Walchelinde de Ferrières Seigneur of Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire
(Abt 1010-Abt 1040)
Henri de Ferrières
(Abt 1036-Between 1093/1100)


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Henri de Ferrières 1 2

  • Born: Abt 1036, Ferrières, Normandy, France
  • Marriage (1): Bertha Roberts
  • Died: Between 1093 and 1100
  • Buried: Tutbury Priory, Tutbury, Staffordshire, England

   Another name for Henri was Henry de Ferrers.

  Research Notes:

From Wikipedia - Henry de Ferrers :

Henry de Ferrers (also known as Henri de Ferrières) was a Norman soldier from a noble family who took part in the conquest of England and is believed to have fought at the Battle of Hastings of 1066 and, in consequence, was rewarded with much land in the subdued nation.
His elder brother William fell in the battle. William and Henri were both sons of Walkeline de Ferrers (d.c. 1040) Seigneur of Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire , Eure in upper Normandy .[2] The Ferrers family holding at Ferrières-Saint-Hilaire was the caput of their large Norman barony.[

The landholdings

Henry became a major land holder and was granted 210 manors throughout England and Wales , but notably in Derbyshire [4][5] and Leicestershire [4], by King William for his conspicuous bravery and support at Hastings .
He first served William I as castellan of Stafford , and in about 1066 or 1067 he was granted the lands in Berkshire and Wiltshire of Goderic, former sheriff of Berkshire, and, by the end of 1068 he also held the lands of Bondi the Staller in present day Buckinghamshire , Berkshire , Northamptonshire , and Essex . He is thought to have been appointed the first Anglo-Norman High Sheriff of Berkshire .

Following this in 1070 was the Wapentake of Appletree, which covered a large part of south Derbyshire, granted to Henry on the promotion of Hugh d'Avranches to become Earl of Chester . At the centre of this was Tutbury Castle [6] where he rebuilt and founded the priory in 1080.

His major landholdings, however, were those of the Anglo-Saxon Siward Barn, [7] following a revolt in 1071, including more land in Berkshire and Essex and also Gloucestershire , Warwickshire , Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire .

These included part of the wapentakes of Litchurch and Morleyston, which contained an area later to be known as Duffield Frith . To command an important crossing over the Derwent he built Duffield Castle . In the wapentake of Hamston was the west bank of the River Dove , where he built Pilsbury Castle . Both these were of typical Norman timber motte and bailey construction. The latter history of Pilsbury is unknown, but Duffield was rebuilt as a stone fortress sometime in the Twelfth century.[8]
He was a key administrator in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and among the most powerful Anglo magnates. In 1086 he was a legatus ('commissioner') on the West Midland circuit of the Domesday survey .

Henry's Family
Henry had by his wife, Bertha, three sons - Enguenulf, William and Robert. A daughter, Amicia, married Nigel d'Aubigny, probably the brother of Henry I's butler. Henry had built Duffield Castle to protect and administer the Frith, and he placed it in the charge of Enguenulf. [9] Meanwhile William inherited the family's Norman estates. He joined Robert Curthose and was captured at Tinchebrai .

The date of Henry de Ferrers' death is uncertain, but it would seem to be between 1093 and 1100. He was buried in Tutbury Priory.
Enguenulf died shortly afterwards and the English estate passed to Robert, who King Stephen later made the first Earl of Derby .

His family tree is well researched and various people are said to be descended from this line.[10]. These include, George the First , Lady Diana , George Washington and Winston Churchill , and likely the actress Mia Farrow , a daughter of the Australian film director John Farrow , a descendant of the Farrows of Norfolk , England.

  Noted events in his life were:

• Fought: at the Battle of Hastings, 1066.

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Henri married Bertha Roberts.


1 http://www.familysearch.org.

2 Wikipedia.org, Henry de Ferrers.

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