Josceline de Dinan
- Born: Dinan, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France
- Marriage: Unknown
- Died: 1167, Lambourn, Hungerford, Berkshire, England
Another name for Josceline was Josce de Dinan.
~ H.R. Tedder, The Dictionary of National Biography, p. 223, Fulk II, married Hawise, daughter and coheir of Joceas of Dinan 940
Noted events in his life were:
• From Gen-Medieval Archives: Who was Robin Hood ? . 193
Subject: Re: Who was Robin Hood ?
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2005 17:00:12 EDT
May I add a few jottings to this. Havoise de Dinan was a grand-daughter of Geoffroy I de Dinan whose lands were divided between his sons in 1122/3. Her father, Josce or Josselin, possibly the youngest son, received lands in England that Geoffroy had been granted by Henry I. Michael Jones found Josce in 1156 holding Lambourn in Berkshire, other lands in Wiltshire and Hampshire, and having an interest in the Dinan manors in Devon and Somerset. Josce died abt. 1166 leaving two daughters : Sibylle (who married Hugh de Plugenet) and Hawise who inherited Stanton (Fitzwarren) and married Foulke Fitzwarin. None of the places named would appear to be Robin Hood country. The Fitzwarin connection with Whittington, Shropshire, takes us a bit nearer. Foulke II, Hawise's son, was outlawed in 1200 but obtained a pardon in 1203. Born abt 1170, he died in 1258. He may well have been one of the "original" Robin Hoods, in the same way that Alexander Selkirk and Dampier and Lewis Penrose were all Robinson Crusoe. I would suggest that the "robbin' hood[lum]" explanation may be looking through the wrong end of the social telescope. To the ordinary folk who told the tales, sang the ballads and no doubt bought the tee-shirt, Robin was a popular hero. The thieving varmint, to their eyes, was the tax-collecting sheriff. Hope this helps, Peter Meazey (Dinan, Brittany)
Source : Michael Jones, The Family of Dinan in England in the Middle Ages,