Walter FitzRobert, Lord of Little Dunmow

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Sir Walter FitzRobert, Lord of Little Dunmow

Also Known As: "Sir Walter FitzRobert Knight", "Baron of Little Dunmow", "FitzWalter"
Birthplace: Woodham Walter, Essex, England
Death: April 10, 1258 (49-58)
Woodham Walter, Malden, Essex, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert FitzWalter of Woodham, Baron of Little Dunmow, Surety of the Magna Carta and Rohese / Rose FitzWalter, 2nd wife of Robert FitzWalter
Husband of Ida "secunda" de Longespee
Father of Robert Fitzwalter, 1st Baron Fitzwalter; Ela de Longespee; Katherine (nun) Fitz Walter and Lora (Nun) Fitz Walter
Half brother of Christiana Fitzrobert, Lady of Essex and Matilda FitzRobert FitzWalter, Lady of Essex

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About Walter FitzRobert, Lord of Little Dunmow

Medlands: English Lords D–K: § B. Lords FitzWalter:—

  • "WALTER FitzRobert of Woodham, Walter, Essex, son of ROBERT FitzWalter & his second wife Rohese --- (-before 10 Apr 1258). Bracton records an inquiry, dated 1234/35, whether "Cristiana de Mandevilla soror Walteri filii Robertt" was seised of part of land "in Dersingham", which descended to her "ex parte Gunnore matris sue" and was inherited by "Henricus de Bailloil et Lora uxor eius" because "idem Walterus non fuit frater predicte Cristiane nisi ex parte patris"[229].
  • "m (before 1247) IDA de Longespee, daughter of WILLIAM Longespee Earl of Salisbury & his wife Ela Ctss of Salisbury (-after 10 Apr 1262). The Book of Lacock names “Isabellam de Vescy…Elam…Idam de Camyle” as the daughters of “Guillelmus Longespe ex…Ela”, adding that Ida married “Walterus filius Roberti” by whom she had “Catarinam et Loricam…velatæ…apud Lacock, Elam, quam duxit primo Guillelmus de Dodingseles, de qua genuit ---, Robertum, qui Dernogoill ---“[230]. {trans. The Book of Lacock names “Isabella de Vescy...Elam...the same about Camille” as the daughters of “William Longespée from...Ela, adding that Ida married “Walter son of Robert” by whom she had “Catharine and Lacock, Elam, whom William married first William de Dodingseles, of whom he begat ——, Robert, who Dernogoill.”}
  • "Walter & his wife had four children:" {etc.}

Plantagenet Ancestry

Richardson, Douglas. 2011. Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families. Edited by Kimball G. Everingham. 2nd ed. Vol. 1 (of 3). Seattle, Washington, USA: ‎ CreateSpace. Google Books. — Note: The couple is referenced multiple times on pp. 83, 94, 117, 123, 128, 177, 194, 197, 204, 225, 263, 273, 320, 415, 421, 431, 454, 509, 546, 550, 618, 622.
From Page 94:—

  • * HENRY II,King of England, by mistress, IDA DE TONY.
    • WILLIAM LONGESPÉE, Knt., Earl of Salisbury, married ELA OF SALISBURY [see LONGESPÉE 3].
  • 4. IDA LONGESPÉE, married WALTER FITZ ROBERT, Knt., of Woodham Walter, Burnham, Roydon, Dunmow, Henham, Tey, Ulting, and Wimbish, son and heir of Robert Fitz Walter, of Woodham Walter, Little Dunmow, etc., Essex, Magna Carta Baron, by his 2ⁿᵈ wife, Rohese (or Rose).
  • He was born about 1219 (minor in 1235 and came of age in 1240). They had one son, Robert, Knt. {1ˢᵗ Lord Fitz Walter, and three daughters, Ela Katherine (nun), and Lora (nun)}.
  • In 1253, he was granted a weekly market and a yearly fair at his manor of Burnham, Essex.
  • About 1255, he gave 3 acres of meadow in Westmead (in Roydon), Essex to the Hospitallers.
  • SIR WALTER FITZ ROBERT died shortly before 10 April 1258.
  • In the period, 1261-3, as “Ida Longespée,” widow of Walter Fitz Robert petitioned Walter de Merton, the king’s chancel I or, to bail two of her men Repealed of homicide. His widow, Ida was living 11 May 1262.
    • [Richardson cites multiple references at this juncture.]
  • Children of I da Longespée, by Walter Fitz Robert, Knt.:
  • i. ROBERT FITZ WALTER, Knt. [see next].

See also:

Douglas Richardson. Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham. Salt Lake City, UT: Author Publlished. 2013, vol. II, pp. 646-650.

Walter FitzRobert de Clare, Lord of Little Dunmow

son of Robert FitzWalter (Magna Carta Surety) and Rohese

married Ida (Idonea) de Longespee de Salisbury (daughter of Ela de Salisbury and William Longespee son of Henry II - they apparently had *two* daughters named Ida. [He married the younger one.]


Ela Fitz Walter b abt 1245, of Maxstoke and Solihull, Warwickshire, England. She md Sir William de Odingsells, Justiciar of Ireland, abt 1258, son of William de Odingsells and Joan.

The instability of surnames at this early period is shown by his being known as both "FitzWalter" (a genuine surname) and "FitzRobert" (a Norman patronymic).

In her speech before the triptych’s unveiling, Mrs Atherton, who worked on it with her two daughters, Sophie and Isabel, said: “Robert FitzWalter, as the largest landowner after the King had plenty of disagreements with the monarch. John pursued Robert’s daughter Matilda and may have poisoned her after she spurned him. John also forced Geoffrey de Mandeville of Pleshey to marry his disguarded wife, Queen Isabel for a hefty price.

“John’s refusal to discuss the baron’s grievances led them in May 1215 to repudiate their homage to the King and march into London. They were welcomed through open gates and the balance of power shifted in their favour.

“The Mayor of London accompanied the barons to Runnymede and the merchants’ concerns were incorporated into Magna Carta, such as the principle of habeas corpus and the regulation of weights and measures.”

However, as Mrs Atherton described, although it became the foundation of English Common Law, within seven weeks, the peace treaty was dead. In his paranoia at having let go some of his power, the King appealed to the Pope and the document was declared unlawful.

A civil war devastated Dunmow, Pleshey, Coggeshall and Colchester. On Christmas Day, 1215, Tilty Priory was attacked by King John’s forces. The conflict ended only with King John’s death.

Meanwhile, 23 of the Barons were killed. The only one to survive John’s rage was Richard Montfichet, aged 14. His seat was at Stansted Mountfichet

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Woodham Walter, Essex, England
Henham, Essex, England
Woodham Walter, Essex, England, United Kingdom
April 10, 1258
Age 54
Woodham Walter, Malden, Essex, England