Roger Bigod
(Abt 1060-1107)


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1. Adeliza De Toni

2. Unknown

Roger Bigod

  • Born: Abt 1060, Of., St. Saveur, Normandy, France or Norfolk Co., England 1052
  • Marriage (1): Adeliza De Toni about 1098 in Of., Lanceishire, England 1051
  • Marriage (2): Unknown
  • Died: 8 Sep 1107, Egarsham, Norfolk, England about age 47 1052,1053
  • Buried: Thetford (Norwich), Norfolk, England 1052,1053

  Noted events in his life were:

Founder. 610 Roger was the founder of the House of Bigod in England after the Conquest. The origin of the name is quite uncertain. The French called the Normans "bigoz e draschiers" in contempt. The second word means beer drinkers; the other has been explained as a nickname derived from the oath bi got commonly used by the early Normans.

First Bigod. 610 The first person who bears the name Bigod in history is Robert le Bigod, a poor knight who gained the favor of William, duke of Normandy, by discovering to him the internded trachery of William, count of Mortain. This Robert may have been the father of Roger and one or the other or both may have been present at the battle of Hastings.

Land. 610 Roger appears in the Domesday book as holding six lordships in Essex and one hundred seventeen in Suffolk. From King Henry I, he received the gift of Framlingham which became the principal stronghold of him and his descendants.

Office. 610 Roger held the office of king's "dapifer", or steward, under William Rufus and Henry I.

Roger married Adeliza De Toni, daughter of Robert De Toeni Lord of Belvoir and Unknown, about 1098 in Of., Lanceishire, England.1051 (Adeliza De Toni was born about 1064 in Of., St. Saveur, Normandy, France 1051 and died after 1135 1051.)

  Noted events in their marriage were:

Wives. 1053 For some time it was thought Roger had two wives, Adelaide/Adeliza and Alice/Adeliza de Tosny. It is now believed these were the same woman, Adeliza (Alice) de Tosny (Toeni, Toeny).

Roger next married.

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