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Roger Bigod, Earl East Anglia

Male Abt 1060 - 1107  (~ 47 years)


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  • Name Roger Bigod  [1
    Suffix Earl East Anglia 
    Born Abt 1060  St. Saveur, Calvados, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Adeliza de TONY (TOSNY; TOENI) 
    _FSFTID 9CZ3-DBY 
    _FSLINK https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=9CZ3-DBY 
    Died 8 Sep 1107  Evesham, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Thetford, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    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.
      http://www.hull.ac.uk/php/cssbct/cgi-bin/gedlkup.php/n=royal?royal12696

      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]

      http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BIGOD.htm#Roger BIGOD (E. East Anglia)
    Person ID I3668  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2015 

    Father Robert Bigod,   b. Abt 1034, Avranches, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1071, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Mother Daughter St. Sauveur,   b. Abt 1035, St. Sauveur, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt 1060  France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1070  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Adelisa de Toeni,   b. 1066, Saint Savour, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1136  (Age 70 years) 
    Children 
     1. Maud Bigod,   b. Abt 1080, Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Cecily Bigod,   b. Abt 1106, Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Jane Bigod,   b. Abt 1100, Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Gunnora Bigod,   b. Abt 1100, Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F1069  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Adeline de Grentemesnil,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. William Bigod, Lord of Framlingham,   d. 25 Nov 1120
     2. Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk And Suffolk,   b. 1099, Belvoir Castle, Leicester, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 9 Mar 1176, Holy Land Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F1178  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S27] http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/.