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Guillaume (William) DE WARENNE, 1st Earl of Surrey


  • Born: 1063, Normandy, France
  • Married: Bef 1077, Normandy, France
  • Died: 27 May 1085, Castle Acre, Acre, Norfolk, England
  • Buried: Priory, Lewes, Sussex, England

  General Notes:

Compiler's 27 x great-grandmother

  Research Notes:

Orderic Vitalis records that King William I granted "Sutregiam" to "Guillelmo de Guarenna" who had married "Gundredam sororem Gherbodi". "Willelmus de Warenna…Surreie comes [et] Gundrada uxor mea" founded Lewes Priory as a cell of Cluny by charter dated 1080. This charter also names "domine mee Matildis regine, matris uxoris mee", specifying that the Queen gave "mansionem quoque Carlentonam nomine" to Gundred. It is presumably on this basis that some secondary works claim, it appears incorrectly, that Gundred was the daughter of William I King of England. Weir asserts that the charter in question "has been proved spurious", although it is not certain what other elements in the text indicate that this is likely to be the case. Assuming the charter is genuine, it is presumably possible that "matris" was intended in the context to indicate a quasi-maternal relationship, such as foster-mother or godmother. The same relationship is referred to in the charter dated to [1080/86] under which William I King of England donated property in Norfolk to Lewes priory, for the souls of “…Gulielmi de Warenna et uxoris suæ Gundfredæ filiæ meæ”.

Gundred died in childbirth. The necrology of Longpont records the death “VII Kal Jun” of “Gondreda comitissa”. 1

  Marriage Information:

Gundred married Guillaume (William) DE WARENNE 1st Earl of Surrey, son of Raoul DE WARENNE and Beatrice DE NORMANDIE, before 1077 in Normandy, France. (Guillaume (William) DE WARENNE 1st Earl of Surrey was born before 1037 in Varenne near Bellencombre, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France, died on 24 Jun 1088 in Pevensey, Sussex, England and was buried in Priory of Lewes, Sussex, England.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Gundred.

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