortly after 1087 when William II acceeded to the throne, resulting in the forfeiture of his fiefs. Then, before 1113, he was granted a new fief at Barnstaple in Devon by Henry I. This fief had been previously forfeited in 1095 by Robert de Mowbray, nephew of Geoffrey bishop of Coutances, who had held it in 1086.

At the time of the conflict between Alain III of Bretagne and Robert Duc of Normandy in 1029, his father Afred "the Giant" of Lievres, Cavados (canton of Surrain) was fighting the Bretons alongside Niel I de Saint-Saveur (viscount of the Cotentin). Orderic Vitalis alleged that Juhel son of Alfred was a companion of Robert Curthose in his rebellion against William the Conqueror in 1079. After this defeat at Gerberoy, Robert Curthose and his companions travelled north toward Flanders, and in Picquigny Juhel married the sister of Germond de Picquigny.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juhel_of_Totnes, after having been lord of Totnes, was awarded the Barony of Barnstaple, in Devonshire.


"One of the most interesting, as well as original, portions of the book before us, is the contribution from Richard John King, esq. of Bigadon, of a memoir of Johel de Totenais, the Domesday lord of the castles of Totnes and Barnstaple, and of no less than one hundred and seven manors in Devonshire. Mr. King has successfully traced his Norman parentage. He was the son of one "Alured the giant," whose name occurs in the chronicle of William of Jumieges, and is more fully celebrated by master Wace in his Roman de Rou. Alured, after all his exploits, died a pious monk in the abbey of Cerisy, near Bayeux. His son, Judhael or Joel (a Breton name, now, it is said, represented by Gicquel), who was so largely rewarded for his part in the conquest of England, subsequently espoused the cause of Robert Courthose; whereupon his barony of Totnes was seized by William Rufus, and bestowed upon Roger de Nonant.*[fn. omitted] Johel had previously founded the priory of Barnstaple; in which, following the example of his father, he is said to have closed his days. He had also founded a priory at Totnes, which was a cell dependent on the abbey of saints Sergius and Bacchus at Angiers. The priory at Barnstaple was dedicated to saint Mary Magdalene: that at Totnes to the Virgin Mother." Sylvanus Urban, ed. The Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. XXXV, new ser.(Jan.-June, 1851), p. 380. See also The Genealogist, Vol. IV, p. 138.


" JUHEL de Totnes (-[1099/1129]). [“…Whali [Rahel?] filii Aluredi…” witnessed the charter dated 1082 under which William I King of England granted land at Covenham to the church of St Calais[134]. It appears likely that "Whali" is a transcription error for "Juheli".] His parentage is confirmed by the undated charter under which “Joelis filii Aluredi” founded Barnstaple Priory[135]. His name suggests Breton origin. Domesday Book records “Iudichael of Totnes” holding numerous properties in Devonshire, and Froxton in Cornwall[136]. “Juhellus filius Aluredi” founded Totness Priory by undated charter, dated to the reign of William II King of England[137]. An undated charter records that King William II expelled “Juhello de Totenesio" from "hæreditatem eius" and granted it to "Rogerio de Novant” founded Totness Priory by undated charter, dated to the reign of William II King of England[138]. m --- de Picquigny, daughter of ---. A "sœur de Guermond de Picquigny, mariée en Angleterre avec un riche seigneur nommé Joelle de Totenes" is referred to in the De Miraculis sanctæ Mariæ Laudunensis[139]. Juhel & his wife had [three] children:

i) ALURED (-after 1136). The 1130 Pipe Roll records "Alur fil Johel" accounting for "terre patris sui" in Devonshire[140]. The Gesta Stephani Regis records that "Aluredo filio Joelis" held out against the king, after helping his friend Baldwin de Reviers at the siege of Exeter, following the surrender of most of his followers, dated to [1136][141].

ii) ELEANOR . "Philippus de Brausia" confirmed the donations to the church of Saints Gervais et Protais de Briouze, by "pater eius Guillemus de Brausia", by charter dated 5 Jan [1096], with the consent of "uxor eius Aanor et Guillelmus filius suus"[142]. Her parentage is confirmed by the undated charter under which “Willielmus de Braosa” confirmed donations to Barnstaple Priory by "Johelis avi sui" by undated charter[143]. m PHILIP [I] de Briouse, son of GUILLAUME [I] de Briouse & his wife --- (-[1131/39]).

iii) [daughter . The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. It is probably speculative, designed to explain how the Tracy family held part of the honour of Barnstaple (the other part of which was in the hands of the Briouse family, inherited through Juhel de Totnes´s recorded daughter Eleanor): the 1176/77 Pipe Roll names "Oliverus de Traci…pro parte sua de honore de Berdestapl" in Devonshire[144]. Domesday Descendants comments that the honour of Barnstaple "probably came to [Henry de Tracy] by grant of King Stephen, against whom Alfred [fitz Juhel] had fought in the previous year, though the possibility that his wife was a sister of Alfred cannot be excluded"[145]. Stapleton is more specific, stating that Oliver de Tracy held "a moiety of the Honour of Barnstaple…through the grant of King Stephen to his father Henry de Tracy, but which grant had been made to the prejudice of the heir of the former possessor Joel son of Alured, who was the grandfather of William de Briouze"[146]. m --- de Tracy, son of ---.] " (Medlands)

Juhel of Totnes[1] was a Breton nobleman and supporter of William I of England of the eleventh century.

He was in 1069 one of the leaders of Breton forces on the Norman side, fighting against the remaining forces that had been loyal to Harold II of England[2] He was Lord of Totnes, and holder of many manors in south-west England, at the time of the Domesday Survey (1086)[3]. He was however dispossessed or pushed out of Totnes shortly afterward. According to Frank Barlow[4] William II of England replaced the Breton Judhel, whom he expelled from Totnes at the beginning of his reign for an unknown reason, with his favourite, Roger (I) of Nonant.

Judhael de Toteneis died after 1123

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Juhel (Judhael) de Totenais, Lord Barnstable's Timeline

Age 35
Barnstaple, North Devon, Devonshire, England
January 1123
Age 74
Barnstable, Devon, , England
Age 74
May 7, 1936
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