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Aubrey de Vere, I
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Birth: 1040, France
Death: Dec. 26, 1112
Essex, England

Tenant-in-chief of William the Conqueror in 1086, vassal to Geoffrey de Montbray, Bishop of Coutances and Count Alan, Lord of Richmond.

His lineage is uncertain, guessed to be from the Norman town of Ver, said to have descended from Charlemagne, his father is listed as Alphonsus, his wife is named as Beatrice in 1104.

An Aubrey de Vere is named in the Domesday Book as holding estates in six counties, and an Aubrey de Vere founded Colne Priory, Essex. He and his unnamed wife also stand accused of some unauthorized land seizures. Aubrey's estates were valued at 300, placing him in the middle ranks of wealth. An Aubrey was chamberlain to Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror, an "Aubrey of Berkshire" was a sheriff in the early reign of Henry I and an Aubrey de Vere I may have served that king as a royal chamberlain, as his son Aubrey de Vere II did.

Before 1104, Aubrey's eldest son Geoffrey became ill, was tended at Abingdon Abbey by the royal physician, Abbot Faritius, but relapsed and was buried at the abbey. His parents founded a cell of Abingdon on land they donated: Colne Priory, Essex. Within a few years, Aubrey and his son William moved to that area. Aubrey died soon after taking the Benedictine habit, William passing away not long after his father. Both were buried at the priory, establishing it as the Vere family mausoleum.

His sons included Geoffrey, Aubrey II, William, Roger and Robert.

The principal estates held by Aubrey de Vere in 1086: Beauchamp [Walter], Great Bentley, Great Canfield, Castle Hedingham, Earls Colne, [White] Colne, Dovercourt, and Stevington, Essex; Aldham, Belstead, Lavenham, and Waldingfield, Suffolk; Castle Camps, Hildersham, Silverley, and Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire. He possessed houses and acreage in Colchester. As tenant of the bishop of Coutances, he held Kensington, Middlesex; Scaldwell and Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire. Of the barony of Count Alan his manors were Beauchamp Roding, Canfield, and West Wickham, Essex. His wife held at Aldham, Essex, in her own right of Odo bishop of Bayeux. She was accused by Domesday jurors of expansion into Little Maplestead, Essex. Aubrey's seizures or questionable right of possession to estates included Manuden, Essex; Great Hemingford, Huntingdonshire; and Swaffham, Cambridgeshire. 
Family links: 
  Beatrix Gand Vere (1120 - 1144)*
  Geoffrey de Vere (____ - 1103)*
  William De Vere (____ - 1112)*
  Aubrey de Vere (1080 - 1141)*
*Calculated relationship
Colne Priory
Earls Colne
Braintree District
Essex, England
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55999710
Aubrey de Vere, I
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- Carolee McGill-Barker
 Added: Aug. 2, 2016
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