William Fitz Osbern

Male - 1071


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  • Name William Fitz Osbern  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Earl of Hereford  [1
    Died 20 Feb 1071  Bavenshoven, near Cassel Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • [dunbar_tree.FTW]

      "...an intimate friend of William the Conqueror, and the principal agent in preparing for the invasion of England. He was the son of Osbern the seneschal, one of William's guardians during his minority, who had been murdered by the young duke's unruly
      barons. Fitz Osbern founded a
      monastery at Lire about 1042. He became seneschal to the duke, and urged on the plans for the invasion of England. At the conquest he received the earldom of Hereford with the special duty of pushing into Wales. During William's absence in 1067,
      English affairs were left in the hands of Fitz Osbern and of Odo, bishop of Bayeux. Fitz Osbern also acted as William's lieutenant during the rebellions of 1069...was one of the feudal lords of the Welsh marches, and built several castles for the
      defense of the border. In 1070 William sent him to assist Queen Matilda in the government of Normandy. But Richilde, widow of Baldwin VI of Flanders, having offered to marry him if he would protect her son Arnulf against Robert the Frisian, Fitz
      Osbern accepted the proposal and joined Richilde in Flanders. He was killed, fighting against Robert, near Cassel, in 1071." -Encycl. Brit.,'56, 9:337. He was created Earl of Hereford in 1067. Also see "Falaise Roll" (Baltimore: Gen. Pub. Co, 1994),
      pp. 41-42. For more information try on the World Wide Web: http://www.castlewales.com/osbern.html
    Person ID I1205  Bratt Family Tree
    Last Modified 27 Sep 2015 

    Father Osbern de Crepon,   d. 1040 
    Mother Emma Aka Alberade de Bayeux? 
    Married Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F610  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Adelina ("Alice") de Toeni 
    Married Y  [1
    • his first
    Children 
    +1. Lady Emma of Hereford
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F560  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S9] dunbar_tree.FTW.
      Date of Import: Mar 1, 2003