Robert de Brus Lord of Skelton & Hertness
(Bef 1050-1141)


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Agnes Paynel

Robert de Brus Lord of Skelton & Hertness

  • Born: Bef 1050, Normandy
  • Marriage: Agnes Paynel 1178
  • Died: 1141(2), England 814,1063

bullet  General Notes:

~Baronia Anglica Concentrata, Vol. I, p. 137, came to England with William the conqueror and died 1141, married Agnes Paynel. This Pedigree omits this generation of Robert de Brus. It isn't likely the the Robert de Brus who came with William the Conqueror is the one who died in 1141 while in battle. He would be close to 100 years old at the time. 814

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Background Information. 1063
During the period 1103-1106, Robert de Brus attested with Ralph Paynell and sixteen others a charter of William, count of Mortain, to the abbey of Marmoutier. [Hist. Dunelm. Script. Tres, p. 32; Mon. Angl. i, 242] In 1109, at a council of all England held at Nottingham, he attested the charter of Henry I condirming to the church of Durham certain possessions which men of Northumberland had claimed. [Round, Cal. of Docs., France, n. 1210] About 1131, Brus was in the retinue of Henry I at Lions, in Eure. [Feod. Priorat. Dunelm., 145n] Bruce died in about 1142. His wife was named Agnes.

"Grant by Adam de Bus, for the souls of Robert, his grandfather, and Adam, his father, to the canons of Guisbro' of his churches of (Kirk)levington and Yarm. 155-1165. [ From the original formerly in St. Mary's Tower, York; Dodsw. MS. vii, f. 56; Chartul of Cuisbro', Cleop. D. f. 249d. Pd. in Chartul., n. 679]"

~Early Yorkshire Charters, Volume II, pp. 5, 11-12

• Background Information. 1062
Robert de Brus founded Guisborough Priory at some date between 1119 and 1124. [Guisbro' Chartul. (Surt. Soc.), i, p. ix; V.C.H. Yorks. iii, 209] In his endowment Agnes his wife and his son and heir Adam joined. 'The much-vaunted gift of Espec to Rievaulx,' it has been remarked, 'is small beside' the Brus grant to Guisborough. [Guisbro' Chartul. (Surt. Soc.), pp. xii, xvi] Robert's second son Robert was the ancestor of the Scottish dynasty of Brus. [Dugdale, Baronage, ii, 448a] Robert the father is believed to have died in 1141 and was succeeded by Adam; he is said to have died in 1167 and left a son Adam. [Dugdale, Mon. vi, 267] Henry II in or before 1180 seized the lands of Adam de Brus, including Danby and its forest, which had been held by the Earl of Albemarle. [Pipe R. 26 Hen. II (Pipe R. Soc.), 74] Later he gave Adam in exchange three manors in the West Riding. [Rot. de Oblatis et Fin. (Rec. Com.), 110; Cal. Rot. Chart. 1199\endash 1216 (Rec. Com.), 86] Danby remained in the Crown until 1200, [Pipe R. 27 Hen. II (Pipe R. Soc.), 35; 28 Hen. II, 37; Pipe R. 1182\endash 4, m. 28\endash 30; 33 Hen. II, m. 1 d.; 6 Ric. I, m. 2] when Peter de Brus, son of Adam, [Guisbro' Chartul. (Surt. Soc.), ii, 45, 138] persuaded King John by a present of £1,000 to take back the three manors in the West Riding and restore Danby and its forest [Rot. de Oblatis et Fin. (Rec. Com.), 110; Cal. Rot. Chart. 1199\endash 1216 (Rec. Com.), 86, 101; Pipe R. 4 John, m. 4d.; 5 John, m. 16.]; 400 marks of the payment were subsequently remitted. [Rot. Lit. Claus. (Rec. Com.), i, 22, 38b] Peter's son Peter [Guisbro' Chartul. (Surt. Soc.), ii, 196] succeeded him in 1222, and was followed in 1240 [Ibid. i, 9 n., 94 n.; Excerpta e Rot. Fin. (Rec. Com.), i, 80, 332; Rot. Lit. Claus. (Rec. Com.), i, 487; Matthew Paris, Chron. Maj. (Rolls Ser.), iv, 44 n., 174; cf. ii, 585, 643] by his son a third Peter, [Guisbro' Chartul. (Surt. Soc.), ii, 119 n] who died childless in 1272, [Fine R. 56 Hen. III, m. 4] when his estates were divided among his sisters and heirs, Alice (Agnes) wife of Walter de Fauconberg, Lucy wife of Marmaduke de Thweng of Kilton Castle, Margaret wife of Robert Roos of Wark, and Laderine wife of John de Bellewe, Marmaduke and Lucy receiving among their share Danby and Lealholm. [Cal. Inq. p.m. Hen. III, 265\endash 7; 1\endash 19 Edw. I, 189]

~A History of the County of York North Riding, Volume II, pp. 332-340

Robert married Agnes Paynel, daughter of Fulk Paynel and Beatrix de Fitz Ansculf , Heiress of Dudley.1178 (Agnes Paynel died 18 Nov after 1155 1178.)

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