Person Page 29131
|Father||Giselbert (Gilbert) Count of Eu and Brionne1 b. circa 979, d. circa 1040|
|Mother||Arlette of Falaise2 b. circa 1003, d. circa 1050|
|Name Variation||Baldwin "Moels" FitzGilbert was also found as Baldwin FitzGilbert 1st Earl of Clare.3|
|Name Variation||Baldwin "Moels" FitzGilbert was also found as Baldwin FitzGilbert of Clare.|
|Birth||1020||It is possibly that Baldwin "Moels" was born as early as in 1020 or as late as.2|
|Birth*||circa 1035||Circa 1035 at Meules, Normandy, France.2,3|
|!AInfoNew||Sometimes his mother is given as Gunnora de Anjou. And sometimes Gilbert is given two sons named Baldwin, both of whom could be the one man given here.2|
|!AInfoNew||1066||Baldwin Fitz-Gilbert, of Brionis or Moels, 2nd son, a follower of the Conqueror, called Vicecomes, and Baldwin of Exetor. He was Seigneur de Meules and du Sap, in Normandy. After the death of his father, who was murdered by the son of Giroie, he and his brother Richard, who was ancestor of the de Clares, took refuge at the court of the Duke of Flanders. Duke William afterwards restored to Baldwin his estates of Meules and Sap, and to Richard FitzGilbert his estates of Bienfaite and Orbec, portions of their father's lands. Baldwin received from the Conqueror some 150 lordships in Devonshire, Hemington and Parlock and Apley in Somerset, and Iwerne in Dorset. Okehampton was the capital seat of his barony. He was Sheriff of Dorset 1080-1086 probably until his death. (After the Conquest the sheriffs were still the King's representatives in the county. As the King was nearly absolute, the sheriff was very powerful. |
The sheriff had important duties:
1. Finance. He farmed the shire at a fixed sum a year.
2. Justice. He was the King's representative in the shire court, and he sat there as president, or as a royal judge.
3. War. It was the duty of the sheriff to summon the forces of the county. The great lords led their own retainers, but the sheriff led all the rest of the troops.--Montague's Elements of English Constitutional History. E. E. W. Very different from modern sheriffs. This was from a textbook at Washington University.) In Domesday Book he is called Baldwin of Exeter, or Baldwin, the Sheriff. He married Emma or Albreda, niece of the Conqueror. He died 1090. They had Robert, Richard and William. Also a natural son called Viger.2
|!AInfoNew*||He was lord of these manors: La Sap; Meules; Okehampton. The first two sound like they could be in Normandy and the last one in England. He was also the Sheriff of Dorset.1,2|
Baldwin "Moels" died in 1095.1
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