Beatrice DE VAUX
- Born: Abt 1160, Gilsland, Irthington, Cumberland, England
- Married: Abt 1174, Trierman Castle, Cumberland, England
- Died: 24 Mar 1216/7, Stoke, Devon, England
Orthographic variations: DE VALLE, DE VALLIBUS.
Beatrice de Valle (or Vaux), wife of William Briwerre, was almost certainly the daughter of Hubert de Vaux, baron of Gilsland, Cumberland, by his wife, Grace.
The evidence for this is slim but compelling. Beatrice had property in Devonshire as her maritagium. The early history of this property is shrouded.
However, Hubert de Vaux is known to have owned property in Devonshire, and probably lived there during part of his life. Beatrice de Valle had a daughter Grace Briwerre who I presume was named for her mother, Grace de Vaux. Grace was rather rare as a woman's name in that period. I have proven that William Briwerre acquired property from one of Beatrice's Vaux brothers and I have proven that William Briwerre was involved in a suit with the widow of another brother. If nothing else, this proves that the two families knew each other well.
I should also note that Beatrice de Valle was almost certainly the mother of Henry Fitz Count, bastard son of Reginald, Earl of Cornwall. This is indicated by two successive charters which unfortunately I don't have in hand. In these two charters, Henry Fitz Count makes a gift to some religious house and in the next charter, Beatrice's Briwerre son refers back to his "brother" without naming him, as if the parties understood who he meant. This would only make sense if the two charters were recorded at the same time and if Henry Fitz Count was the "brother" named by Beatrice's Briwerre son. The charters are published in Monasticon Exoniensis.
The name Vaux [is] written in Latin as Vallibus but I have seen it on rare occasions as Valle. Beatrice's maiden name is given as Valle in one charter I have seen. 1
Beatrice married William DE BRIWERE, Lord of Sumburne & Torre, son of [Henry DE BRIWERE]. (William DE BRIWERE was born in Torre-Brewer Manor, Tormoham, Devon, England and died on 24 Nov 1226 in Horsley, Belper, Derbyshire, England.)