Geoffrey FitzPeter (FitzPiers) First Earl of Essex 2043
- Born: 21 Oct 1162, Saffron Walden, Essex, England 2043,2044
- Marriage (1): Countess Aveline (Eveline) de Clare of Essex By 25 May 1205 2042
- Marriage (2): Beatrice de Say
- Died: 14 Oct 1213, Saffron, Walden, Essex, England at age 50 2043,2044
Noted events in his life were:
• Titles and posts. 2043 When Richard I left on crusade, he appointed Geoffrey one of the five judges of the king's court, and thus a principal advisor to Hugh de Puiset , Bishop of Durham , who, as Chief Justiciar , was one of the regents during the king's absence.
Late in 1189, Geoffrey's wife's cousin William de Mandeville, 3rd Earl of Essex died, leaving no direct heirs. His wife's inheritance was disputed between Geoffrey and Beatrice's uncle, Geoffrey de Say, but Geoffrey Fitz Peter used his political influence to eventually obtain the Mandeville lands (although not the earldom, which was left open) for himself.
He served as Constable of the Tower of London from 1198 to 1205. He served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire from 1198 to 1201 and again in 1203 and as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire from 1200 to 1205.
On 11 July 1198, King Richard appointed Geoffrey Chief Justiciar , which at that time effectively made him the king's principal minister. On his coronation day the new king ennobled Geoffrey as Earl of Essex.
King John granted Berkhamsted Castle to Geoffrey; the castle had previously been granted as a jointure palace to Queen Isabel prior to the annulment of the royal marriage.
Geoffrey founded two hospitals in Berkhamsted, one dedicated to St John the Baptist and one to St John the Evangelist ; the latter is still commemorated in the town with the name St John's Well Lane.
Geoffrey married Countess Aveline (Eveline) de Clare of Essex, daughter of Roger De Clare and Maud (Matilda) de St. Hilary, By 25 May 1205.2042 (Countess Aveline (Eveline) de Clare of Essex was born in 1172 in Hereford, Herefordshire, England 2045 and died in Jun 1225 in Downham, Norfolk, England 2045,2046.)
Geoffrey next married Beatrice de Say.