LE SIRE DE DRIENCOURT.

Wace (l. 13772) chronicles "de Driencourt." The original name of Neufchatel-en- Bray was Drincourt (Driencuria), which was changed when Henry I built a castle there in 1106 to Neufchatel-en- Drincort. A sire de Drincourt was killed in the battle of Hastings, which may account for the fact that the family did not appear in England, unless it is the same as Daincurt, of Domesday Introd. Drincourt or Driencourt has sometimes been confused with Drucourt, variously styled Drocourt, Droecourt, Druolcurt, Drolcort and Dricourt, located in the arrondissement of Bernay, canton of Thiberville, which formed part of a vast domain of William Crispin I in the diocese of Lisieux with Livarot as the main seat. His son and heir, William Crispin II, gave the church of Drucourt to the abbey of Bec before 1070, with the tithes, the patrimony and all its dependencies. At the end of the 12th century the seigniory of Drucourt had passed from the Crispin family to Enguerrand de Drucourt, who sold it to Roger de Mortimer in 1195. The Aincourts, from a town of that name in the canton of Magny (Seine-et-Oise), are still another family."

--(Falaise Roll)

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