WILLIAM DE ALBINI

William de Albini, surnamed Pincerna, son of Roger de Albini, and elder brother of Nigel de Albini, whose posterity, under the name of Mowbray, attained such eminence in after ages, accompanied the Duke of Normandy to England, and acquired extensive estates by royal grants in the county of Norfolk and elsewhere; of which was the lordships of Bokenham, to be holden by the service of being butler to the kings of England on the day of their coronation. William de Albini, a munificent benefactor to the church, founded the abbey of Wymundham, in Norfolk, and bestowed his lands in Stavell, on the church of St. Etienne, at Caen, in Normandy. His son and heir, William de Albini, was surnamed "William with the Strong Hand," from a gallant achievement performed by him at a tournament at Paris: and quaintly related by Dugdale in his Baronage. He subsequently obtained the hand of the Queen Adeliza, relict of King Henry I, and daughter of GODFREY, DUKE OF LORRAINE, which Adeliza had the CASTLE Of ARUNDEL in dowry from the deceased monarch, and thus her new lord became its feudal earl. With this potent noble's grandson, HUGH DE ALBINI, fourth Earl, who died s.p. in 1243, this branch of the great house of Albini expired, while its large possessions devolved upon the earl's sisters as coheiresses; thus Mabel, the eldest, married to Robert de Tateshall, had the castle and manor of Buckenham; Isabel, the second, married to John Fitzalan, Baron of Clun and Oswestry, had the castle and manor of Arundel, which conveyed the earldom to her husband; Nicola, the third, married to Roger de Somery, had the manor of Barwe, in Leicestershire; and Cecilie, the fourth, married to Roger de Montalt, had the castle of Rising, in Norfolk.

--(Battle Abbey roll)

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