(-Abt 1066)
Fredesendis LE BRUN
Ralph FitzHerlouin "Le Brun" DE HUNSTANTON
(-Aft 1089)


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Helewise DE PLAIZ

Ralph FitzHerlouin "Le Brun" DE HUNSTANTON 1

  • Born: Conteville, Eure, Normandy, France
  • Married:
  • Died: After 1089, Hunstanton, Norfolk, England

  Also called Raoul (Ralph) FitzHerlouin DE CONTEVILLE.

  General Notes:

Compiler's 27 x great-grandfather

  Research Notes:

Occurs in Domesday (1086), as mesne tenant under Roger Bigod of lands at Hunstanton and elsewhere in Norfolk. 2 3


Orderic Vitalis records that Guillaume Duke of Normandy granted “multis honoribus in Normannia et Anglia” to “ Contavilla...filios eius: Radulfus, quem de alia conjuge procreaverat, fratresque suos uterinos: Odonis et Rodbertum”. "…Rodulfus filius Herluini…" witnessed the charter dated to [1073] under which William I King of England confirmed the donation by "Nielli filii alterius Nielli" made by "suus pater" of six churches on Guernsey to the abbey of Marmoutier. He is referred to as the son of Herluin in the charter of confirmation of the abbey of Grestain, dated 14 Nov 1089, the implication of the text being that he was the son of Hilduin's wife Fredesendis. Domesday Book records “Ralph fitzHerluin” holding Shimpling from Roger Bigod in Norfolk. 4

  Marriage Information:

Ralph married Helewise DE PLAIZ, daughter of Hugh DE PLAIZ of Barnham & Iford and Unknown. (Helewise DE PLAIZ was born in Barnham, Westhampnett, Sussex, England.)


1 Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, G. E Cokayne, (Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000), X:535, XII/1:347-8.

2 Le Strange Records. A Chronicle of the Early Le Stranges of Norfolk and the March of Wales A.D. 1100-1310, with the lines of Knockin and Blackmere continued to their extinction, by Hamon Le Strange, M.A., F.S.A.

3 Domesday People: Domesday Book, K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, 1999, p. 340.

4 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Raoul de Conteville.

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