Name: Helgot de REISOLENT , Harley, Clee& Holdgate 1
Birth: ABT 1050 in Resenlieu, Orne, Normandy, France
Death: BEF 1116 in Castle Holdgate, Shipton, Shropshire, England 1
Manor of Holdgate (Castle Holdgate), Shropshire:
Called 'Stantune' in 1086, HOLDGATE had presumably been part of the greater 'Stantune' that was restored to the church of Wenlock in 901 by Aethelraed and Aethelflaed. In their time 'Stantune' seems also to have included Stanton Long. By 1066 the 'Stantune' that became Holdgate had again ceased to belong to the church of Wenlock and consisted of five estates held freely by Ketil (Chetel), Genust, Alweard (Aelward), Dunning, and Aelfgifu (Elueua). By 1086 Helgot held them of Roger of Montgomery, earl of Shrewsbury (the tenant in chief) as two estates. He was called Helgot of 'Reisolent', perhaps from Résenlieu (Orne) in or near Roger's vicomté of the Hiémois, and was the eponymous lord who gave his name to his chief manor and to the barony centred on it. Honor and manor descended together. Helgot's son Herbert of Clee, nephew of Geoffrey of Clee ('de Clive'), bishop of Hereford, succeeded before 1116 and was living in 1121. The family is presumed to have held the manor in chief after Earl Robert's forfeiture in 1102. Herbert's son Herbert of Castle Holdgate ('de castello Holgot') was chief lord in 1166 and died in 1189 or 1190. His widow died childless in 1192 or 1193. By 1194 Ralph of Arden held the manor, apparently in right of his wife Agnes, daughter and heir of Robert de la Mare (perhaps a nephew of Herbert of Castle Holdgate) and widow of Robert Mauduit of Warminster (Wilts.). Between 1197 and 1199 Ralph was succeeded as lord by Agnes's son Thomas Mauduit. In 1244, after Thomas's death, Holdgate passed to his son William who alienated it in 1256 to Richard, earl of Cornwall and king of the Romans (d. 1272).
From: 'Holdgate', A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 10: Munslow Hundred (part), The Liberty and Borough of Wenlock (1998), pp. 135-147. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=22864&strquery=holgot burnell Date accessed: 24 October 2013.
NOTE: Since Helgot gave his own name to his holding of 'Stantune', as indicated above, and that name metamorphised from Helgot to Holgot to Holdgate over the generations, the family apparently became identified by "de Helgot" or "de Holgot" rather than "FitzHelgot".
- Herbert de HELGOT , of Clee b: ABT 1078 in Castle Holdgate, Shipton, Shropshire, England
- William de HELGOT , of Harley b: ABT 1080 in Harley, Atcham, Shropshire, England
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