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Thurstan le Goz [4057]
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Judith de Montanolier [4058]
Niel de St. Sauveur Viscount Cotentin [3763]
(Abt 0996-Bet 1066/1080)
Robert Bigod [4054]
(Abt 1034-1071)
Daughter St. Sauveur [4130]
(Abt 1035-)
Roger Bigod Earl East Anglia [3668]
(Abt 1060-1107)


Family Links

1. Adelisa de Toeni [3742]

2. Adeline de Grentemesnil [4049]

Roger Bigod Earl East Anglia [3668] 25

  • Born: Abt 1060, St. Saveur, Calvados, Normandy, France
  • Marriage (1): Adelisa de Toeni [3742]
  • Marriage (2): Adeline de Grentemesnil [4049]
  • Died: 8 Sep 1107, Evesham, Suffolk, England about age 47
  • Buried: Thetford, Norfolk, England

bullet   Another name for Roger was Adeliza de TONY (TOSNY; TOENI).


bullet  General Notes:

The first of this great family that settled in England, in the Conqueror's time, possessed six lordships in Essex and a hundred and seventeen in Suffolk, besides divers manors in Norfolk. Roger Bigod was one of the tight-knit group of second-rank Norman nobles who did well out of the conquest of England. His territorial fortune was based on his service in the royal household, where he was a close adviser and agent for the first three Norman kings, and the propitius circumstances of post-Conquest politics. This Roger, adhering to the party that took up arms against William Rufus in the 1st year of that monarch's reign, fortified the castle at Norwich and wasted the country around. At the accession of Henry I, being a witness of the king's laws and staunch in his interests, he obtained Framlingham in Suffolk as a gift from the crown. We find further of him that he founded in 1103, the abbey of Thetford, in Notes:
The Complete Peerage vol.IX,pp.575-579.

Norfolk, and that he was buried there at his decease in four years after, leaving, by Adelisa his wife, dau. and co-heir of Hugh De Grentesmesni l, high steward of England, a son and heir, William Bigod, steward of the household of King Henry I. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfei ted, and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, 1883, p. 53, Bigod, Earls of Norfolk]. Much of his honour in East Anglia was carved out of lands previously belonging to the dispossessed Archbishop Stigand, his brother Aethelmar of Elham, and the disgraced Earl Ralph of Norfolk and Suffolk. Apart from a flirtation with the cause of Robert Curthose in 1088, he remained conspicuously loyal to Rufus and Henry I, for whom he continued to act as steward and to witness charters. The adherence of such men was vital to the Norman kings. Through them central business could be c onducted and localities controlled. Small wonder they were well rewarded. Roger established a dynasty which dominated East Anglia from the 1140s, as earls of Norfolk, until 1306. Roger's by name and the subsequent family name was derived from a word (bigot) meaning double-headed instrume nt such as a pickaxe: a tribute, perhaps to Roger's effectiveness as a roy al servant; certainly an apt image of one who worked hard both for his masters and for himself. [Who's Who in Early Medieval England, Christopher Ty erman, Shepheard-Walwyn, Ltd., London,1996] BIGOD (E. East Anglia)


Roger married Adelisa de Toeni [3742] [MRIN: 1069], daughter of Robert of Belvoir Castle de Stafford [3752] and Adelisa de Savona [3753]. (Adelisa de Toeni [3742] was born in 1066 in Saint Savour, France and died in 1136.)


Roger next married Adeline de Grentemesnil [4049] [MRIN: 1178], daughter of Hugh de Grentemesnil [4364] and Alice de Beaumont [4365].

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