Cte Bertrand DE TOULOUSE et de Tripoli
- Born: Abt 1065, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees, France
- Married: 16 Jun 1095
- Died: 21 Apr 1112, Palestine
William of Tyre names him as son of Comte Raymond IV. Caffaro names "Beltramo Çauata…bastardus comitis Raymundi comitis sancti Egidii" when recording that he captured Tripoli. He was regent for his father in Toulouse from Oct 1096, when the latter left for Palestine.
He succeeded his father in 1105 as BERTRAND Comte de Toulouse. A series of bulls of Pope Pascal II dated between 15 Apr 1105 and 14 May 1108 reveal that "Bertrannus comes" failed to respect his father's abandonment of rights concerning the altar offerings at the monastery of Saint-Gilles, that he was excommunicated, recanted but attacked the monastery again. After the arrival in Toulouse of his step-mother and infant half-brother, Bertrand left for Palestine in Summer 1108, and swore fidelity to Emperor Alexis I Comnenos at Constantinople. Albert of Aix records that "Bertrannus filius comitis Reimundi" arrived in Tortosa in March, dated to 1109 from the context, and demanded the territories formerly held by his father from Guillem Jordan Comte de Cerdanya. At a council of crusader rulers outside Tripoli in Jun 1109, it was decided that Bertrand should receive Jebail, and Tripoli once it was captured, under the suzerainty of Baudouin I King of Jerusalem, while Guillem Jordan retained Tortosa and Arqa. On the death of either, the other would inherit his lands. Bar Hebræus records that Tripoli was captured "par les Francs" in A.H. 503 (1109/10). Tripoli finally surrendered 12 Jul 1109, and he was installed as BERTRAND Count of Tripoli, under the suzerainty of the king of Jerusalem. Jebail was given to Ugo Embriaco, the Genoese admiral who had helped Bertrand. Comte Bertrand inherited Tortosa and Arqa on the death of Guillem Jordan shortly after. "Bertrandus…comes Raimundi Sancti Egidii filius" donated property for the soul of "Guillelmi Iordanis consanguinei mei" to the church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem with the consent of "Poncio filio suo", by undated charter. 1
Bertrand married Hélie CAPET, Comtesse de Bourgogne, daughter of Eudes I Borel CAPET, Duc de Bourgogne, and Ctsse Sibylle DE BOURGOGNE, on 16 Jun 1095. (Hélie CAPET was born between 1080 and 1083 in Bourgogne, France and died on 28 Feb 1141/2.)