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Anglo-Norman families: de Montfort

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  • Wife of Hugues I de Montfort-sur-Risle (Unknown) (c.970 - d.)
    MedLand HUGUES [I] "cum barba" de Montfort-sur-Risle (-killed in battle 1040). "…Hugo vicecomes filius Turstingi…" witnessed the charter dated to [1030] under which Robert II Duke of Normandy confirmed...
  • Guillaume I Bertran, seigneur de Bricquebec (c.970 - c.1066)
    Bertran, son of THURSTAN de Bastembourg & his wife --- . Guillaume de Jumièges names "Bertrand et Hugues de Montfort dit le Barbu" as sons of "Toustain de Bastenbourg"[1473]. According to Europäische S...
  • Gisla de Montfort-sur-Risle (c.978 - 1077)
    Vital Statistics Gisla de Montfort-sur-Risle was the daughter of Thurstan de Bastembourg. Her mother's name is unknown. She was the sister of Hugues I, "cum Barba" Montfort-sur-Risle and Guillaume Bert...
  • Thurstan (Toustain) de Bastembourg, Seigneur de Briquebec (c.945 - 1023)
    Charles Cawley in the Medieval Lands Database (FMG) states that his parentage as unknown. Others have traditionally believed Thurstan de Bastembourg to be the son of Anslech de Briquebec, a powerful ea...
  • Emma de Corbuceo (1159 - 1190)

Norman families known as de Montfort

  1. Rouen
    1. Seigneurs de Montfort-sur-Risle (Bastembourg)
    2. Seigneur de Montfort-sur-Risle (Gand)
  2. Evreux
    1. Comptes d'Evreux (Montfort-l'Amaury)

English de Montforts came to England with William the Conqueror

  1. Earl of Leicester 1239-1265
  2. de Montfort of Beaudesert, Warwickshire, who Burke's Peerages believes to be the son of Hugues (Hugh) IV de Montfort-sur-Risle
  • The best source is Charles Crawley's Medieval Lands Database (FMG).
  • FMG Norman Nobility Table of Contents includes a link to a well documented account of the Seigneurs de Montfort-sur-Risle (Bastembourg), the founder of the line being Thurstan de Bastembourg.
  • Thurstan's son Guillaume Bertran was the founder of the Seigneurs de Bricquebec (Bertran), discussed in FMG.
  • Thurstan's great granddaughter, Alice (Alix) de Montfort was the heiress and Dame de Montfort-sur-Risle. She married Gilbert van Gent and their son, Hugues IV succeeded his mother and was the first of the Seigneurs de Montfort-sur-Risle (Gand). The van Gent name has a number of variants, including Gand and Gaunt.
  • Hugues IV had at least three children. Cawley and Burke's Peerages differ in the number and names of the children. According to Burke, Robert de Montfort, eldest son of Hugues IV, did not have offspring and was succeeded by his brother, Thurstan, who built a castle Beaudesert (Beldesert) in Warwickshire and that line is known as de Montfort of Beaudesert.
  • Thurstan de Montfort of Beaudesert was succeeded by his son, Henry de Montfort.
  • It is speculated that Henry de Montford had a younger brother, Thurstan, who became Thurstan de Charlecote. A discussion can be found in Shakespeare's Warwickshire Contemporaries by Charlotte Carmichael Stopes.

"Sir Thomas Lucy came of a long line of distinguished ancestors, who had dwelt at Charlecote over 400 years, and had given commanders, councillors, sheriffs, knights of the shire, and justices of the peace repeatedly to the service of their country. Dugdale supposes Thurstan de Charlecote to have been a younger son of Thurstan de Montford, whose son and heir Henry granted to Walter the son of Thurstan of Charlecote the lordship of the village, which grant King Richard I. confirmed by letters natent at Dover 6th Dec., 1191, and John again confirmed with all the privileges therein noted in his fifth year. "From this Walter de Charlecote (who was a knight) by Cecily his wife, descended William, who assumed the surname of Lucy." This makes Dugdale think that his mother Cecily* must have been a "Lucy.""


  • About Montfort-sur-Risle: In Gallic times the river Risle delimited the territories of the tribes of Veliocasses and the Lexovii. The House of Montfort-sur-Risle was a dynasty of the Anglo-Norman baronage, founded by Thurstin de Bastembourg, seigneur of Pont-Authou (-1027). His son Hugues II de Montfort participated in the Battle of Mortemer in 1054 and the Battle of Hastings. The Constable (Connétable) of Normandy, then of Normandy and England, and Châtelain of Dover, he received 114 manors in England and died in 1087. From Wikipedia article. Hughes III de Montfort was Constable of Normandy and England.

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