RICHARD FITZ GILBERT, who possessed Bienfaite and Orbec in Normandy, Clare in Suffolk and Tonbridge, died in 1090 [Altschul, 19]. The mother of Gilbert and Robert was his first wife, ROHESE GIFFARD (sister of Walter Giffard, later Earl of Buckingham, and heiress of the 2nd Earl [CP, 14:182]), daughter of Walter Giffard, the Elder (who died in 1084) [Cokayne, CP, 2:387], seigneur de Longeville-sur-Scie in Normandy and son of Osbern de Bolbec, who was seigneur de Longeville 1028-1035, and Duvelina, who was sister of the Duchess Gunnora. Walter Giffard married Agnes, daughter of Girard Flatel [Weis, AR7, 184:1, cited Studies in Medieval Hutory (1989)], or Ermengarde Flaitel [Norr, 46].
After their father's assassination, he and his brother Baldwin fled to the court of Baldwin V de Lille, Count of Flanders, but William the Conqueror restored them to Normandy (Altschul, 18]. Richard served with William de Warenne as regent of England in 1075.
Clare is now a small parish on the River Stour in Suffolk. It had been a frontier town of the Kingdom of East Anglia, and contains a castle of which considerable remains exist [Brabner, vol. 2].
Children, mentioned by Cokayne [3:242], Altschul [19-20], with the last two daughters listed by Norr :
i. Gilbert, d. c. 1114; m. Adeliz de Clermont.
ii. Robert, d. 1134; m. Maud de St. Liz, who d. 1140.
iii. Roger, d.s.p.; inherited Bienfaite and Orbec in Normandy.
iv. Walter of Nethergent, d.1137; no issue; founded Tintern Abbey in 1131.
v. Adelize, m. Walter Tirel.
vi. Rohese, m. Eudo Dapifer.
vii. Richard, a monk of Bec.
viii. daughter, m. Raoul de Tillers.
ix. daughter, m. Baudry Ie Teuton.