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Arundell/Arundel Ancestry


I thought I had found another line leading to the Earls of Arundel from the Ufford line, but that connection is suspect.

~ James Arthur Johnson
November 2016

Y-DNA proves that the American Nance men were not related to the Cornish Nance men, the latter of which connected to the Arundell line. Therefore, I am not knowingly descended from the Arundell line and thus it has been removed from my tree.

~ James Arthur Johnson
18 January 2016

Primary Source: NANCE OF CORNWALL by Martin L. "Pete" Nance

This page lists the generations in order as they descend from one another, oldest first.


Ancestry of Adeliza of Louvain, wife of William d'Aubingy I described below.

  1. William d Aubingy I (ca. 1109? - 12 October 1176), first Earl of Arundell, married Adeliza of Lovain (Adelize of Lovain, Adelicia of Louvain, also called Adela and Aleidis) (b. 1103; d. 23 April 1151 in abbey of Affligem), widow (second wife, queen consort) of King Henry I of England 1138. Adeliza's ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Alfred the Great (849-899) and Hugh Capet (c 940-996) (Source). According to Wikipedia, "William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Lincoln and 1st Earl of Arundel (c. 1109[citation needed] - 12 October 1176), also known as William d'Albini, William de Albini and William de Albini II, was an English nobleman. He was the son of William d'Aubigny 'Pincerna' of Old Buckenham Castle in Norfolk, and Maud Bigod, daughter of Roger Bigod of Norfolk" (Roger Bigod or Bigot was "from a fairly obscure family of poor knights in Normandy. Robert le Bigot, certainly a relation of Roger's, possibly his father, acquired an important position in the household of William, Duke of Normandy (later William I of England), due, the story goes, to his disclosure to the duke of a plot by the duke's cousin William Werlenc" according to Wikipedia.) According Wikipedia "Adeliza of Louvain was born in 1105 in Louvain, present-day Belgium. She was renowned for her beauty, reflected in the epithet 'the fair maiden of Brabant.' The chronicler Henry of Huntingdon also mentions Adeliza's beauty in an interlude in his Historia Anglorum stating, 'A jewel grows pale on you, a crown does not shine. Put adornment aside, for nature provides your adornment...' Her father was Godfrey I, Count of Louvain (1095-1139), Landgrave of Brabant, and Duke of Lower Lotharingia (1106-1128), an ally of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor. [Adeliza's mother was] Ida of Chiny[.] ... When Henry died on 1 December 1135, Adeliza retired temporarily to the Benedictine convent of Wilton Abbey, near Salisbury. She was present at the dedication of Henry's tomb at Reading Abbey on the first anniversary of his death. At about that time, she founded a leper hospital dedicated to Saint Giles at Fugglestone St Peter, Wiltshire. In 1138, three years after Henry I's death, Adeliza married William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel, one of Henry I's advisors, and son of Guillaume d'Aubigny and Maud le Bigod. Together, they lived at her castle of Arundel on the Sussex coast and had seven children. Their names were (by order of birth), Alice, William, Olivia, Reynor, Geoffrey, Henry, and Agatha. ... In the last years of her life, Adeliza appears to have faded into obscurity. In 1150, Adeliza left William to enter the monastery of Afflighem in Flanders. At least one of her brothers was also living at this monastery. The annals at the monastery are the only source to mention her death in 1151, and her burial site is unknown. Some traditions imply she was buried at the monastery, but a donation made by her brother Joscelin to Reading Abbey seems to suggest she was buried there with Henry I."

    "The Fair Maid of Brabant"
    Adeliza of Louvain

    Adeliza of Louvain

    Arundel Castle

    Castle Rising Castle, built by William D'Albini to honour his wife Adeliza (Source)

  2. William d Aubingy II, Earl of Arundell, married Maud, widow of Roger D'Clare. She was daughter of James D'Hillaire du Harcourt and his wife Avaline. He died in 1193.

  3. William d' Aubingy III, Earl of Arundell, married Mabel of Chester. See line 46-(29) Nance register for her link to the royal families. He married 1215 and died 1220. Magna Charta security 1215.

  4. Isabel D Aubingy, heiress to Arundell, md. John Fitz Alan, lord of Clun and Oswestry Salop

  5. John Fitz Alan II, Earl of Arundell in 1243, died 1267, leaving a will, md. Maud, daughter of Theobald le Bottler, and Rhoese, daughter of Nicholas de Verdon Alta Co. Stafford. He lived during the realm of Henry III.

  6. Ralph (Raynulfe) 2nd, son of John Fitz Alan II Earl of Arundell upon becoming the Lord of Stafford (not Stratton), Albonminister assumed the surname of Arundell.

  7. Margery Arundell, married a cousin, Sir Oliver Arundell of Carhayes in Cornwall.

  8. John Arundell of Trerise married Jane, a daughter of Lupus of Tredannam.

  9. John Arundell of Trerise married Jane, daughter and co- heir of Sir Richard Sergeaunt and his wife Phillipa the only child of Richard, Earl of Arundell.

  10. Nicholas Arundell of Trerise married Elizabeth, daughter and heir of Sir John Cheddore.

  11. Sir John Arundell of Trerise married Jane, daughter of Lupus of Cranntock, heir to her mother, the daughter of Durant.

  12. Nicholas Arundell of Trerise married the daughter and heir to Edward St. John of Sommerset shire.

  13. Sir John Arundell of Trerise, high sheriff of Cornwall, killed by the Earl of Oxford's men 1481. He married Anne, daughter of Sir Walter Moyle of Estwell and Kent.

  14. Sir John Arundell of Trerise married Jane (Joanna), daughter of Sir Thomas Grenville. Died, leaving a will 1512.

  15. Sir John Arundell of Trerise married Mary, daughter and co-heir of John Bevill of Guarnack, Esquire, and his first wife Arisie, widow of Gourlyn. He died leaving a will 1561.

  16. Margery Arundell married ca 1555 John Nance, Esquire, of Nance in Illogan.

    The Arundells were the richest family in Cornwall. The males of this line became extinct ca 1700. Trerise was considered to be one of the better built manor houses of Cornwall. Today it is the state property and belongs to the national trust. One can see by this Genealogy the family has some royal connections, as well as some of those at Ronnemeade at the signing of the Magna Charta 1215.

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