de Mortimer Family Genealogy
de Mortimer Family Genealogy

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Details for de Mortimer Family
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1. Ralph de Mortimer - was born before 1082, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.
Ralph married Milisent Ferrers. Milisent was born before 1086, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.

Ralph - - The Mortimers took their name from Mortimer-en-Brai, a lordship in Normandy, and they became established in England by Ralph, who, if he was not at (the Battle of) Hastings, certainly followed William (the Conqueror) across the Channel soon afterwards. The latter bestowed upon the family their role as Marcher Lords, and the township and Wigmore Castle, in north Herefordshire, was adopted by them as their seat.
 
Their span of influence lasted for the next four centuries. Their line ended with Edmund Mortimer, the fifth Earl of March, who died without issue. However, Edward IV was the grandson of Anne, Edmund's sister, so it could be said that a Mortimer did eventually become King of England.
 
While there were a couple of occasions when Mortimer power ebbed and all the house's lordships were confiscated by the crown, its story is generally one of looking for the "main chance" to expand their authority and territory. They did this by force, by expedient marriage arrangements and settlements, or by mixture of both.
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Hugh de Mortimer was born in 1108, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died in 1185 . See #2. below.
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de Mortimer Family Crest



----- Second Generation -----
2. Hugh de Mortimer - was born in 1108, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died in 1185 . He was the son of Ralph de Mortimer and Milisent Ferrers.
Hugh married Maud de Meschines. Maud was born about 1126/1144, lived in Harrington, Northumberland, England. She was the daughter of William de Meschines and Cecily de Rumilly. She died after 1190 .
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Roger de Mortimer was born about 1155, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died on 24 Jun 1214 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England . See #3. below.
----- Third Generation -----
3. Roger de Mortimer - was born about 1155, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died on 24 Jun 1214 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England . He was the son of Hugh de Mortimer and Maud de Meschines.
Roger married Isabel de Ferrers about 1190 while living in Rutlandshire, England. Isabel was born in 1172, lived in Oakham, Rutlandshire, England. She was the daughter of William de Ferrers and Goda de Toni. She died before 31 May 1252 .

Isabel - Heiress of Lechlade and Oakham.
 
Also married Piers Fitzherbert about 1215.
  Then Roger married Milisent de Ferrers. Milisent was born about 1165. She is the daughter of William de Ferrers and Sibilla de Braose.
Children with Isabel de Ferrers (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Joane de Mortimer was born about 1194, lived in Elmley, Worcestershire, England and died in 1268 .
Joane married Walcheline de Beauchamp in 1212 while living in Elmley, Worcestershire, England. Walcheline was born about 1184, lived in Elmley Castle, Worcestershire, England. He was the son of Walter de Beauchamp and Bertha de Braose. He died on 14 Apr 1236 .
See de Beauchamp family for children.
ii.  Ralph de Mortimer was born in 1190 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died on 6 Aug 1246 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England . See #4. below.
iii.  Roger de Mortimer was born about 1194.
Children with Milisent de Ferrers (Quick Family Chart)
iv.  Hugh de Mortimer was born in 1183 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died Nov 1227 .
Hugh married Annora de Braose. Annora was born about 1190. She was the daughter of William de Braose and Maud de St. Valery. She died after 1241 .

Annora - was captured and imprisoned by King John in 1210 when attempting to flee from Ireland with her mother. Annora was released in October 1214, the year her husband succeeded to his lands. When he died in 1227 the king allowed her to keep an income of 100 shillings from land in Charlton and Cherrington, parts of the manor of Tetbury, to maintain her as a recluse.
 
The Church Guide of St. Mary's Iffley alludes to a mysterious person called Annora, the anchoress, who lived for nine years enclosed in a cell beside the church in the thirteenth century. An anchoress is a recluse - someone who lives apart from other people. See the story of Annora and the Iffley Church at Annora the Anchoress - St. Mary's Iffley
----- Fourth Generation -----
4. Ralph de Mortimer - was born in 1190 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died on 6 Aug 1246 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England . He was the son of Roger de Mortimer and Isabel de Ferrers.
Ralph married Gwaldys Verch Llewelyn in 1220 in England. Gwaldys was born about 1205 in Caernarvonshire, Wales. She was the daughter of Llewelyn Ap Iorwerth and Tangwysti Verch Llymarch. She died in 1251 in Windsor, Berkshire, England .
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Sir Roger de Mortimer was born in 1231 in Cwmaron Castle, Radnor, Wales and died on 27 Oct 1282 in Kingsland, Hereford, Eng . See #5. below.
----- Fifth Generation -----
5. Sir Roger de Mortimer - was born in 1231 in Cwmaron Castle, Radnor, Wales and died on 27 Oct 1282 in Kingsland, Hereford, Eng . He was the son of Ralph de Mortimer and Gwaldys Verch Llewelyn.
Sir Roger married Maud de Braose about 1247. Maud was born about 1230 in Bramber Castle (or Arundel), England. She was the daughter of Willaim "Black William" de Braose and Eve Marshall. She died before 20 Mar 1301 .

Sir Roger - - 6th Lord Wigmore Sheriff of Hereford; Lord of Kerry and Cydowain.
 
acquired by marriage Narberth Castle, Wales through his wife inherited Dunamase Castle, Co.Laois, died 1282, Dunamase went to Theobald de Verdun.
 
Also lived in Wigmore Castle. (Sources: - 1)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Sir Edmund de Mortimer was born about 1252, lived in Wigmore and died on 17 Jul 1304 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England . See #6. below.
ii.  Isabella de Mortimer was born about 1248, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died before 10 Aug 1274 .
Isabella married John FitzAlan II in 1260. John was born on 14 Sep 1246 in Arundel, Sussex, England. He was the son of John FitzAlan and Matilda de Verdun. He died on 18 Mar 1272 .
See Senescal of Dol family for children.
iii.  Ralph de Mortimer was born about 1250, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died before 10 Aug 1274 .
iv.  Geoffrey de Mortimer was born about 1254, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.
v.  Roger de Mortimer was born about 1256, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died on 3 Aug 1326 .
vi.  William de Mortimer was born about 1258, lived in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died in 1297 .
Image of Narberth Castle

Narberth Castle


At S end of town, Pembrokeshire, south Wales
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Image of Wigmore Castle

Wigmore Castle


in the town of Wigmore, Herefordshire, England
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----- Sixth Generation -----
6. Sir Edmund de Mortimer - was born about 1252, lived in Wigmore and died on 17 Jul 1304 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England . He was the son of Sir Roger de Mortimer and Maud de Braose.
Sir Edmund married Margaret de Fiennes in 1285 in Fiennes, Bolonois, France. Margaret was born in 1262 in Wigmore, H, England. She was the daughter of William de Fiennes and Blanche de Brienne. She died in 1333 .
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Iseude de Mortimer was born about 1267 in Wigmore, England and died in 1338 .
Iseude married Hugh de Audley in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England. Hugh was born in 1250 in Heleigh & Stratton, England. He was the son of James of Audithley and Ela de Longespee. He died in 1325 .

Iseude - was the widow of Sir Walter De Balun, of Much Marcle, co. Hereford (who was living and m. to her in 1286/7), She brought Hugh Audley the manors of Eastington, co. Gloucester, and of Thornbury, co. Hereford.
See de Audley family for children.
ii.  Roger de Mortimer was born on 3 May 1287 in Netherwood, Thornbury, Herefordshire, England and died on 29 Nov 1330 in Elms, Tyburn, Warwickshire, England . See #7. below.
iii.  Matilda de Mortimer was born about 1286 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England and died on 18 Sep 1312 in Alton, Staffordshire, England .
Matilda married Theobald de Verdun on 29 Jul 1302. Theobald was born about 1284 in Atton Castle, Staffordshire, England. He was the son of John de Verdun and Margery de Lacy. He died on 27 Jul 1316 in Alton, Staffordshire, England .
See le Boteler family for children.
----- Seventh Generation -----
7. Roger de Mortimer - was born on 3 May 1287 in Netherwood, Thornbury, Herefordshire, England and died on 29 Nov 1330 in Elms, Tyburn, Warwickshire, England . He was the son of Sir Edmund de Mortimer and Margaret de Fiennes.
Roger married Joan de Geneville before 6 Oct 1306 in Shropshire, England. Joan was born on 2 Feb 1285/1286 in Ludlow, Shropshire, England. She was the daughter of Peter de Geneville. She died on 19 Oct 1356 .

Roger - - 1st Earl of March.
 
Rogerwas a very powerful and ambitious Marcher Lord. He was the first of several members of his family to attempt to seize the throne of England. He fought the Scottish Wars and made attempts to remove the King's favorites, at first with some success. In 1323 he was imprisoned in the Tower of London, but escaped to France, an event he later commemorated by building St Peter's chapel in the outer bailey of Ludlow Castle.
 
In France, Mortimer formed an alliance with Queen Isabella, who had deserted her effeminate husband, King Edward Ii of England. They raised an army, invaded England and forced Edward to abdicate in favor of his youngest son, the future Edward III. Mortimer entertained Isabella at his castles on the Welsh borders and they became famous lovers. Meanwhile, Edward II was cruelly murdered at Berkeley Castle in 1327.
 
Following Edward's death, Mortimer, acting as regent, was the virtual ruler of England, but he over-reached himself and aroused the anger of other barons. In October 1330 he was arrested at Nottingham and sentenced to death. He was executed at Tyburn in London.
 
Later, the ambitions of the Mortimers became part of the great dynastic struggles of the mid-15th century which became known as the "War of the Roses."
 
In 1330, Sir William Eland conducted King Edward througha passage in Nottingham Castle when he seized Lord Mortimer, and brought him out of the castle. This was afterwards called Mortimer's Hole, in memory of that unfortunate nobleman, a name which is erroneously given to the principal vault.
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Catherine de Mortimer was born in 1309/1310 in Wigmore, Herefordshire, England.
Catherine married Thomas de Beauchamp about 1334 in Warwickshire, England. Thomas was born on 14 Feb 1313/1314 in Warwick, Warwickshire, England. He was the son of Guy de Beauchamp and Alice de Toeni. He died on 13 Nov 1369 in Calais, Pas-De-Calais, France .
See de Beauchamp family for children.
ii.  Margaret de Mortimer was born about 1300 and died on 5 May 1337 .
Margaret married Thomas "The Rich" de Berkeley in 1320. Thomas was born in 1293 in Gloucestershire, England. He was the son of Maurice "The Magnanimous" de Berkeley and Eve le Zouche. He died on 27 Oct 1361 in Gloucestershire, England .
See Berkeley family for children.
Image of Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella (foreground)

Roger de Mortimer and Queen Isabella (foreground)



Image of Ludlow Castle

Ludlow Castle


on the Welsh Marches
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Image of Nottingham Castle

Nottingham Castle


Mortimer's Hole
Sources:
1 Wigmore Castle Richard Williams and Jeffrey L. Thomas Web: http://www.castlewales.com/wigmore.html (view detail...)

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