Person Page 27879
|Father||**Ranulph de Meschines, Earl of Chester3 b. circa 1070, d. circa 1128|
|Mother||**Lucia de Romara3 b. circa 1070, d. circa 1141|
|Name Variation||Ranulph de Guernon 2nd Earl of Chester was also found as Ranulf Gernon 4th Earl of Chester.2 Acutally he is the 4th Ranulph and the 2nd Earl of Chester.
|Birth||circa 1100||Ranulph was born circa 1100 at Castle of Gernon, Normandy, France.4,5,6
Ranulf II, also known as Ranulf le Meschin or Ranulf de Gernon inherited his palatine earldom in 1128 aged 28, upon the death of his father who was descended from the Counts of Bayeux, Calvados Normandy.
|Marriage||before 1147||Ranulph de Guernon 2nd/4th Earl of Chester married **Maud of Gloucester, daughter of **Sir Robert de Caen, Earl of Gloucester and **Mabel FitzHamon, before 1147. Maybe as early 1141.4,7 They were 4th cousins; both descended from Richard II, 4th duke of
|In addition to Hugh at least two other children
were born to this marriage: Richard (died 1170/1175), buried in
Coventry. and Beatrix, married Raoul de Malpas .3,2
|Death||16 Dec 1153|| Ranulph died on 16 December 1153. It is said that
on 16 December 1153, Maud allegedly poisoned her husband with the
assistance of William Peverel of Nottingham.4,5,2
Another version of his death goes like this:
In 1153 Ranulf survived a failed attempt at murder by poison by one of his arch-enemies, William Peverel the Younger, when he was guest at Peverel’s house. William had poisoned the wine that Ranulf and his men had drunk. Three of Ranulf’s men died but the Earl recovered, though he suffered agonizingly, as he had drunk less than his men. William was exiled from England after Henry took the crown as he was accused of poisoning Ranulf and his retainers. The Earl died the same year (due to the poisoning?), on the 16 December 1153. One other notable event of 1153, was that Duke Henry granted Ranulf Staffordshire. After his death, the Earl’s son and heir Hugh was allowed to inherit Ranulf’s lands as held in 1135, and other honours bestowed upon Ranulf were revoked.
|He is buried in St. Werburg's, Chester, England; He was the Viscount of Averanches, St. Jaques,
Earl Palatine. Earl of Chester.
|Child||1.||Robert FitzCount b. c 1120, d. b 1166|
|Family 2||Maud of Gloucester||b. 1120, d. 29 July 1189|
|Child||1.||Hugh Keveliock 3rd/5th Earl of Chester+ b. 1147, d. 30 Jun 11814|
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