Genealogy - KNIGHTs from Continental Europe to England/Ireland, to Philadelphia (PA), to France -Sept. 2018

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Eva [3041]
(Abt 1100-1173)


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Robert FITZ HARDING, of Berkeley [3040]

Eva [3041]

  • Born: Abt 1100, , , England
  • Marriage: Robert FITZ HARDING, of Berkeley [3040]
  • Died: 12 Mar 1173, , , England about age 73
  • Buried: Bristol St Augustine, Gloucestershire, England

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Source <>:
"ROBERT FitzHarding, son of HARDING & his wife --- ([1094/96]-5 Feb 1171, bur Bristol St Augustine). ... m EVA, daughter of --- (-12 Mar 1171 or 1173, bur Bristol St Augustine). "Robert Fitzharding" notified his grant of "land of Combe" to "his brother Helyas" by charter dated to [1150/60], witnessed by "Domina Eva, Maurice, Nicholas and Robert his sons...Otho son of William...". Dugdale´s Monasticon records that the nunnery of St Mary at St Michael´s on the Hill in Bristol was founded by "Eva…widow to Robert Fitzharding" who became the first prioress, during the reign of King Henry II, adding that she died in 1173 and was buried next to her husband in St Augustine´s Bristol (no corresponding source quoted). The Complete Peerage states that she died 12 Mar 1170 (O.S.) (no corresponding source cited).

Robert & his wife had [eight] children:
1. MAURICE de Berkeley (-16 Jun 1190, bur Brentford church, Middlesex). ...
2. HENRY de Berkeley
3. NICHOLAS de Berkeley (-5 May 1189)
4. ROBERT "Juvenis" de Berkeley (-[1195])
6. daughter
8. MARGARET (-after [1200])."
Source <Wikipedia>:
"Robert Fitzharding (c. 1095-1170) was an Anglo-Saxon nobleman from Bristol who was granted the feudal barony of Berkeley in Gloucestershire. He rebuilt Berkeley Castle, and founded the Berkeley family which still occupies it today. ...

Later life
... The ancestry of Robert Fitzharding's wife Eva is not certain. She was founder and first abbess of the Augustinian nunnery of St Mary Magdalen on St Michael's Hill, Bristol, having endowed it with lands in Southmead. Eva was buried alongside her husband in the choir of St Augustine's Abbey. They are commemorated with a 19th century stained glass window in the Cathedral, depicting them with Henry II.

Robert's first son, and heir, was Maurice fitzRobert fitzHarding, also known as Maurice de Berkeley, born c. 1120. Duke Henry of Aquitaine (the future King Henry II(1154-1189)) had clearly regretted the effect of his action in dispossessing Roger de Berkeley of his former lands, and determined to facilitate the junction of the two families by encouraging dual intermarriages. In 1153-54 Maurice married Alice, the first daughter of the dispossessed Roger de Berkeley, who was now feudal baron of nearby Dursley. At the same time Robert's first daughter Helen married Roger's heir, also called Roger. This double marriage contract, binding the son and heir of each man to marry a daughter of the other, was signed at the house of Robert FitzHarding in Bristol in the presence of Duke Henry and 16 witnesses."

Eva married Robert FITZ HARDING, of Berkeley [3040] [MRIN: 1738], son of HARDING, of Bristol [5041] and Unknown. (Robert FITZ HARDING, of Berkeley [3040] was born in 1094-1096 in , , England, died on 5 Feb 1171 in , , England and was buried in Bristol St Augustine, Gloucestershire, England.)

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