Roger Bigod 1st Earl of Norfolk
(Abt 1060-1107)
Alice de Tosny
(Abt 1064-After 1135)
Aubrey II de Vere of Great Addington & Drayton
(Abt 1080-1141)
Adeliza de Clare
(Between 1066/1080-Abt 1163)
Hugh Bigod 1st Earl of Norfolk
(1095-Bef 1177)
Juliana de Vere
(Abt 1116-Abt 1199)
Roger Bigod Baron le Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk
(Abt 1144-Bef 1221)


Family Links

1. Ida de Tosny

Roger Bigod Baron le Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk 1 2 3 4

  • Born: Abt 1144, <Norfolk, Norfolk>, England
  • Christened: Framlingham, Suffolk, England
  • Marriage (1): Ida de Tosny in Dec 1181
  • Died: Bef 2 Aug 1221, Thetford, Norfolk, England
  • Buried: Thetford, Norfolk, England

   Another name for Roger was Roger le Bigod 2nd Earl of Norfolk.

  Research Notes:

From Wikipedia - Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk :

Roger Bigod (c. 1144/1150 - 1221) was the son of Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk and his first wife, Juliana de Vere. Although his father died in 1176 or 1177, Roger did not succeed to the earldom of Norfolk until 1189 for his claim had been disputed by his stepmother for her sons by Earl Hugh in the reign of Henry II . Richard I confirmed him in his earldom and other honours, and also sent him as an ambassador to France in the same year. Roger inherited his father's office as royal steward. He took part in the negotiations for the release of Richard from prison, and after the king's return to England became a justiciar .

In most of the years of the reign of King John , the earl was frequently with the king or on royal business. Yet Roger was to be one of the leaders of the baronial party which obtained John 's assent to Magna Carta , and his name and that of his son and heir Hugh II appear among the twenty-five barons who were to ensure the king's adherence to the terms of that document. The pair were excommunicated by the pope in December 1215, and did not make peace with the regents of John's son Henry III until 1217.

Around Christmas 1181 Roger married Ida, apparently Ida de Tosny (or Ida de Toesny)[1], and by her had a number of children including:
Hugh Bigod, 3rd Earl of Norfolk who married in 1206/ 1207 a daughter of William Marshal
William Bigod
Ralph Bigod
Roger Bigod
Margery, married William de Hastings
Mary Bigod, married Ralph fitz Robert[2]
Many historians, including Marc Morris have speculated that the couple had a third daughter, Alice, who married Aubrey de Vere IV ,Earl of Oxford as his second wife. If so, the marriage would have been well within the bounds of consanguinity , for the couple would have been quite closely related, a daughter of the second earl of Norfolk being first cousin once removed to the second earl of Oxford.

From Magna Charta Barons, pp. 78-79:
Roger Bigod, eldest son, who succeeded as second Earl of Norfolk, and was reconstituted in his earldom and the office of lord high steward by Richard I. upon his accession, by charter dated November 27, 1189, and also obtained at this time restitution of some manors his father had forfeited, with grants of others, and the confirmation of all demesnes he held. He was appointed, 1189, by King Richard one of the ambassadors from him to Philip of France, for obtaining aid towards the recovery of the Holy Land. Upon the return of King Richard from his captivity in Germany, the Earl assisted at a great council held by the king at Nottingham, 1194, and at this monarch's second coronation his lordship was one of the four earls that had the honor of carrying the silken canopy over the monarch's head.

In 1200 the Earl of Norfolk was sent by King John as one of his messengers to summon William, King of Scotland, to do homage to him in Parliament at Lincoln, and subsequently attended King John into Poictou, and on his return was won over to their cause by the Barons and became one of the strongest advocates of the Charter of Liberty, and was elected one of the Sureties for the observance of this great instrument, for which he was excommunicated by Pope Innocent III. He d. 5 Henry III., 1220-21, having had issue by is wife Isabella, daughter of Hameline Plantagenet, d. 1202, fifth Earl of Surrey, in right of his wife, m. 1163-4, Isabella, d. 1199, widow of William de Blois, d. s. p. 1160, a natural son of King Stephen (Hameline Pantagenet, b. before 1151, was a natural son of Geoffrey, Count of Anjou), and daughter and heiress of William, third Earl of Warren and Surrey, d. s. p. m. 1148 (by his wife Alice, or Adela de Talvas, or Talvace, d. 1174, daughter of William Count of Alençon and Ponthieu, by his second wife, Alix, widow of Bertrand, Count de Tripoli, and daughter of Eudes, Duke of Burgundy, a crusader, d. 1102, a great-grandson of Robert the Pious, King of France), son of William, second Earl of Warren and Surrey, and his wife Isabel, or Elizabeth de Vermandois, daughter of Hugh the Great, son of Henry I., King of France:
Hugh Bigod, third Earl of Norfolk.
William Bigod, m. Margaret, daughter of Robert de Sutton
Thomas Bigod.
Margery, wife of William de Hastings. Issue.
Adeliza, wife of Alberic de Vere, Earl of Oxford; d.s.p.
Mary, wife of Ralph Fitz-Robert, of Middlehams.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Lord High Steward of England.

• 2nd Earl of Norfolk, 1189.

• Magna Charta Surety, 1215.

• Excommunicated: by the Pope, Dec 1215.

Roger married Ida de Tosny in Dec 1181.


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 69-28 (Maud Marshal).

2, Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk.

3 Browning, Charles Henry, The Magna Charta Barons and their American Descendants (Philadelphia, 1898.), pp. 78-79.


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