2019-07-08 17:12:27 UTC
In my post yesterday, I inadvertedly addressed an addition to Complete Peerage. The issue at hand was the death date of Clemence de Fougères, wife successively of Alain de Vitré (or Dinan) (died 1198), seigneur of Dinan, and Ranulph, Earl of Chester, Vicomte d'Avranches (died 1232).
As discussed in my earlier post in another thread, Paul Martin Remfry in his book "The Aberconwy Register and Aberconwy Abbey," states that Clemence de Fougères died 26 December 1252. However, being the poor historian that he is, he supplies no documentation for this information.
I thought perhaps Mr. Remfry lifted his date of death from Complete Peerage. In fact, Complete Peerage 3 (1913): 167-169 (sub Chester) has a long account of Ranulph, Earl of Chester, the second husband of Clemence de Fougères.
Here is what Complete Peerage says about Countess Clemence's date of death:
"His widow, who had dower in 1233, survived him 20 years, and died 1252." END OF QUOTE.
Once again, no documentation is provided for this information. Grrrr!
The following four records prove that Clemence, Countess of Chester, died testate shortly before 6 August 1252. As such, she was already cold and long in her grave before Mr. Remfry says she died on 26 December 1252.
(1) On 6 August 1252 the king gave mandate to the queen and Richard, Earl of Cornwall, "so soon as a partition has been made amongst the parceners of the lands late of Clemence, countess of Chester, of the lands which fall to Henry de Hastinges, who is in the king's ward ward, to cause to be assigned to William de Sancto Ermino, king’s knight, £40 yearly of land ..." [Reference: Calendar of the Patent Rolls, 1247–1258 (1908): 220].
(2) On 27 August 1252 the king ordered his escheator in Nottinghamshire to take into the king’s hand all lands formerly of Clemence, countess of Chester in his bailiwick and to keep them safely until the king orders otherwise [Reference: Henry III Fine Rolls Project, 36/1031 (available at www.finerollshenry3.org.uk/content/calendar/roll_033.html)].
(3) On 29 August 1252 the king mandated that the Abbot of Pershore, the king's escheator, take sufficient security from the executors of the will of the late Clemence, Countess of Derby, for the payment of debts. [Reference: Cal. of Close Rolls 1251–1253 (1927): 151].
(4) On 27 Nov. 1252 the king appointed Baldwin de Paunton and Walter de Bereford to extend the manor of Repindon [Repton], Derbyshire, with all other lands which she held in dower of the inheritance of Randolf, Earl of Chester [Reference: Reference: Calendar of the Patent Rolls, 1247–1258 (1908): 224].
Clemence de Fougères, Countess of Chester, had no issue by her marriage to Ranulph, Earl of Chester. However, by her 1st marriage to Alain de Vitré (or Dinan), seigneur of Dinan (died 1198), she was the mother of Gervaise de Dinan (died sometime before June 1248), wife successively of Juhel II de Mayenne, seigneur of Mayenne and Dinan (died 2 or 4 May 1220), Geoffroi I, Vicomte of Rohan (died 25 Sept. 1221), and Richard Marshal, Knt., 6th Earl of Pembroke, hereditary Master Marshal.
I should mention that Gervaise de Dinan's last husband, Sir Richard Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, was the younger son of the famous Sir William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke (died 1219), from whom virtually all members of the newsgroup are descended. As such, Gervaise de Dinan is the aunt by marriage to most newsgroup members. In a similar vein, Gervaise's mother, Clemence de Fougères, is likewise the aunt by marriage to most newsgroup members by her marriage to Ranulph, Earl of Chester.
Best always, Douglas Richardson, Salt Lake City, Utah