William de Braose, 1st Lord of Bramber

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William de Braose, 1st Lord of Bramber, son of Gunnor, died between 1093 and 1096.1

He was a Norman, from Briousze-Saint-Gervais. By 1072 he was one of the castellans holding the Sussex Rapes and by the late 12th century it was known as the Rape or Honour of Bramber. His Domesday holdings included the southwest in Dorset, and in Hampshire. In Dorset, he had a tennant Robert de Braose, who is considered likely to be his brother.

He founded a priory of Saint-Florent de Saumur at Sele in Sussex. Some of his grants were disputed, including some challenges by his son Philip.

His unknown wife was probably a close relative of Ralph, son of Waldi, for whose soul William made a grant to Saint-Florent in the 1080's.1

Citations

  1. [S2072] K. S. B. Keats-Rohan, Domesday People: A Prosopography of Persons Occurring in English Documents 1066-1166 I. Domesday Book (Woodbridge, England: Boydell Press, 1999), further cited as Keats-Rohan, Domesday People.
  2. [S2070] George Lipscomb, The History and Antiquities of the County of Buckingham, Four vols. (London: J. & W. Robins, 1847), 4:589, further cited as Lipscomb, History of Buckingham.