THE HISTORY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF THE COUNTY OF ESSEX,

THOMAS WRIGHT

GEORGE VIRTUE, 26, IVY LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW. MDCCCXXXVI. {1836}
BOOK I.
CHAPTER VI.

AN ACCOUNT OP THE HOLDERS OF ALL THE LANDS OF ESSEX AS THEY APPEAR IN THE GREAT NATIONAL RECORD OF DOOMSDAY BOOK.

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32. Robert Gernon, or Greno, was a Norman, and one of King William's warriors; he was descended from the house of Boulogne. The family continued only to five generations :- 1. Robert, the time of whose death is unknown; 2. William, who dropped the name of Gernon, and took that of Montfichet, which was retained by his descendants; 3. Gilbert de Montfichet, his son and heir; and 4. Richard, who, in 1194, attended King Richard the First in his expedition into Normandy, and died in 1203, leaving Richard, his son, under age. This last Richard, joining the barons against King John, was one of the twenty-five made choice of to govern the realm; and, at the battle of Lincoln, 18th of June, 1217, was taken prisoner; being afterwards received into favour, he died without issue, about the year 1258.

34. Ralph Peverell, a Norman lord, who came over with the Conqueror; he married the daughter of Ingelric, a noble Saxon. She was exceedingly beautiful, and had been persuaded to become a concubine to King William, to whom she bore a son, named William, who was the owner of Nottingham Castle, and whose son and heir, William, having poisoned Ralph, earl of Chester, about the latter end of King Stephen's reign, fled from the country, leaving his castle and estates to the king's pleasure. These were afterwards, in the reign of King Henry the Second, given to John, earl of Mortain, his brother, except such estates as Margaret, William's daughter, was allowed to retain in her possession. When the king became tired of Englerica, for so she is called by Leland, this lady was married to Ralph Peverell, and is supposed to have been the chief cause of his promotion, and of so great a number of estates being given to him. Ralph Peverell's sons by this connexion were Haman, one of the barons of Montgomery; William, castellan of Dover, and founder of Hatfield Priory; and Paign, standard-bearer to Robert Curthose in the Holy Land, to whom King Henry the First gave the barony of Brunne, in Cambridgeshire.