Richard DE SAINT-VALÉRY, Seigneur de Hugleville
Bernard DE NEUFMARCHÉ, Lord of Brecknock
(Aft 1054-1125)


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Bernard DE NEUFMARCHÉ, Lord of Brecknock

  • Born: After 1054, Neufmarché, Seine-Inferiere, Normandy, France
  • Married:
  • Died: 1125

  Research Notes:

Orderic Vitalis names “Bernardum et Drogonem” as the children of “Goisfredus ex Adda Ricardi filia”, adding that Bernard bore arms “usque ad senium” and fought under three English kings, in particular “tempore Guillelmi Rufi” against “Resen Guallorum regem”, after whose death he built “Brachaniaucum castellum” and possessed “regnum...Britonum, cujus caput Talgard”. Orderic Vitalis names "Bernardus, Goisfredi de Novo-Mercato filius"as a donor of property to the church. The Chronicle of Battle Abbey records that "Bernardus cognomento de Novo Mercato…uxor Agnes" donated property in Brecknock to Battle abbey. “…Willielmus de Brai, Bernardus de Novomercato” witnessed the charter dated to [1070] under which William King of England donated property to Battle abbey. Orderic Vitalis records that “Bernardus Goisfredi de Novo-Mercato filius” donated “ecclesiam de Speinis” [Speen, Kentbury-Eagle, near Newbury, Berkshire] to Ouche Saint-Evroul. Orderic Vitalis records that “generosus in Normannia miles...Gulbertus Ricardi de Huglevilla filius” donated “ecclesiam S. Mariæ de Alfagio” to Ouche Saint-Evroul, with the consent of “Beatricis conjugis suæ”, dated 1079, witnessed by “Bernardus de Novo-Mercato...Rodbertus de Huglevilla...”. The Historia sancti Petri Gloucestriæ records the donation of "unam hidam terræ…Bache in parochia de Coverna" made "tempore Serlonis abbatis" [abbot from 1072 to 1104] made by "Bernardus de Novo Mercato". A later paragraph in the same source records that "Bernardus de Novo Mercato" donated "Glasebury…et…decimam…in Brekeneyam…[et] ecclesiam de Covere majori…et unam hidam…Bache" in 1088. Orderic Vitalis records that “Osbernus, Ricardi cognomento Scrop filius et Bernardus de Nov Mercato gener eius” committed excesses “in territorio Wigornensi”, dated to [1087/88] from the context. Florence of Worcester records that "Beornardus de Novo Mercatu, Rogerius de Laceio…Rawlfus de Mortuo Mari…cum hominibus comitis Rogeri de Scrobbesbyria" threatened Worcester with an army of Normans and Welsh, dated to [1088].

Lord of Brecknock. “Bernardus de Novo-mercato” donated property to Breckon priory, for the soul of “Philippi filii mei”, by charter dated to the reign of King Henry I. A charter of Stephen King of England dated 1138 confirmed donations to Gloucester St Peter including the donation by "Bernardi de Novomercato" of land at “Beche". 1

  Marriage Information:

Bernard married Nesta FITZ OSBERN, daughter of Osbern FITZ RICHARD, Sheriff of Hereford, and Nesta FERCH GRUFFYDD.


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Bernard de Neufmarché.

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