Hugh BIGOD, Earl of Norfolk
(Abt 1095-1177)
Juliane DE VERE
(Abt 1116-Aft 1185)
Roger BIGOD, 2nd Earl of Norfolk
(Est 1150-1221)
Hugh BIGOD, 3rd Earl of Norfolk
(Est 1185-1225)


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Matilda MARSHAL of Pembroke

Hugh BIGOD, 3rd Earl of Norfolk

  • Born: Est 1185, Thetford, Norfolk, England
  • Married: Before Lent 1207
  • Died: Between 11 Feb and 18 Feb 1225
  • Buried: Thetford Church, Thetford, Norfolk, England

  Research Notes:

Rogerus Bigot comes Norfolchiæ” donated property to Colne priory, for the souls of “Hugone Bigot fratris mei et comitissæ Julianæ matris meæ et Idæ uxoris meæ”, by undated charter, witnessed by “Hugone Bigot filio meo…”.

He succeeded his father in 1221 as Earl of Norfolk.

The Annals of Dunstable record that “Hugo Bigot comes” died in 1225. The Annals of Waverley record the death in 1225 of “Hugo Bigot comes Norfolchiæ”. 1


In 1215 [Hugh] and his father joined the confederacy of the barons against the king. Both father and son were selected to be one of the twenty-five barons elected to guarantee the observance of Magna Carta, signed by King John 15 June 1215. In consequence, Hugh and his father were among the barons excommunicated by Pope Innocent III 16 Dec. 1215. He made homage for the Earldom of Norfolk 2 Aug. 1221. In the period 1221-5, he granted the homage and service of Hervey the baker and the tenement he held in Heveningham, Suffolk, to Sibton Abbey, Suffolk. In the same period, he granted the manor of Stockton, Norfolk to Hamo Lenveise. In the same period, he granted land in Mettingham, Suffolk to John Fitz Augustine. 2


2 Aug 1221, Essex

Hugh Bigod has performed his homage for the lands formerly of Earl Roger Bigod, his father, which he held of the king in chief and which fall to Hugh by hereditary right, and he has given the king surety for rendering his relief at Michaelmas in one month in the fifth year. Order to cause him to have full seisin without delay of all lands formerly of the same earl which he held of the king in chief in his bailiwick and which fall to Hugh by hereditary right.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 5 Hen. III, 259


27 Mar 1224

Order to the keeper of the honour of Boulogne to place in respite the demand of 8 m. that he makes from Earl H. Bigod for the first scutage of the king by summons of the Exchequer, until upon his next account at the Exchequer...

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 8 Hen. III, 124


18 Feb 1225, Westminster

Order to the sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk that, immediately after having viewed the king’s letters, he is to take into the king’s hand all lands and tenements in his bailiwick formerly of H. Bigod, earl of Norfolk, who is dead, and to cause the chattels of the same earl found in the aforesaid lands and tenements to be attached and recorded by the view of trustworthy and law-worthy men up to the value of 1000 m. and £286 5s. 4d., which are exacted from him at the Exchequer for the debt that he owed the king. He is to commit those lands and tenements and the aforesaid chattels to Thomas de Blundeville , to whom the king has committed them to keep for as long as it pleases the king. Taking with him trustworthy and discreet men, he is to cause Matilda, who was the wife of the same earl , to have and be assigned her reasonable dower that falls to her from the lands and tenements formerly of the same earl according to the law and custom of the kingdom of England.

20 May 1225, Westminster

Order to the barons of the Exchequer to place in respite, until 15 days from Michaelmas in the ninth year, the demand for debts they make by summons of the Exchequer from W. archbishop of York , because the archbishop has set out for Alnwick where he is to be present to celebrate the marriage between Roger, son and heir of Earl H. Bigod, and Isabella, sister of the King of Scots.

Calendar of Fine Rolls, 9 Hen. III, 91, 204

  Marriage Information:

Hugh married Matilda MARSHAL, daughter of Sir William MARSHAL "The Protector", 4th Earl of Pembroke, and Isabel DE CLARE, before Lent 1207. (Matilda MARSHAL was born about 1192 in Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales and died on 27 Mar 1248.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy: Hugh Bigod.

2 Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 2nd Edition, 2011, Douglas Richardson, p. 200.

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