- Born: Pays de Caux, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: After 1080 and Before 1086, Shropshire, England\Normandy 721,733
Other names for Corbet were Hugo le Corbeau and Hugh le Corbet.
Information about this person:
• Background Information. 721,733
Hugh le Corbet**, Chevalier of Pays de Caux, Normandy, flourished from 1040 and 1076, and was dead before the Domesday Survey of 1086. The various versions of the Battle Abbey Roll name Hugh and his sons Roger and Robert among those who came to England along with William the Conqueror. They were most likely under the command of Roger de Montgomery.
Records that included Hugh le Corbet are the charters of the Abbey of Norte Dame de Bec in 1040 and 1063. Ordericux Vitalis mentioned Hugh and his sons. According to Leland's Collectanea, Hugh was among the barons consulted by King William about 1090/81 concerning the government and the defense of the Welsh Marches. He and his sons were described in Domesday as "faithful and very valiant and great wisdom in counsel." [Eyton 22:225]. The family is also mentioned in Jean le Carpentier's Hisoire du Cambrai et du Cambresis. Both of his sons, Roger and Robert attested to the charter of Shrewbury Abbey between 1086-1094.
The children given by Augusta Elizabeth Corbet in herThe Family of Corbet are:
Hugo, died in Normandy without heirs
Roger, second son
Renaud, participated in the first Crusade, from which he returned safely.
Robert, fourth son.
~Boyer's Medieval English Ancestors of Certain Americans, p. 60
** Other references such as Eyton's Antiquities of Shropshire, Vol. VII call Hugo le Corbet simply Corbet "the Norman." Both Robert's and Roger's names were followed with Fitz Corbet which would mean their father's name was Corbet. From page 8 Eyton states "English sons of Corbet the Norman."
• Background Information. 733
"Ordericus gives the names of certain faithful and very valiant men whom Earl Roger (Montgomery) employed in the government of his province. Corbat and his sons, Roger and Rodbert, are named by the Historian, presumably in the order of seniority. Corbet's English possession had been apparently divided between his sons before the Domesday survey between these two sons. The far more extensive fief of Roger is another proof of his seniority."
~Eyton, Antiquities of Shropshire, Vol. VII, p. 8
• Web Reference: The Anglo-Norman Corbets from The Corbett Study Group.
• Web Reference: Corbet Family from Wikipedia.
The name Corbet comes from the Ango-Norman French word corb, meaning "little crow." Roger FitzCorbet and his brother, Robert FitzCorbet are listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Roger was the first feudal baron of Caus in Shropshire.