Name: Roger CORBET , Lord of Worthen
Birth: ABT 1058 in Pays d'Auge, Calvados, Normandy, France
Death: AFT JAN 1121/22 in Worthen, Forden, Shropshire, England
Roger Corbet. Alive at least between 1080 & 1122. May have fought at the Battle of Hastings. Held 24 manors in Shropshire in 1086 (Domesday Survey).
The following material was excerpted from The Corbet Study Group, J.C. Nobel, online at
The Anglo Norman Corbets by Barbara Coulton
Roger fitz Corbet's largest manor was Worthen, north of Rea Brook: its 14½ hides supported men-at-arms as well as villagers. His other twenty-four manors included Yockleton, Westbury and Wattlesborough to the north and Pontesbury to the east of Worthen; further east lay his brother's chief manor of Longden. The site which later became the caput of the Corbet barony is not mentioned in early records, but it will be as well to review at this point what has been written of Cause - the first known reference to which occurs some fifty years after the Domesday Survey. It has already been pointed out that Corbet was probably associated with the Pays d'Auge. Later documents testify to the presence of the family in that area: holding land at Crocy in Calvados; donating land to the abbey of St-Martin and Ste Barbara at Ste-Barbe-en-Auge.12 Most accounts of the family follow R.W.Eyton in locating the family in another part of Normandy, the Pays de Caux. Eyton asserts this as a fact, without citing original sources. He was following an idea of J.B.Blakeway, but Blakeway was by no means so definite: "what seems nearly certain is, that the family settled in the Pais de Caux." He gives no references for this supposition. The source he uses for an early Corbet lineage, the Histoire du Cambray et du Cambresis par Jean le Carpentier, Leyden 1664, deals with another branch of the family, and there is no reference to the Pays de Caux.13 What seems to be at work is a wish to derive the place-name Caus/Cause from Caux, without any good evidence.
Note: In order to play it safe, I have the father Hugh of both Pays de Caux and Pays d'Auge.
Father: Robert CORBET b: ABT 1033 in Pays de Caux, Seine-Inferieure, Normandy, France
- William CORBET , Lord of Worthen & Wattlesboro b: ABT 1080 in Worthen, Forden, Shropshire, England
- Petronell CORBET b: ABT 1090 in Worthen, Forden, Shropshire, England