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  1. Richard FitzGilbert de Clare : Birth: BEF 1035 in Beinfaite, Normandy, FRA. Death: ABT 1090 in ENG

  2. William FitzBaldwin: Death: ABT 1095

  3. Baldwin FitzGilbert: Death: 1090

1. Title:   The Complete Peerage
Page:   4:309
2. Source:   A Baronial Family in Medieveal England: The Clares, 1217-1314; Michael Altschul, Johns Hopkins Press, 1965

a. Note:   Succeeded his father at Brionne as well as at Eu, but he soon quarrelled with his uncle Count Richard II, and was deprived of his patrimony. He afterwards however regained his position, and in the reign of Count Robert was in high favour at Court, when the Castle of Brionne was restored to him ; but the County of Eu had been in the meanwhile given away by Count Richard II. to another member of the farnily, and neither Gilbert nor his descendants ever recovered possession of Eu. Gilbert was selected in 1035, when Count Robert was starting for the Holy Land, to be one of the guardians of the young Count William, and for the next five years he was one of the most powerful nobles in Normandy. His duty to his ward was not unfaithfully discharged, but he abused his position to plunder the orphan heirs of his neighbour the Sieur de Montreuil, and in revenge they cruelly murdered him in 1040, as he was riding peaceably on his mule near Echaufr´┐Ż "expecting no evil." His cruel death caused his faults to be forgotten, and King William retained to the last a kindly recollection of his guardian, for when the king on his death-bed was recounting the "horrors of his early life, he mentions Count Gilbert "the father of his country " amongst the pillars the State who were perfidiously murdered by his enemies.
  Count Gilbert probably married a relation of the Count of Flanders, for his infant sons Richard and Baldwin were taken after his death to that country, and were brought upunder the protection of Count Baldwin. They returned to their native country when William of Normandy married Matilda of Flanders, and by Count Baldwin's intercession were re-instated in as much of their father's fief as had not been otherwise disposed of. Richard now obtained the fiefs of Bienfaite and Orbec, and after the conquest of England received Tunbridge Castle in Kent as compensation for his hereditary claims to the Castle of Brionne. At the same time Meules and Sap were given to Baldwin for his share, and he was allowed to marry the Cousin of his Sovereign. His wife Albreda was a grand-daughter of Count Richard II, and was [I expect] a sister of Guy of Burgundy the rebel Constable of Brionne Castle, who was exiled from Normandy in 1050. Richard and Baldwin were afterwards conspicuous in the conquest of England, and were not forgotten in the division of the spoil. They both founded powerful families, for Richard was the ancestor of the great house of Clare, while it was reckoned amongst the honours of the Courtenays in later times, that they descended through females from Baldwin fitz Count Gilbert the Domesday Sheriff of Devon.
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