Sir Robert de Beaumont 1st Earl of Leicester and Count of Meulan
(Abt 1049-1118)
Isabel de Vermandois Countess of Leicester
(Abt 1081-1131)
Ralph de Gael de Montfort 1st Earl of Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridge
(Abt 1078-)
Sir Robert de Beaumont 2nd Earl of Leicester
Amice de Gael de Montfort
(Abt 1108-1168/1169)
Sir Robert de Beaumont 3rd Earl of Leicester
(Abt 1121-1190)


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1. Petronilla de Grandmesnil

Sir Robert de Beaumont 3rd Earl of Leicester 1 2 3

  • Born: Abt 1121, Beaumont-le-Roger, (Eure), Normandy, France
  • Marriage (1): Petronilla de Grandmesnil about 1155
  • Died: 31 Aug 1190, Dyrrhachium [Durazzo] (Durrės, Albania) about age 69

   Another name for Robert was Robert "Blanchemains" de Harcourt 3rd Earl of Leicester.

  Research Notes:

From Wikipedia - Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester

Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester (died 1190 ) was an English nobleman, one of the principal followers of Henry the Young King in the Revolt of 1173-1174 against his father Henry II . He is also called Robert Blanchemains (meaning "White Hands" in French ).

He was the son of Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester , a staunch supporter of Henry II, and he inherited from his father large estates in England and Normandy .

When the revolt of the younger Henry broke out in April 1173 , Robert went to his castle at Breteuil in Normandy . The rebels' aim was to take control of the duchy, but Henry II himself led an army to besiege the castle; Robert fled, and the Breteuil was taken on September 25 or 26.

Robert apparently went to Flanders , where he raised a large force of mercenaries, and landed at Walton, Suffolk , on September 29 , 1173. He joined forces with Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk , and the two marched west, aiming to cut England in two across the Midlands and to relieve the king's siege of Robert's castle at Leicester . However, they were intercepted by the king's supporters and defeated in battle at Fornham , near Bury St Edmunds , on October 17 . Robert, along with his wife and many others, was taken prisoner. Henry II took away the earl's lands and titles as well.

He remained in captivity until January 1177 , well after most of the other prisoners had been released. The king was in a strong position and could afford to be merciful; not long after his release Robert's lands and titles were restored, but not his castles. All but two of his castles had been destroyed, and those two (Montsorrel in Leicestershire and Pacy in Normandy) remained in the king's hands.

Robert had little influence in the remaining years of Henry II's reign, but was restored to favor by Richard I . He carried one of the swords of state at Richard's coronation in 1189 . In 1190 Robert went on pilgrimage to Palestine , but he died in Greece on his return journey.

Robert married Pernelle[1], who was either a granddaughter or great-granddaughter of Hugh de Grandmesnil . They had five children:
Robert , who succeeded his father as Earl of Leicester ;
Roger , who became Bishop of St Andrews in 1189;
William, who was a leper;
Amicia, who married Simon III de Montfort , and whose son Simon subsequently became Earl of Leicester;
Margaret, who married Saer de Quincy , later 1st Earl of Winchester .

  Death Notes:

According to Wikipedia "Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester," he "died at Dyrrachium on his teturn journey" from the third crusade to Palestine.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Crusader, 1179.

Robert married Petronilla de Grandmesnil, daughter of Hugh de Grandmesnil and Alice Beaumont, about 1155. (Petronilla de Grandmesnil was born about 1134 in <Leicestershire>, England and died on 1 Apr 1212 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England.)


1 Weis, Frederick Lewis and Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr; William R. Beall and Kaleen E. Beall, eds, Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700 (8th ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2008.), Line 53-26.

2, Robert de Beaumont, 3rd Earl of Leicester.


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