Henri I 'Beauclerc', King of England
(Abt 1068-1135)
Elizabeth DE BELLOMONT, French Mistress
Robert FITZ HAMON, Earl of Gloucester, Lord of Glamorgan
Robert FitzRoy DE CAEN, Earl of Gloucester
(Abt 1090-1147)
Mabel (Matilda or Sibyl) FITZ ROBERT
Matilda FitzRobert DE GLOUCESTER, Countess of Chester


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Ranulph DE GERNON, 2nd Earl of Chester

Matilda FitzRobert DE GLOUCESTER, Countess of Chester

  • Married: Abt 1141, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England
  • Died: 29 Jul 1190, Chester, Cheshire, England

  Research Notes:

Robert of Torigny refers to the wife of "Ranulfus comes Cestriæ" as "filia Roberti comitis Gloecestriæ". The Rotuli de Dominabus of 1185 records property “Wadinton de feodo comitis Cestrie” held by “Matillis comitissa Cestrie…filia Roberti comitis Gloecestrie, filii regis Henrici primi”. It was alleged that she and William Peverell of Nottingham poisoned her husband. "Hugo comes Cestrie" confirmed a donation of land in Thoresby donated by "Willelmus filius Othuer" to Greenfield priory, Lincolnshire, for the soul of "patris mei Randulfi", by charter dated to [1155] witnessed by "Matilla matre sua…".

The Annals of Tewkesbury record the death “IV Kal Aug” in 1190 of “Matildis comitissa Cestria”. 1


He [Ranulph de Gernon] married, about 1141, Maud, daughter of Robert, EARL OF GLOUCESTER, by Mabel, daughter and heir of Robert FITZ-HAMOND, lord of Tewkesbury. ...he died 16 [?17] December 1153, being supposed to have been poisoned by his wife and William Peverell, of Nottingham. He was buried at St. Werburg's, Chester. His widow, who in 1172 founded Repton Priory, co. Derby, died 29 July 1189. 2

  Marriage Information:

Matilda married Ranulph DE GERNON, 2nd Earl of Chester, son of Ranulph "le Meschin" DU BESSIN, 1st Earl of Chester, and Lucia of Mercia, about 1141 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. (Ranulph DE GERNON was born before 1100 in Château de Guernon, Normandy, France, died on 16 Dec 1153 in Chester, Cheshire, England and was buried in St Werburgh, Chester, Cheshire, England.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Matilda FitzRobert.

2 Complete Peerage III:166-7, XIV:170.

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