Son of Roger I de Berkeley
William de Berkeley II
Roger de Berkeley Lord Of Dursley
(Abt 1105-1170)


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Roger de Berkeley Lord Of Dursley

  • Born: Abt 1105, Berkeley Castle, Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: 1170, Dursley, Gloucestershire, England about age 65 141

bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Dates & Events. 141
He completed the building of Berkeley Castle, which had been started by his father. He suffered much in the wars between, the future king Stephen and the Empress Maud, at the hands of Walter, son of Miles , Earl of Hereford.. He was deprived of the manor of Berkeley abt 1152, apparently for refusing to recognize the authority of either party.

King Henry II gave Berklely Castle to Robert Fitzharding, a wealthy citizen of Bristol, whose son later married Roger's daughter, Alice. Roger was made feudal lord of Dursley.

~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, (Berkeley), Vol.II, p 124-125

• Family Background.
According to K. S. B. Keats-Rohan [Domesday People, p. 401; Domesday Descendants, p. 321], the first Roger de Berkeley, the Norman grantee, had a wife named Rissa. Their children were Roger de Berkeley who died before 1130 and was married to Rachendis; Eustace de Berkeley; and an unknown son who was the father of William de Berkeley. Willaim de Berkeley had a son named Roger whose daughter, Alice, married Maurice de Berkeley, the son of Robert Fitz Harding, a native whose family was in England before the Norman conquest. Robert Fitz Harding was given Berkeley Castle when the earlier Norman Berkeley family lost it.

From Some Notes of Medieval Englsish Genealogy Some corrections and additions to the Complete Peerage: Volume 2: Berkeley Also see the Pedigree Chart given for Roger de Berkeley.

• Background Information. 899

Roger de Berkeley was one of the principal adherents of Stephen in Gloucestershire. He was the baron of the manor of that name, which was one of the greatest manors in all of England. Roger de Berkeley was a descendant of the Domesday tenant who held this manor at thethe time of the Survey. The manor had many subordinate manors attached to it. The last Roger de Berkeley had his lands seized by Walter of Hereford, a retainer of the Earl of Gloucester sometime between 1145-1147 due to his support of King Stephen.

~The Great Governing Families of England, pp. 217-218

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