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Prentice Ancestors at the Battle of Hastings in 1066


Prentice Ancestors at the Battle of Hastings in 1066
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Winter 2005 and Revised 23 Sep 2005

A great many families with the surnames of Prentice, Prentis and Prentiss can trace their ancestry through maternal lines back to one or more ancestors who participated in the famous Battle of Hastings, England, in 1066 when William The Conqueror invaded England, eventually leading to a conquest of the country. The Editor of this Prentice Newsletter has identified a great many of his ancestors who fought there on both the winning, and losing, sides.

We located at http://members.tripod.com/~midgley/battleroll.html a list of companions who supposedly accompanied William the Bastard of Falaise [later William I of England] at the Battle of Hastings. Subsequently, for their services, each commander was granted lordships of large areas of English countryside, albeit each being widely separated from another. To the victors went the spoils.

The list is an aggregate of a number of names from different sources which have become known as the "Battle Abbey Rolls"4. A scrolled tablet was hung prior to the 'Dissolution' in Battle Abbey, which reputedly held the names of the commanders at the battle. Various "copies" of this roll with considerable additions and thus differences exist. The French government in 1931 produced yet another roll, the "Falaise Roll" which has considerable differences again.

This roll of 315 persons is now preserved on a bronze plaque at William the Conqueror's chapel in his castle at Falaise, although many were not added in time for the unveiling. Apparently this list is now held at the Falaise Town Hall, below the castle where William was born.8 There are 375 commanders shown below, from a total force of about 5000 men.

A
# Ours d'Abbetot
# Roger d'Abernon
# Ruaud d'Adoube [Musard]
# Engenoulf de l'Aigle
# Richard de l'Aigle [de Aquila]
# Herbert d'Aigneaux
# Guatier [Walter] d'Aincourt
# Guillaume [William] Alis
# Guillaume d'Alre
# Archard d'Ambrieres
# Robert d'Amfreville
# le Sire de Anisy
# Guillaume d'Anneville
# Guatier d'Appeville
# Guillaume L'Archer
# Norman D'Arcy
# Arnoul d'Ardre
# David d'Argentan
# Le Sire d'Argouges
# Robert d'Armentieres
# Guillaume d'Arques
# Osbern d'Arques
# Bagod d'Arras
# Roger Arundel
# Geoffroi Ascelin
# Hugh L'Asne
# Gilbert d'Asnieres
# Raoul d'Asnieres
# Guillaume d'Aubigny
# Le Sire d'Aubigny [Roger]
# Guillaume d'Audrieu
# Gilbert d'Aufay [d'Auffay], Seigneur of Auffay.
# Fouque Aunou
# Le Sire d'Auvillers
# Richard Vicomte d'Avranches
B
# Guaillaume Bacon Sire de Molay
# Le Sire de Bailleul
# Guineboud de Balon
# Hamelin de Balon
# Robert Banastre
# Osmond Basset
# Raoul Basset
# Robert Le Bastard
# Endes [Eudes, Odo], Eveque de Bayeux [Bishop of Bayeaux], subsequently Earl of Kent. William's half brother who commissioned the Bayeaux tapestry.
# Hugue de Beauchamp
# Guillaume de Beaufou [Beaufort]
# Robert de Beaufou
# William de Bellomonte
# Robert de Beaumont [Bellomonte] Count Meulan, susequently 1st Earl of Leicester, died 1118. Brother of William above. Married Isabel de Vermandois who later married William de               Warrene 2nd Earl of Warenne and Surrey.
# Henry de Bellomonte brother of Robert above.
# Gautier du Bec
# Geoffroi du Bec
# Hugue de Bernieres
# Guillaume [William]  Bertram
# Robert Bertram, le Tort
# Le Sire de Beville
# Avenel des Biards
# Richard de Bienfaite et d'Orbec
# Guillaume Bigot [Bigod]
# Robert Bigot, Seigneur de Maltot
# Gilbert Le Blond
# Robert Le Blond
# Robert Blouet
# Blundel
# Honfroi de Boho
# Hugue de Bolbec
# Le Sire de Bolleville
# Le Sire de Bonnesboq
# Guillaume de Bosc
# Le Sire de Bosc-Roard [Simon]
# Raoul Botin
# Eustach [Eustace], Comte [Count] de Boulogne
# Hugue Bourdet
# Robert Bourdet
# Herve de Bourges
# Guillaume de Bourneville
# Hugue de Bouteillier
# Le Sir de Brabancon
# Guillaume de Brai [Bray]
# Raoul de Branch
# Le Seigneur de Brecey
# Robert de Breherval
# Brian de Bratagne, Comte de Vennes
# Roger de Breteuil
# Anvrai Le Breton
# Gilbert de Bretteville
# Dreu de La Beuvriere
# Guillaume de Briouse (William de Braose)
# Adam de Brix
# Guillaume de Brix
# Le Sire de Brucourt
# Robert de Buci
# Serion de Burci
# Michel de Bures
C
# Guatier de Caen
# Maurin de Caen
# Guillaume de Cahaignes
# Guillaume de Cailly
# Le Sire  Gautier [Walter] de Canouville
# Hugue Carbonnel
# Honfroi de Carteret
# Eudes, Comte de Champagne
# Robert de Chandos
# Guillaume Le Chievre
# Le Sire de Cintheaux
# Gonfroi de Cioches
# Hamon de Clervaux
# Le Sire de Clinchamps
# Robert de Cognieres
# Gilbert de Colleville
# Guillaume de Colombieres
# Geoffroi de Combray
# Robert de Comines
# Amfroi de Conde
# Alric Le Coq
# Guillaume Corbon
# Hugue Corbon
# Aubri de Couci
# Roger de Courcelles
# Richard de Courci
# Robert de Courson
# Geoffroi, Eveque de Coutances [Bishop of Coutances], subsequently Geoffrey de Mowbray.
# Le Sire de Couvert
# Gui de Craon
# Gilbert Crispin
# Guillaume Crispin
# Mile Crispin
# Hamon Le Seneschal, Sir de Crevecoeur
# Robert de Crevecoeur
# Ansger de Criquetot
# Le Sire de Cussy
D
# Roger Daniel
# Rober le Despensoer [Despencer]
# Henri de Domfront
# Gautier de Douai
# Le Sire de Driencourt
E
# Richard de'Engagne
# Le Sire d'Epinay
# Etienne Erard
# Le Sire d'Escalles
# Auvrai d'Espagne
# Herve d'Espagne
# Raoul L'Estourni
# Richard L'Estourni
# Robert d'Estouteville
# Robert Count d'Eu
# Gautier Le Ewrus  [Roumare or Rosmar]
# Guillaume, [3rd] Count d'Evreux
# Roger d'Evreux
F
# Alain Fergant, Count de Bratagne
# Guillaume de Ferrieres [Master of horse to William I]
# Mathieu de la Ferte Mace
# Guatier Fitz Autier
# Fitz Bertran de Peleit
# Adam Fitz Durand
# Robert Fitz Erneis
# Alain Fitz Flaald
# Guillaume Fitz Osberne [Fitz Osbourne] subsequently 1st Earl of Hereford.
# Robert Fitz Picot
# Robert Fitz Richard
# Toustain [Turstin] Fitz Rou
# Eudes Fitz Sperwick
# Guatier Le Flamand
# Raoul de Fourneaux [Furneaux]
# Le Sire de Fribois
G
# Le Sire de Gace Raoul de Gael
# Gilbert de Gand [Gaunt/Ghent]  b. abt 1048 died 1094, marr. abt. 1071 at Folkingham, Lincs.bur. Bardney  Lincolshire. Created 1st Lord of Folkingham. Robert de Muscamp2 of Willoughby, Lincs. was the chief steward to Gilbert de Gand
# Berenger Giffard
# Gautier [Walter] Giffard, Seigneur/Count de Longueville
# Osberne Giffard
# Le Sire de Glanville
# Le Sire de Glos
# Ascelin de Gournay
# Hugh de Gournay
# Guillaume de Gouvix
# Anchetil de Gouvix
# Hugue [Hugh] de Grentiemesnil [Grandmesnil]
# Robert de Grenville
# Robert Guernon, Sire de Montifiquet
# Hugue de Guidville
# Geoffroi de la Guierche
H
# Gautier Hachet
# Sir Eudes le Seneschal, de la Hale
# Errand de Harcourt
# Herve de Helion
# Hugue d'Hericy
# Tithel de Heron
# Robert Heuse
# Hugue d'Houdetot
I
Jean d'Ivri
Roger d'Ivry
J
# Le Sire de Jort
L
# Guillaume de Lacelles,
# Gautier de Lacy
# Ibert de Lacy
# Baudri de Limesi
# Auvrai de Lincoln
# Ingleram de Lions
# Le Sire de Lithaire
# Honfroi vis de Loup
# Guilliame Louvet
# Engenulf de Laigle, Seigneur de Laigle
M
# Hugue de Macey
# Durand Malet
# Gilbert de Malet
# Guillaume Malet  Seigneur de Graville
# Robert Malet
# Raoul de Malherle
# Foucher de Maloure
# Geoffroi de Mandeville
# Guillaume de La Mare
# Hugue de La Mare
# Geoffroi Martel
# de Mathan
# Auvrai Maubenc
# Guillaume Maubenc
# Ansold de Maule
# Guarin de Maule
# Juhel de Mayenne
# Adeldolf de Mert
# Du Merle
# Auvrai de Merleberge
# Baudoin de Meules at du Sap
# Guillaume de Monceaux
# Ansger de Montaigu [Montague]
# Roger de Montbray
# Gilbert de Montichet
# Hugue [Hugh] de Montfort le Connestable, seigneur of Montfort-sur-Risle
# Roger de Montgomerie [Montgomery]
# Robert Moreton
# Roger Moreton
# Geoffroi, [Geoffrey]  Seigneur de Mortagne subsequently Count of Perche.
# Robert Count de Mortain, subsequently 1st Earl of Cornwall.
# Hugue [Hugh] de Mortimer
# Sir Guillaume de Moulins, de Falaise
# Paisnel des Moutiers-Hubert
# Guillaume des Moyon
# Robert Murdac
# Enisand Musard
# Roger? de Muscamp [Muschamp]. Held Willoughby, Lincolnshire. The Muschamps of Lincolnshire were stewards to Gilbert de Gand .
# Roger's? grandson Robert 1st baron of Wooler, Northumberland was granted the Coat of Arms or escutcheon.
N
# Bernard Neufmarche
# Gilbert de Neuville  [Neville]
# Richard de Neuville
# Noel
# Le Comte Alain Le Noir
# Corbet Le Normand
O
# Roger d'Oistreham
# Le S ire de Orglande
# Le Sire de Origny
# Raoul de Ouilli
# Robert d'Ouilli [Oilly, later D'Oyle]
P
# Le Sire de Pacy
# Raoul Painel
# Guillaume de Pantoul
# Guillaume Patry de Lande
# Guillaume Peche
# Guillaume de Percy [Granted large parts of Northumberland and North Yorkshire]
# Guillaume Pevrel [repoted to be William I's natural son]
# Renouf [Ranulph] Pevrel
# Roger Picot
# Anscoul de Picquigni
# Giles de Picquigni
# Guillaume de Picquigni
# Geoffroi de Pierrepont
# Robert de Pierrepont
# Le Sire de Pins
# Le Chevalier de Pirou
# Le Sire de Poer
# Thierri Pointel
# Gautier lLe Poitevin
# Roger de La Pommeraie
# Hubert de Port
# Hugue de Port
# Le Sire de Praeres (Prous)
# Eudes Dapifer, Sire de Preaux
R
# Roger Rames
# Sire de Rebercil
# Guillaume de Reviers
# Richard de Reviers
# Geoffroi Ridel
# Adani de Rie
# Hubert de Rie
# Hubert de Rie le Jeune
# Raoul de Rie
# Anquetil de Ros
# Golsfrid de Ros
# Guillaume de Ros
# Serlon de Ros
# Hugue de Rousel
# Le comte Alain Le Roux
# Turchil Le Rous
S
# Guillaume,Le Sire de Rupierre
# Richard de Saint Clair
# Richard de Daint Jean
# Robert de Saint Leger
# Le Sire de Saint Martin
# Guido Saint Maur
# Bernard de Saint Ouen
# Germond de Saint Ouen
# Huge de Saint Quentin
# Neel Vicomte de Saint Sauveur
# Le Sire de Saint Sauver
# Le Sire de Saint Sever
# Bernard de St Valery
# Gautier de Saint Valery
# Osbern de Sassy
# Raoul de Sassy
# Guillaume de Saye
# Picot de Saye
# Guillaume de Semilly
# Garnier de Senlis
# Simon de Senlis or Simon De St. Liz [ours] Earl of Nothampton and Huntingdon.
# Richard de Sourdeval
T
# Guillaume Taillebois
# Ivo Taillebois
# Raoul Taillebois
# Taillefer
# Geoffroi Talbot
# Guillaume Talbot
# Richard Talbot
# Le Chamberlain de Tancarville
# Raoul Tesson
# Amaury [Aimeri], Vicomte de Thouars
# Raoul de Tilly near Caen. [Muschamps were a branch of this family]
# Gilbert Tison
# Robert de Todeni
# Neel de Toeni
# Raoul [Ralph] de Toeni Seigneur de Conches.
# Le Sire de Touchet
# Le Sire de Touques
# Le Sire de Tourneur
# Le Sire de Tourneville
# Le Sire de Tournieres
# Martin de Tours
# Le Sire de Tracy
# Le Sire de Tregos
# Le Sire de Troussebot (Pagan)
V
# Gui [Guy] de la Val
# Hamon de la Val
# Guillaume de Valecherville
# Ive de Vassy [Vessy]
# Robert de Vassy
# Guillaume de Vatteville
# Ansfroi de Vaubadon
# Renaud de Vautort
# Aitard de Vaux
# Robert de Vaux
# Gilbert de Vanables [Venables]
# Raoul Le Veneur
# De Venois
# Aubri de Ver
# Bertran de Verdun
# Gautier de Vernon
# Huard de Vernon
# Richard de Vernon
# Le Sire de Vesli
# Hugue de Vesli
# Mile de Vesli
# Guillaume de Vieuxpont
# Robert de Vieuxpont
# Godefroi [Godfrey] de Villers
# Vital. Probable follower of the Bishop of Bayeaux
# Robert de Vilot
# Andre de Vitrie
# Robert de Vitrie
W
# Wadard. Probably a follower of the Bishop of Bayeaux.
# Hugue [Hugh] de Wanci
# Osberne de Wanci
# Guillaume [William] de Warren[e]  subsequently 1st Earl de Warren and Surrey

References:
1. Muschamp Chronicles
2. The son of Roger de Muscamp who held Wilgebi (Willoughby) in Lincoln in 10863.
3. G.R.O. Record #1, Domesday Book.
4. Duchesne, Andre, Historiae Normannorum, 1619. "Battle Abbey Roll"
5. The Complete Peerage, vol. XII, "Companions of the Conqueror," pp. 47-48
6. Sources from the Bayeaux tapestry, Orderic the Monk & the Historian, William of Potiers.
7. The Conqueror and his Companions- an excellent link site
8. Email contact from Stephen Pinkerton

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