d'Albiny Family Genealogy
d'Albiny Family Genealogy

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1. William d'Albiny - also known as: Albini - was born about 1064, lived in St. Sauveur, Manche, Normandie, France and died in 1139 . He was the son of Robert de Todeni.
William married Maud Bigod about 1099 while living in Norfolk, England. Maud was born about 1080, lived in Belvoir Castle, Belvoir, Leicestershire, England. She is the daughter of Roger Bigod and Adeliza de Toni.

William - was son and heir of Robert de Todeni, lord of Belvoir, and is supposed to have been named de Aubigny (Albini) from his place of birth, and to have been distinguished by the addition 'Brito' from his namesake, the 'PINCERNA' , who belonged to a different family. He assisted in the victory of Tenchebray in 1106, and became high in favor with KING HENRY I. In 1130 he appears as an itinerant justice, and on HENRY's death he espoused the cause of his daughter. KING STEPHEN forfeited his lands, but subsequently restored them
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i.  William "Strong Hand" d'Albiny was born about 1090 in St. Sauveur, Manche, Normandie, France and died on 12 Oct 1176 in Abbey, Waverly, Surrey, Engand . See #2. below.
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d'Albini Family Crest



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2. William "Strong Hand" d'Albiny - was born about 1090 in St. Sauveur, Manche, Normandie, France and died on 12 Oct 1176 in Abbey, Waverly, Surrey, Engand . He was the son of William d'Albiny and Maud Bigod.
William married Queen Adelicia of Louvain in 1138 while living in England. Queen Adelicia was born about 1105, lived in Louvain, Belgium. She was the daughter of Duke Godfrey "A La Barbe" de Lorraine and Countess Clementia de Namur. She died on 23 Apr 1151 in Affigham, Flanders, France .

Queen Adelicia - Queen of England

William - - After King Henry I's death, Arundel Castle was given to his second wife, Adeliza of Louvrain. In 1138 she married William and they went on to live at Arundel. William was a great builder and he went on to build the magnificant square keep at Arundel.
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i.  Earl William d'Albiny was born about 1140, lived in Buckenham, Norfolk, England and died on 24 Dec 1193 . See #3. below.
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Arundel Castle


the Castle Keep
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3. Earl William d'Albiny - was born about 1140, lived in Buckenham, Norfolk, England and died on 24 Dec 1193 . He was the son of William "Strong Hand" d'Albiny and Queen Adelicia of Louvain.
Earl William married Maud de Saint Hilary about 1174 while living in Arundel, Essex, England. Maud was born in 1132, lived in Buckenham, Norfolk, England. She was the daughter of James de Saint Hilary. She died on 24 Dec 1193 in Norfolk, England .

Earl William - Earl of Arundel.
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i.  William d'Albiny was born about 1165 in Arundel, Sussex, England and died before 30 Mar 1221 in Cainell By Rome, Latium, Italy . See #4. below.
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4. William d'Albiny - was born about 1165 in Arundel, Sussex, England and died before 30 Mar 1221 in Cainell By Rome, Latium, Italy . He was the son of Earl William d'Albiny and Maud de Saint Hilary.
William married Mabel de Meschines Chester, Cheshire, England. Mabel was born about 1173, lived in Cheshire, England. She is the daughter of Earl of Chester Hugh of Kevelioc de Meschines and Bertrade de Montfort.

William - When his father died he was in ward to King Henry II and, in 1194, he was in the army of Richard I in Normandy. Already a wealthy man at the time of the accession of John to the throne, he received several additional grants of great value. In 1201, when the Barons refused to follow their Sovereign into France, King John demanded that their castles should be given up to him as security for their allegiance, beginning with William d'Albini; and therewith Belvoir Castle, instead of which d'Albini gave him his son, William, as a hostage.
 
William d'Albini was one of the King's foremost financial officers. Before 1200 he had been custodian sheriff, a sort of tax collector and treasurer combined. After 1200 King John appointed him one of the justices or "exchequers" of the Jews. As such he kept a record of all royal debts to Jews, and of payments made to them. Possibly such an official settled disputes connected with money-lending operations. The Jews were a powerful source of revenue, which the King desired to protect to his own interest. From Michaelmas 1210 to mid-Lent of 1211, William and five other Barons were in charge of customs duties on dyes and grain. In 1213 we find him involved in a baronial investigation committee, which sought to unearth evidence of alleged embezzlements charged to certain sheriffs.
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i.  Nicole d'Albiny was born about 1210 in Arundel, Sussex, England and died in 1240 in Dudley Castle, Staffordshire, England .
Nicole married Baron Roger Dudley de Somery about 1225 in Sussex, England. Baron Roger was born about 1208, lived in Dinas Powls, Wales. He was the son of Ralph de Somery and Margaret Fitzgilbert. He died before 26 Aug 1273 in Staffordshire, England .
See de Somery family for children.
Image of Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle


Robert de Todeni was also responsible for the about 7 miles west of Grantham, Leicestershire, in the heart of England.
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