de Berkeley of Berkeley Castle
Roger de Berkeley [a], b abt 1045, of Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England, d 1093, Gloucestershire, England. He md Rissa [b] abt 1070. She was b abt 1053, d aft 1093.
Child of Roger de Berkeley and Rissa was:
Roger de Berkeley [d], Lord of Dursley, b abt 1105, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, England, d abt 1170. The identity of his wife is not known.
Child of Roger de Berkeley was:
Alice de Berkeley b abt 1142, of Dursley, Gloucestershire, England, d aft 16 Jun 1190. She md Sir Maurice Fitz Robert Fitz Harding, Lord of Berkeley, 1153/54, son of Robert Fitz Harding and Eva Fitz Estmond.
a. Between 1068 and 1071, he was made Provost of the manor of Berkeley by Earl William Fitz Osbern, from which manor he took his name. He was tenant in capite of Dursley, Cubberley, Dodington, etc. Styled Roger, "Senior", he became a monk on 17 Jan 1091 of St. Peter's, Gloucester.
b. She is mentioned in a charter of St. Martin at Auchy, among the benefactors "Rogerus de Berchelaico cum uxore sua Rissa". Whether she was the mother of Roger, junior, is not known.
c. Complete Peerage states that this Roger, styled "Junior", along with his brother Eustace were "not improbably the sons of the Roger "senior". He began the building of Berkeley Castle in 1117, and died before Michaelmas, 1131.
d. He completed the building of Berkeley Castle, and evidently suffered much at the hands of Walter, son of Miles, Earl of Hereford, during the wars between Stephen and the Empress Maud. He was deprived of the manor of Berkeley and other holdings about 1152, evidently because he refused to recognize the authority of either party. While the honour of Dursley was restored to him shortly thereafter, Berkeley Castle and the honours thereof were granted by the King to Robert Fitz Harding. The son of Robert Fitz Harding, Maurice Fitz Robert, Lord of Berkeley, would later marry the daughter of this dispossessed Roger de Berkeley, styled "Junior". It should also be noted that the third Roger de Berkeley left issue, including a son, Roger, who married a daughter of Robert Fitz Harding.
CP: Vol II[123-124]
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