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Roger de Beaumont

  • Birth 1015 France
  • Death 29 Nov 1094 France
  • Burial Les Preaux, Departement de l'Eure, Haute-Normandie, France
  • Memorial ID 58931263

Roger de Beaumont-le-Roger, Lord of Beaumont and Pont-Audemer, Viscount of Hiesmes

Roger was the middle child of three and the second son of Humphrey de Vielles and Albreda de la Haye Auberie. Grandson of Thorold de Pont-Audemer and Duvelina, and second cousin to William the Conqueror. Roger was born in Ponteaudemer, Eure, France.

Roger married Adeline of Meulan, the daughter of Waleran III, Count of Meulan and Oda de Conteville circa 1048. The children who survived were:
* Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester
* Henry de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick
* William de Beaumont
* Alberee de Beaumont, Abbeess of Eton

Roger's nickname "Barbatus" or "La Barbe" derives from his moustache and beard, worn during a time when most Normans were clean shaven.

The castle of his territory was at Beaumont-le-Roger, a settlement on the upper areas of the River Risle in Normandy south west of Rouen. He was also feudal lord of Pont-Audemer at the first bridge over the River Risle.

Roger was part of his mother's family whom William relied on for support and for governing Normandy, as well as a family member who never rebelled against the Duke.

Planche described him as, "the noblest, the wealthiest, and the most valiant seigneur of Normandy, and the greatest and most trusted friend of the Danish family." Wace, a 12th century historian, says that, "at the time of the invasion of England, Roger was summoned to the great council at Lillebonne, on account of his wisdom; but that he did not join in the expedition as he was too far advanced in years."

Roger's inability to fight did not stop him from providing sixty vessels to carry troops across the channel. His eldest son, Robert, fought at Hastings, and both his sons were awarded extensive lands in England and created earls by the sons of the Conqueror.

Roger appears in the thirty-second panel of the Bayeux Tapestry, sitting at a feast with Duke William on his left hand, and Odo, brother of William and Bishop of Bayeux, in the center.

Please note: I have declined the option to link him to his mother's memorial because she has been added as an 'unknown burial', against Findagrave policy.

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  • Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Originally Created by: Jerry Ferren
  • Added: 20 Sep 2010
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Roger de Beaumont (1015–29 Nov 1094), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58931263, citing Abbey of Saint Peter, Les Preaux, Departement de l'Eure, Haute-Normandie, France ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .