Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet
NameHugh Bigod , 1st Earl of Norfolk
Birth1095, Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, England
Death1177, Palestine
Misc. Notes
Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk (1095 - 1177) was born in Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire, England.

He was the second son of Roger Bigod (d. 1107), Sheriff of Norfolk, who founded the Bigod name in England. Hugh Bigod became a controversial figure in history, known for his frequent switching of loyalties and hasty reactions towards measures of authority.

Hugh inherited large estates in East Anglia on the death of his brother William, who perished without issue in the sinking of the White Ship on November 26, 1119. He succeeded his aunt Albreda - and by extension, her eldest brother Berengar - as heir both to Berengar's tenancy-in-chief in Lincolnshire and the Norman lands of Robert de Tosny of Belvoirwas. He became Constable of Norwich Castle and Governor of the City of Norwich in 1122. He enjoyed the favour of Henry I.

Hugh joined forces with the Young King Henry in his revolt against Henry II in 1173. Though defeated and compelled to surrender his castles, Bigod kept his lands and his earldom, and lived at peace with Henry II until his death reportedly in 1177, in Palestine.
BirthEssex, England
Deathabt 1199
MotherAdeliza (Alice) de Clare (~1080-~1163)
Marriageabt 1139
ChildrenRoger (~1145-1221)
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