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Roger de Montgomery, I Seigneur de Montgomery

Also Known As: "Roger de Montgommerie", "Roger I Montgomery", "Seigneur of /Montgomery/", "Viscount of Heimes", "Earl of Shrewsbury"
Birthplace: St-Germain-de-Montgomery, Calvados, Normandy, France
Death: before 1048
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Hugues de Montgomery and Sibell Senfrie de Crepon
Husband of Josceline Tofulus de Turqueville, De Ponteaudemer
Father of Hugues de Montgomery, vicomte d'Hiémois; Robert de Montgomery; Guillaume de Montgomery; Gilbert 'The Constable' de Montgomery and Roger de Montgomery, Sire d'Alençon. Earl of Shropshire and Shrewsbury

Occupation: Sieur, de Montgommery, Comte, de Shrewsbury, Vicomte, d'Hiémois, Vicomte of Hiemes
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About Roger de Montgomery, I Seigneur de Montgomery,_seigneur_of_Montgomery Roger de Montgomery (fl. 1027), seigneur of Montgomery and vicomte of the Hiémois.

Roger was the son of Hugh de Montgomery (955-1056) and Sibell De Crepon (1000-1046), both of Normandie, France. Roger was born 975 in St Germain De Montgomery, Calvados, Normandy, France. He died on 7 Feb 1055 in Ile-de-France, France[citation needed]

Roger's wife Josseline de Pontaudemer was born in 975 in Pont Audemer, Beaumont, Normandy, France. She died on 7 Feb 1050 at Pont, Eure, Haute-Normandie. She was the niece of Gunnora, Duchess of Normandy.[1][2]

Roger held the lands of Saint-Germain-de-Montgommery and Sainte-Foy-de-Montgommery, both of which show traces of early castles.[3] He acquired the office of vicomte of the Hiémois probably about the time Robert I became Duke in 1027.[a][4] In c. 1031–1032 he witnessed a charter to the abbey of St. Wandrille by Robert I, Duke of Normandy as vicomte.[5] Like Duke Robert, Roger began acquiring church properties, among these, c. 1025–27, half the town of Bernay.[6] He took over a wood at 'Crispus Fagidus' which belonged to Jumièges Abbey in the 1030s.[6] He suppressed a market held by the same abbey and transferred it into his own domain.[7] He later returned the market to the abbey and paid restitution for their losses.[7]

In 1035 at Robert I's death, his great uncle, Robert Archbishop of Rouen ruled Normandy as regent.[8] Roger seems to have lost favor with the young duke as well as his vicomte office as he signed an early charter of Duke William simply as Roger of Montgomery.[9] At the archbishop’s death in 1037, anarchy broke out in Normandy and among the rebels was Roger de Montgomery, formerly one of Duke Robert's closest companions, who, after being defeated in his own territory, fled to the court of Henry I of France.[10] Roger had been forced into exile by Osbern the Steward who was afterwards killed by William de Montgomery, Roger's son.[11] Roger died on February 7th 1055 in exile in Paris, Ile-de-France, France. In 1068 his wife was still holding lands at Bures and Saint-Pair.[citation needed]

Roger I de Montgommery (Montgomerie, Montgomery)

Parents: (uncertain)

Spouse: Josceline, Sainfrida' daughter


  1. Hugues
  2. Robert
  3. Roger
  4. Guillaume (William)
  5. Gilbert
  6. parent of Amiera




ROGER [I] de Montgommery, son of --- (-[before 1048]). Seigneur de Montgommery and Vicomte de l'Hiémois. He witnessed a charter of Robert I Duke of Normandy for the abbey of Saint Wandrille dated [1031/32]. In [1028/35] he restored to the Abbey of Jumièges the market at Vimoutiers which he had taken from the monks[380]. Guillaume de Jumièges records that "Roger de Montgomeri" was exiled to Paris "à cause de sa perfidie" in the early years of the reign of Guillaume II Duke of Normandy[381].

m JOSCELINE, daughter of --- & his wife Sainsfrida [Senfrie][382] . Josceline, her husband and her mother are named in a letter of Ives Bishop of Chartres to Henry I King of England dated 1114 which explains the consanguinity between the king and Hugues de Châteauneuf, who wanted to marry one of the king's illegitimate daughters[383].

Roger & his wife had [six] children:

1. HUGUES de Montgommery (-killed in battle 7 Feb[384] [1035/before 1048], bur Troarn[384])...

2. ROBERT de Montgommery (-before his father)...

3. ROGER [II] de Montgommery (-Shrewsbury 27 Jul 1094, bur Shrewsbury Abbey)...

4. GUILLAUME de Montgommery (-killed in battle [1035/before 1048])...

5. GILBERT de Montgommery (-murdered [1064])...

6. N.N.

Roger I de Montgomery, who was the first to use the surname of Montgomery, was called one of the most powerful Norman Barons at the end of the tenth century. He died in Paris about 1040 A.D. He married Josceline, daughter of Senfrie, sister of the wife of Richard I. His sons were Hugo who died before 1050, Robert and William who both also died before 1050, Gilbert who was poisoned by his sister-in-law, Mabile de Belleme in 1063 A.D. and our ancestor Roger de Montgomery II, Earl of Arundel and Shrewsbury.

"Origin and History of the Montgomerys" by B.G. Montgomery of Sweden.



Gormeric's eldest son, William, had a son Hugo. His son Roger de Montgomery is the first member of the family of whom one knows with certainty that he used the surname. The French historian, the Vicomte Du Motey, calls Roger 'one of the most powerful Norman Barons at the end of the tenth century.'

William the Bastard, the name of the Norman Duke before he conquered England and gained the prouder surname of the Conqueror, was the son of Robert II and Arlette or Herleve, the daughter of one Fulbert, tanner of Falaise. Judging by his great care of churches and monasteries, Roger must have been a very religious man. No wonder, therefore, that after Robert's death he refused to recognize William, born out of wedlock, as the legitimate heir to the throne. He and his sons Hugo and Robert organized the opposition against the young Duke, whose guardian was Allan, Duke of Brittany. They struggled against heavy odds, since the Duke's supporters were far more numerous, but Montgomery defended himself with great courage and tenacity behind the walls of his castle. Allan died at Vimoutiers during the siege, but in the end Montgomery had to surrender. He was banished from the country and went to France, where he was well received by Henry I, who shared his views. Roger died in Paris about 1040. According to the Cartulary of Troarn, his wife Josceline was still alive in 1068.

During Roger's exile his sons remained in Normandy, continuing to fight for what they considered a just cause. This struggle eventually developed into sheer vendetta. Allan's successor as guardian of the young Duke was Osbern de Crepon, the son of Herfast, brother of Duchess Gunnor. He was a cousin of Richard II and also of Roger de Montgomery's wife Josceline. In spite of this kinship Osbern pitilessly persecuted Roger's sons, and one of them, William, determined to capture the Duke, who lived with Osbern in the strongly fortified castle of Vaudreuil. The guardian watched like a hawk over his precious life, but one night William and his confederates managed to penetrate within the castle to the Duke's chamber. He was not there, but Osbern, whom they found alone, was summarily strangled. Ordericus says that on this occasion the Duke's life was saved by his uncle Gautier, brother of Arlette, who had hidden him in his bed. Some days later one of Osbern's men, Bamous de Glos, surprised William in his quarters and killed him during his sleep. Now the vendetta was accomplished and the way open to reconciliation between the Duke's party and the Montgomerys.

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St-Germain-de-Montgomery, Calvados, Normandy, France
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Normandie, France
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Calvados, Normandy, France
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Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France