Amiral Robert LE BLOUNT, 1st Baron Ixworth, Lord Of Orford Castle 
- Born: Abt 1029, Guisnes, Picardie, France
- Marriage: Gundreda DE FERRIERES  about 1054 in , , France
- Died: 1065, Ixworth, Suffolk, England about age 36
Another name for Robert was LE BLUND.
Sources, Comments and Notes:
Source <The dormant and extinct baronage of England: or, An historical and ...> Par Thomas Christopher Banks:
This ancient family is faid to have its rife from the Blondi or Biondi, in Italy, whose historians derive them from the Roman Flavii.
Blound, lord of Guisnes, in France, had three sons, who came into England with the Conqueror. One returned into France again; the the other two, Sir Robert and Sir William, remained. Sir Robert at the time of the General Survey, possessed several lordships in the county of Suffolk, of which Ixworth or Ikesworth, was the chief of his barony. Sir William had several lordships in Lincolnshire: but Sir Robert was father of Gilbert, who, by Alice de Colkirke, his wife, had issue, William baron of Ixworth, who, by Sarah de Montchensi, his wife, was father of another Gilbert (by some called Hubert), who, by Agnes de Lisle, had two sons, William and Stephen. William the eldest, married Cicely de Vere, and had issue another William, and two daughters; which William being amongst the rebel barons, temp. Henry III. and standard-bearer in their army, under Simon Montfort, earl of Leicester, was slain with him at the battle of Lewes, leaving his two sisters; viz. Agnes, Wife of Sir William de Criketot; and Rohese, of Robert de Valoines, (vid. Criketot, and also Valoines,) his heirs, who shared the inheritance."
Source <http://www.tudorplace.com.ar/BLOUNT1.htm#Robert "The Admiral" Le BLOUNT (1° B. Ixworth)>:
"Robert "The Admiral" Le BLOUNT (1° B. Ixworth)
Born: ABT 1029, Guisnes, Picardy, France
Notes: had the command of the Conqueror's ships of war, and is styled "Dux Navium Militarium". His portion of the "spolia opima" embraced thirteen manors in Suffolk, in which county he was the 1st feudal Baron of Ixworth (the place of his residence), and Lord of Orford Castle.
Father: Rudolph (3° Count of Guisnes)
Mother: Rosetta (Rosella) De St. POL
Married: Gundreda De FERRERS ABT 1054, Ixworth, Suffolk, England
1. Gilbert Le BLOUNT (2° B. Ixworth)"
"Robert le Blount, 1st Baron Ixworth (1029 - 1065)
Nicknames: "The Admiral" Birthdate: 1029
Birthplace: Guisness, Somme, Picardie, France
Death: Died 1065 in Ixworth,,Suffolk,England
Gundreda de Ferrers wife
Gilbert le Blount, 2nd Baron of ... son
Rodolphe I, comte de Guines father
Rosella de Saint Pol stepmother
Eustache I, comte de Guînes half brother
Louise Guines half sister
About Robert le Blount, 1st Baron Ixworth
Robert had the command of the Conqueror's ships of war, and is styled "Dux Navium Militarium". His portion of the "spolia opima" embraced thirteen manors in Suffolk, in which county he was the 1st feudal Baron of Ixworth (the place of his residence), and Lord of Orford Castle. -------------------- Some sources bestow a naval honor on Robert, who is often styled "Sir Robert 'the Admiral' le Blount." naming Robert as "Dux Navium Militarium." The implication is that William (or Robert) LE BLOUNT must have accompanied William the Conqueror in 1066, but there is no proof that any BLOUNT accompanied him.
"Sir Robert le Blount had the command of the Conqueror's ships of war and is styled "Dux Navium Militarium." His portion of the spolia opima embraced thirteen manors in Suffolk, in which county he was the 1st feudal Baron of Ixworth (the place of his residence), and Lord of Orford Castle. He m. Gundreda, youngest dau. of Henry, Earl Ferrers, and had a son and heir, Gilbert le Blount. [Sir Bernard Burke, Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited and Extinct Peerages, Burke's Peerage, Ltd., London, 1884, p. 54, Blount, Barons Mountjoy and Earl of Devon]."
Battle of Hastings
William, Duke of Normandy, launched his bloody and decisive invasion of Saxon England in 1066. In that year Edward the Confessor, King of England, died without heir, appointing by his will Harold Godwinsson, son of England's most powerful nobleman, the Earl of Wessex, as his successor. Across the Channel, William of Normandy considered himself rightfully the next King of England, basing his claim on a promise by Edward the Confessor in the early 1050s and an oath of fealty sworn by Harold during an enforced visit to William's capital at Rouen following his capture by the Count of Ponthieu.
Succeeding to the dukedom of Normandy as a bastard child of Duke Robert, William devoted his early adult life to enforcing his authority in a succession of ruthless campaigns, meanwhile building his dukedom into a fearsome mini-state, efficient both administratively and militarily.
In the summer of 1066 William assembled an army of noblemen and adventurers from across Northern France to invade England, promising lands and titles in his new kingdom to his followers and obtaining the support of the Pope for the venture.
A fleet of around 1,000 vessels, designed in the style of the old Norse "Dragon Ships" (80 feet long; propelled by oars and a single sail), was built and assembled to convey the army across the Channel.
Among the fighting knights of Northern France who joined William were Eustace, Count of Boulogne, Charles Martel, Roger de Beaumont and Roger de Montgomerie. The clergy was well represented; among them Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, William's half brother, and a monk René who brought twenty fighting men and a ship, in the expectation of a bishopric in England. Robert le Blount commanded the fleet."
Robert married Gundreda DE FERRIERES  [MRIN: 1389] about 1054 in , , France. (Gundreda DE FERRIERES  was born in 1036 in Ferrieres-St.-Hilaire, Normandie, France and died on 16 Jun 1086 in Ixworth, Suffolk, England.)