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John FitzGilbert, Royal Master-Marshal[1, 2]

Male - 1165


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  • Name John FitzGilbert 
    Suffix Royal Master-Marshal 
    Gender Male 
    Possessions 1137  Ludgershall, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Possessions 1137  Marlborough Castle, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Military 14 Sep 1141  Wherwell, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Rout of Winchester. An Angevin supporter, FitzGilbert was holding Wherwell Abbey when a royal force attacked it. This cut off the Emperess Matilda's army which was investing Winchester to the southeast, forcing a retreat. The capture of the Angevin commander, Earl Robert of Gloucester, resulted in the release of King Stephen, a major blow for Matilda.  
    Possessions 1152  Newbury, Berkshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    FitzGilbert raised a castle at Newbury which threatened the Thames valley. During its seige by King Stephen, John gave his son William as a hostage to ensure a truce which he promptly broke.  
    Died 1165 
    Buried Bradenstoke Priory, Bradenstoke, Wiltshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I11892  Dickinson
    Last Modified 28 Oct 2017 

    Father Gilbert Giffard 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F6045  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Aline Pipard 
    Children 
     1. Gilbert FitzJohn  [Birth]
     2. Walter FitzJohn,   d. c. 1167  [Birth]
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F3666  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Sibyl de Salisbury 
    Married ca. 1144  [5
    Notes 
    • Sibyl was the sister of Patrick de Salisbury, an early supporter of king Stephen. The two men had feuded when John threw up a castle at Ludgershall. Patrick's sympathies eventually turned Angevin, making the marriage advantageous for both families. Aline was put aside on grounds of consanguinity.
    Children 
     1. John Marshal, Royal Master-Marshal,   b. Abt 1144, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1194, Marlborough Castle, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 50 years)  [Birth]
    +2. William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke,   b. Abt 1147, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1219, Caversham, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)  [Birth]
     3. Anselm Marshal  [Birth]
     4. Henry Marshal, Bishop of Exeter,   d. 1206  [Birth]
    +5. Matilda Marshal  [Birth]
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F3362  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 1137 - Ludgershall, Wiltshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - 1137 - Marlborough Castle, Marlborough, Wiltshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - Rout of Winchester. An Angevin supporter, FitzGilbert was holding Wherwell Abbey when a royal force attacked it. This cut off the Emperess Matilda's army which was investing Winchester to the southeast, forcing a retreat. The capture of the Angevin commander, Earl Robert of Gloucester, resulted in the release of King Stephen, a major blow for Matilda. - 14 Sep 1141 - Wherwell, Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - FitzGilbert raised a castle at Newbury which threatened the Thames valley. During its seige by King Stephen, John gave his son William as a hostage to ensure a truce which he promptly broke. - 1152 - Newbury, Berkshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Bradenstoke Priory, Bradenstoke, Wiltshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S336463] Medieval Lands: A prosopography of medieval European noble and royal families, Charles Cawley, (Online: The Foundation for Medieval Genealogy at http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/, 20XX), http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/ENGLISH%20NOBILITY%20MEDIEVAL1.htm#JohnFitzGilbertMarshaldied1165.

    2. [S20] The Knight Who Saved England: William Marshal and the French Invasion, 1217, Richard Brooks, (Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2014), 66-70.

    3. [S23] The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England, Dan Jones, (New York: Viking, 2012), 23-24.

    4. [S421] The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2014), 74.

    5. [S421] The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones, Thomas Asbridge, (New York: HarperCollins, 2014).