Name: William Avenal
Death: AFT 1167
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Change Date: 9 NOV 2012
... did marry a Kentish knight, William de Avranches ; having previously been the having previously been the wife of William Avenel, to whom she had borne a son and heir named Ralph, who married Matilda, daughter of Baldwin de Redvers, earl of Devon. ...
(Collectanea Archaeologica: Communications Made to the British Archaeological Association. Page 279. 1862.)
Or Ralph?s father was Sir Robert Avenal?
Ancestor of the Avenels of Loxbeare
Baldwin de Brionne [great-grandson of Rollo] married the Conqueror?s niece, and was made Baron of Okehampton and Vice Comes of Devon for life. He built the castles of Okehampton and Exeter, and had two sons ? Richard, who succeeded his father and died s.p., and William de Avenell [so called because born at Avenell, in Normandy], who died in his brother?s lifetime. The said William founded Cowick Priory, and the chapel at Exeter Castle, with its four prebendaries. Ralph, his son, took the barony of Okehampton and the other honours of his grandfather, Baldwin, but was dispossessed, as already stated, through the injured sentiment and consequent resentment of the powerful Reginald, Earl of Cornwall. He married his cousin Joan, daughter of Richard de Redvers, second Earl of Devon, and by her had several sons, who became heads of important houses in different parts of the kingdom. The heir of one of these sons, Isabell, carried Haddon Hall in marriage to the Vernon family. His son Nicholas married a daughter and co-heir of William Fitz-Reginald, who held Sheepwash [given to him by the Conqueror] in the reign of Henry I. [Liber Niger]. Loxbeare was the seat of the Devon line from temp. Henry III.
The Redvers family did not entirely become extinct with the death of Isabella de Fortibus. One branch of the Avenels, the descendants of Maud de Redvers, daughter of the second earl, flourished at Loxbeare, in the male line, until the reign of Henry VI.Page: Chapter IV: The Earldom of Devon. A Digression of the Families of Redvers and Courtenay.
Father: Baldwin de Brion
- Ralph Avenal
- Type: Web Site
- Type: Book
Periodical: The History of the Suburbs of Exeter
Author: Charles Worthy, Esq