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Roger de Bigod
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Birth: unknown
Basse-Normandie, France
Death: Sep. 8, 1107
Earsham
South Norfolk District
Norfolk, England

Son of Roger Bigod, and perhaps Miss Saint Saveur, the daughter of Neil, unknown and poor families of knights from Normandy. The date of his birth is unknown.

Roger married Adeliza (Alice) de Toeni, the daughter of Robert. They had many children, the list of which varies from source to source, including:
* William, Earl of Norfolk, drowned on White Ship
* Hugh, Earl of Norfolk, married Maud Marshall
* Gunnor, wife of Robert FitzSuein of Essex & Hamo de St Clare
* Maud Bigod, wife of William de Aubiney de Albini Pincerna who perished on the White Ship
* Disputed children; Humphrey, Richard, John, Geoffrey and Jane, wife of Richard FitzEustace

Roger first appeared in England during William the Conqueror's conquest of England, and became a powerful Earl in England. Roger had become allies with William due his discovery and revelation of a plot against William's cousin, William Werlenc. Roger and a relation, Robert, is thought to have fought at the Battle of Hastings, thusly rewarded with estates in East Anglia, now Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The Domesday Book records Roger's holdings as 6 lordships in Essex, 117 in Suffolk and 187 in Norfolk. His base was at Thetford where he built the priory until King Henry I granted him licence to build Framlingham Castle, which became the family seat until their demise in 1307.

Roger was appointed High Sheriff of Norfolk and Suffolk after Ralph de Gael's fall from his Earldom and grace in 1074, and took possession of Gaels' estates. He was considered the Earl of Norfolk, although it would appear he was never formally awarded the title. Roger joined the rebellion of the barons against William II in 1088, an attempt to replace the king with Robert Curthose. The rebellion failed, Roger lost his lands but regained them at a later time. He was one of the witnesses to the Charter of Liberties in 1100, and remained loyal to Henry when there was another attempt to usurp the king in 1101.

When Roger died, the Bishop of Norwich argued against the monks at Thetford concerning who would be responsible for his body. Evidentally, the Bishop literally stole his body in the middle of the night, dragging it back to Norwich, yet his remains are reported to be located at Thetford. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Adeliza De Tosny, Heiress Of Belvoir (1064 - 1135)*
 
 Children:
  Cecilia Bigod d'Albini*
  Maud Bigod D'Aubigny (1083 - 1136)*
  Hugh Bigod (1095 - 1175)*
  William Bigod (1101 - 1120)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Thetford Priory
Thetford
Breckland Borough
Norfolk, England
 
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
Record added: Nov 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81106275
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Beloved Great grandparent we have not forgotten you. May you rest in Peace.
- RFB Jenkins 🌸
 Added: Sep. 23, 2017

- PamKH
 Added: Aug. 18, 2017
Beloved Great grandparent we have not forgotten you. May you rest in Peace.
- RFB Jenkins 🌸
 Added: Aug. 17, 2017
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