Ansculf de Picquigny
Ansculf de Picquigny (circa 1014 – circa 1084) was a French baron who followed William the Conqueror to England.
Ansculf was the son of Guermond de Picquigny, Picquigny being a village near Amiens in Picardy. In the Norman conquest of England in 1066, Ansculf and his brother Gilo crossed to England with Duke William of Normandy. Their names are inscribed on the Battle Abbey Roll.
Ansculf must have played a significant role in the invasion as he was awarded some 80 manors spread over 11 counties (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire and Worcestershire) and made sheriff of Surrey and Buckinghamshire (1066 – circa 1084). After Earl Edwin's abortive revolt in 1070 he was granted some of Edwin's lands in the West Midlands, including Dudley. It was there that he built Dudley Castle, a Norman motte-and-bailey, which formed a part of a defensive chain protecting the Midlands from the Welsh, and the caput of his barony of Dudley.
He died before 1086 and was succeeded by his son William Fitz-Ansculf. The Pinckney family are their present-day descendants.