Gloz-la-Ferriere, now Glos-sous-Laigle, in the arrondissement of Argentan, canton of Lisieux, and county of Ouche, Normandy, belonged at the time of the invasion of England to William de Breteuil, eldest son of William Fitz Osberne, whose family had possessed it from a very early date. Barnon de Gloz was dapifer of the latter, between 1036 and 1040, which position he probably had previously held under William Fitz Osberne's father, Osberne de Crepon, whose vassal he was. Osberne was murdered by William de Montgomery while sleeping in the same bed with young duke William, and Barnon in revenge for this dastardly act, assembled one night some followers and surprising William de Montgomery and his accomplices in a house where they were resting, fell upon and killed them all. After Barnon's death William de Gloz, his son, before the conquest, succeeded as dapifer in the service of William de Breteuil, which position he held until his death shortly before 1091. It is therefore highly probable that Wace, in recording "cil de Gloz" (l. 13668), referred to him, especially as he was considered quite an important individual by Orderic Vital, although he did not possess Gloz. He married Beatrice, by whom he had issue several sons, the eldest of whom was Roger de Gloz who in 1119 was castellan of the castle of Gloz.

--(Falaise Roll)

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