William Peverel [a] b abt 1055, d 28 Jan 1113/14. He md Adeline abt 1074. She was b abt 1058.
Children of William Peverel and Adeline were:
Child of William Peverel and Oddona was:
a. Contrary to fanciful claims, he was almost certainly not an illegitimate son of William the Conqueror. The Conqueror gave to him custody of Nottingham Castle when it was built, in 1068, and also extensive possessions consisting of about 200 lordships in co.s Notts and Northants, 14 in co. Derby, among others. He founded the Priory of St. James at Nottingham, and also Lenton in the same county. By his wife Adeline, he had four children; William, who died v.p., another William, his successor, and daughters Maud, and Adelise, wife of Richard de Reviers.
b. William, the younger, was one of the principal supporters of King Stephen, and a commander at the battle of the Standard. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Lincoln, and his estates were forfeited for a time and his castle of Nottingham committed by the Empress to the custody of William Paynel, the latter which he recovered in 1143. He was twice married, first to Odonna, and secondly to Avice de Lancaster, presumably a daughter of Roger the Poitevin. He is said to have poisoned the Earl of Chester, and escaped persecution by retiring to one of his religious foundations, perhaps Lenton, where he became a monk. He left two children, a son Henry, and daughter Margaret, wife of Robert, Earl Ferrieres. Margaret is believed to have been his daughter by first wife, Odonna. The claim that he also had a daughter, Helen (who married William Fitz Alan), by second wife Avice, is unfounded, and most sources, including Eyton, say that Helen is "fictitious" and was concocted to explain the vast Shropshire holdings of the Fitz Alans.
CP: Vol IV [App. I, pp 761-770]
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