Ralph de Mortimer

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Ralph de Mortimer, son of Roger de Mortimer, seigneur of Mortemer-sur-Eaulne and Hawise, died after 1104.1

Ralph married (1) Melisinde, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here);2 he married (2) Mabel, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), after 1088.1

Ralph succeeded his father before 1086, when he appears in Domesday Book as tenant in chief in twelve counties. His possessions lay largely in Herefordshire and Shropshire, Wigmore in the former county being the caput of the honour. Both Wigmore and Cleobury, in Shropshire, had belonged to William FitzOsbern, Earl of Hereford, and the grant must therefore have been later than the forfeiture of William's son Roger in 1074.

He attested a notification by William I between 1078 and 1087. On 30 Mar. 1088 he witnessed a grant made by his man Ralph FitzAnsere to the abbey of Jumieges. In that year he, Bernard de Neufmarche, and Roger de Lacy, at the head of a large body of English, Norman and Welsh fighting men, attacked Worcester with the avowed intention of burning the town and pillaging the church. The Bishop's men marched out and defeated them on the other side of the Severn.

In 1089 he was one of the barons of Eastern Normandy who sided with William Rufus against Robert Curthose, but between 1091 and 1095 he is found at Lisieux witnessing with Duke Robert a charter for Jumièges. He made a grant to the monks of Worcester with the assent of his sons (unnamed) and his men. In 1104 he adhered to Henry I against Duke Robert.3

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Family 2

Melisinde d. bef. 30 Mar 1088

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This person was last edited on19 Dec 2017


  1. [S2054] George Edward Cokayne, The Complete Peerage: Or a History of the House of Lords and All Its Members From the Earliest Times: Revised and Much Enlarged (13 in 14 vols., London, England: The St. Catherine Press, 1910-1940), 9:268, further cited as CP.
  2. [S1973] James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's Edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland, Containing an Historical and Genealogical Account of the Nobility of That Kingdom, With Armorial Illustrations (9 vols., Edinburgh, Scotland: D. Douglas, 1904-1914), 1:211 (Aumale 2), further cited as Paul, SP.
  3. [S2054] CP, 9:267-8.
  4. [S1947] Douglas Richardson, Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families (Five vols., Salt Lake City, Utah: s.p., 2013), 1:211 (Aumale 2), further cited as Richardson, Royal Ancestry.