Espec of Bedfordshire, England
William Espec [a] b abt 1050, of Old Wardon, Bedfordshire, England. The identity of his wife is not known.
Children of Wiliam Espec were:
  • Albreda Espec b abt 1073, Bedfordshire. She md Geoffrey de Trailly abt 1089.
  • Hawise Espec b abt 1080, Bedfordshire; md William de Bussy.
  • Walter Espec b abt 1084, of Helmsley, Yorkshire, England, d s.p. 1155
  • Adeline Espec b abt 1088, Bedfordshire, England, d bef 1157/58. She md Piers de Ros abt 1103.

a. William Espec appears in Domesday as a tenant-in-chief of Old Wardon, Bedfordshire. Prior to Keats-Rohan's monumental works, Domesday People, and Domesday Descendants, it was assumed that Walter Espec was the father of the three sisters shown above, as, at this death s.p. in 1155, his coheirs were Adeline, Albreda, and Hawise, but it is now clear that all four were children of William Espec. Helmsley, which had been granted to Walter Espec by Henry I, went to his youngest sister, Adeline, and thus to the Ros family, while his Bedfordshire lands (part or all which had been inherited as his father's heir), were divided amongst his other two sisters.
Tim Powys-Lybbe.
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