St. Liz, Earls of Northampton
Ranulph the Rich b abt 1040, Normandy.
Child of Ranulph the Rich was:
Sir Simon de St. Liz [a], Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton, b abt 1072, d 1111. He md Maud of Huntingdon 1090, daughter of Waltheof II of Huntingdon, Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton, Count of Lens, and Judith of Lens.
Child of Simon de St. Liz and Isabel de Beaumont was:
a. He appears to have come to England early in the reign of William II, various sources stating he came with his elder brother, Warner, to serve the King with 40 knights, and that the Conqueror was his patron. Presumably in consequence of his marriage, he became Earl of Huntingdon and Northampton after 1086. He fought for William in Normandy in 1098, and was taken prisoner by Louis, son of the French King. Upon the accession of Henry I in 1100, he witnessed a charter of liberties issued by the King at his Coronation. He built the castle of Northampton and founded (or refounded) the Priory of St. Andrew, was also a benefactor to Daventry Priory, and probably built St. Sepulchre's in Northampton. He journeyed to Jerusalem and returned safely, but upon setting out again, he died on the way at the Priory of La Charite about 1111 or shortly thereafter. His widow married David I of Scotland.
b. A minor at his father's death, he became a ward of his stepfather, David, until the latter became King of Scotland, whence he was given to his great-uncle, Stephen, Count of Aumale. He was still under age in 1124. He was as strenuous an adherent of King Stephen in the civil war as King David and Earl Henry were of the Empress, and before 1141, he had been recognized as Earl of Northampton. He fought for Stephen at Lincoln 2 Feb 1140/41, and before 1146 was holding the Honor of Huntingdon and thus was probably recognized as Earl of Huntingdon. He founded the Abbey of Sawtrey in Huntingdonshire in 1146/47, and the nunnery of St. Mary de la Pre, near Northampton. He married Isabel (or Elizabeth), daughter of Robert, Earl of Leicester. She survived him and secondly married Gervase Paynell.
AR: Line 84; Line 148[24-25].
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