Aubrey I DE VERE, Sheriff of Berkshire
(Bef 1040-Abt 1112)
Aubrey II DE VERE, Sheriff of London
(Bef 1090-1141)


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Adelisa DE CLARE

Aubrey II DE VERE, Sheriff of London

  • Born: Before 1090, Hedingham, Essex, England
  • Married: Abt 1102
  • Died: 15 May 1141, London, Middlesex, England
  • Buried: Colne Priory, Earls Colne, Essex, England

  Research Notes:

The Chronicle of Abingdon records a donation by "dapiferi Albrici…et uxore eius Beatrice", with the consent of "eorum filiis…Albricus, Rogerus, Rotbertus, Wuillelmus".

Sheriff of London and Middlesex [1121/22]. Chamberlain of England, and may have been Chief Justiciar of England from [1139]. "Albericus de Veer regis camerarius" donated property to Colne priory by undated charter, witnessed by "Rogero de Veer et Roberto de Veer fratribus meis…".

He was killed in a riot in London. 1


AUBREY DE VERE II, 2nd but 1st surviving son and heir, born probably before 1090, assented to his parents' gift of the church of Kensington to Abingdon, and as their heir approved of the foundation of Colne Priory. Before the death of Gunter, Abbot of Thorney, in 1112 he acknowledged by charter, as Aubrey the King's Chamberlain, that he held Twywell (Notthants) of Thorney. He also held Great Addington and Drayton, in chief, and other small properties in Northants. On the death of his youngest brother William, he gave two ploughlands to Abingdon Abbey. As Aubrey de Vere, the King's Chamberlain, he confirmed the gifts of his father and mother and of his men, and his father's gifts of certain tithes, to Colne Priory. He begins to attest 1121. He was sheriff of London and Middlesex in 1121 or 1122 and joint sheriff in 1125; and sheriff of Essex in various years. He was joint sheriff, with Richard Basset, of Surrey, Cambridge, Hunts, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bucks, and Beds from Michaelmas 1129, and of Essex, Herts, Leicester, and Northants from Easter 1130. He was at the Council of Northampton in 1131. He was a justice in Norfolk, at one time with Robert FitzWalter, at another with Richard Basset. In July 1133, at Fareham, the King granted to Aubrey de Vere and his heirs his (the King's) Master Chamberlainship of all England, in fee and inheritance. Aubrey was with the King at Westbourne, when Henry left England for the last time on 2 August 1133, and probably crossed the Channel with him; for he attested 2 writs issued at Dieppe and 3 other acts at Falaise. He was with Stephen in 1136 at Westminster (Easter) and at Winchestcr; in 1136 or early in 1137 at Clarendon; in 1137 at Westminstcr, and at Portsmouth when Stephen was about to cross the Channel in March, and after his return in December at Marlborough. He also attested various royal acts of doubtful date, and other charters. At the end of August 1139, when the Synod at Winchester summoned Stephen to account for his arrest of the Bishops in June, the King sent Aubrey, as a man practised in legal cases, to give them his answer; and Aubrey spoke up boldly for his royal client. According to his son, he was Chief Justiciar of England. He founded a priory at Hatfield Broadoak, Essex, as a cell of St. Melaine of Rennes, and was a benefactor to Colne Priory and Colchester Abbey.

He married Alice, daughter of Gilbert FlTZRICHARD, Lord of Clare and Tunbridge, sister of Richard FITZGILBERT and of Gilbert, 1st EARL OF PEMBROKE, and aunt of Gilbert and Roger, 1st and 2nd Earls of Hertford. He was slain in a riot in London, 15 May 1141, and was buried in Colne Priory. His wife survived him. 22 years, and became a nun at St. Osyth's Priory. 2

  Marriage Information:

Aubrey married Adelisa DE CLARE, daughter of Gilbert fitz Richard DE CLARE, Earl of Hertford, and Adelisa DE CLERMONT, about 1102. (Adelisa DE CLARE was born between 1090 and 1095 in Clare, Risbridge, Suffolk, England and died in 1163 in St Osyth Priory, Essex, England.)


1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands: Aubrey [II].

2 Complete Peerage..., X:195-9.

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