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Robert d'Harcourt

Birthdate: (50)
Birthplace: Bosworth Field, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Death: between circa 1202 and circa 1206 (42-62)
Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir Ivo de Harcourt and Agnes d'Harcourt
Husband of Millicent / Isabel de Camville
Father of Sir William de Harcourt, Knight; Oliver de Harcourt; Robert de Harcourt; John de Harcourt; Richard de Harcourt and 1 other
Half brother of Gilchrist de Mar; Malcolm Mar; James Mar; Duncan of Mar, 4th Earl of Mar; John Mar and 5 others

Occupation: Sherrif of Warwick & Leicester, sherriff of warwickshire, High Sheriff of Warwickshire & Leicestershire 1199-1202
Managed by: James Fred Patin, Jr.
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About Robert d'Harcourt

Founder of the line of Harcourts of Stanton Harcourt.


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ROBERT de Harcourt (-[1206]). "…Sim de Hareucort…Rob de Hareucort…" witnessed the charter dated to [1152/67] under which the monks of Leicester abbey authorised the establishment of the church of St Mary the Less, Leicester[875]. The Red Book of the Exchequer, listing scutage payments in [1194/95], records "de his qui non habent capitales honores…Roberto de Haroucourt" paying "de dimidia marca" in Oxfordshire[876].

m MILLICENT de Camville, daughter of RICHARD de Camville of Stanton, Oxfordshire & his wife Margaret ---. The primary source which confirms her parentage and marriage has not yet been identified. Robert & his wife had two children:

a) WILLIAM de Harcourt (-6 Apr 1223). An order was dated to [Jun] 1223 to confiscate "chattels formerly of William de Harcourt" to pay his debt to the king[877]. m (1201) ALICE Noel, daughter of THOMAS Noel of Ellenhall, Staffordshire & his wife Margaret Lestrange (-after 15 Apr 1222). The Rotulus Cancellarii records "Willelmus de Harecurt" making a fine for "hnda filia primogenita Tom Noel", in Warwickshire and Leicestershire, dated [27 May 1201/26 May 1202][878]. "Thom Noel" paid a fine for the marriage of "filia sua juniore…filio Eustac fil Steph" in Shropshire, and "Will de Harcurt" paid a fine to marry "filia primogenita predicti Thomæ" in Leicestershire, dated 1201[879]. "Alice de Harcourt and Joan her sister, daughters and heiresses of Margaret Lestrange" made a fine for "their relief of half a knight´s fee…that Margaret held of the king in chief in Alveley and Weston" in Shropshire, dated 15 Apr 1222[880]. "Alicia de Harecurt" donated land "cum corpore meo…in villa de Bruggeford" to Ronton priory, for the souls of "Thomæ Noel patris mei et…domini mei Willelmi de Harcurt", by undated charter[881]. William & his wife had one child:

i) RICHARD de Harcourt ([1202]-Jan 1258). "Richard de Harcourt" was accorded a repayment schedule for a debt of "William de Harcourt his father", dated [Apr] 1230[882]. "Ricardus de Harcourt dominus de Elinhale" donated land "in villa de Brugeford" to Ronton priory, for the soul of "Aurabilæ uxoris meæ", by undated charter[883]. A writ dated 2 Apr "42 Hen III", after the death of "Richard de Harecurt" names "Sir William his son aged 30 and more is his heir" and manors in Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Staffordshire[884]. m ORABILIS de Quincy, daughter of SAHER Earl of Winchester & his wife Margaret of Leicester. A manuscript relating to Ranton Priory, Staffordshire records that “Ricardo de Harecourt” married “Orabillam sororem Rogeri de Quinci”, and lists their descendants[885]. "Ricardus de Harcourt dominus de Elinhale" donated land "in villa de Brugeford" to Ronton priory, for the soul of "Aurabilæ uxoris meæ", by undated charter[886].

b) ALICE d'Harcourt (-after Sep 1212). m firstly JOHN de Limesey Lord of Cavendish, Suffolk, son of GERARD de Limesey & his wife Amice de Bidun (-1193). m secondly ([1196]) as his second wife, WALERAN Earl of Warwick, son of ROGER Earl of Warwick & his wife Gundred de Warenne of Surrey (-[24 Dec 1203]) .


The House of Harcourt are a Norman family, descended from the Viking Bernard the Dane and named after its seigneurie of Harcourt in Normandy. Its mottos were "Gesta verbis praeveniant" (Olonde branch), "Gesta verbis praevenient" (Beuvron branch), and "Le bon temps viendra ... de France" (English branch).

In 1280 they established the Collège d'Harcourt in Paris, now the Lycée Saint-Louis at 44 boulevard Saint-Michel.


When in 911 the Viking chief Rollo obtained the territories that would make up Normandy through the Treaty of Saint Clair-sur-Epte, he distributed domains to his main supporters among those who had accompanied him on his expeditions against the English and the Neustrians. After the conquest of Normandy, considerable lands (notably the seigneurie of Harcourt, near Brionne, were granted to Bernard the Dane as a reward for his exploits, and from him they descended upon the lords (seigneurs) of Harcourt.

[edit] French and English branches

The Harcourt family has been perpetuated up until the present day in a French branch and an English branch. The château d'Harcourt in Harcourt (Normandy), built around 1100, survives.

[edit] English branch

In the 11th century, Errand of Harcourt and his three brothers followed William the Conqueror, duke of Normandy, on the Norman invasion of England, and the brothers were installed with English lands. The English Harcourt branch entered the English peerage, as barons then viscounts then earls. At first the Harcourts had lands in Leicestershire, but in 1191 Robert de Harcourt of Bosworth inherited lands of his father-in-law at Stanton in Oxfordshire, which then became known as Stanton Harcourt.[1] The manor of Stanton Harcourt has remained in the Harcourt family to the present day, although from 1756 to 1948 their main residence was at Nuneham House, also in Oxfordshire. Simon Harcourt was created Baron Harcourt in 1711 and Viscount Harcourt in 1721. The third viscount was created Earl Harcourt in 1749, but all titles were extinguished with the death of marshal William Harcourt, 3rd Earl Harcourt, in 1830. His cousin Edward Vernon, Archbishop of York, thus inherited the majority of that branch's lands and titles and took the name and heraldic shield of the English Harcourt family by royal authorisation on 15 January 1831. This created the Vernon-Harcourt branch, descended from a Harcourt woman. The title Viscount Harcourt was created a second time in 1917 for Lewis Harcourt, but the title was again extinguished on the death of his son.

As well as this branch, the English Harcourt family also descends from the older line of the Harcourts of Ankerwycke.

[edit] French branch

In France, Errand of Harcourt's brother, Robert I of Harcourt, sire of Harcourt, continued the Harcourt line in France. His descendents are sub-divided into several branches, with the two principal ones being the Olonde and Beuvron branches, which both descend to this day. The Harcourt family of France intermarried with other members of the French aristocracy, including the de Livet family.[2]

The Beuvron branch includes several marshals of France and lieutenant generals of the ancien regime royal armies. These include

   * François III of Harcourt (died 1705), marquis of Ectot and of Beuvron, lieutenant général of the "armées du roi" and the king's lieutenant général in Normandy
   * Henri, first duke of Harcourt, marshal of France, ambassador to Madrid in 1697 (died 1718)
   * Anne-Pierre, 4th duke of Harcourt, marshal of France, governor of Normandy (died 1783)
   * Anne-Pierre's son François-Henri, 5th duke of Harcourt, governor of Normandy, representative of the comte de Provence to the British government during the French Revolution.
   * George of Harcourt-Olonde (1808-1883), ambassador to London and Vienna.

In 1966, 126 English and French Harcourts celebrated the 1000-year anniversary of the House of Harcourt at the château du Champ-de-Bataille, headed by the head of the family, Lord Harcourt, Marquess of Harcourt, and by the duke of Harcourt, head of the Beuvron branch.

[edit] The first lords of Harcourt

The first seigneurs of Harcourt from the early 11th to 13th centuries:

   * Bernard the Dane, compagnon of Rollo, gouvernor and regent of the duchy of Normandy until the death of William I of Normandy (942)
   * Torf, baron of Tourville, son of Bernard le Danois and of Sprote, princess of Bourgogne.
   * Turquetil (960 - 1020s), son of Torf and of Ertemberge of Briquebec. William the Conqueror's governor during his minority.
   * Anquetil of Harcourt, son of Turquetil and of Anceline of Montfort, was the first seigneur of Harcourt known under this title. In 1066, he accompanied William the Conqueror on his conquest of England, obtaining lands in England. His possessions stretched along both sides of the English Channel. He married Ève of Boissey.
   * Errand of Harcourt, seigneur of Harcourt, participated in the conquest of England on the side of William the Conqueror
   * Robert Ier of Harcourt, called le Fort (the Strong), brother of Errand, whom he succeeded. He too took part in the conquest of England, but returned to Normandy. He built the first château of Harcourt, and married Colette of Argouges.
   * Guillaume of Harcourt, son of Robert I, he backed Henry I of England in his wars in Normandy. He married Hue of Amboise.
   * Robert II of Harcourt, called le Vaillant (the Valiant) or le Fort, son of Guillaume. He accompanied his suzerain Richard I of England on the Third Crusade and was designated by John of England as his surety and hostage in 1200 in the peace concluded with Philip II Augustus. He also became seigneur of Elbeuf by his 1179 marriage to Jeanne of Meulan.
   * Richard of Harcourt, baron of Harcourt, son of Robert II, in 1213 he married Jeanne de la Roche-Tesson, heiress of the vicomté of Saint-Sauveur
   * Jean I (born c.1200), called le Pruof homme, baron of Harcourt, vicomte of Saint-Sauveur. Around 1240 he married Alix of Beaumont (died 1275)

[edit] The Harcourts and the Hundred Years' War


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As with several Norman lords, several Harcourt possessions in England and France were placed in a difficult position during the wars between the Capetians and Plantagenets. In this context, the Harcourt family played a game all of its own, simultaneously independent of both the king of France and king of England. Geoffroy de Harcourt led King Edward III and the English Army into Normandy during the Crecy campaign as well as being involved in a reconnaissance mission that end in a skirmish between Geoffroy of Harcourt and his elder brother, the Comte de Harcourt, at Rouen. Geoffroy of Harcourt was also placed in charge of Prince Edward's personal safety during the Battle of Crecy. Also, after Philip II's conquest of Normandy in 1204, the Harcourts habitually became the head of feudal movements against the king of France.

[edit] Notable members of the House of Harcourt

The Harcourts have a great reputation in England and France as:

[edit] Statesmen and governors

   * Bernard the Dane, founder of the house of Harcourt, governor and regent of the duchy of Normandy up to the death of duke Guillaume (942)
   * Philippe d'Harcourt (died 1163), chancellor of England (1139-40)
   * Louis d'Harcourt (died 1388), vicomte de Châtellerault, governor and lieutenant général of Normandy (1356-1360)
   * Jacques Ier d'Harcourt (1350-1405), baron of Montgommery, counsellor and chamberlain of king Charles VI
   * Jacques II of Harcourt (died 1428), comte de Tancarville, governor and lieutenant général of Picardie
   * Christophe of Harcourt (died 1438), seigneur d'Havré, conseiller and chambellan of king Charles VII, grand-master of the waters and the forests
   * Guillaume d'Harcourt (died 1487), comte de Tancarville, counsellor and chamberlain of king Charles VII, constable and chamberlain of Normandy, grand-master of the waters and the forests (1431)
   * Henry d'Harcourt (1654-1718), 1st duke of Harcourt, member of the regency council (1715)
   * Simon Harcourt (1661-1727), 1st viscount Harcourt, garde des Sceaux (1710-1713) and Lord Chancellor of England (1713-14)
   * François of Harcourt (1689-1750), 2nd duke of Harcourt, governor of Sedan (1735-50)
   * Anne Pierre d'Harcourt (1701-1783), 4th duke of Harcourt, governor of Sedan (1750), gouvernor of Normandy (1764-75)
   * Simon Harcourt (1714-1777), 1st earl Harcourt, viceroy of Ireland (1772-77)
   * François-Henri d'Harcourt (1726-1802), 5th duke of Harcourt, governor of Normandie (1775-89)
   * Sir William Vernon Harcourt (1827-1904), secretary of state (home secretary, 1880-1885) then chancellor of the exchequer (1892-1895)
   * Emmanuel d'Harcourt (1844-1928), vicomte d'Harcourt, secrétaire général de la présidence de la République (1873-1877), vice-president of the French Red Cross
   * Lewis Harcourt (1863-1922), viscount Harcourt, minister for the colonies (1910-15) who gave his name to Port Harcourt (Nigeria)
   * Mike Harcourt (born 1943), premier of British Columbia (Canada) from 1991 to 1996

[edit] French and English marshals

   * Jean II of Harcourt, called le Preux (died 1302), vicomte of Châtellerault, sire of Harcourt, maréchal de France in 1283 and amiral de France in 1295, husband of Jeanne de Châtellerault, vicomtesse of Châtellerault (1235-1315), daughter of Aimeri, vicomte de Châtellerault, and of Agathe de Dammartin
   * Henry of Harcourt (1654-1718), 1st duke of Harcourt, marshal of France in 1703
   * François of Harcourt (1689-1750), 2nd duke of Harcourt, marshal of France in 1746
   * Anne Pierre of Harcourt (1701-1783), 4th duke of Harcourt, marshal of France in 1775
   * Geoffroy of Harcourt, called Godefroy le boiteux (died 1356), made marshal by Edward III in 1346
   * William Harcourt, 3rd Earl Harcourt (1743-1830), promoted to field-marshal by king George IV in 1821

[edit] French and British ambassadors

   * Henry d'Harcourt (1654-1718), 1st duke of Harcourt, extraordinary ambassador to Madrid (1697-1699 and 1700-1701), contributed to the installation of the Bourbons on the throne of Spain
   * Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt (1714-1777), British ambassador to Paris (1768-72)
   * François-Henri d'Harcourt (1726-1802), 5th Duke of Harcourt, represented Louis XVIII to the British government (1792-1800)
   * Eugène d'Harcourt (1786-1865), 8th Duke of Harcourt, ambassador to Madrid (1830) and to Rome (1848-49)
   * George d'Harcourt (1808-1883), marquis d'Harcourt, pair de France, ambassador to Vienna (1873) and London (1875-79)
   * Bernard d'Harcourt (1842-1914), ambassador to Rome (1871), to London (1872-73) and to Berne (1874-76)
   * Emmanuel d'Harcourt (1914-1985), Compagnon de la Libération, ambassador to Dublin (1969) and to Prague (1975-79)

[edit] Governors of French and British heirs to the throne

   * Henry of Harcourt (1654-1718), 1st duke of Harcourt, member of the regency council, named by Louis XIV in his will as governor of the Dauphin (the future Louis XV) following the maréchal de Villeroy
   * Simon Harcourt, 1st Earl Harcourt (1714-1777), governor of the Prince of Wales, the future George III (1751-52)
   * François-Henri d'Harcourt (1726-1802), 5th duke of Harcourt, governor of the dauphin of France (1786-89)

[edit] Generals

   * Jean IV of Harcourt (died 1346), comte of Harcourt, captain of Rouen (1345), killed at the battle of Crécy
   * Jean VII of Harcourt (1370-1452), comte of Harcourt, also called prince of Harcourt, captured at the battle of Agincourt
   * Jean VIII of Harcourt (1396-1424), comte of Aumale, lieutenant and capitaine général de Normandy, killed at the battle of Verneuil
   * Odet of Harcourt (1604-1661), marquis of Thury and of La Motte-Harcourt, lieutenant général des armées du roi
   * Louis-François of Harcourt (1677-1714), comte of Sézanne, knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece, lieutenant général des armées du roi (1710)
   * Henri-Claude d'Harcourt (1704-1769), comte of Harcourt, lieutenant général des armées du roi (1748)
   * Anne-François d'Harcourt (1727-1797), duke of Beuvron, lieutenant général des armées du roi (1780)
   * Charles-Hector d'Harcourt (1743-1820), marquis of Harcourt, pair de France, lieutenant général des armées du roi (1814)
   * Marie-François d'Harcourt (1755-1839), 6th duke of Harcourt, lieutenant général des armées du roi (1815)
   * Amédée d'Harcourt (1771-1831), marquis of Harcourt, pair de France, general in the English army
   * Octavius Vernon Harcourt (1793-1863), admiral in the Royal Navy
   * Frederick-Edward Vernon Harcourt (1790-1853), admiral in the Royal Navy
   * Armand d'Harcourt (1883-1975), vice-admiral (1940), commandant of the French Navy of Morocco, president of the société centrale de sauvetage des naufragés
   * Jean d'Harcourt (1885-1980), general in the air force (1939), inspector general of fighter aircraft, knight grand-cross of the Légion d'honneur (1964)

[edit] Resistance-workers

   * Robert d'Harcourt (1881-1965) and his sons, Anne-Pierre d'Harcourt (1913-1981) and Charles d'Harcourt (1921-1992), both sent to Buchenwald concentration camp
   * Emmanuel d'Harcourt (1914-1985), one of the first five Compagnons de la Libération, member of the counsel of the Ordre de la Libération

[edit] Churchmen

   * Philip de Harcourt (died 1163), bishop of Salisbury (1140), bishop of Bayeux (1142), and chancellor of England (1139-1140)
   * Raoul d'Harcourt (died 1307), canon of Paris (1305), counsellor of Philip IV of France, almoner of Charles de Valois, founder of the collège d'Harcourt (Paris, now Lycée Saint-Louis)
   * Robert d'Harcourt (died 1315), bishop of Coutances (1291), counsellor of Philip III and Philip IV of France.
   * Guy d'Harcourt (died 1336), bishop of Lisieux (1303), founder of the collège de Lisieux (Paris)
   * Jean d'Harcourt (died 1452), bishop of Amiens (1418), of Tournai (1433), archbishop of Narbonne (1436), patriarch of Antioch (1447), bishop of Alexandria and of Orleans (1451)
   * Louis I d'Harcourt (1382-1422), vicomte de Châtellerault, archbishop of Rouen (1407)
   * Louis II d'Harcourt (1424-1479), bishop of Béziers (1451), archbishop of Narbonne (1451), bishop of Bayeux (1460), patriarch of Jerusalem (1460-79)
   * Louis-Abraham d'Harcourt (1694-1750), 3rd duke of Harcourt, chanoine de Notre-Dame de Paris, doyen de l'Eglise de Paris (1733), commander of the ordre du Saint-Esprit (1747)
   * Edward Harcourt (1757-1847), bishop of Carlisle, then archbishop of York

[edit] Members of the Académie française

   * François-Henri of Harcourt (1726-1802), 5th duke of Harcourt, elected 1788
   * Robert d'Harcourt (1881-1965), elected 1946

[edit] Scientists

   * William Vernon Harcourt (1789 - 1871) was founder of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

[edit] Authors

   * Liceline d'Harcourt (c. 971-1035?), author of the "Saga des Brionne"
   * Agnes d'Harcourt (c. 1245-1291?)
   * Anne-Pierre d'Harcourt (1913-1981), author of "The Real Enemy"
   * Claire d'Harcourt, author of several books, such as "Bébés du monde" and "L'art à la loupe"
   * François-Henri of Harcourt (1726-1802)
   * Robert d'Harcourt (1881-1965), author of several works on German literature and culture, such as "L'évangile de la force" (1936), one of the first books to denounce the dangers of Nazism, as well as a book of war memoirs, "Souvenirs de captivité et d'évasion".
   * David Stanton Milne Harcourt (1946-)

[edit] Titles of the House of Harcourt

in France :

   * baron d'Harcourt
   * baron d'Elbeuf (1265)
   * comte d'Harcourt (1328)
   * comte d'Aumale
   * baron de Olonde
   * marquis de Beuvron (1528)
   * marquis de Thury
   * comte de Sézanne
   * comte de Lillebonne
   * duc d'Harcourt (1700) and peer of France (1709)
   * duc de Beuvron (1784)
   * marquis d'Olonde-Harcourt
   * marquis d'Harcourt (confirmed in 1814) and peer of France (1814), etc.

in England :

   * baron Harcourt of Stanton Harcourt (1711)
   * viscount Harcourt (1721)
   * viscount Nuneham (1749)
   * earl Harcourt (1749)
   * hereditary peer (1917)

8. Robert de Harcourt, Knight, Sheriff of the cos. of Warwick and Leicester in 1199-1201 and 1202, in which last year he died. He married Isabel Camville, only child and heir of Richard de Camville, by Milicent, his wife, cousin to Adeliza, King Henry's 2nd consort. They had the following children:

1. William de Harcourt, his heir, Knight of Stanton-Harcourt, lord of the manor of Ellenhall, co. Stafford, jure uxoris, was called "The Englishman" to distinguish him from others of the same name. He married Alice, eldest daughter and co-heir of Thomas Noel, of Ronton, and Ellenhall, by Margaret his wife, eldest daughter and co-heir of Guy le Strange. By this lady William had two sons and a daughter as follows:

1. Richard de Harcourt, his heir, Knight of Stanton-Harcourt, Elenhall, etc. married Arabella Quincy, daughter of Saier de Quincy, Earl of Winchester, by Margaret, his wife, daughter of Robert de Bellemont, and sister and co-heir of Robert de Belloment, Earl of Leicester. By this lady, with whom he acquired the manor of Bosworth, etc. he had the following children:

1. William de Harcourt. Knight, of Stanton-Harcourt, Ellenhall, and Bosworth, who married (1) Alice Zouche, daughter of Ralph la Zouche, and sister of Alan la Zouche, and by her had two daughters: Margaret Harcourt, who married John Cantilupe, who d.s.p.; and Arabella, married Fulke Pembrugge. William married (2) Hillaria (or Eleanor) Hastings, daughter of Henry Hastings, Lord Hastings, by Ada, his wife, daughter of David, Earl of Huntingdon. See Burke, pg. 262.

2. Sayer (Saier) de Harcourt.

3. Maud Harcourt, married Giles Peneston, Knight.

Richard died in 1258, and was succeeded by his son, William.

2. Henry de Harcourt, knighted in 1278, married Emma Mansel, daughter of William Mansel, of Erdington.

3. Helen Harcourt, married Hugh Bigod, justiciary of England.

2. Oliver de Harcourt, who joined Louis, Prince of France, and his party, against King John, but was made prisoner at the battle of Lincoln, 1217.

3. John de Harcourt, seated at Rodeley, co. Leicester, married Hawise, daughter of William Burdet.

4. Robert de Harcourt, married Dionysia, daughter and co-heir of Henry Pipard, of Lapworth, co. Warwick.

5. Alice Harcourt. married (1) John de Lemesi, and (2) Waleran de Newburgh, Earl of Warwick.

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[S22] Sir Bernard Burke, C.B. LL.D., A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire, new edition (1883; reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1978), page 399. Hereinafter cited as Burkes Extinct Peerage.

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