Name: Ralph de BEAUFOE , of Swanton Morley 1 2
Birth: ABT 1065 in South Creake, Docking, Norfolk, England
Death: 1091 in Swanton Morley, Mitford, Norfolk, England
Ralph de Bellofago, or Beaufoe, was a near relation, if not son of William de Beaufoe Bishop of Thetford, chaplain and chancellor to the Conqueror, and held at the survey these following lordships, with Swanton; -Newton, and Bircham in Docking hundred; -Ringsted in Smethden hundred; -Walton East in Freebridge hundred; -Elingham in Shropham hundred; -Lechesham, and one in Derham, in Launditch hundred; -Depeham in Fourhou hundred, with Morley and Berford and Crownthorp: -Hokeling, Tudenham, and East Tudenham and Mateshale in Mitford hundred; -Bastwick, and Tunestalle in Walessam hundred, as then called; -Plumstead, and Blofield in Blofield hundred; -Caster in Heinsted hundred; -Reydon in Diss hundred; -Wroxham, Rachey and Taverham in Taverham hundred; -Salle in Einesford hundred; -Buxton, Brampton, Scothow, Hobbies, Lammass, and Belaugh in South Erpingham hundred; -Sloley in Tunsted hundred; -Mulbarton, Carlton, Swardeston, and Markeshall in Humbleyard hundred; -Thrigby, Alburgh, Norton, and Raveningham in Clavering hundred.
Ralph de Beaufoe left a daughter and heiress, Agnes, who was married to Hubert de Rie, castellan of Norwich castle, who was son of Hubert de Rie, (according to Dugdale a trusty servant to Will. Duke of Normandy, and sent by him to King Edward the Confessor, when that King lay on his death bed, in a pompous equipage into England, and returned to his master with those tokens, whereby he was by that King declared his heir to the Crown of England; viz. a sword, in the hilt whereof were in closed some relicks of Saints, an hunter's horn of gold, and the head of a mighty stag; for which service he had the promise of being steward of his household.
Ralph was his eldest son, and made castellan of Nottingham; Hubert was his second son, made governor of Norwich castle; Adam, the third son, had large possessions in Kent; and Eudo, a fourth son, was a great courtier, steward of the King's household, and rewarded with many lordships in several counties.
This Agnes, with her son Richard, granted the church of Aldby to the priory of Norwich, which King Henry I. confirmed, on the petition of Henry de Rya, son and heir of Hubert, and Anges de Rya,and her tithes of Wrokesham; witnesses, William de Tankervile, and Richard Basset.
From: 'Launditch Hundred: Swanton-Morley', An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: volume 10 (1809), pp. 53-59. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=78624&strquery=swanton morley Date accessed: 28 April 2012.
NOTE: According to a post to SGM by John Ravilious the above incorrectly names his daughter Agnes being married to Hubert de Rye; it was actually his widow Agnes de Tosni/Toeni who m. Hubert de Rye after Ralph's death. There is no proof that Bishop William de Beaufoe of Thetford was Ralph's father; he may have been an uncle. Certainly the whole family was in William the Conqueror's good graces.
Father: Robert de BELFOU b: ABT 1040 in Bellofago, Pont l'Eveque, Calvados, Normandy, France
Agnes de TOENI b: ABT 1072 in Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, England
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- Ralph de BEAUFOE , of Thatcham b: ABT 1090 in Thatcham, Newbury, Berkshire, England
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Page: John Ravilious, 5 Jun 2006
- Title: An Essay towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk, by Francis Blomefield, www.british-history.ac.uk
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