Turquetil (Turqueville) de NEUFMARCHE, *

Male - Abt 1036


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  • Name  Turquetil (Turqueville) de NEUFMARCHE, *  [1
    Suffix 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Abt 1036 
    Person ID  I7629  adkinshorton
    Last Modified  2 Jan 2013 

    Father  Torf "the Rich" DE HARCOUNT,   b. 928,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother  Ensorberge DE BROQUIBEC,   b. 925,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  955 
    Family ID  F25696  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • "This family is one of the most illustrious in both France and England. Errand de Harcourt is mentioned by La Roque, the French historian of this great house, Pere Anselm, and other genealogists as the personage referred to by Wace which reads "sire de Herevourt was there also, riding a very swift horse." They are not supported in this conclusion by Le Prevost, as he favors Anchetil, the father of Errand, or Robert, his younger brother. The burden of opinion is, however, against this eminent historian. Turquetil, Seigneur de Turqueville, and de Tanqueraye, circa 1001, appears in several charters concerning the abbeys of Fecamp and Bernay. He was lord of Nuefmarche-en-Lions, governor of the boy-Duke, William, and was treacherously assassinated between 1035 and 1040 by hirelings of Raoul de Gace. Turquetil was the second son of Torf, the son of Bernard the Dane, which latter was the governor and regent of Normandy in 912, from whom descended the sires de Beaumont, comtes de Meulent, the barons of Cancelles and Saint-Paer, the lords of Gournay and Milly, the barons of Neubourg, the vicomtes of Evreux, the earls of Leicester, and many other noble French and English houses. Tuequetil married Anceline, sister of Toustain, Seigneur de Montfort-sur-Risle, and had issue Anchetil, and Walter de Lescelina who married Beatrice, abbess of Montivilliers, natural daughter of Richard I., Duke of Normandy, as well as Leceline de Turqueville, the wife of William, Comte d'Exmes (later d'Eu), an illegitimate son of the same duke. Anchetil was the first to assume the name of Harcourt from the bourg of Harcourt, near Brionne, and married Eve de Boessey-le-Chapel, by whom he had seven sons and one daughter. The eldest was Errand, who predeceased his father, and was succeeded by Robert as head of the house. Jean, Arnoul, Gervais, Yves, and Renauld were the other sons. Errand de Harcourt commanded the archers of Val de Ruel at the battle of Hastings, but returned to Normandy in 1078 and probably died soon after. His younger brother, Robert, who accompanied him in the Conquest, was the ancestor of this distinguished house." And further on pg. 93-94: "Robert de Harcourt, surnamed le Fort, was the son of Anchetil and the younger brother of Errand de Harcourt... He built the castle of Harcourt in Normandy and was by his wife Colette d'Argouges the father of seven sons, the eldest of whom, William, having arrayed himself with King Henry I. against his brother Robert Curthose (Courteheuse), rendered his monarch signal service; he also commanded the troops which defeated the count of Meulent in Normandy in 1124. He was on this account awarded with large estates in England, which were inherited by his second son, Ivo, who became permanently settled there. The English Harcourts were seated at Stanton-Harcourt in Oxfordshire, which was obtained through the heiress of the Camvilles, whose mother received it as a marriage gift from her cousin, Queen Adeliza of Louvain, the second wife of King Henry I."

  • Sources 
    1. [S18795]


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