Maurice I "the make peace" de Berkeley
- Born: Abt 1120, Berkeley, Gloucester, England 141
- Marriage: Alice de Berkeley 141
- Died: 16 Jun 1190, England about age 70 141
- Buried: Brentford, Middlesex, England 141
• Background Information. 141
Marice Fitz Robert Fitz Harding, also known as Maurice de Berkeley, feudal Lord of Berkeley, son of Robert Fitz Harding, is sometimes referred to as "Maurce the Make Peace." He was born around 1120 in Bristol, and at the same date as he father, he received a confirmation of the grant of Berkeley from Henry II, 1155, and again on 30 Oct 1189 from Queen Eleanor, regent to her son Richard I.
Maurice married Alice, the eldest daughter of Roger de Berkeley, his dispossessed predecessor of the Berkeley Castle and Lordship, who was now the feudal Lord of Dursley. He died 16 Jun 1190 and was buried in the church of Brentford, Middlesex. His widown, Alice, died at an "extreme old age."
~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, (Berkeley), Vol.II, pp. 125-126
• Background Information. 899
Maurice, son and sucessor Robert Fitz Harding, was the second Baron of Berkeley, by tenure. After he married Alice de Berkeley, he assumed the name of de Berkeley. He moved from Bristol to Berkeley Castle and fortified it. He paid 1000 markd fine to the King in 1189 for confirmation of his title to Berkeley.
~The Great Governing Families of England, p, 218
Noted events in his life were:
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The Berkeley family is unique in having an unbroken male line of descent from a Saxon ancestor before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 to the present day. The family reputedly descends from Harding, the son of Eadnoth (Alnod), who as "Marshal" or "Staller" was a high official under King Edward the Confessor.
The town of Berkeley is located in the county of Gloucestershire and is situated about five miles west of Dursley and eighteen southwest of Gloucester, and northeast of Bristol. It was chartered by King Edward I to be governed by a mayor and alderman, but the corporation was annulled in 1885. The place confers the title of Earl and Baron on the Berkeley family.
The manor embraces nearly thirty parishes and is one of the largest in England; it was given by William the Conqueror to Roger de Berkeley, Lord of Dursley.
From "The Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage of the British Empire", "The Earl of Berkeley", pp 70-71 (1882).
Maurice married Alice de Berkeley, daughter of Roger de Berkeley Lord Of Dursley and Unknown.277 (Alice de Berkeley died 12 Mar 1170 or 1171 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.)