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  1. Isabel\Elizabeth de Beaumont : Birth: AFT 1101. Death: AFT 1172

  2. Waleran IV de Beaumont : Birth: 1104. Death: 10 APR 1166 in Pr�aux

  3. Robert de Beaumont : Birth: 1104. Death: 5 APR 1168

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1. Title:   Ancestral Roots, Frederick Lewis Weis
Page:   151-25
2. Title:   The Complete Peerage
Page:   7:523, 10:351, 12[1]:496, [2]:358b, 362, 829
3. Source:   A Baronial Family in Medieveal England: The Clares, 1217-1314; Michael Altschul, Johns Hopkins Press, 1965

  I.1. ROBERT DE BEAUMONT, SEIGNEUR OF BEAUMONT, PONT-AUDEMER, BRIONNE AND VATTEVILLE in Normandy, and from 1081 COUNT OF MEULAN in the French Vexin, son and heir, born circa 1046. When very young he accompanied Duke William to England and distinguished himself at the battle of Hastings, and received large grants of lands in co. Warwick, with smaller holdings in cos. Leicester, Northants, and Wilts. On 14 July 080, as Robert de Bellomonte, he witnessed the foundation charter of Lessay, and next year he inherited from his mother's family the comt� of Meulan. Thereafter he is continuously styled Count (Comes) of Meulan. After the death of the Conqueror he adhered to William Rufus, and was high in favour at his court. He quarrelled with Robert of Normandy about the castellanship of Brionne, in consequence of the exchange of Brionne for Ivry made by his father. He was imprisoned, but was released at the intercession of his father Roger, who eventually succeeded in obtaining Brionne in fee. He succeeded to the greater part of his father's lands in Normandy, including Beaumont, Pont-Audemer, Vatteville and Brionne. This paternal inheritance, added to his French comt� and his great possessions in cos. Warwick and Leicester, made him one of the most powerful vassals of the Crown. He became one of the chief lay ministers of William Rufus, with whom he sided against Robert Courtheuse in 1098, and when William invaded the French Vexin in 1097 he received his troops in his fortresses of the comt� of Meulan. After the death of William Rufus he became one of the chief advisers of Henry I. On the death of Ives de Grandmesnil on Crusade, Robert retained his estates, which Ives had mortgaged to him circa 1102. Thereby he acquired one-quarter of the town of Leicester, the whole of which was later granted to him by the King. Robert thus added largely to his already vast possessions. In 1104 he was one of the Norman barons who adhered to Henry on his arrival in Normandy. He was present in the King's army at Tenchebrai, 28 September 1106. In 1110 he was besieged at Meulan by Louis VI, who took the castle by storm, but in the following year he retaliated by a raid on Paris, which he plundered. After obtaining the whole town of Leicester he is said to have become EARL OF LEICESTER, but, being already Count of Meulan, was never so styled. There is no contemporary record that'he had the third penny of the pleas of the county, but he doubtless acquired, with the Grandmesnil fief, the third penny of the issues of the Mint at Leicester. He married, in 1096, Isabel, called also Elizabeth, daughter of Hugh DE CREPl, called Hug "le Grand," COUNT OF VERMANDOIS. He died 5 June 1118, and was buried with his ancestors in the chapter house of Pr�aux. His widow married, very shortly after his death, William (DE WARINNE), EARL OF SURREY. [CP 7:523-6] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Accompanied William the Conqueror in the invasion of England in 1066, and having greatly distinguished himself at the Battle of Hastings, was rewarded with vast possessions in England, receiving ninety one great lordships or manors, mostly in Warwickshire. Upon the death of his mother in 1081 he became Comte de Meullant in France, about 1107 was probably created Earl of Leicester in England by Henry I., and d. 5 June 1118, aged nearly eighty years. (P) He m. (1) GODECHILDE DE TOENI, daughter of Ralph de Toeni, Seigneur de Conches in Normandy; they had no children and were divorced. (P) He m. (2), about 1096, ISABEL DE VERMANDOIS, daughter of Hugh the Great, Comte de Vermandois in France. --- J Gardner Bartlett, *Newberry Genealogy*, Boston, 1914, p 5 He was married to ISABEL OF VERMANDOIS in 1096.
  From: "Earldoms In Fee"
  Robert de Beaumont, heir of a prominent Norman Family, was with the Conqueror at Hastings and received large grants of land in Warwickshire, and to a lesser extent in the county of Leicester and elsewhere. In the year 1081 he inherited through his mother the Comte' of Meulan (Mellent) and became generally known as Count of Meulan. Succeeding later to his father's large inheritance in Normandy, he became one of the wealthiest vassals of the Crown, both in England and in Normandy. He took the side of William II and later, with his brother, was prominent in securing Henry's accession. He was greatly trusted by that King.
  Ivo de Grandmesnil, who had been a strong supporter of Robert of Normandy when the latter invaded England at the instigation of his partisians in the baronage, was the holder of a considerable fief in the county of Leicester and also had a quarter interest in the revenues of the borough. Grandmesnil's confiscated Leicester interests, after peacehad been made between Henry and Duke Robert, were given in custody to Robert de Beaumont. Ivo then agreed to mortgage these interests to Robert de Beaumont provided the latter would use his influence with the King for Ivo's rehabilitation and would in the meantime provide Ivo with funds to go on Crusade. The King was adroitly persuaded by Robert of Mellent not only to grant him Ivo's Leicester interest (at the King's disposition as a result of Ivo's part in rebellion), but to give him also the royal interest in the rest of the Leicester borough farm. Robert is said then to have become Earl of Leicester. There is no comtemporary record of his creation or of any use of this title, and doubt has accordingly been expressed about the existance of his earldom at this date. (In charters Robert was described as Comte de Meulan, but never as Earl of Leicester). The possession by Robert of the earldom can, however, be reasonably inferred from the events immediately following his death. He died on 5 June 1118 and was buried with his ancestors at Preaux, leaving three sons, Waleran and Robert (twins) and Hugh, who is said later to have been made Earl of Bedford. If so he was deprived almost at once. (Hugh of Bedford was the weakling of a strong family. Promise of creation is more likely than actual girding and putting in possession. In any event it would be lost with the fief in 1141). As so frequently happened on the death of a great tenant-in-chief during the first century after the Conquest, the Norman and french fiefs and the English fiefs were separated. The former went to the elder twin Waleran, who was thenceforth styled Count of Meulan, while the latter went to Robert, the younger twin. Robert is found styling himself Earl of Leicester as early as 1119. He was at that time only about fifteen years of age, so that he was either created an earl at a very tender age immediately after his father's death (which is unlikely), or was regarded as succeeding his father in the earldom (which is probable) as well as in the English lands.
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