Name: Robert Avenell 1
Residence: Loxbeare, Devon
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Change Date: 5 JAN 2009
Robert Avenell, of Loxbeare, who, at that time, represented in the male line, Baldwin de Brionne [great-grandson of Rollo], who 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., and the aforesaid John was a younger son of that house, and married Walter Gambon?s daughter, Joan, about 1400. Their daughter Elizabeth carried the manor of Blackpool and the arms of the barony of Okehampton and the Avenells into the Wyke family.
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: Generations of Avenel b: ABT 1360
- John Avenell
- Type: Web Site
- Type: Book
Periodical: The History of the Suburbs of Exeter
Author: Charles Worthy, Esq