Ralph Lovel
(Abt 1080-After 1121)


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Ralph Lovel

  • Born: Abt 1080, Somerset, England
  • Marriage: Unknown
  • Died: After 1121, Castle Cary, North Cadbury, Somerset, England

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• Background Information. 141
The surname Lovel, Luvel, Lovet was not uncommon in Norman times, and there is no likelihood that the families bearing it come from a common stock. The first known ancestor of the Lovels of Castle Cary was Ralph Lovel. He was a tenant of William, Count of Mortain, founder of the priory of Montacute in 1078, who granted to the priory his interest as overlord in the land of Etheberga which Ralph Lovel gave to Montacute. At the time of Domesday one Ralph was tenant to Walter de Douai for half of Chilcompton and of West Harptree; and one Lovel was a knight of the Bishop of Chichester for a hide of land at Aldingbourne and Preston (near Lewes), which may well have been the Sussex property which was later in the hands of the Lovels of Castle Cary.

~Cokayne's Complete Peerage, 2nd Edition, Vol. VIII, pp. 199-200

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