Robert de Caen

Robert de Caen

Birth
Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Death 31 Oct 1147 (aged 56–57)
Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Burial Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England
Memorial ID 85015940 · View Source
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Robert de Caen, Robert FitzRoy, Robert of Gloucester, 1st Earl of Gloucester. Chief military supporter of his half sister, Matilda.

Illegitimate son of King Henry I Beauclerc and possibly Sybilla Corbet, born about 1090 at Caen, Normandy. Grandson of William the Conqueror and Mathilda of Flanders. His mother is still debated.

He married Mabel FitzHamon, daughter of Robert FitzHamon, Earl of Gloucester and Sybil de Montgomery. They married in 1122, their marriage contract written before 1119 and had the following children:
* William FitzRobert, 2nd Earl of Gloucester
* Roger FitzRobert, Bishop of Worcester
* Hamon FitzRobert, killed at the siege of Toulouse
* Philip FitzRobert, Lord of Cricklade
* Richard FitzRobert, Lord of Creully
* Matilda FitzRobert, wife of Ranulf de Gernon, 4th Earl of Chester
* Mabel FitzRobert, wife of Aubrey de Vere
* Richard FitzRobert, Sire of Creully

Robert had four illegitimate children:
* Richard FitzRobert, Bishop of Bayeux, his mother was Isabel de Dourves
* Robert FitzRobert, Castellan of Gloucester
* Mabel FitzRobert, wife of Gruffud, Lord Senghenydd, ancestors of President Franklin Pierce
* Son who had a son, Thomas

After the disaster of the White Ship, he was made Earl of Gloucester. Robert supported his sister against King Stephen, and when the King and Robert were captured and then exchanged for each other, destroying any chances of Matilda becoming Queen of England.

He died on 31 October 1147 at Bristol Castle which is in Bristol, Bristol County, England, from a fever. (The current address for the castle is Bristol Castle, Bristol, City of Bristol BS1, UK, not considered to be in Gloucestershire)

Some sources says he was buried at Tewkesbury Abbey, another says St James Priory, which he founded.


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  • Created by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
  • Added: 15 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85015940
  • Steve Goodrich
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert de Caen (1090–31 Oct 1147), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85015940, citing St. James Priory, Bristol, Bristol Unitary Authority, Bristol, England ; Maintained by Anne Shurtleff Stevens (contributor 46947920) .