|Death: ||1220, England|
Roger Bigod was the son of Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk and his first wife, Juliana de Vere. Although his father died in 1176 or 1177, Roger did not succeed to the earldom of Norfolk until 1189 for his claim had been disputed by his stepmother for her sons by Earl Hugh in the reign of Henry II. Richard I confirmed him in his earldom and other honours, and also sent him as an ambassador to France in the same year. Roger inherited his father's office as royal steward. He took part in the negotiations for the release of Richard from prison, and after the king's return to England became a justiciar.
In most of the years of the reign of King John, the earl was frequently with the king or on royal business. Yet Roger was to be one of the leaders of the baronial party which obtained John's assent to Magna Carta, and his name and that of his son and heir Hugh II appear among the twenty-five barons who were to ensure the king's adherence to the terms of that document. The pair were excommunicated by the pope in December 1215, and did not make peace with the regents of John's son Henry III until 1217.
Around Christmas 1181, Roger married Ida de Tosny (or Ida de Toesny), and by her had a number of children including:
Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk, a Magna Carta surety,
Margery, married William de Hastings
Mary Bigod, married Ralph fitz Robert
Hugh Bigod (1095 - 1175)
Juliana de Vere Bigod (1108 - 1199)
Ida de Tosny Bigod (1156 - 1226)*
Hugh Bigod (1182 - 1225)*
Note: I am aware of the two Hugh Bigod memorials. Find a Grave has been asked to merge them.
Created by: Kat
Record added: May 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69748517
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