House of Mowbray
|House of Mowbray|
Duchy of Normandy|
Kingdom of England
|Founder||Roger de Mowbray, 3rd Lord of Monthbray|
|Style(s)||Dukes, Earls, Barons, and Knights|
|Estate(s)||Various Dukedoms, Earldoms, and Baronies|
House of Mowbray // is an Anglo-Norman Baronial house, derived from Montbray in Normandy and founded by Roger de Mowbray, son of Nigel d’Aubigny. From this village came Geoffrey de Montbray who came to be Bishop of Coutances and accompanied Duke William of Normandy at the Conquest of England in 1066. For his support he was granted some 280 English manors (each about the size of a village).
House Mowbray history
Nigel d’Aubigny was the son of Roger d’Aubigny (1036-1084) and Alice de Grandmesnil (1055-1100). He married twice. His first marriage was in 1107 to Matilda de L'aigle (1075-1129), daughter of Richer de L'aigle, Lord of L'aigle (1041-1085), who had divorced the disgraced and imprisoned Robert de Mowbray, 14th Earl of Northumbria (1059-1125) who was imprisoned for 30 years. She brought to the marriage with Nigel her ex-husband's Lordship of Mowbray in western Normandy - not to be confused with the Barony of Mowbray in England. They had no children. His second marriage was to Gundred de Gournay (1097-1155), daughter of Gerard de Gournay, Baron Of Gournay (1066-1104) in 1118 and they had son by that marriage. In recognition of the importance of Norman lordship to Anglo-Norman aristocrats, Roger de Mowbray took the surname of his father's first wife's deceased first husband: Mowbray. The bulk of his estate, however, lay in England. He founded the noble House Mowbray and his children and ancestors are known to history by the surname Mowbray of the same Barony in England.
The Baronial house was founded at the Conquest by Geoffrey de Montbray, bishop of Coutances. His brother Roger's son Robert de Montbray, who rebelled with him against William Rufus on the Conqueror's death, was made, after their reconciliation, earl of Northumbria, as his uncle's heir but was forfeited and imprisoned for life on rebelling again in 1095. Roger d'Aubigny (of Aubigny in the Cotentin) had two sons, Nigel D'Aubigny and William, who were ardent supporters of Henry I. They were rewarded by him with great estates in England. William was made king's butler, and was father of William d'Aubigny, 1st Earl of Arundel; Nigel was rewarded with the escheated fief of Robert de Montbray in Normandy and a number of lands in England. Nigel married, by dispensation, the wife of Robert de Montbray, the imprisoned earl, but afterwards divorced her, and by another wife was father of a son Roger, who took the surname of Mowbray.
Roger, a great lord with a hundred knight's fees, was captured with King Stephen at the battle of Lincoln, joined the rebellion against Henry II (1173), founded abbeys, and went on crusade. His grandson William, a leader in the rising against King John, was one of the 25 barons of the Great Charter, as was his brother Roger, and was captured fighting against Henry III at the rout of Lincoln (1217). William's grandson Roger (1266–1298), who was summoned to parliament by Edward I, was father of John (1286–1322), a warrior and warden of the Scottish March, who, joining in Thomas of Lancaster's revolt, was captured at Boroughbridge and hanged.
His wife, a Braose heiress, added Gower in South Wales and the Bramber lordship in Sussex to the great possessions of his house. Their son John de Mowbray, 3rd Baron Mowbray (d. 1361) was father, by Joan of Lancaster, a daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster, of John, Lord Mowbray (c. 1328–1368), whose fortunate alliance with the heiress of John de Segrave, 4th Baron Segrave, by the heiress of Edward I's son Thomas, earl of Norfolk and marshal of England, crowned the fortunes of his race. In addition to a vast accession to their lands, the earldom of Nottingham and the marshalship of England were bestowed on them by Richard II, and the dukedom of Norfolk followed.
The 1st duke left two sons, of whom Thomas the elder was only recognized as earl marshal. Beheaded for joining in Scrope's conspiracy against Henry IV (1405), he was succeeded by his brother John, who was restored to the dukedom of Norfolk in 1424. His son John, the third duke, was father of John, 4th and last duke, who was created earl of Warrenne and Surrey in his father's lifetime (1451). At his death (1481) his vast inheritance devolved on his only child Anne, who was married as an infant to Edward IV's younger son Richard (created duke of Norfolk and earl of Nottingham and Warrenne), but died in 1481.
The next heirs of the Mowbrays were then the Howards and the Berkeleys, representing the two daughters of the first duke. Between them were divided the estates of the house, the Mowbray dukedom of Norfolk and earldom of Surrey being also revived for the Howards (1483), and the earldom of Nottingham (1483) and earl marshalship (1485) for the Berkeleys. Both families assumed the baronies of Mowbray and Segrave, but Henry Howard was summoned in his father's lifetime (1640) as Lord Mowbray, which was deemed a recognition of the Howards' right; their co-heirs, from 1777, were the Lords Stourton and the Lords Petre, and in 1878 Lord Stourton was summoned as Lord Mowbray and Segrave. The former dignity is claimed as the premier barony, though De Ros ranks before it. Lord Stourton's son claimed, but unsuccessfully, in 1901–1906 the earldom of Norfolk (1312), also through the Mowbrays. Of the Mowbray estates the castle and lordship of Bramber is still vested in the dukes of Norfolk.
The current Baron of Mowbray is Edward Stourton, 27th Baron Mowbray, 28th Baron Segrave and 24th Baron Stourton (1953–present).
Notable Mowbray family members
- Roger de Mowbray, 1st Baron Mowbray Lord Mowbray (b.1257)
- John de Mowbray, 2nd Baron Mowbray Lord Mowbray (b.1286)
- John de Mowbray, 3rd Baron Mowbray Lord Mowbray (b.1310)
- John de Mowbray, 4th Baron Mowbray Lord Mowbray (b.1340)
- John Mowbray, 1st Earl of Nottingham 5th Baron Mowbray Earl of Nottingham (b.1365)
- Thomas Mowbray, 1st Duke of Norfolk, 6th Baron Mowbray Duke of Norfolk (b.1367)
- Thomas Mowbray, 4th Earl of Norfolk, 7th Baron Mowbray Earl of Norfolk (b.1385)
- John Mowbray, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, 8th Baron Mowbray Duke of Norfolk (b.1390)
- John Mowbray, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, 9th Baron Mowbray Duke of Norfolk (b.1415)
- John Mowbray, 4th Duke of Norfolk, 10th Baron Mowbray Earl of Surrey and Warenne (b.1444)
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- Roberts, Gary B[oyd]., “The Mowbray Connection” (in three parts), The Connecticut Nutmegger: Part One, Vol. 10, No. 1 (June 1977), pp. 3–12; Part Two, Vol. 10, No. 2 (September 1977), pp. 187–198; and Part Three, Vol. 10, No. 3 (December 1977), pp. 393–400. This series is the summary of the original manuscript, which runs for twenty-three volumes. The paper itself is available for research at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, with copies at the New York Public Library in New York City and the Society of Genealogists in London. It does have an index, completed in 1983, but it is not yet available online.
- Roberts, Marilyn, The Mowbray Legacy (Gainsborough, England: Babash Ryan, 2004). ISBN 1-904706-11-8. This book was revised in 2012. For more information, see the website of the revised book's publisher, Queens-Haven Publications.
- Coat-of-arms, Mowbray, St James' Church, High Melton, Yorkshire, Flickr.com
- Charles Cawley, “Chapter 3. Albini (Aubigny)”, Medieval Lands: A propsography of medieval European noble and royal families, for the Albini (Aubigny) side in Normandy.[self-published source]
- Charles Cawley, “E. Dukes of Norfolk (Mowbray)”, Medieval Lands: A propsography of medieval European noble and royal families, for the Mowbray side in England.[self-published source]