(-Abt 1047)
Herleva D' EVREUX
(-Abt 1093)
Gérard DE GOURNAY of Caistor
(-Aft 1104)


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Edive (Edith) DE WARENNE, Heiress of Mapledurham

Gérard DE GOURNAY of Caistor 1

  • Born: Gournay-en-Bray, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
  • Married: Before 1091
  • Died: After 1104, Caistor next Yarmouth, Flegg, Norfolk, England

  Research Notes:

"Domino meo Hugone Gurnacensi et filio eius Girardo et uxore eius Basilia" consented to the donation by "Radulfus cognomine Havoth" to Jumièges by charter dated to [1040], although presumably the document is misdated. "Domino meo Hugone Gurnaiensi et filio eius Girardo et uxore eius Basilia" consented to a donation to Jumièges abbey by "Radulphus cognomina Havoth cum uxore mea" on his entering the abbey as a monk, by undated charter. "…William de Gornai…Girard de Gornai…" witnessed the charter dated 1082 under which William I King of England donated property to the abbey of la Trinité de Caen. “Odo comes et Stephanus filius eius”. Orderic Vitalis records that “primus Normannorum Stephanus de Albamarla filius Odonis Campaniæ comitis” fortified “castellum suum super Aucium flumen” at the expense of William II King of England and placed there a garrison against “ducem” [Robert III Duke of Normandy] and that “Gornacensis Girardus” followed his example and delivered “Gornacum et Firmitatem et Goisleni Fontem” [Gournay, La Ferté-en-Brai, Gaillefontaine] to the king, dated to [1089/90]. Orderic Vitalis records that “comes Ebroicensis” requested Robert [III] Duke of Normandy to return “Bathventum et Nogionem, Vaceium et Craventionem, Scoceium [Bavent, near Troarn, Noyon-sur-Andelle, Gacé, Gravençon, Ecouché], aliosque fundos Radulfi patrui mei...Caput Asini” to him and grant “Pontem Sancti Petri” [Pont Saint-Pierre] to “nepoti...meo Guillelmo Bretoliensi”, which the duke agreed to, except “Scoceium” which was held by “Girardus de Gornaco...qui de eadem parentela prodierat, filius...Basiliæ Girardi Fleitelli filiæ”, dated to [1089].

He and his wife participated in the First Crusade but he died before the capture of Jerusalem. Albert of Aix names "…Gerardus de Gorna…" among those who took part in the siege of Nikaia, dated to mid-1097 from the context. Baudry names "Girardus de Gornaio" among those on the First Crusade in 1097. Guillaume of Jumièges records that ”Giraldus” left for Jerusalem but died while away. Henry II King of England confirmed the possessions of the abbey of Bec, including donations by "Hugonis de Gornaco et Girardi filii…Girardi de Gornaio et Basilie matris sue", by charter dated to [1181/89]. 2

  Marriage Information:

Gerard married Edive (Edith) DE WARENNE, Heiress of Mapledurham, daughter of Guillaume (William) DE WARENNE, 1st Earl of Surrey and Gundred DE NORMANDIE, before 1091. (Edive DE WARENNE was born about 1076 in Mapledurham, Oxfordshire, England.)


1 Racines et Histoire, Seigneurs de Gournay, p. 2.

2 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Gerard de Gournay.

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