Robert de Beaumont Earl of Leicester
- Born: 1104, Leicester, Leicestershire, England 141
- Marriage: Amice de Gael after Nov 1120 in Brittany, Normandy, France 141,160,529
- Died: 5 Apr 1168, England at age 64 141
Another name for Robert was Robert "Le Bossu" Beaumont.
~Weis' Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, 8th Edition, 53:25 - as father of Margaret de Beaumont, 63:25 - as father of Hawise, wife of William Fitz Robert, 98A:26, as father of Margaret, wife of Ralph de Toeni. 160
~Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants, Vol. II, p. 99, Sir Robert de Beaumont, knighted in 1122, 2nd Earl of Leicester, Justiciar of England 1155-1168, married after Nov 1120, Amice de Montfort, daughter of Ralph de Gael de Montfort, Lord of Gael and Montfort in Bretagne, Earl of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambride in England, and his wife Emma Fitz Osber, daughter of William Fitz Osbern.
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• Background Information:. 141
Robert, Earl of Leicester, son of Robert and the younger twin of brother Waleran. The twins were brought up at the court of with great care on account of the Kings's gratitude to their father. They accompanied Henry I when he interviewed Pope Calixtus at Gisors, Nov 1119 where they were famous for the extent of their learning. Both brothers were present at the deathbed of King Henry.
In the anarchy which followed King Stephen's accession, Robert engaged in private warfare with his hereditary enemy, Roger de Tosny [Toeni], whom he captured with Waleran's assistance.
In 1137 the twins returned to England with King Stephen. Meanwhile, during Robert's absence in England, his possessions in Normandy were overrun until he came to terms with Roger de Tosny (Toeni). In 1139 the two brothers took a leading part in the seizing of the bishops of Salisbury and at Oxford.
About this time King Stephen gave Robert the town and castle of Hereford along with other possessions. However, the Empress Maud, King Stephen's rival, had made Miles of Gloucester Earl of Hereford.
After the defeat of King Stephen in 1141, Robert appears to have made a truce with the Angevin party in Normandy. In 1143 the future King Henry II, the son of The Empress Maud, restored Robert's lands to him and granted him the Stewardship of England and Normandy in order to secure Robert's (and Robert's son and heir) support for his claim to the crown.
Robert was with King Henry II at the siege of Thorigny, Oct 1154, and later attended Henry's Coronation in Dec 1156. After Henry's accession, Robert continued to rise in royal favor and was made Justiciar in 1155. He acted in The King's absence from England from 1158 to 1164 as Viceroy. He was present at the Council of Clerendon, 13-28 Jan 1163/64, and was the first to attest to the "Constitutions" to which he secured the assent of Thomas a Becket. He worked to reconcile Henry II and the archbishop during their famous dispute.
In 1165, Robert again acted a Viceroy when the King left England. In the spring of 1165, he went to Normandy with the King, but was back in England after Nov 1120 when he retained the Justiciarship until his death two years later.
Robert married, sometime after Nov 1120, Amice, daughter of Ralph, Seigneur of Gael and Montfort in Brittany, who was the son of Ralph, Earl of Norfolk by Emma, daughter of William Fitz Osbern. With his marriage to Amice, he acquired a large part of the Fitz Osbern inheritance in Normandy and England. He died 5 Apr 1168, and was likely buried in St. Mary de Pré. Amice survied him and is said to have entered a convent at Nuneaton.
Besides a their son Robert, Amice and Robert had three daughters, Isabel who married, first Simon de Liz II, Earl of Huntingdon, and second, Gervase Paynel; Hawise who married William, Earl of Gloucester; and Margaret who married, sometime after 1155, Ralph de Tonsy (Toeni).
~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, (Leicester), Vol. VII, pp. 527-530
• Background Information. 529
He was kinighted in 1122, and was Justiciar of England, 1155-1168.
Robert married Amice de Gael, daughter of Ralph de Gael Lord de Montfort in Brittany and Unknown, after Nov 1120 in Brittany, Normandy, France 141,160.,529 (Amice de Gael was born about 1108 in Norfolk, England and died after 1168 in Durazzo, Greece.)